The Warialda Koala Park and Wildlife Reserve is located on the Gwydir Highway on the western outskirts of Warialda and offers visitors a chance to see Koalas in the wild.
Established during the drought in 2019, Warialda local John Hodge created the park to prevent further deaths of Koalas trying to access water at the nearby treatment facility. This was achieved by installing three watering points and planting new habitat featuring food and shelter trees catering to Koalas as well as a variety of wildlife.
With the assistance of Gwydir Shire Council, North West Koala A.R.K.S, Northern Slopes/GWYMAC Landcare, Local Land Services, and WIRES the reserve has grown and developed to a wonderful refuge for the local koala and wildlife population.
When visiting the park, guests have an opportunity to view an interpretative signage display, detailing the history of the park, the lifecycle of Koalas, tree species planted and Wildlife Emergency Rescue Advice. Dogs on a lead are welcome.
If a sick or injured animal is found, please contact WIRES 24/7 on 1300 094 737 or www.wires.org.au/rescue/report-a-rescue.