Koalas may be reasonably widespread around this coastal town but their dramatically diminishing numbers in the wild make them a vulnerable species. This Koala Hospital, established in 1973, and staffed almost entirely by volunteers, is dedicated to caring for these cuddly (but sharp-clawed) marsupials, with between 200 and 250 admitted annually after accidents involving cars, dog attacks or due to illnesses like Chlamydia. It has intensive-care units and rehabilitation pens and has “walk and talk tours” at 3pm daily, during which visitors can meet the adorable patients.

Corner Roto Place and Lord Street, Port Macquarie; (02) 6584 1522

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