Koala Concerto


“I want to go to Australia and take the same goofy picture of me holding a koala that everyone else takes.” ~ Jessi Klein

Our little farm here in Byron Bay is a koala sanctuary of sorts. We have plenty of them living here, and we see them daily.

Cute, huh?

As I stumble around, bleary-eyed this morning, I’ll let you in on a secret. Koalas look fluffy and cuddly and sweet. But…

They are also the loudest animals on our farm. And breeding season is the worst. Especially when the grove of eucalypts opposite our bedroom window is the favoured place for koala wooing.

A male koala makes a sound like angry electric bellows. Bark, gurgle, rattle, bark, gurgle, rattle. All night. At high decibels.



If there are other males around they fight. Noisily. With lots of extra grunty calling to prove dominance.

Then the girls show up!

Female koalas scream. Especially while mating. Ear-piercing screams that make you think some poor woman is being murdered outside your bedroom window.

They don’t mind fighting either. Especially when they are not interested in the male.

This was the sound that filled our bedroom last night.



All night.


So forgive me if I’m a little tired this morning. Still, it’s reassuring to know that koala population levels are flourishing here at our little piece of paradise.

Koalas vege garden

Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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7 thoughts on “Koala Concerto

  1. Buy Ear putty from the Chemist. I use it for swimming, but works a treat when ‘someone’ lies on his back and snores ! Hope you manage to get a nana nap in today xx

  2. Did she fight him off??????? There wasn’t a picture with the sound. Koala’s are still not as loud as howler monkeys that we have in Costa Rica. The males can be heard for miles. Fortunately the howlers I hear are about a mile away and I am just waking up to their sound.

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