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4 October - 30 November 2019

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is in Sydney

We invite you to come into the Garden and meet the Hello Koalas.
Bring the whole family and enjoy the bespoke trail curated by Arts and Health Australia Pty Ltd (AHA) and hosted by the Garden. The trail encompasses 22 one-metre high koala sculptures, hand-painted by Australian artists.

The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is a unique award- winning concept, conceived by AHA and centred in Port Macquarie. The Trail aims to promote koala conservation and conservation of other threatened animal and plant species in Australia.

The Garden opening hours: October 7 am – 7.30 pm; November 7 am – 8 pm.
The Calyx opening hours: 10 am – 4 pm. Please note that Benjamin The Return of the Thylacine and Koalasaurus-Max are located inside The Calyx.

To help find the koalas and learn about each one we suggest downloading the Trail guide or Garden app. When you visit the Garden, choose the Tour option on the app followed by the Hello Koalas Tour.



4 October - 30 November 2019


Throughout the Garden


Public transport recommended. Limited parking available

To celebrate its inaugural visit to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, a number of bespoke sculptures have been created including Charlie the Botanic Horticulturalist, named after Charlies Fraser the Garden’s first superintendent and acknowledging the horticulturists who care for our Botanic Gardens.

Make a trip to the Garden during October and November and enjoy this highly engaging exhibition that will be in Sydney for the first time.

See if you can find the plants depicted on Wollemia, including her beautiful tattoo:

  • NSW Waratah - Telopea speciosissima
  • Flannel Flower - Actinotus helianthi Grevillea species
  • Bottlebrush
  • Wattle – Acacia species
  • Pink Flannel Flower – Actinotus forsythii
  • Red Ironbark - Eucalyptus sideroxylon

On the back of her lab coat check out the symbols representing plants and their products. Did you know that without plants we’d be naked, hungry and sick? Nearly all of our food comes from plants, directly or via the animals that rely on them. Similarly our clothing, even synthetic fibres are derived from fossil plants. Many of our medicines are compounds made by plants, like aspirin, first discovered in the bark of willow trees.

Join our competition! 

Take a selfie with Charlie and friends and use #GardenKoalas for your chance to win! 

Look out for the camera in the trail guide, then take a photo with one of these Hello Koalas and share on social media using #GardenKoalas and you could win a $100 Botanic House voucher! With one winner chosen each week, there are plenty of chances to win, so get snapping! T&Cs here