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Living with dogs in koala habitat

Campbelltown Koalas 

Campbelltown is home to a small but significant threatened population of koalas. Current population estimates indicate that there are approximately 300 koalas in the Campbelltown Local Government Area. This iconic species is valued highly by our community, and we place great emphasis on their protection. 

Koalas have suffered a significant decline in numbers across NSW, and for this reason are a threatened species, listed as 'vulnerable' under both state and commonwealth legislation. 

With so much habitat already lost and fragmented as a result of urban expansion, a number of associated risks continue to threaten our koalas, including the continued removal of vegetation, vehicle strikes, and dog attacks. 

To ensure that our koala population is around for future generations, it is important that we work together to reduce the impacts to koalas in urban areas, such as the significant risk posed by dog attacks. 

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Dogs and koalas

There are more then 33,000 registered dogs in the Campbelltown region, with many more unregistered.

Dogs are predatory animals, and their natural instincts primarily involve hunt and chase behaviours.

Important facts
  • Dog attacks are more likely to occur during the koala breeding season (August to February)
  • The majority of dog attacks on koalas take place inside backyards, and occur at night
  • If there is more than one dog in the yard, a koala attack is more likely to occur
  • 96% of dog attacks on koalas are by dogs weighting more than 10kg
  • More than 80% of koalas attacked by dogs don't survive injuries sustained in the attack
  • Koalas have very thin skin, making their internal organs vulnerable to attack. Koalas can sill die from internal injuries, even if their skin isn't punctured.

Keep our koalas safe


Koala Sightings

Repost all sighting of koalas to koalatown@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au  or download the I Spy Koala App on Android and Apple.



Koalas and Dogs

If you see a dog come into contact with a koala, call a wildlife rescue group immediately. Koalas can easily sustain life threatening injuries from dogs, so simply reporting a dog attack could save a koala.



Pet Management

Always keep dogs leashed in bushland areas and contain dogs during twilight hours, either by keeping them inside the house, on a verandah, or confined in a yard.



Conserve Koala Habitat

Keep native trees on your property. Koalas need to climb down to the ground to move between trees in their search for food, so the more trees around means the better chance koalas will have to avoid these threats.


Off leash dog parks

We provide leash free areas for the purpose of socialising and exercising dogs.

Our facilities are open for seven days per week during daylight hours.

Suburb Location Description
Minto 7-9 Eagleview Road Perimeter fencing with seating and water service within the designated area
Raby Hurricane Drive Near the Raby Sports Complex, dog agility equipment and shade structure available
St Helens Park Kellerman Drive South eastern corner of Mary Brookes Reserve, dog agility equipment and shade structure available
Glenfield Fawcett Street Kennett Park, located next to the baseball field
Macquarie Fields Macquarie Road Milton Park, perimeter fencing, separate enclosed area for smaller dogs
Bradbury 156 St Johns Road Baden Powell Reserve, newly constructed with agility, seating and water facilities

Always keep dogs leashed in bushland areas.

Koala behaviour 

Koalas are mostly nocturnal, meaning they are generally asleep during the day and are awake at night. The home ranges of koalas are made up of several food trees, that are often referred to as 'home trees' and are visited regularly. Although each koala will have its own home range, these areas overlap with those of other koalas. The size of each home range depends on the quality of the habitat, with males having larger home ranges than females. 

Land clearing and urban development have largely fragmented koala habitat to remnant patches, forcing koalas to spend more time on the ground, travelling further distances in search of suitable food trees. This exposes them to greater risks such as the threats posed by cars and dogs. 

In semi-urban areas such as Campbelltown, koala movements often involve venturing into yards that exist in between patches of bushland habitat. With a few simple pet ownership tips, the risk of dog attacks on koalas can be greatly reduced, and even prevented. 

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