The World’s First Festival to celebrate Australia’s iconic koala, Hello Koalas Festival (7 – 11 June 2018) is a brand new annual event first staged in June 2017, building on the success of the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail. Port Macquarie’s esteemed Koala Hospital is our presenting partner.
The Hello Koalas Festival is great fun and hugely entertaining for all ages groups while also focussing attention on koalas and the importance of their conservation.
Port Macquarie-Hastings has the largest koala population on the east coast of Australia, but it is in decline, as it is in other locations in NSW. We are aiming to arrest this trend by raising awareness throughout the community as well as creating an event that people from out of town will enjoy and also learn about the plight of our koalas and the importance of caring for koalas.
Say “Hello” to fun Hello Koalas Festival Events!
Koala Hospital Tours Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Bush Tucker Tours Guided tour of Old Bottlebutt at Burrawan State Forest, with a senior ecologist from Forestry NSW Visit “Nulla” at Settlement City Shopping Centre Hastings Co-op and Department Store Promotions Tea tastings at World Par Tea Delicious Degustation dinner at Cassegrain Winery and lots more!
Hello Koalas Festival Music and Dance Party!
6pm Friday 8 June at Panthers
MamaMia – Here we go again! Hello Koalas Festival presents MamaMia Music and Dance Party featuring Australia’s greatest ABBA tribute band & Port Macquarie Performing Arts ballerinas including Lady Lola performing everyone’s favourite number, “Dancing Queen” – plus lots more. Dress up in your 70s & 80s gear. Costume and dancing prizes up for grabs! Save the date, 6pm Friday 8 June at Panthers.
Click here for tickets or call Panthers Club Reception 6580 2300. Hurry before tickets sell out!
2018 Hello Koalas Festival Highlights starting with a Koala Conference – all welcome to register
Sails Hotel Port Macquarie, NSW Mid North Coast
7 June and 8 June 2018
Arrive in time on Wednesday 6 June and meet other delegates at an informal get-together. More details firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday 7 June, the conference starts at 9am with a jam-packed and exciting program of speakers, and concludes with drinks and dinner at Sails, watching the sunset on the Hastings River and some of the 160 local dolphins making a splash.
Friday 8 June, sign up for some great field trips to the Koala Hospital, Sea Acres Rainforest Centre and Old Bottlebutt in the Burrawan State Forest. There will also be special guided tours of the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail in town.
This is an event for anyone who cares about koalas and preserving our environment – environmental scientists, wildlife carers, community. The conference program includes expert speakers on koala conservation, environmental solutions for community and local government, the latest research, educational programs, and the draw of nature-based tourism.
Conference Speakers include:
Cheyne Flanagan, Clinical Director, Koala Hospital, Port Macquarie, Koala Preservation Society of Australia
Trish Harrup, A/Director, Public Land and Aquatic Ecosystems Branch, Policy Division, NSW Office for Environment and Heritage
Mike Roache, Principal Project Officer, Threatened Species Conservation Programs and the NSW Koala Strategy, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Sydney
Associate Professor Damien Higgins, Pathobiology and Wildlife Health, and Director, Koala Health Hub, Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
Nick Boyle, Manager Conservation, Health and Welfare, Wildlife Conservation and Science, Taronga Conservation Society Australia and Taronga Zoo, Sydney
Dr Brad Law, Principal Research Scientist, Forest Science Centre, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
Chris Slade, Senior Ecologist, Forestry Corporation NSW, Port Macquarie
David Rowlinson, Make It Wood Campaign Manager, Planet Ark, Sydney
Adriane Boag, Program Producer, “Wellness and the Environment”, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Denis Mamo, Creative Ringmaster, White Space Concepts Marketing and Advertising, Sydney
Margret Meagher, Project Director, Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, Mid North Coast
Rebecca Montague-Drake, Ecologist, Development and Environment, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Rolf Schlagloth, Researcher, School of Applied and Medical Services, Central Queensland University
The Conference Program and Online Registrations include a complimentary ticket to the Hello Koalas Festival Music and Dance Spectacular, on 8 June 2018. Stay over for the June Long Weekend!
To find our more details and to register online:
Or you can purchase tickets here:
MORE HELLO KOALAS FESTIVAL EVENTS
Festival Queen – Lady Lola the Dancing Koala
Newly arrived at the Glasshouse Arts and Visitor Centre. The creation of acclaimed dance teacher and visual artist, Francessca O’Donnell and local blacksmith, Wayne Lewis.
Hello Koalas Festival Foreshore Markets, Westport Park
Saturday 9 June, 8am to 1pm
Ranger Riley returns to Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
Hello Koalas roaming ambassador for threatened species in NSW National Parks and NSW’s Saving our Species campaign, Ranger Riley was a hit last year as our 2017 Festival mascot and is looking forward to meeting Lola!
Hello Koalas Festival Cars and Coffee Meet
Family Fun Picnic, Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard, Sunday 10 June, 2018, 8.30am to 2.30pm
Car display from 8.30am to 10.30am.
Live music from 9am, with an all day musical program curated by local singer and musician, Rose Wilson, featuring the popular Z Chords and our local Conservatorium’s Big Con Jazz Band, and wonderful local soloists. Bring your rug and enjoy a lazy day outdoors.
Devonshire teas, BBQ, Koala face painting, family games presented by NSW National Parks, arts and crafts exhibits, great family day!
$5 to display your unique, colourful or classic car with car-is-ma. Entry gold coin donation. All proceeds to the Koala Hospital Port Macquarie.
Click below for the Facebook event.
Hello Koalas Festival is proud to partner with the following events:
Hastings Landcare Farm Gate Tours, Long Weekend, 9 – 11 June 2018
Hello Koalas Festival supports Hastings Landcare and our Local Farmers
$30 self drive tour booklet available online www.hastingslandcare.org.au
and Glasshouse Visitor Centre, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie
Enquiries (02) 6586 4465
Take yourself on tour with Hastings Landcare’s 2018 Farm Gate Tour where you can experience where good food comes from and discover how our local farmers are protecting our natural environment and practicing sustainable agriculture. This year you can self-drive to over 10 properties, meet the farmers and learn about open range food production, Landcare initiatives and the local food movement. Farm Gates are open at set times over the 3 days of the June long weekend so you can tailor your tour to visit as few or as many farms as you wish..
Stretching from the oyster farms of the Hastings River to the lush grazing valleys of the Wauchope hinterland, the Farm Gate Tour is a must do exploration of the Greater Hastings region’s stunning scenery. You get to visit farms not usually open to the public. Enterprises range from large to small scale holdings and include garlic, essential oils, cattle breeding, conservation sanctuaries, native bush-foods, pigs, sheep, dairy cows, free range chickens and up close animal encounters for children to enjoy.
Percival Property Port Macquarie Cycle Club Junior Tour (NSW Cycling), 9 & 10 June 2018
Hasting Co-Op Festivities, June 2018
Hello Koalas High Teas, Rydges Port Macquarie, 9am – 4pm, 9, 10 & 11 June 2018
Get out and about with Free taster events from Orienteering NSW
Explore Port Macquarie town while you track down Hello Koalas Sculptures! All ages welcome.
Thank you to our fantastic Hello Koalas Festival Partners