Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
4 - 29 Jan 6:00am - 10:00pm
Start the trail here!
This year the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, the award-winning public art trail across Port Macquarie-Hastings region, is celebrating its 6th anniversary. The full trail features 77 one metre high fibreglass koala sculptures, hand-painted by many local artists in various designs which can be described as fun, quirky, colourful or simply beautiful.
At the heart of the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is the powerful message that everyone must care for Australia’s koala population to protect it for future generations. The Hello Koalas team is devoted to encouraging people to learn about caring for koalas, which is a threatened species due to environmental issues around habitat and, like humans, koalas are vulnerable to disease too. Port Macquarie is proud of its koala population which is now reviving again after the bushfires thanks to the loving care of the staff and over 175 volunteers at the world’s first Koala Hospital, a short drive from town.
Back in 2014, when the NSW Premier came to Port to officially launch this innovative public art trail, freely available to locals and to visitors, one of the first founding sponsors was Settlement City.
It was through the social commitment to Aboriginal culture by Settlement City’s management company, Lendlease, that the shopping centre has become home to beautifully painted sculptures by local Aboriginal artists including two spectacular designs bearing the names ‘Alira’ and ‘Bindi’ by Wauchope artist, Isabell Moran.
Since that time, an eclectic group of Hello Koalas sculptures has gathered in a unique Hello Koalas precinct which people can discover on foot, with Settlement City as the central meeting place.
This summer at Settlement City, Alira and Bindi are being joined by a third Hello Koalas sculpture called Koala Boy by Kempsey artist Colin Wightman.
Next door, also meet the Mayor of the Koala Republic and Sandy Paws at Panthers Club and across Park Street, say hi to Athena and Poseidon at Sails Hotel, Shelly at SeaSalt Restaurant and Café and Koalasaurus-MAX at Affinity Helicopters at Port Macquarie Marina.
Percy Crossingsafe is down the road at Percival Property in their purple house in Buller street, the graceful Willow is at Pipeworks Café at Bay Park Plaza, and the ever-popular Mack the Surf Lifesaver sits proudly at McDonalds opposite Settlement City car park.
A few minutes walk away you will find Hello Koalas home base at Bellbowrie Park Business Centre at Unit 16, 10 Bellbowrie Street – open three days a week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 3pm. There you can meet Frankie Firefighter, I’m No Bear, Charlie the Horticulturist, Wollemia the Vital Scientist, Madame Butterfly, Radiant Heart, Komorebi and Buzzy Bee with its intricate design of 22 native stingless bees, one large honey bee and the floral emblem of every state and Territory in Australia.
Just nearby is Koalatron at Car Clean and Starry Soul over the road at Donnas Pools and Spas. That’s 10 more Hello Koalas in short walking distance. 22 Hello Koalas in all to photograph and post on social.
We recommend on-foot sculpture hunters use Settlement City as the place to start following the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail. You can collect a free Hello Koalas Trail Map fro the Centre Management Office as well. And this January, shoppers are in for a real treat.
Spend just $30 or more at Settlement City, take your receipt to the Centre Management Office and you will receive a complimentary 2021 Hello Koalas Colouring Book valued at $16. One per customer, while stocks last.
All 77 Hello Koalas sculptures are there between the book covers waiting for some creative little people to weave some colourful magic.