Into the sub tropical lush areas
08.03.2017 - 10.03.2017 25 °C
Port Macquarie (Population 45 341)
Never having seen this City before, we were very pleasantly surprised. Port Macquarie is a town at the mouth of the Hastings River in New South Wales, Australia. It is just beautiful. It’s known for its beaches, wildlife and as a past penal colony. St. Thomas' Anglican Church was built by convicts in the 19th century. A coastal walk from the town centre to the 19th-century Tacking Point Lighthouse offers views over waters home to whales and dolphins. Billabong Zoo is known for its koala breeding centre.
We enjoyed sipping a cappuccino, walking the city, visiting the several beaches and the lighthouse, but the highlight was undoubtedly the Koala Hospital. Here are some numbers (and then look at the photos): The hospital is visited by 122000 per year. It receives no government funding and is served by 7 staff and 175 volunteers. And it is a wonderful and heart-warming place. There are some koalas that will never be able to be released in the wild again and other doing well on the road to recovery and release back into the wild.
In town there are 51 different koala statues (all individually, artfully painted) dotted all over the place. We managed to see about half of them (see photos).