Retirement is a full-time job for Robertson couple David "Woody" Woodman and Kerstin Schweth.
Members of Wildlife Rescue South Coast, the two wildlife carers spend their days and nights caring for rescued animals, which can be a round-the-clock job.
It was quite the career change for both of them - Woody was a Qantas pilot for 45 years and Kerstin was in marketing before they were pulled into the world of animal rescue.
A typical day can start at 5am feeding joeys every four hours until 10pm. If they have unfurred joeys, called pinkys, the feeding continues every three to four hours through the night.
The pinkys need to be thermo-regulated as they don't have their mothers to keep them warm, so artificial heating needs to be kept at a constant temperature.
Then there is the cleaning of bottles and teats, making the milk, picking up poo and cleaning the enclosures and paddocks to ensure parasites are kept at bay.
On their property they have paddocks for macropods at different stages.
At the moment there are three joeys in 'pre school', five in a paddock that are due to be released soon and five in the 'lean' paddock, where they have a large run to train and gain their muscles.
There is also a wombat compound where two young rescued wombats are currently being rehabilitated.
Woody and Kerstin rarely take one car together as there is always the chance that one, or both, will be called out to rescue an animal in need.
While it isn't always the easiest of jobs, Woody and Kerstin say it is one of the most rewarding.
"We feel as though we're contributing and although you shouldn't form any emotional involvement, it's hard not to when you spend so much time with the animals," Kerstin said.
"They deserve to be back in the wild, they are part of our national treasure."
Having grown up in Germany, Kerstin was amazed by the abundance of wildlife in Australia.
"We don't have anything like this back home. It's important to preserve the habitat here - the biggest threat they face is the destruction of habitat."
Woody said it was important to return the animals to the wild.
"We only take an animal in if it can be rehabilitated and released. It's a National Park's stipulation," he said.
"If we don't think we can do it, we talk to other carers."
He said it was always good to have several rescue groups in an area so there was a quick response.
"We ring around and we have a network - we pull together and get someone out there to help."
Woody and Kerstin were members of WIRES in Sydney for two years before moving to the Southern Highlands in 2006 after spending just one night in Robertson.
"We were getting toward retirement and were on a motorbike tour and decided to stay in Robertson overnight. We saw this place was for sale [now their home] and the rest is history," Kerstin said.
Woody and Kerstin's passion for rescuing animals began in Sydney, where they rescued possums, before it morphed into their retirement in Robertson.
"In Sydney we were up to our armpits with possums and birds," Kerstin said.
In Robertson they concentrate of the rescue and rehabilitation of wombats and macropods, which includes kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies, but they are regularly involved with the rescue of other kinds of wildlife.
"We are both vaccinated against LYSSA virus so we often rescue flying foxes, microbats, birds, possums, koalas, snakes and the odd echidna," Kerstin said.
She said they were both terrified of snakes, so before they moved to Robertson Kerstin made sure they did a snake course.
"Before the course we would run the other way but at the end of two days we were holding brown snakes," she said.
Woody said it was important for the public to 'peep in the pouch' of mammals that had been hit by cars.
"A young joey can live for up to five days in the deceased mother's pouch," he said.
Woody said that a lot of what they do would not be possible without the help of the close co-operation of local vets.
"The local vets are very wildlife aware and they help us out and perform a community service."
Woody and Kerstin are at Bowral Public School Markets on the second Saturday of each month with Wildlife Rescue South Coast to raise awareness of the organisation.