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The Big Koala - Spirit of All Koalas
Cowarra State Forest, Port Macquarie NSW

2023 Winner: Best Landmark Sculpture

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The Big Koala is a 2.5 metre Hello Koalas sculpture located in Guulabaa, Place of Koala, a new educational and cultural tourism precinct in the Cowarra State Forest being developed by Forestry Corporation of NSW.

Located on the corner of Oxley Highway and Burrawan Forest Drive, near the Pacific Highway turnoff to Wauchope, The Big Koala features an intricate design painted by local artist Pauline Roods encompassing 31 koalas, measuring between 30cm and 50cm, living happily in the forest, each with its own conservation message to tell. 

The Big Koala was manufactured in fibreglass by local industrial artist John Belfield and a facial cast is on display at Hello Koalas Gallery and Gift Shop, along with a range of exclusive Big Koala merchandise. That is also where you can pick up a free Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail Guide & Map to show you the way to The Big Koala.


Watch 'The Making of the Big Koala' by clicking here.

Traditionally regarded as a convenient stopover between Sydney and Brisbane, the Port Macquarie region is now a stunning destination in its own right, luring those looking for a nature-based holiday with serious gourmet credibility. Blessed with sparkling beaches lined with pockets of rainforest, the area is a significant habitat for koalas and home to the world-famous Koala Hospital.

There are oodles of options when it comes to accommodation and RV stays, plus bountiful eateries.

Where? A new tourism precinct with a world first in Cowarra State Forest, corner of Oxley Highway and Burrawan Forest Drive.

Best viewing times: Daytime

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