Hello Koalas has moved

Our New Address: 2/1A Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

next door to The Seed Art School with the Good Therapy Coffee Company 1 minute away!


Pick up your complimentary Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail Guide

with 90 Hello Koalas sculptures to discover across Greater Port Macquarie and the Mid North Coast

Phone 0416 641 482

Email info@hellokoalas.com

Web www.hellokoalas.com


Hello Koalas released the 85th Hello Koalas Sculpture called ‘Unity’ to promote inclusion and diversity in our community. 

With funding from the NSW Government through its arts and culture agency Create NSW, Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail new Pride sculpture ‘Unity’ has been designed and painted by Francessca O’Donnell. A mosaic version of the sculpture design has also been created called ‘Harmony’. 

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail “Unity”.  Created by Francessca O’Donnell with Hello Koalas Margret Meagher. Photo Lindsay Moller Production

Australian Street Art Awards – It’s Official

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail won Gold in the Australian Street Art Awards in 2022 for “Best Sculpture Trail or Parkin Australia” and Silver in 2023.

In 2022, The Big Koala won Silver for ‘Best Landmark Sculpture in Australia’, created by industrial artist John Belfield and painted by Pauline Roods. In 2023, The Big Koala won Gold!


Hello Koalas first children’s book in English and French ! 

Francessca O’Donnell’s long awaited new children’s book is at the Hello Koalas Gift Shop in Port Macquarie. ‘Lola had a Dream’ has been inspired by the Hello Koalas sculpture Lady Lola The Dancing Koala at the Glasshouse Arts Centre in Clarence Street. As Francesca says: “This book is dedicated to all those children who dare to dream, and those who believe in them.

Thanks to our publishing consultant Claire Grady from Bottlebrush Books for her invaluable advice and unfailing courtesy and to her graphic designer Emma Bennetts. They both transformed the manuscript into a beautiful children’s book.

Purchase a copy of ‘Lola had a Dream’ RRP $24.99 (plus postage) online Shop Online at www.hellokoalas.com or collect your copy direct from Hello Koalas Gift Shop. There is also a French edition available, ‘Le Rêve de Lola’ with thanks to local members of the French community in our region who operate The Van du Livre (frenchbooksonwheels.org)

All copies of the book are signed by Francessca O’Donnell.

Hello Koalas Gallery & Gift Shop, 2/1A Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie NSW 2444 (next door to The Seed Art School)

Hours of Opening: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Go for an “ArtWalk” in town – with Hello Koalas sculptures. 

Take a one hour self-guided walking tour of 9 artworks on the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail around the CBD.

Capture photos of Garage Girl (Leanne Prussing), Wiseberry Real Estate; Kirralee (Beverley Coleman), Regional Australia Bank; Forest (Pauline Roods), Port Macquarie Museum; Ziggy (Kim & Wayne Staples), Rydges Hotel; Lady Lola the Dancing Koala & PK Sparkles (Francessca O’Donnell), Glasshouse; Con the Koala (Jill Williams), Port Macquarie Historic Courthouse; Chi (Pauline Roods), Chop ‘n Chill; Asha (Yvonne Kiely), Belle Property Port Macquarie.

The Big Koala (2.5 metres high) is an iconic public artwork based in ‘Guulabaa, Place of Koala’, a new tourism and educational precinct being developed by Forestry Corporation of NSW.

Created by local industrial artist and fibreglass manufacturer John Belfield and painted by Pauline Roods.

The Big Koala enjoyed her ride into town from Johns River where the sculpture was created and headed for the artist’s studio in Port Macquarie.

The Big Koala is proud to be “Made in Australia” and sponsored by Regional Australia Bank

Check out “Hello Koalas – The Making of The Big Koala” on You Tube 



Welcome to Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail & Gift Shop


Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm

2/1A Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Unique Port Macquarie gifts + 16 Hello Koalas sculptures on display 

Award-winning Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail features 90+ individually designed one-metre high Hello Koalas sculptures plus The Big Koala  to discover across the Port Macquarie district, on the NSW Mid North Coast.

