The Koala Hospital
The Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie is an easy 25-30 minute drive from Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat. Visitors are welcomed at the Koala Hospital every day of the year (besides Christmas Day) between 8:00am and 4:30pm.
Well worth a visit whole you are in the area, you will be able to walk around the grounds and see the koalas in care.
Walk and Talk tours are conducted at 3:00pm every day when the koalas are fed and a volunteer will explain the issues that brought the koalas into care.
The Koala Hospital is heavily involved in conservation programs and you can donate, adopt a Koala and even plant a koala food tree! The Koala Hospital has featured in many documentaries and wildlife programs throughout the world; consequently it has gone from small humble beginnings to an organisation that is internationally known and respected.
The Koala Hospital has an interesting history:
1990 saw the third stage of development with the construction of the John Williamson Wing housing 6 ICU’s. John a nationally known Australian Country Music Singer. John happened to be in Port Macquarie visiting to the Koala Hospital, when an emergency rescue call came in. The entire experience was so impressive for John that it inspired him to write the song, “Good Bye Blinky Bill” which became enormously popular throughout Australia. John very generously donated the proceeds from the song to the Koala Preservation Society Australia.
Did you know…
Did you know that it is a myth that Koalas sleep a lot because they ‘get drunk’ on gumleaves. Fortunately, this is not correct! Most of their time is spent sleeping because it requires a lot of energy to digest their toxic, fibrous and low-nutrition diet. Sleeping is the best way to conserve energy!