A haunting sign of the horror the area experienced on Saturday evening was caught on camera as people returned to the small rural New South Wales town on Sunday
While smoke still fills the air around the famous apple growing town, Batlow Road – the main road in and out of the town – is lined on both sides with blackened bodies of sheep, koalas and kangaroos.
The burnt bodies of hundreds of animals line the road into the small town of Batlow, New South Wales, which was one of the worst hit areas by bushfires overnight
‘Absolutely gut wrenching driving into Batlow this morning, never seen anything like it,’ ABC cameraman Matt Roberts posted on Twitter.
‘Sorry to have to share these images… it’s completely heartbreaking. Worst thing I’ve seen. Story must be told.’
Just metres away from the roads lined with marsupials, paddocks are filled with dead sheep.
A video uploaded by the Batlow Hotel shows sheep carcasses piled up, where hours earlier they had attempted to break down fences to flee for their lives.
In South Australia, thousands of koalas are feared dead after a wild blaze devastated Kangaroo Island.
Burning more than 100,000 hectares of bush, the out-of-control fire could have long lasting effects on the island’s population of 50,000 marsupials.
Home to just 1,700 people, the fires that hit the small town claimed the life of one man who was trying to help his neighbour defend a property
In South Australia, thousands of koalas are feared dead after a wild blaze devastated Kangaroo Island (pictured)
One of the only populations in Australia not to have been infected by chlamydia.
Authorities have urged locals not to take injured koalas to the mainland for treatment as they could contract the disease.
‘We’ve received reports that some koalas from Kangaroo Island have been taken to Adelaide by people who want to get help for them,’ the Department of Environment bushfire recovery coordinator Brenton Grear said.
‘It’s understandable and heartening that people want to rescue these animals, but unfortunately it will mean that those koalas can’t be returned to the island because of the risk of contamination of the population there.’