Each Hello Koalas sculpture has its own unique character and personality, and everyone who visits has a favourite. Which one 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.

For enquiries, please phone 0416 641 482 or email info@hellokoalas.com






The Big Koala, measuring 2.5 metres, is painted by a favourite Hello Koalas sculpture artist Pauline Roods, for the new Guulabaa (Place of Koala) tourism precinct being developed in Cowarra State Forest by Forestry Corporation NSW. The precinct will include the Koala Hospital’s wild koala breeding centre, Bunyah Local Aboriginal Land Council’s gallery and cafe, WildNets forest canopy experience and our very own Big Koala as the iconic landmark.

The sculpture has been created by local fibreglass specialist John Belfield from Johns River and has taken 18 months to construct.

Artist Pauline Roods, Hello Koalas Project Director Margret Meagher, Fibreglass Specialist John Belfield
say “Hello” to the latest Hello Koalas Sculpture. Photo Lindsay Moller

Hello Koalas newest Big Koala Hello Koalas newest Big Koala being installed at Cowarra State forest between Port Macquarie and Wauchope on the Mid North Coast. Pic: Lindsay Moller Productions. Pic: Lindsay Moller Productions


Big Koala opening at Cowarra State forest between Port Macquarie and Wauchope on the Mid North Coast. Pic: Lindsay Moller Productions


Hello Koalas Gift Shop

Discover our boutique range of gifts at Hello Koalas Gallery & Gift Shop, 2/1A Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie, next door to The Seed Art School. 

T shirts, calendars, colouring books, jigsaw puzzles, notebooks, art books, backpacks, stickers, magnets, badges, tea towels,  tote bags, postcards, koala soft toys, koala themed Australian sheepskin accessories for the home, lens cloths featuring favourite Hello Koalas characters  and the best way to keep your glasses, phone and other screens clean.  Plus ‘Paint your Own Koala’ paint kits with 15cm Hello Koalas plaster figurine, paints, brush and palette)

Plus exclusively to Hello Koalas Gift Shop and online, the SPECIAL EDITION MONOPOLY PORT MACQUARIE (including unique Koala token) + Top Trumps card game.

Hello Koalas. Pic: Lindsay Moller Productions

Making your purchase of this collector’s edition even more worthwhile, funds raised from Monopoly sales at Hello Koalas are helping to create The Big Koala, and its dedicated educational program, at the ground-breaking Guulabaa (Place of Koala) tourism precinct in Cowarra State Forest.  Your name will join the “Friends of the Big Koala Honour Roll” on our website (www.hellokoalas.com). Enquiries 0416 641 842.

Hello Koalas Gift Shop is just 5 minutes walk from Settlement City Shopping Centre or 5 minutes drive from the Town Centre – between Bay St and Hastings River Drive. Come and say Hello!

Meet Margret Meagher, who created Hello Koalas, and Vicki Eslick the Shop Manager who will be happy  to tell you more about our Hello Koalas and help you with any questions you have.

Alternatively, you can log on to https://shop.hellokoalas.com/ and shop online anytime anywhere! 

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 among essential environmental causes.

The award-winning Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail provides fun and entertaining days 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, such as through “Guulabaa”, the Cowarra State Forest tourism precinct and koala refuge. Pictured above at the launch: Forestry Corporation NSW’s Kathy Lyons, NSW State member Leslie Williams and Hello Koalas’ Guula (Gathang word for ‘Koala’), painted by North Coast TAFE Aboriginal arts students. 

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 and is leading the way with travelling exhibitions of selected sculptures from the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

Enquiries about how your organisation can host a Hello Koalas exhibition, please contact Margret Meagher, 0416 641 482 or margret@hellokoalas.com

Check out this video to see what fun you can have with Hello Koalas and see your visitor numbers zoom upwards. 

Hello Koalas sculptures at play at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney – October-November 2019

We are proud to have toured some of our Hello Koalas to:

  • The Australian National Botanic Gardens Canberra (March 2019)
  • The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (October-November 2019
  • The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, in Sydney’s West.

Here is a glimpse of our visit to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.


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