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Koalas – Iconic and Adorable

Can’t help but fall in love

Koala Noosa National Park, Tea Tree Bay, Sunday 18th Jan 2015.
Koala Noosa National Park, Tea Tree Bay, Sunday 18th Jan 2015.

One of the first animals I fell in love with was the iconic Australian Koala. They are a vulnerable species so it’s always an awesome experience to come across one in the wild. We saw one such koala in Noosa National Park on the weekend. This adorable marsupial was lying in the crook of awesome tall gum tree on the curve of Tea Tree Bay. He had the cooling breeze and towering height and could reach out for eucalyptus leaves, so perhaps he was in his perfect place. He opened one eye to lazily observe us, observing him. He was unperturbed by all the attention as if he was used to it and he just did the usual Koala thing, slept.

I moved from Sydney’s west to coastal Port Macquarie. Port Macquarie happened to be the hub of Koala conservation and there were plenty of Koalas lolling in the gum trees in bushland in the middle of the suburban streets. The original Koala Hospital was founded in 1973 by Jean and Max Starr. I probably met both at some stage when my mum took me to the hospital to, perhaps, become one of the youngest members of the Koala Preservation Society. I didn’t contribute much then but when I returned to town in 1987 my flatmate Rob and I went back to volunteer. Knowing Rob he probably still volunteers till this day.

Where’s Barry?

I thought I’d see how the society is coming along and found they have a ‘Where’s Barry’ Challenge. My dad’s name ‘Barry’! That’s a sign to me I have to get involved again. So I urge you to check out this fun challenge ‘Where’s Barry?’ the naughty koala.

In the meanwhile enjoy my Koala encounter photos and don’t just admire the Koala, the trees around him were magnificent too. Actually the whole of the national park was so picturesque with the water aqua blue and the bush green and lush that I never wanted to leave.


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