From coast walk to koala cuddles

Gloucester Environment Group members take a walk on Shelly Beach. Photo supplied
Gloucester Environment Group members take a walk on Shelly Beach. Photo supplied

Members of the Gloucester Environment Group recently set off for some sea breezes and, for a few, a quick dip in the ocean.

We walked part of the Coastal Path in Port Macquarie, from Tacking Point Lighthouse to Flynn’s Beach, about five kilometres.

It was a perfect sunny day for walking the track, down well formed steps to three sandy beaches. There was a little bit of rock hopping and then striding across the sands before climbing back up over the headlands where the rain forest meets the sea. The waves rolled in, foaming white against the blue, we do live in a beautiful country.

In the afternoon, we had a special tour of the koala hospital and met some of the permanent residents living in luxury with fresh gum leaves twice a day, including Kaylee Oxley, injured by a car who had to have her leg amputated and later lost an eye.

Between 200 and 250 koalas are admitted to the hospital annually. 

It is not only a hospital to treat sick and injured koalas but it is also involved in research. They ask people to report any sightings of koalas, both alive and dead. The hospital gave us some young koala food, trees for the start of our local proposed koala corridors.

The next environment group walk is on Saturday, April 21 in Wallingat National Park, a medium/hard walk of 13km although there is also a shorter 8km walk. Meet at Billabong Park at 7.45am for 8am.

Contact Pat Burrows on 0401 798 382 if you’re coming.