Port Stephens Council has opened the doors to the region’s newest eco-tourism destination – the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary and Greater Bank was there to help put the finishing green touches on the attraction.
Located at Anna Bay, an hour north of Newcastle, the unique facility is set in eight hectares of stunning bushland and nestled on the edge of the magnificent One Mile Beach and Worimi Conservation Lands sand dunes.
It combines tourism with conservation to provide visitors with a unique opportunity to see koalas in their natural environment, as well as a hospital facility to care for sick and injured koalas.
The $9million project was a little over a year in development and was officially opened to the public on 26 September.
In the lead up to the opening, more than 20 Greater Bank employees lent their support by planting the first of 5,000 trees the Hunter-born financial institution donated as part of its 75 Year ‘Growing Greater Together’ campaign.
The area of the sanctuary, to be known as Greater Bank Grove, is located near the koala hospital and will be planted out with indigenous native plants, shrubs and trees that are part of Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary Vegetation Management Plan.
Visitors to the sanctuary will enjoy experiences with koalas in a natural and idyllic bushland setting.
An elevated viewing platform allows visitors to see koalas in their natural habitat, while the sanctuary story walk educates guests about the threats facing our koala population, as well as the rehabilitation program that aims to eventually return the native animals back to the wild.
For those who wish to stay a little longer, deluxe ‘glamping tents’ offer a unique overnight experience for sanctuary guests. Wake up with the koalas in their spectacular natural bushland setting and enjoy everything that our Koala Sanctuary has to offer.
The Koala Sanctuary also includes a hospital for sick, injured or orphaned koalas.
Port Stephens Mayor, Ryan Palmer, said that he was delighted that the council could play a key role in the development of a facility that will preserve and protect koalas of the region well into the future.
“The Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary is vital to helping secure the future of one of the last remaining koala populations on the east coast. We all have the responsibility to protect koalas and ensure their future for generations to come,” Cr Palmer said.
“It has also provided a wonderful opportunity to develop a destination for people to visit, stay and learn more about the Port Stephens area.
“We are delighted to have partnered with Greater Bank to help put the finishing touches on the Sanctuary. They are a local organisation with shared values focusing on the future growth of our region.” | Ryan Palmer, Mayor of Port Stephens
If you’d like to visit Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary or know more about the facility, head to portstephenskoalasanctuary.com.au