Hello Koalas News – Moves and Grooves

Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with these busy Hello Koalas sculptures so please check this page before you visit the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

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Captain Koala, Roaming Ambassador for the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, has taken up residence at the Koala Hospital, open 7 days, 8.30am – 4pm. Daily tours at 3pm.  Entry (including tours) is free but most people leave a donation to support the Hospital’s valuable work.

Long time Hello Koalas resident, Bushby, painted by Coffs Harbour artist Lisa Burrell, has recently moved from the Koala Hospital to spend some time with Lisa to prepare for a special exhibition in March at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. Lisa is also painting a brand new koala Buzzy Bee with the launch planned on 28 February in Canberra.

The Mayor of the Koala Republic is now at McDonalds Settlement City while Mack the Surf Life Saver is off on another adventure briefly. Mack will be back this week. The Mayor will stay on at McDonalds inside the restaurant for the summer. Both sculptures painted by local artist Pauline Roods.

Lady Lola The Dancing Koala, beautifully designed by artist and dance teacher Francessca O’Donnell, is resident at the Glasshouse Arts Centre in Clarence Street, Port Macquarie.

Click here to read more about Lola the Dancing Koala

Here’s a tip! Start your exploration of the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail at the Pacific Highway Service Centre (called the Donut but the locals), with Oceania (1) at McDonalds, Mr T (2) at KFC, Kirralee (3) at Subway, Wildlife Warrior (4) at the BP Service Centre. That’s FOUR Hello Koalas Sculptures in the one spot!

Mandy, The Mandala Koala, the creation of Yvonne Kiely, moved to Sails Hotel for our arts and health conference in November and loved the riverside location so much she asked to stay for the summer breezes! Mandy is taking part in our Canberra exhibition in March at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Scoop is back home at Port News until mid February, when he will travel to Canberra and welcome people who arrive at the Australian National Botanic Gardens for the Hello Koalas exhibition 1 – 31 March 2019.

Save our Species ambassador Ranger Riley is now visiting Wild Life Zoo Sydney in Darling Harbour, with Guula, who regularly resides at Port Macquarie Museum.

Ranger Riley and Guula are in Sydney now until 29 January 2019.

Then Ranger Riley and Guula are moving south to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for a larger Hello Koalas exhibition in March, as a highlight of Canberra’s Enlighten Festival.  More news shortly.

A few other Hello Koalas sculptures are also away from the Trail at present:

Kalido is on a holiday break from the Glasshouse.

Komorebi (from World Par Tea) and Carramar (from Miss Nellies Cafe, Kendall) have also been invited to Canberra and are off the Trail preparing for their adventure down south.

Sandy Paws, painted by Kim and Wayne Staples, is visiting friends from out of town and will be back next week. 

Topiary is preparing for not one but two travelling exhibitions in 2019 so is currently off the Trail – watch this space for more news.

Woody is at his new home now – the award winning tourist attraction, Sealy Lookout at Coffs Harbour and enjoying the new Tree Tops experience there. Watch out for the turn off from the Pacific Highway just past the Big Banana when you travel north from Port Macquarie.

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