Koala sculptures attract tourists

Natasha Drumond take of photo of Lucinda Blanch,holding Jack Drumond and Emily Blanch with koala
Natasha Drumond take of photo of Lucinda Blanch,holding Jack Drumond and Emily Blanch with koala


THE koala sculptures dotting our landscape are a hit with the influx of holidaymakers.

Individually designed and painted fibreglass koala sculptures create the official Hello Koalas Public Sculpture Trail.

Sydneysider Vicky Hatziakoumis said the koala sculptures were excellent.

"The kids love it .. they are attracted to them," she said.

Steve Hatziakoumis said the sculptures lifted the koalas' profile in Port Macquarie.

The Hatziakoumis and Dassakis families aim to see about 30 of the 50 sculptures by the end of their stay.

The sculpture count on Wednesday was already in double digits.

They checked out the koala sculpture, Sunshine, at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, with a design which celebrates the lives of koala pioneers Jean and Max Starr.

Antony Hatziakoumis, Nicola Hatziakoumis, Patrice Dassakis and Angelique Dassakis with koala at the Koala hospital

Antony Hatziakoumis, Nicola Hatziakoumis, Patrice Dassakis and Angelique Dassakis with koala at the Koala hospital

Sisters Angelique and Patrice Dassakis are fans of the sculptures.

"They are very creative and they have a lot of detail in them," Angelique said.

Patrice said the sculptures were fun to spot.

The koala sculptures are found in prominent, interesting and surprising locations around the local government area.

Natasha Drummond on holiday from Sydney visited the Town Green with her family to check out the large-scale sculptures.

"I've seen photos of them before and I thought they look really cool and the kids would enjoy coming down and seeing them," she said.

"I think it represents Port Macquarie."