Koalas

On almost every Blue Mountains Day Tours locals and tourist want to see a Koala. We fully understand the importance of showing our guests Koalas however it is very rare that we get to see them in the wild. A long time ago there were thousands of Koalas in the tree tops of the Blue Mountains as they loved eating the leaves from the Eucalyptus tree however they were hunted away from the main population and the intrusion of urban living has also meant that the cuddly Koala has retreated deep into the National Park. In recent years as Koalas enter their mating season there has been sightings close to the community, but these sightings are few and far between.

At Blue Mountains Day Tours, you will see Koalas at Featherdale Wildlife park. We visit the park either first thing in the morning or in the afternoon depending on the weather forecast for the day.

Koala facts:

  • Koalas are unique to Australia and can only be found here
  • A Koala can only eat the leave from the Eucalyptus tree. They eat so many they smell like the leaves
  • Koalas are in serious decline suffering from the effects of habitat destruction, domestic dog attacks, bushfires and road accidents. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that there are less than 100,000 Koalas left in the wild
  • Koalas sleep up to 18 hours per day and would rather be alone than in larger groups
  • When a baby is born they are born blind and without ears and immediately climb into their mother’s pouch
  • Koalas will eat one kilogram of leaves per day
  • These magnificent mammals get their name form an Aboriginal term meaning, ‘no drink’. It’s believed this is because koalas get almost all their moisture from the leaves they eat, and rarely drink water.

On your Blue Mountains Day Tour, we love showing our guests the Koalas at Featherdale. For guests lucky enough to enjoy a night camping with our Great Camping Adventure team we often go on bushwalks and although our owner spotted a Koala over 20 years ago in Glenbrook we still hold out hope that one day we will again see a Koala in the wild.