Beware koalas on the road during Spring

It's breeding time for our favourite marsupials, so take extra care when driving through bushland or along rural highways.

September is the breeding season for one of Australia’s most beloved icons, the koala. Time for you, as a safe and generous motorist, to be alert while on the road. Slowing down can mean the difference between life and death as koalas are out of their trees and on the roads looking for love.

“Although there is no such thing as a koala-friendly road, we can certainly have koala friendly drivers,” said Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation. “During the breeding season, it is particularly important for drivers to keep an eye out for all wildlife. I plan my trips so I am not driving at dusk (for kangaroos and emus) and, if I am, I just do my best to go a little slower and watch out for active wildlife.”

So you’re best prepared if the unfortunate should occur, check out our guide on what to do if you come across injured wildlife on the road.

September is also Save The Koala Month, when koala lovers around the world are encouraged to help this fragile species in fun and creative ways. Visit the campaign website to learn more.