Macleay Valley Coast
Arakoon bushcare group
The fragile coastal dune system of Arakoon National Park, near South West Rocks and Kempsey, is under threat from invasive weeds such as bitou bush. Volunteer for two hours of weeding each week to help eradicate invasive weeds and restore native dune habitat. Volunteering with the Arakoon bushcare group is a productive and satisfying way to to help the local ... Visit website for more info Cost: Free
Start Date:17/09/2014 View more details
Funkya@Unkya is a grass roots bi-monthly community market for 'make it, bake it, sew it, grow it' producers and creatives held on the last Sunday of the even months. They also support the environmentally sustainable concept of 'reuse, recycle and re-invent' Funkya@Unkya is growing and gaining wide acclaim as a wonderfully enjoyable experience for all concerned. Live music by local musicians headlines every market. Workshops, demonstrations, playground, home style food, large selection of local produce and products available plus quality recycled goods. Held on the very last Sunday of February, April, June, August and October and on the second Sunday in December for the Christmas market.
Start Date:26/04/2015 View more details
Annual Nestle Junior Triathlon - Trial Bay
The annual Nestle Junior Triathlon will be held at Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon State Conservation Area in South West Rocks. Racing is for five to 15 year olds. There will be five races - for five year olds, six to seven years, eight to nine years, 10 to 11 years, and 12 to 15 years. A separate entry form will be required for each race entered. The Junior Triathlon is held on the third Saturday of February each year.
Start Date:20/02/2016 View more details
Kempsey Riverside Market
The Kempsey Riverside Market is held on the first Saturday of every month, from 8am to 1pm on the banks of the beautiful Macleay River. This quality market features produce and products from Kempsey and surrounding districts, with an emphasis on quality, taste, and design. It is a place for people to browse, shop, and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be entertainment, local produce, delectable food, arts, craft and fun for the kids. For more information please contact Kate on the phone number provided.
Start Date:03/06/2017 View more details
South West Rocks Running Festival
The South West Rocks Running Festival, formally the Macleay River Marathon, in its 35th year, is a scenic riverside run along the banks of the beautiful Macleay River and back to Trial Bay Gaol. It is held every year on the June long weekend Sunday. All proceeds go to local charities and community groups. The programme includes Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 kilometre run, five kilometre Enticer Run, plus Junior events. Please visit the web site for more information. All marathon competitors are expected to reach the 32 kilometre mark (Rotary Park) by 10.30am and to finish by 12pm (midday), due to road closures. Road closures are from Spencerville Bridge to Hat Head turnaround. Competitors must run on the left hand side of the road at all times, and in town area must run on footpaths where available.
Start Date:11/06/2017 View more details
ACO Virtual - Australian Chamber Orchestra's ground-breaking virtual experience
ACO Virtual is the Australian Chamber Orchestra's ground-breaking virtual orchestra. This interactive, immersive experience transports the visitor and audience into a world of sublime music by Bach, Grieg, Roger Smalley and Astor Piazolla. Imagine standing on stage surrounded by the Australian Chamber Orchestra's virtuoso musicians, watching bows and fingers fly, feeling the bass line, or hearing the exquisite tones of Artistic Director Richard Tognetti's Guarneri del Gesu violin up close. Visitors can stand among the thirteen projections of the musicians, and using a touch screen device can choose how to hear and see the musicians play. Audiences from all over Australia have been blown away by the experience. This is a great experience for young and old, and those who love music of any form will get an incredible understanding of the many aspects of how music is brought together in an orchestra. This is another fantastic travelling show brought to the Slim Dusty Centre by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, MOD productions and the Slim Dusty Foundation.
Start Date:01/07/2017 View more details
Sculpture in the Gaol
For the duration of the event the historic grounds of Trial Bay Gaol will be transformed into a dramatic landscape filled with sculptures for this stunning exhibition. Why not also take the opportunity to read about the Gaol’s famous history and its hidden secrets whilst you're there. Awe in amazement at the cleverly crafted sculptures, produced by local school students and regional artists. The official opening will take place on Sunday August 6 from 11am at Trial Bay Gaol. Whilst you're there make sure to browse the delicious local food stalls, coffee, kids entertainment, local stalls and historical information.
Start Date:06/08/2017 View more details
Head to Head Walk Run
The Head to Head Walk Run Event is a Healthy Communities activity held along Killick Beach, Crescent Head. The event is held by the Lions Club of Crescent Head to raise funds this year for Diabetes New South Wales. Teams, families and individuals of all ages have the chance to walk or run five, 10 or 20 kilometres, as an individual or a team of four. Please refer to the website for full program details.
