At the time of European settlement in Australia, there were millions of koalas in the wild. Now, due to deforestation, road accidents, dog attacks and bushfires, the population of koalas has declined significantly.
In fact, the Australian Koala Foundation estimates that there are currently less than 100,000 koalas left in the wild. While this means that it’s harder to spot the furry marsupials in the wild, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances.
Koalas can be quite secretive and solitary creatures, so you will often need patience when trying to spot one in its natural habitat. A good sign that a koala is in the vicinity is if you see a Eucalypt tree with its branches partially stripped bare of foliage. Scan the rest of the tree’s branches and you might see a koala in its midst (particularly if it is a Forest Red Gum or Queensland Blue Gum). Also keep an eye out for koala droppings or a strong smell, which male koalas leave on the trees to mark their territories. One of the best places in Southeast Queensland to spot a koala is in Redlands Shire near Moreton Bay.