From bushfires, to habitat loss and health issues, our koalas face some serious challenges to ensure their survival. But shining a beacon of hope, for these wonderful creatures, is the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary. Newly- built, the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary is located on the Port Stephens Peninsula at One Mile and is home to an ever-growing community of koalas. The elevated Newcastle Airport SKYwalk is a great way to get amongst the koalas, whose home is amongst the sanctuary tree. There’s also a Sanctuary Story Walk, featuring giant koalas, where you can learn about this incredible animal, and ways that we can help contribute to their continuing survival. Guests can also witness the incredible work done at the Koala Hospital, where a dedicated team of vets and nurses conduct daily treatments on koalas which can be viewed through a giant glass window. For those keen to fully immerse themselves at the sanctuary, there’s also on-site glamping tents featuring all the creature comforts you’d expect, and then some. Brekky hampers, and local foodie products, are also included, as well as a bottle of bubbles and locally-produced beers.
There’s no reason to leave the sanctuary but should you be after some great food and ocean views, Crest Birubi Beach, at nearby Anna Bay, ticks many boxes. Choose from a seafood-heavy menu, including local oysters and fish, while you gaze upon the magnificent Birubi Beach. And after your meal or snack, just stroll on down and take a dip in the warm waters that straddle this beautiful coastline.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary, One Mile
(02) 4988 0800
562 Gan Gan Road, One Mile 2316
Crest Birubi Beach, Anna Bay
(02) 4919 0446
73 James Paterson St, Anna Bay 2316