Welcome to the Hello Koalas sculpture trail!
The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is open every day of the year and is completely free!
It features over 70 individually designed one-metre high Hello Koala sculptures waiting for you to discover across the Port Macquarie district, on the NSW Mid North Coast.
Follow the trail guide map or just embark on your own adventure. How many can you find?
Each Hello Koala has its own unique character and personality, and everyone who visits has a favourite. What will yours be?
Lovingly hand-painted or mosaicked by talented Australian artists, every Hello Koala features environmental, wellbeing, heritage or cultural designs to fall in love with and get you thinking and talking.
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, climate change and disease.
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.
In 2019 a group of touring Hello Koalas took the conservation message on the road – first stop the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra in March.
From October 4-November 30, Sydney-siders can say Hello Koalas at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, as we welcome 5 news Hello Koalas to the family. There will be more than 20 Hello Koalas to discover on an exciting ‘treasure hunt’ across the Garden. (Check @hellokoalas1 on Facebook for more details.)
If you’re in Sydney, or planning a trip there, you can download this trail map, which gives you the location of the Hello Koalas Sculptures in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. You can also download an app (via the QR code on the trail guide) to help you find your way through the Garden.
If you’re visiting Port Macquarie, there are still 50 hello Koalas to see on the trail! You can download the Port Macquarie Guide here. Just make sure you cross off the Koala sculptures that have moved to Sydney before you go searching for the, it will be a long walk!
The Hello Koala Sculptures that have moved from Port Macquarie to Sydney for October – November 2019 are:
Benjamin The Return of the Thylacine
I’m No Bear
Buzzy The Native Bee
Mandy The Mandala Koala
Dr Stu Dent
The Mayor of the Koala Republic
Wollemia The Vita Scientist
Charlie The Botanic Horticulturist
Flying Fifie (butterflies and moths)
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.
Mark the June long weekend in your diaries as we hold our annual Hello Koalas Festival over the June long weekend, celebrating all things Koala and bringing live music, classic cars, markets and ALL of our Hello Koalas together.
- Koala Z is visiting Mr T (map ref no.2) at KFC, Pacific Highway Gateway.
- Gum Blossom is at Panthers, Bay St, with Sandy Paws.
- The Cyclist and Kenny Koala are off the Trail for beauty treatments.
- Nulla is at his new home at the Slim Dusty Centre, Kempsey.
- Woody is home at Sealy Lookout, Coffs Harbour.
Off the trail for updates
- Con at the historic courthouse
- Australiana below the surface at Bonny hills
- Willow from mid north coast maritime museum
The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail Guide is available on our website and printed at most local tourism outlets, including the Visitor Information Centre at The Glasshouse, Clarence St, Port Macquarie.
Text 0416 641 482 with queries or find us on Facebook
Don’t forget to post your #hellokoalas photos on Facebook, Instagram and TripAdvisor!
“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)
August 8, 2019 Reviewed by Corinne B
We visited the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre for the Rainforest Boardwalk and discovered some of the Hello Koalas there. Fell in love with them - each so creative and appearing to have a different personality. It was a great fun way to promote awareness & show the importance of protecting our koalas. We only had limited time in Port Macquarie so only got to see the Koalas at Sea Acres but now seeing all the Koalas on the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail website, planning to go back specifically to track them down and see them all. My favourite is Dame Koala / Dame Edna and I love that there is merchandise too. Already brought a couple of bits and pieces and am planning on buying more for Christmas gifts. Can't get more Aussie than that !!
July 27, 2019 Reviewed by AM_of_Oz
A great artistic display to seek and find throughout Port Macquarie and Wauchope! The first one I 'found' which lead me to these exhibits was the one at the Wauchope train station as I arrived, which gives me incentive to come back and find more of the glorious critters!
April 13, 2019 Reviewed by alanog
What a great idea. We took photos of every one (got one as ascreensaver now!). After a week there we were off searching for them. They are a must see