#PortMacquarie‘s #HelloKoalas are making quite a hit in the capital! Twenty of our fantastic #HelloKoalasSculptures are making their home in Canberra this March at the beautiful #AustralianNationalBotanicGardens. Discover how you can find them all, as well as the newest addition, Buzzy!
Join the fun of the quest for Carramar, named after the Indigenous Birpai word for “shade of tree”, and adorned with native Australian plants. Read more in this CanberraTimes article.
Press release: SAY HELLO TO THE CARRAMAR KOALA QUEST!
This March, the Australian National Botanic Gardens invites you to join in the Carramar Koala Quest, a free discovery trail in Canberra featuring 20 larger-than-life Hello Koalas sculptures.
Hello Koalas is an imaginative sculpture project which was founded in Port Macquarie, NSW and this is the first time a travelling exhibition of the Hello Koalas has been staged.
Megan Donaldson, Visitor Services Coordinator, Australian National Botanic Gardens said each of the one metre high fibreglass koala sculptures is adorned with unique artwork which promotes messages of conservation of plants and animals.
“Each koala has its own special story to tell and we’re inviting everyone to come and say hello! The Gardens will host 14 of the 20 Hello Koalas sculptures including the elusive Carramar who will be hiding somewhere in the Gardens waiting to be discovered,” Ms Donaldson said.
“We’re also delighted to be unveiling a new Hello Koalas sculpture – Buzzy. Buzzy highlights the importance of native bees and the native plants that bees thrive on.”
A selection of the Hello Koalas sculptures will also be popping up at other iconic Canberra destinations including the National Zoo and Aquarium and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
Visitors to the Enlighten Festival can also join in the Hello Koalas fun with Guula, a Koala celebrating unique Indigenous artwork and traditions on display in the Parliamentary Triangle from 1-17 March.
Hello Koalas Project Director, Margret Meagher said their company, Arts and Health Australia, was proud of its award winning Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail and was especially excited that 20 of our Hello Koalas sculptures were travelling to Canberra as guests of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
“Each Hello Koalas sculpture has been selected for its important environmental and cultural message and the Gardens provide the perfect setting for our Hello Koalas to shine as conservation ambassadors to ensure that threatened species in Australia are well cared for and treasured. And, of course, everyone loves koalas!”
The Carramar Koala Quest is proudly supported by partners Arts and Health Australia Enlighten Canberra, The Electric Canvas, Canberra Weekly, Event AV Services, Pollen, Jindii Eco Spa, National Zoo and Aquarium, ACT Parks and Conservation Service, University House, Friends of the Gardens, Mantra Group and sponsors Cool Country Natives, Bosisto’s Eucalyptus and NatureArt Lab.