Grain, livestock and passengers were routinely transported by train from the Coolah district to Sydney on a same day service in the early to mid 20th century.
A comprehensive history of the railway line is available in the book “End of the Line Centenary (1920-2020)” by Roy Cameron, OAM. ISBN 978-0-646-82455.0 This limited edition book is available for purchase through Pandora Gallery at Coolah and a copy is available for viewing in the Coolah and NSW State libraries.
Video : Australia’s Industrial Age Youtube channel.
Over the last decade or two there have been a few unregistered sightings of koalas in the Coolah Tops National Park, but a very recent sighting was fortunately reported to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service – and much excitement has ensued!
This sighting indicates that a koala population is likely in the area and NSW NPWS intends to carry out some surveys in the Park and on adjacent landowner’s properties to ascertain the spread and numbers. The community may be able to assist NPWS – we will share more information as it comes to hand.
For the moment, the NPWS Koala Project Team is in preparation mode.
So, if you are at The Tops, don’t forget to look up!
If you see a koala at The Tops, do report the sighting to NPWS – phone their local office on 6825 4364 . If you have your phone with you, get a GPS location of where the sighting was to assist the NPWS find the koala again. Also of use would be to note down what the koala was doing eg. sleeping, feeding, moving etc., and if you have a whizz-bang camera, a photo would be great too!