Koala toby jug produced by Swagman Pottery of Queensland, Australia, circa 1980. The koala is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae and its closest living relatives are the wombats. The koala is found in coastal areas of the mainland's eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. It is easily recognisable by its stout, tailless body and large head with round, fluffy ears and large, spoon-shaped nose. Koalas from the northern populations are typically smaller and lighter in colour than their counterparts further south. This doting koala mother is tenderly holding her joey.