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.

For my next CANBERRA – INNER NORTH review click HERE.
For other Canberra reviews click HERE.


18 thoughts on “Koalas in the Australian National Botanic Gardens

      1. If they’re not found in the wild around Canberra, where are they found then Albert? I think I remember a firend telling me they saw one in a garden somewhere along the Gold Coast area – the real ones I mean, not the ceramic ones before you use your Irish/Australian humour at my expense 🙂

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        1. Yes they are more along the east/ south east coast – so from Queensland (incl Gold Coast) down to around Melbourne – I have only ever seen one once in the wild about 20 years ago outside Melbourne. The are very hard to spot and of course not many in the first place so most people settle for zoos and reserves to see them.

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  1. Those koalas are amazing, Albert! I’m not surprised you couldn’t resist the challenge. But the true prize has to go to the real one – wow, what a cutie! Sadly we don’t have many of those over here, but it’s great to see them doing well in their native country. Thanks for this bright and colourful post!

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      1. Ah yes, Longleat. If they have some of these gorgeous animals we must go. It’s perfectly doable for a day trip. Thanks for the link. Albert. 😊

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  2. I love these koalas Albert! When we were in Bath last year they had painted owls everywhere which I took great delight in finding and photographing. These remind me of them! I’ll keep an eye out for them next time in in Canberra, which will be quote soon!


    1. Sorry to tell you Deb they came of display at end of March. The are cute and I just made it in time to see them.
      Let me know if you want to catch up for a coffee while here…. In any event enjoy your time here.

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  3. These are lovely! We have had cows in London, Paddington Bear and elephants. I have seen dogs in Newcastle and giant cowboy boots in Wyoming. But never koalas! Please suggest that Canberra lends them to London when you are finished with them – we could do with cheering up!

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      1. Yes, they are at Longleat I think. It was on the news the other day that they have just started to allow visitors to see them – they were kept somewhere private for the first six months to settle in. It’s supposed to be part of a conservation project – I think the idea is to have some living elsewhere in case of a major outbreak of disease among your native population. But there’s been some controversy as one died soon after arrival 😦

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        1. I think there may be some in Edinburgh too. I wonder if Australia is charging a fee and only granting them on loan as China does with its Pandas? Shame one died but that’s nature – I am sure they are being well cared for.


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