Welcome to the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail!

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is open every day of the year and is completely free!

It features over 70 individually designed one-metre high Hello Koalas sculptures waiting for you to discover across the Port Macquarie district, on the NSW Mid North Coast.

Follow the free Winter edition of the trail guide map or just embark on your own adventure. How many can you find?

Each Hello Koalas sculpture has its own unique character and personality, and everyone has a favourite. What will yours be?

Lovingly hand-painted by talented Australian artists, every Hello Koalas sculpture features environmental, wellbeing, heritage or cultural designs to fall in love with and get you thinking and talking.

Our Purpose

Hello Koalas is a public art project created to bring joy, creativity and a sense of fun to our local area to foster a sense of community and wellbeing and to encourage visitors to Greater Port Macquarie and wherever Hello Koalas sculptures weave their magic through touring exhibitions.

Our purpose is to enlighten and educate the world on the urgent plight of Koalas and our endangered fauna and flora, through the talent of local Australian artists.

We work closely with local businesses, government and non-government organisations to co-ordinate tourism, environmental and community cultural development opportunities.

We are part of the national organisation Arts and Health Australia, with funds raised from projects and events distributed amongst essential environmental causes.

The award-winning Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail provides fun and entertaining day(s) out for people of all ages, perfect for families to enjoy together.

It is also a unique and creative way to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our koalas and our environment.

Port Macquarie is lucky to have one of the largest koala populations on Australia’s east coast. But this Aussie icon is endangered everywhere by land clearing for roads and houses, by vehicle strikes, dog attacks, disease, drought and climate change. The recent bushfires highlighted the dangers that koalas face.

Hello Koalas is proud to be a national leader in koala conservation advocacy and promotion.

Hello Koalas on Tour

See the magic of Hello Koalas sculptures at play when they recently visited the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for October and November 2019.

Always something new

Established as a permanent exhibition in Port Macquarie in 2014, we welcome more Hello Koalas to the family each year, so there is always someone new to meet.

You can download the Hello Koalas Guide here 

The Guide also features Hello Koalas band of Wildlife Warriors, spreading the conservation message far and wide that we must care for our koalas and all native fauna and flora as they tour Australia and overseas.

If your organisation would like to host a promotional exhibition or have our Hello Koalas sculptures visit a special event, please contact: Hello Koalas on 0416 641 482 or email info@hellokoalas.com

Hello Koalas Moves and Grooves:

Sometimes it is hard to keep up with these busy Hello Koalas, so please check this page for updates before you visit the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail. The Hello Koalas sculptures featured as our touring koalas at the bottom of the Trail Guide are not on public view at present.

Wauchope Train Station is undergoing major renovations so Carramar has taken up residence at Kempsey Train Station and Guula is at our home base preparing for our Festival on 26 and 27 September  and our “Search and Rescue Treasure Hunt, this year supported by our new charity partner Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Garage Girl is currently having beauty treatment with her artist Leanne Prussing and will be back at the Historic Courthouse in time for the Festival.

Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey is closed for now but you can see Nulla behind the large glass windows at the entrance.

Professor Eugene Eucalyptus is viewable at CSU there the entry gates and Dr Stu Dent is viewable through the glass windows at UNSW Medicine Rural Clinical School. St Stu Dent will be taking part in a special exhibition at Port Macquarie Marina during the Festival (26 & 27 September) and ArtWalk that follows (1-8 October).

Hello Koalas sculptures at new locations are Shelly at Seasalt Cafe at the Port Macquarie Marina, 18 Park Stree, Madame Butterfly at Gossip Hair Studio in Gordon Street, Chi at Chop n Chill by the Town Green open 7 days for takeaway, Scoop is outside the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, Gum Blossom at Taree Train Station, Koala Z at KFC at the Port Macquarie Pacific Highway Service Centre, and Komorebi at Ocean Breeze Motel, near Town Beach.

We are also excited to welcome Car Clean Port Macquarie to the Hello Koalas Family, located at 8 Bellbowrie Street, Port Macquarie (open Monday to Friday, 7am to 3.30pm, telephone 02 6584 9288). Car Clean is the new sponsor of Koalatron, designed by Joel Cameron, and when you visit you will understand why .. a match made in heaven.

And Willow has taken up residence at Bay Park Plaza and is enjoying her stay with Pipeworks Cafe.

Hello Koalas Tree House is now based next door to Car Clean. Our new address is Unit 16, 10 Bellbowrie Street and when we are there, we will be placing Charlie the Botanic Horticulturist and Buzzy at the front door.

We plan to open to the public in September in time for the September school holidays and our 4th annual Hello Koalas Festival and Search and Rescue Treasure Hunt, 26 and 27 September.

Check the Winter Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail Guide as a pdf on the website and in print from tourism outlets.

To register to receive your free copy by email please contact info@hellokoalas.com

Text 0416 641 482 with queries or find us on Facebook

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“Hello Koalas is unique – it has taken the concept of multiple sculptures and really run with it – much farther than anyone else.
As a permanent and constantly updating public sculpture trail, there is nothing else like it in the world. Its ambition and scale is huge – and wonderful to experience.”
Elaine Burke, Project Manager, Larkin with Toads – the award winning sculpture trail in Hull, UK which inspired Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail. (Email May 2019)