Welcome to the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail!

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

It features 77 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 Hello Koalas Trail Guide Summer 2020-2021 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.

New Hello Koalas Tree House Shop!

And announcing the opening of our Hello Koalas Tree House Shop at 16/10 Bellbowrie St, Port Macquarie, with lots of fantastic memorabilia as well as Hello Koalas sculptures to meet, including Frankie Firefighter, Charlie the Botanical Horticulturist, Chief – the Westpac Rescue Helicopter pilot, Madam Butterfly, Komorebi, Sunshine, Wollemia, Koala Boy, Augie The Cyclist and Buzzy Bee. Guula is also visiting while the Wauchope Train Station is being renovated.

Shop opening hours are 10am-3pm Tuesday-Thursday at 16/10 Bellbowrie St (between Bay St and Hastings River Dr). We are just 5 minutes walk from Settlement City Shopping Centre or 5 minutes drive from the Town Centre. Come and say Hello! We are happy to tell you more about our Hello Koalas and help you with any questions.

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 visited the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in October-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. The newest additions to the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail are Frankie Firefighter, Chief The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Pilot and Asha The Tree of Life Koala.

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 is in our Hello Koalas shop.

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 at the entry gates.

Hello Koalas sculptures at new locations are Shelly at Seasalt Cafe at the Port Macquarie Marina, 18 Park Stree, 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 Australiana Below the Surface is at Ocean Breeze Motel, near Town Beach.

We are also excited to welcome Car Clean Port Macquarie to the Hello Koalas Family as the new sponsor of Koalatron, located at 8 Bellbowrie Street, Port Macquarie.

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

We are also preparing for Park Happy Haven to be installed at North Haven Primary School in November. Watch this space or check out our facebook page.

Hello Koalas Tree House is based next door to Car Clean at Unit 16, 10 Bellbowrie Street and when we are there, Charlie the Botanic Horticulturist and Buzzy are at the front door to greet you.

Check the Summer 2020 / 2021 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

Don’t forget to post your #hellokoalas photos on
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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)