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 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?

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 Gift Shop!

And announcing the opening of our Hello Koalas Gift Shop at 16/10 Bellbowrie St, Port Macquarie, with lots of fantastic gifts and souvenirs, as well as Hello Koalas sculptures to meet, including Frankie Firefighter, Charlie the Botanical Horticulturist, Madam Butterfly, Sunshine, Wollemia, Augie The Cyclist and Buzzy Bee.

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 you have.

Alternatively, you can log on to www.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.

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

Next Exhibition: Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, Campbelltown, 1 – 30 April 2021

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 who is on the job at our Gift Shop, Chief The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Pilot, who is currently on a mission, and Asha The Tree of Life Koala, resident at Belle Property Port Macquarie.

Download the latest Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail Guide here:

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The Hello Koalas 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 has completed its renovations and Carramar and Guula are back keeping an eye on travellers.

A new sculpture has taken up residence at Kempsey Train Station.

The Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey has reopened and Nulla is looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Professor Eugene Eucalyptus can be seen at CSU’s entry gates.

Hello Koalas sculptures at new locations are Shelly at Seasalt Cafe at the Port Macquarie Marina, 18 Park Street, Chi at Chop n Chill by the Town Green open 7 days for takeaway, Scoop is outside 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.

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

Happy Haven to now resident at North Haven Primary School and during holidays you can view and photograph the sculpture behind the glass doors of the School Office.

Wildlife Warrior has returned to newly renovated BP Station at the Pacific Highway Service Centre (locally known as The Donut).

Hello Koalas Gift shop 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.

Download the HelloKoalas_Summer_Jan-March2021_Trail_Guide here or pick up a free copy from Settlement City Shopping Centre, The Glasshouse and major 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)