Campbelltown’s backyard, the beautiful Dharawal National Park, is a pristine eucalypt and shale forest that lies within the traditional land of the Dharawal nation. It’s here you’ll find a growing population of wild koalas (Campbelltown is known as Koalatown, after all). Now, to shine a spotlight on these creatures, Campbelltown City Council and The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is encouraging people to head out on a koala trail around south-west Sydney – but the koalas you’ll be searching for will be a little different to the ones you see in trees.
A collection of 22 hand-painted koala sculptures will be on display around Campbelltown this April. These one-metre-tall statues have all been painted by Australian artists including Breana Purdie, Yvonne Kiely, Fiona Morgan and heaps more. Yes, these vibrant koalas are all hand painted and were created to showcase not only one of Australia’s favourite native animals but also the many cultures that make up the Aussie community.
You can visit the Hello Koala Sculpture Trail from April 1 to 30 at the following locations: Campbelltown City Council administration building (Cnr Queen & Broughton Streets, Campbelltown), Campbelltown Arts Centre (1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown), Campbelltown Visitor Centre (15 Old Menangle Road, Campbelltown), Ingleburn Library (Cnr Oxford & Cumberland Roads, Ingleburn) and The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan (362 Narellan Rd, Mount Annan). Opening hours for each venue varies so we’d suggest checking each venue’s hours before heading out.
The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is a partnership with The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, Campbelltown City Council and Hello Koalas Port Macquarie. For more information on the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, head here.