Welcome to the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail!
Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is open every day of the year and is completely free!
It features 80 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 HelloKoalas_Summer_Jan-March2021_Trail_Guide 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?
We also have up to 15 Hello Koalas at our Hello Koalas Gift Shop, Unit 16, 10 Bellbowrie St, Port Macquarie, open 9am-2pm Monday-Friday. And great gifts, including Monopoly Port Macquarie and a Port Macquarie-based Top Trumps game!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Always something new …
Say Hello to Winnie the Unicorn, Vik the Viking & Olly the Blue-Eyed Boy
Established as a permanent exhibition in Port Macquarie in 2014, The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail welcomes more Hello Koalas to the family each year, so there is always someone new to meet.
Winnie the Unicorn joined us in autumn and can be found at the Hello Koalas Gift Shop at Unit 16, 10 Bellbowrie St, Port Macquarie.
Designed and painted by Pauline Roods, with enhancements by fibreglass specialist John Belfield, and special effects by Thompsons Brushes, Winnie sprinkles a little magic on the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail.
Winnie has now been joined by 2 new friends Olly the Blue-eyed Boy and Vik the Viking, both also by Pauline Roods. Olly is a wild koala and is proud of his beautiful coat of fur but is exceptional in his blue eyes, a rarity in Koalas, whose eyes are generally brown. Vik is a mascot for the mighty Hastings Valley Vikings Rugby Union Club.
Other recent additions to the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail are Frankie Firefighter, Chief The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Pilot, and Asha The Tree of Life Koala, who is resident at Belle Property Port Macquarie.
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Hello Koalas’ touring band of Wildlife Warriors is also featured, spreading the conservation message far and wide across Australia and the world, that we must care for our koalas and all native fauna and flora.
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 email@example.com.
Hello Koalas Gift Shop
We have fantastic boutique range of gifts at Hello Koalas Gift Shop at 16/10 Bellbowrie St, Port Macquarie, as well as up to 15 Hello Koalas sculptures to meet in one spot!
Opening hours are 9am-2pm Monday-Friday but we recommend you check on this website and our Facebook page for possible extended hours for school holidays and events.
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 Dr. Come and say Hello! Director Margret Meagher who created Hello Koalas is often in the shop and we are 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!
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 the Cowarra State Forest tourism precinct and koala refuge (Guula pictured at launch).
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 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, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, in Sydney’s West.
Moves & 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. Our New Trailguide is currently at the Printers!
- Kalido joined the talents at Wauchope Creative Hub in November.
- Garage Girl is now at Wiseberry Port Macquarie.
- Wild Honey – our newest addition – will be completed in time for Christmas and live at Wild Culture Organics in Gordon St.
- Australiana Down Under is going to Timbertown Motel.
- Kirralee is at Regional Australia Bank in the CBD.
- Cowala has a new home appropriately at Udder Cow Cafe!
- Koala Z is going to Greenbourne Nursery while Princess Lasiandra has some beauty treatment.
- Dr Stu Dent is moving from NSW Rural Clinical School is moving to Wauchope District Memorial Hospital while Granny Square has a summer holiday
- Mandy the Mandala Koala is moving back to headspace, taking the place of her cousin Tully.
- Chief, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Pilot is flying in to IGA Sovereign Pl at Thrumster.
- Carramar is holding the fort at Wauchope Train Station.
- Gum Blossom is moving to Hometown sales office in Short St, leaving Taree Train Station
- Oma the Creative Ageing Koala is heading back to Whiddon Aged Care in Laurieton.
- KAS Koala, has taken up residence at Kempsey Train Station.
- Scoop (our intrepid reporter) is returning to Port News.
- Nulla is enjoying seeing everyone again at the The Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey.
- Shelly is at Seasalt Cafe at the Port Macquarie Marina, 18 Park Street.
- Chi is Chillin’ at Chop n Chill by the Town Green.
- Australiana Below the Surface is at Ocean Breeze Motel, near Town Beach.
- Koalatron has become a very popular stop at Car Clean Port Macquarie, at 8 Bellbowrie Street, next door to the Hello Koalas Gift Shop at 10 Bellbowrie Street.
- Willow is enjoying her stay at Pipeworks Cafe, Bay Park Plaza.
- Happy Haven is now resident at North Haven Primary School and during holidays you can view and photograph Happy behind the glass doors of the School Office.
- Wildlife Warrior has returned to the newly renovated BP Station at the Pacific Highway Service Centre (locally known as The Donut).
- Laurie is having a little rest at the Hello Koalas Gift Shop after an unpleasant experience in the floods.
Hello Koalas Gift shop has up to 15 Hello Koalas sculptures based at Unit 16, 10 Bellbowrie Street.
The three Hello Koalas sculptures who were longtime residents at the Koala Hospital, have now moved.
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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)
April 21, 2021 Reviewed by TravellingAsthmatic Maitland, Australia - A FAMILY FUN EXERCISE - KOALA HUNTING
Amazing amazing project!!!!! My teenagers had a blast chasing these koalas all over town. Met the talented lady that started this project and she is one of the loveliest people you could meet. Such a treasure to talk to. Would love to see Tourism Australia support this amazing lady and her project just a little bit more so she could potentially have a centrally located office and extra staff to help her out .... I hope to see this project get bigger and better.
April 2, 2021 Reviewed by Something to Share - BRIGHT AND CHEERY
These koalas are absolutely gorgeous. Took the scenic route on the walk from our accommodation to dinner so we could seek out a few of these beautiful art works. Absolutely made me smile. I can’t wait to bring my daughter here to enjoy this lovely town and see these bright and cheery koalas.
February 12, 2021 Reviewed by Corinne E - ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXPERIENCE
OMG - What an absolute amazing experience! Just like a treasure hunt for all ages! Absolutely beautiful koalas which get you to see all around Port Macquarie and surrounds! The artistry on them is amazing and they all tell a specific story! The amazing woman Margaret who created them was an absolute pleasure to meet, who took time out of her weekend to meet us and wow so clever! Thank you so much, I am in love with these koalas!