Photos thanks to Catherine Oehlman and family, with their own fun ‘vision’ for our 2020 Hello Koalas Festival Treasure Hunt!
Our 5th Annual Hello Koalas Festival has been postponed for 2021 so planning moves to 2022!
Saturday & Sunday 24-25 September 2022
The first weekend of the NSW school holidays
Our Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail Festival became the WORLD’S FIRST festival celebrating Australia’s best-loved animal, the koala. And while the pandemic has forced us to change dates twice now, we go on raising awareness of the need to protect our koalas, to enjoy the outdoors, art and life in general.
You can still visit our Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail 24/7 365 days a year, but please keep in mind travel and health restrictions. It’s free and a large number of our 80 Hello Koalas sculptures are in outdoor locations, while others have homes at local businesses who can really use your support at this difficult time.
Please check back closer to the time for more details on all the fun of Festival 2022, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter for updates on the festival and everything that is happening for Hello Koalas, including a possible small Christmas holiday treat.
Spring is a great time to recharge in sunny, beautiful and relaxing Port Macquarie and join in the fun of the Hello Koalas Festival Treasure Hunt.
For now, here’s the lowdown from our 2020 event.
This year (2020) we will be following the theme of “Search and Rescue” in collaboration with our new Festival charity partner, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
Find the elusive “Chief” Westpac Rescue Helicopter Pilot, sponsored by Westpac Bank and created by local artist Pauline Roods.
Take a selfie, post on facebook and instagram and go into the draw to win a helicopter flight for three over Port Macquarie, courtesy of Affinity Aviation, based at Port Macquarie Marina.
Search and rescue 29 other specially selected Hello Koalas sculptures in unusual and unexpected places around Port Macquarie and the hinterland. Family groups welcome. Children are invited to dress up as their favourite Hello Koalas character. Post photos of your “finds” and win prizes.
Discover the delights of Port Macquarie along the way, sampling local produce, stopping for refreshments, taking a dip in the sea. Special places to visit include Sea Acres Rainforest Centre and its indoor/outdoor cafe under a canopy of trees and birdlife and Port Macquarie Marina where you can meet local artists in residence and see a specially curated exhibition of Hello Koalas sculptures.
Don’t miss the Hello Koalas themed Artist and Artisan Markets beside the Mid North Coast Maritime Museum and Hastings Valley Fine Art Gallery on Sunday 27 September and enjoy local arts and crafts, and local artist exhibitions.
All participants receive a Hello Koalas Festival Certificate of Achievement, collectible from the Hello Koalas Tree House Shop in Port Macquarie, the home of Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail. The address is 16/10 Bellbowrie Street where you will see another brand new sculpture “Frankie Firefighter” by local artists Kim and Wayne Staples and other Hello Koalas sculptures to welcome you like “Charlie The Botanic Horticulturist” and “Buzzy Bee”.
It’s free to participate in the Treasure Hunt for 30 specially selected Hello Koalas sculptures but please register online on the form below so we know you are coming.
It’s exciting for all ages – discovering beautifully painted koala sculptures dotted across the landscape and learning more about the koala and how we can all protect and preserve Australia’s most iconic animal.
And it’s a COVID safe way to have a holiday!