Sometimes you need an excuse to become a tourist in your own city. And Hello Koalas provides just that excuse.
The exhibition of 22 beautifully painted koala sculptures is set in the glorious Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. Regular visitors to the garden will know that it boasts amazing harbour views and is positioned right alongside the Opera House and the Sydney CBD.
Navigating around the garden to uncover the delightful little fellows is a terrific way to explore all that the garden has to offer. And the walk to find them has the added benefit of being good exercise without even necessarily knowing it!!
The first koala on the list is The Mayor (pictured above). He (or perhaps she) is positioned close to the garden entry gates near the Opera House. Not far from The Mayor, you should be able to find a map of the garden showing where all the koalas are located.
Each of the koalas has their own special meaning and message; protecting our sea life, care for plants and animals, and the importance of research being just a few. There's even one koala that clarifies that he is definitely not a bear!
The walk takes around an hour to complete. However, if you stop to enjoy the other great sights, a more leisurely walk could successfully fill in a whole morning or afternoon. There are a couple of cafes and gift shops that can help break up the walk with a cool drink or a bite of lunch. Well maintained paths make getting around quite easy, and on our journey, we noticed people with wheelchairs and/or mobility aids navigating the paths quite easily.
Although it can be tempting to go straight to the nearest koala in sight, we set ourselves the challenge of completing the task in order, from koala one to koala twenty-two – taking a photo of each one of the critters along the way.
There is no entry fee and the Royal Botanic Garden is open daily from 7.30am to 5.30pm. The exhibition runs for all of October and November 2019. Whether you're a Sydney-local or a welcome visitor, Hello Koalas should be on your list of tourist activities.