Hello Koalas Festival June 2018

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!

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.

See Lola


Hello Koalas at the
Foreshore Markets

Join us for Port Macquarie’s popular markets with a koala twist. Meet Hello Koalas artists and see their artworks, listen to the Mid North Coast Conservatorium concert band ‘Concento’, have the kids line up for Charlie’s inspired koala face painting and check out new Hello Koalas memorabilia on sale.



Percival Property Port Macquarie Junior Tour

Hosted by Port Macquarie Cycle Club. Hello Koalas Festival welcomes competitors from all over NSW to the Port Macquarie Junior TourWe will have a Hello Koalas sculpture at the Port Macquarie Cycling Clubhouse at 650 Burrawan Forest Drive, Port Macquarie.

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Nulla now at
Settlement City
‘An Operatic, Dance infusion of Lust, Passion and Heartbreak’. Glasshouse Theatre, Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm. Tickets Glasshouse Box Office, www.glasshouse.org.au or Phone 02 6561 8888

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MamaMia Music and Dance Party

Starring Lady Lola the Dancing Koala, ballerinas from Port Macquarie Performing Arts and acclaimed MamaMia ABBA Tribute Band. Panthers, Friday 8 June, 6.30pm – 9pm. Prizes for the best dancing and the best costumes!
Telephone Bookings (02) 6580 2300 (Option 5) 

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Hello Koalas High Teas with Ziggy 

Indulge in Hello Koalas Lemon Myrtle Cupcakes with white chocolate frosting and Carmelo Koala and Koala Shaped Chocolate Shortbread biscuits, scones with jam and cream, finger sandwiches and warm savoury treats, with a glass of bubbly, tea and coffee. Hello Koalas Festival High Teas will be served 11am to 4pm at Zebu, Rydges Port Macquarie – Bookings min 4 guests – Last bookings taken by Friday at 12noon. Scrumptious way to spend a few hours with Ziggy

Call Amanda to book on (02) 6589 2888


Hastings Landcare Farmgate Tours

Meet local farmers and land custodians and enjoy a family friendly day exploring the backroads of the Hastings region. Sheep, bush foods, organic herbs, free range chooks, biodiversity conservation, pasture raise pics, cattle breeding, oysters and more. $30 self-drive tour booklet online at www.hastingslandcare.org.au or Phone (02) 6586 4464

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Free Orienteering adventure

Get out and about with Free taster events from Orienteering NSW as part of the Hello Koalas festival! Explore Port Macquarie town while you track down Hello Koalas Sculptures! All ages welcome.

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Hello Koalas Cars and Coffee and Festival Family Fun Day

Say ‘hello’ to cars with car-is-ma! 8.30am – 2.30pm and enjoy good coffee supplied by “Stay Grounded”, Devonshire teas, BBQ, koala face-painting, all day music program including the Conservatorium’s Jazz Band and the Z Chords, art and craft exhibitions, wine tasting, tours and fun and games organised by NSW National Parks. Bring a picnic rug. Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard, Sunday 10 June, 8.30am to 2.30pm. Gold coin donation for Koala Hospital.

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Melbourne City Ballet

‘An Operatic, Dance infusion of Lust, Passion and Heartbreak’. Glasshouse Theatre, Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm. Tickets Glasshouse Box Office, www.glasshouse.org.au or Phone 02 6561 8888
Principal dancer Brendan Bradshaw, originally from Wauchope, will dazzle the audience and meet his early dance teacher, the much loved and artistic Francessca O’Donnell when he visits Port.  Francessca designed Lady Lola the Dancing Koala!

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Port Macquarie Museum Special Bicentenary Exhibition

Celebrating the John Oxley Bicentenary featuring local artists’ interpretation of the last 200 years in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region. Stop by too and say Hello to Forest, the Hello Koalas sculpture designed by local artist Pauline Roods and sponsored by Forestry NSW.


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!


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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

Caring for our Koalas and our Environment Conference

Sails Hotel Port Macquarie, NSW Mid North Coast

7  June and 8  June 2018

Click here to register

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Arrive in time on Wednesday 6 June and meet other delegates at an informal get-together. More details info@hellokoalas.com

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:


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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

Join us for Port Macquarie’s popular markets at Westport Park, on the banks of the Hastings River. But this time with a koala twist.
It’s that time of the year for the Hello Koalas Festival over the June Long Weekend and organisers are working with Marketplace Events to present a vibrant marketplace for local artists and producers to showcase and market their talents and produce in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, with a special exhibition of Hello Koalas sculptures and artwork by Hello Koalas artists as a highlight of these Foreshore Markets. 
The Hello Koalas Festival exhibition will be the centrepiece of an eclective mix of diverse and sometimes quirky stalls, featuring handmade arts and crafts, gourmet foods, locally grown produce, flowers, vintage clothing and handmade jewellery and clothing. 
Come and see some of your favourite Hello Koalas sculptures including the very dazzling Lady Lola, The Dancing Koala and Festival Queen. Meet Lola’s artist Francessca O’Donnell, who also created the mosaic koalas Kalido and PK Sparkles at the Glasshouse.
Watch local artist Yvonne Kiely work on her new Hello Koalas sculpture for Catholic Care of the Aged.
Plus the Conservatorium’s Big Band Concento comes to the Markets to celebrate the Hello Koalas Festival. 

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!

Josh Kowalewski (3) with Ranger Riley at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, Port Macquarie. Pic: Lindsay Moller Productions

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.

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Say Hello to Cars & Coffee – June 10

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.

Purchase your Farm Gate Tour booklet (and ticket) here.

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
















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