Start Date:27/08/2017 View more details
Old Malibu Longboard Classic
Old Malibu Longboard Classic Competition is open to surfers aged 30 years of age and over. The venue is the Crescent Head Reserve. Live entertainment in the evenings at the Crescent Head Country Club from 7pm. Crescent Head is a popular spot for surfers from around Australia and the world as it is one of the longest point breaks in Australia.
Start Date:02/09/2017 View more details
The Macleay River Festival
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Macleay River Festival is in September at Riverside Park, Kempsey. The 2016 event hosted three stages of music and performance, the Mighty Macleay Raft Regatta, workshops, a circus playground, sculptures, and history. There was a children's mini festival, buskers, and a food and wine fair. Fabulous food and arts and crafts on sale. Check the website to see what's planned for 2017! The Festival is a free family friendly event.
Start Date:23/09/2017 View more details
The Slim Dusty Country Music Festival
Join visitors from all over Australia for the iconic Slim Dusty Country Music Festival, held at the Kempsey Showground. The event continues to grow in its 14th year and this year proudly presents the Slim Dusty Family Reunion's 10th Anniversary Concert on the Saturday evening with Joy McKean. Other artists in the weeks entertainment include Jeff Brown, Chris Cook, Paul Mcloud, Taylor Pfeiffer, Rob Breese and Amos Morris. A must for all country music fans is the tour to Slim Dusty's boyhood home at Nulla Nulla on Wednesday, October 18. This is where Slim wrote "When the rain tumbles down in July" during the Macleay Valley Floods of 1945. Alternatively you may like to do the Trial Bay Gaol Tour at South West Rocks. Camping and canteen facilities are available.
Start Date:16/10/2017 View more details
Slim Dusty Country Music Festival
Join visitors from all over Australia for the iconic Slim Dusty Country Music Festival, held at the Kempsey Showground. The event continues to grow in its 14th year and this year proudly presents the Slim Dusty Family Reunion's 10th Anniversary Concert on the Saturday evening with Joy McKean. Other artists in the weeks entertainment include Jeff Brown, Chris Cook, Paul Mcloud, Taylor Pfeiffer, Rob Breese and Amos Morris. A must for all country music fans is the tour to Slim Dusty's boyhood home at Nulla Nulla on Wednesday, 18th October. This is where Slim wrote "When the rain tumbles down in July" during the Macleay Valley Floods of 1945. Alternatively you may like to do the Trial Bay Gaol Tour at South West Rocks. Camping and canteen facilities are available.
Start Date:16/10/2017 View more details
Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Championships sealed by Stan's
For the first time the Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Championships sealed by Stan's are coming to Kempsey in Northern NSW. The purpose-built enduro trails of the local MTB club will once again host a superflow race. Why "superflow"? Because the trails picked out for the event will give its racers that distinctive "super flowy" feeling. The challenge is to ride to the top of the race tracks and then clock in the fastest time possible on each track against some of the fastest racers in the country. More than 150 riders will be summoned to Kempsey. Race participants can register online ahead of the race and spectator entry is for free.
Start Date:18/11/2017 View more details
Stramit NSW Surf Life Saving Country Championships
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** As one of the biggest events on the surf sports calendar, Kempsey Shire Council and South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club will together host the event. The Stramit Country Championships are open to clubs outside the Newcastle-to-Illawarra corridor. The event showcases some of the state's best surf sports athletes who are determined to not only continue their preparation for the State and National titles, but also to help drive their club to supremacy in the Junior, Senior and Overall pointscores. The Stramit Country Championships is the only event on the surf sports calendar to feature a full range of events including surfboats, as well as all age groups from Under Eights through to Masters, within a two-day surf carnival. Come along and check out this great event.
Start Date:03/02/2018 View more details
Coastline Credit Union Trial Bay Triathlon
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The annual Coastline Credit Union Trial Bay Triathlon will be held at Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon State Conservation Area in South West Rocks. Watch competitors swim 500 metres, cycle for 25 kilometres and run 6 kilometres around South West Rocks. Fore more information about Coastline Credit Union Trial Bay Triathlon, please visit the website.
Start Date:11/02/2018 View more details
Crescent Head Malibu Classic
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Crescent Head Malibu Club presents the Crescent Head Malibu Classic at Killick Beach, Crescent Head. In the 1960s, longboarders surfing north along the coast found the home of one of the longest and most classic point breaks in the world. National parks, nature reserves and the Pacific Ocean border Crescent Head, and its cobblestone point is famous. Event organisers respectfully acknowledge the Dunghutti People as the traditional custodians of the Crescent Head region and welcome them, competitors, families, friends, kids, locals, mates, media, spectators and visitors to the annual Crescent Head Malibu Classic. Proceeds support local community groups.