Get koala-fication at the annual Narrandera Koala Spotting Day

Are you ready to get koala-fied? Join the annual Narrandera Koala Spotting Day on Sunday 15 April for your best chance of seeing a koala in the wild!

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) with the support of the Narrandera Koala Regeneration Centre Committee are running the annual day and need as many keen-eyed koala spotters as possible.

NPWS Ranger Angela Lewis said the Koala Spotting Day had been running for 28 years and each year between 30 and 70 koalas are spotted by volunteers.

"Locals become a koala detective for the day by learning how to spot one using clues such as scratches on trees and bullet-shaped poo around the base of trees," Ms Lewis said.

"It gives people a rare opportunity to see koalas in their natural habitat and we get a vital snapshot of how the population is faring," she said.

Koalas were released into the Narrandera Nature Reserve in 1972 to re-establish a colony and have since spread down both sides of the Murrumbidgee River.

"These days koala sightings during the day are almost guaranteed.

"The more people who take part, the more koalas we generally count   so grab some binoculars and bring the whole family for a fun day out," Ms Lewis said.

Ken Murphy form the Narrandera Koala Regeneration Centre Committee said the day had become a great community event.

"It really is a fun day, outside in nature, for the whole family.

"To take part in the koala spotting day, follow the signs from the Lake Talbot Canal Bridge and meet at the Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve at 9.45am for a 10am start.

"Koala spotting will finish around midday and Rotary will provide a BBQ lunch for volunteers for a gold coin donation.

"Kids are most welcome, but please remember to bring a water bottle and wear long trousers, sturdy covered shoes, a sun hat, mosquito repellent and sun cream", Mr Murphy said.

For more information contact Griffith NPWS Office on 6966 8100 or the Narrandera Visitor Centre on 6959 5545.

If it is raining on Sunday 15 April, find out whether the koala spotting has been cancelled by calling 0429 319 585.