January 4th, 2015
If you are visiting Australia, then you've got to purchase one of our authentic Australian koala plush toys as a souvenir. Smiling Bear's new koala plush product range is cute, premium and totally unique.
Our plush make the perfect souvenir or gifts and continue to remind you of your special time spent here in Australia long after you’ve returned back home again. Take a little bit of the laid-back Aussie lifestyle and positive outlook back home with you.
Available exclusively from Discover Australia stores at all major Australian airports, Sydney International, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Cairns – come and find us and say hello to Discover’s smiling staff! They will be happy to help you choose that perfect gift.
These products are also available from our online store here, and we are shipping our products worldwide, for delivery straight to your door.
Smiling Bear, the adorable little blue koala was dreamt up in Manly, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney NSW. Building on the iconic nature of the Australian koala, Smiling Bear is the new Aussie character venturing out around the world. He has developed a strong online following (now over 1/4 million Facebook fans) all checking out the weekly webcomic and fun, positive messages about his happy-headed life.
As an authentic Australian owned character and company we will be donating a percentage of profits to the Australian Koala Foundation (the AKF) and helping them to raise global awareness for the wild koala and its protection. You can read more information of our involvement with the AKF on our About page here. You can read more information about the AKF and the amazing work they do at their site SaveTheKoala.com
Our plush toy and accessory product range has been expertly manufactured under license by Bandai, one of the worlds top toy companies. They were specifically chosen for their exacting standards and extremely high quality products. Plush like this cannot be made in Australia, so we had to look further afield and seek expert help. Smiling Bear remains an authentic Australian owned company and character, whilst partnering with Bandai, one of the top toy manufacturing companies in the world. We believe this is a forward thinking, progressive partnership and it has allowed us to create a truly outstanding product range.
If you’re wondering why we didn’t make our plush here in Australia, it’s because you simply cannot manufacture high quality plush here. Claims of 'Australian Made’ plush or stuffed toys commonly sold as souvenirs to tourists in Australia are not actually manufactured here at all. They are actually shipped here from elsewhere in bits, and then at best, assembled here. The loophole in the ‘Australian Made’ law means that as long as a certain percentage of total costs are attributable to Australia (including things likes shipping, insurance etc) you can use the ‘Australian Made’ logo under license. You can read more about this misleading ruling at FindLaw Australia here.
If you do want to buy something that is 100% Product of Australia, you should only look for products displaying the official words'Product of Australia’.
We wanted our products to be manufactured in the most logical and fair way possible, without misleading people, so we could pass on the quality to the consumer. As previously mentioned, we are an authentic Australian owned company and character brand, and are located in Sydney NSW and we will continue to support the Australian Koala Foundation.