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Threatened species

Koala, Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens population - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Phascolarctos cinereus - endangered population
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Population
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 13 Aug 1999
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


The Koala is a large tree-dwelling leaf eater that occupies a wide but fragmented range in eastern Australia. The Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens Koala Population is listed as an Endangered Population under the TSC Act.


The Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens Endangered Koala Population is known from, and in the immediate vicinity of, the towns of Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens in the Great Lakes Local Government Area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Swamp Mahogany and Tallowwood are of primary importance to this Koala population.
  • Other local native tree species used by Koalas include Broad-leaved Paperbark, Blackbutt, Red Bloodwood, Flooded Gum and Smooth-barked Apple.
  • Koalas in this population are found in a range of Eucalypt forest and woodland communities, including coastal forests, rainforest, riparian areas, swamp sclerophyll forests, heathland and shrubland.
  • The Myall River represents a major barrier between Koalas on the eastern Hawks Nest side of the river and the western Tea Gardens side of the river, although occasional movements between these two locations have been known to occur.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known None