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5 August 2019

An eight-month-old koala joey from the Gold Coast has been crowned the country’s cutest following a nation-wide search by Tourism Australia.

More than seventy cute and cuddly snaps of koala joeys were submitted by wildlife parks and photographers from around the country, with Tourism Australia’s social media team shortlisting its favourite 13 before putting it to a public vote on Facebook.

The album of shortlisted entries reached over 1 million people and received thousands of comments and shares. After 24 hours of voting, koala joey Tallow from Paradise Country on the Gold Coast was named the winner, securing the most likes in the period.

“It was great to have so many operators get involved in our competition and send in such great shots of our native koalas,” Tourism Australia Global Social Media Manager Nick Henderson said.

“Not only does it give our followers an opportunity to enjoy their cuteness, but importantly it allows us to showcase local tourism operators from all around Australia and provide them with exposure to our millions of followers.”

Paradise Country Curator of Wildlife, Deane Jones, said this was wonderful recognition for the successful koala breeding program at the park.