On hearing that there were koalas (albeit of the ceramic variety) in my local botanical gardens and being in need of a walk one glorious autumn morning I decided to go and have a look.
The brightly painted koalas, on temporary display, each had a different artist and its own conservation story to tell. Thirteen of the approximately one metre high koalas were marked on a map while the location of the fourteenth was unmarked, leaving it for the visitor to find it within the gardens’ 35 hectares of trees, plants and shrubbery.
While the whole display and the challenge of finding the ‘missing’ koala was targeted at children I could not resist the challenge.
Below are pictures of the koalas interspersed with images of some of the pretty flowers I encountered on my walk. Enjoy.
And the one I had to find – Carramar, an Indigenous (Birpai) name for ‘shade of trees’.
If you are in Canberra and wish to see a real Koala then the nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is the place to go.
For those seeking a fuller description of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, including how to get there please see my separate review HERE. I thoroughly recommend a visit.