Macleay Valley Coast
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
Natureland Classic Motorcycle Club Toy Run
Every year the Natureland Classic Motorcycle Club conducts a Toy Run in December, collecting toys to make Christmas a little brighter for disadvantaged children in the Macleay Valley. More than 80 motorcycle riders travel from South West Rocks into Kempsey followed by vehicles to collect and transport the donated items that have been left at various points on the route. Santa, travelling in a sidecar, does a grand job greeting children along the way. All bike riders are welcome to join the run, with a 10am start at South West Rocks Country Club.
Start Date:16/12/2018 View more details
Slim Dusty Way | Guided Tour
Take a journey through the life of Australian Country Music Legend, Slim Dusty. Visit the Slim Dusty Museum and “Homewood”, the country cottage where young David Kirkpatrick spent his childhood, and at just 18 wrote the iconic song “When the Rain Tumbles Down in July”. Enjoy a blacksmithing demonstration at the Nulla Nulla Blacksmith Farm.
Start Date:06/06/2019 View more details
Sculpture in the Gaol
Sculpture in the Gaol is a public art exhibition in a location like no other. Hosted by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service at the historic Trial Bay Gaol in South West Rocks, the exhibition features around 100 works by professional and hobbyist sculptors from all over NSW and beyond. For the full artistic programme, including the Gaol After dark fundraiser event, the Family Gala Day, exhibition dates, artist workshops and talks schedule, and awards ceremony, head to their website, sign up to their newsletter and follow their social media.
Start Date:03/08/2019 View more details
Gladstone Quality Markets
Gladstone Quality Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month along the banks of the Macleay River, Kinchela Street, Gladstone. The market hosts quality, local, hand-picked stallholders featuring artists, ceramics, photographer; gourmet/fine foods including jams, local farm fresh produce, preserves, chutneys and locally made muesli style products; as well as handmade soaps and locally produced organic body products and native plants. There are also local, professionally produced barista coffee. Another taste temptation is gourmet ready to-eat pies. There will also be entertainment provided by talented, local musicians and performers as well as entertainment for the children including face-painting and jumping castle. Come along and enjoy a day full of fun, atmosphere and guaranteed quality produce on the riverbank in the unique, historical village of Gladstone. Fill a picnic basket with the goods on offer, find a shady spot on the riverbank, sit back and enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment. The heritage township of Gladstone also offers the benefit of some great boutique shopping and cafes to explore and dine in after the markets.
Start Date:18/08/2019 View more details
Kempsey Riverside Markets
Kempsey Riverside Markets are held on the first Saturday of the month. They are located at Riverside Park, Eden Street, Kempsey on the banks of the beautiful Macleay River. The markets feature local and regional produce and products. It's a great opportunity to browse, shop and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere. There are over 100 stall holders offering; Fresh Produce Plants, Flowers Food Arts and Crafts Fashion Health Products/Therapies Homewares House and Garden Jewellery Entertainment It's also a great family event with the markets set next to the Riverside Park, which has a range of children play equipment. The markets are a Green Event so Please bring your Green Bags.
Start Date:07/09/2019 View more details
Hat Head Trig Marathon
On every boxing day hundreds of people take the challenge of the Hat Head Trig Marathon. Commencing at the club house in Main St, Hat Head participants make their way across a creek before trying to find their way through dense bush up and down Hat Head mountain. From there it’s back across the creek where many calves tremble under the transition from running to wading and paddling – and finally, the finish back where it all started. There are both junior and senior divisions with registration available on the day. The events inception dates back to ’60s, folklore that says the race concept stemmed from a bet between bowling club patrons as they enjoyed a schooner. A man known as Les Caine was often seen walking around on foot, and by all accounts was very physically fit. One day he was asked how long it would take him to run what would become the Hat Head Trig course. His response was met with disbelief and resulted in a wager. Mr Caine, as legend would have them believe, accepted the challenge that day and the Trig marathon was born.
Start Date:26/12/2019 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:09/02/2020 View more details
Coastline Credit Union Trial Bay Triathlon
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 six kilometres around South West Rocks. Fore more information about Coastline Credit Union Trial Bay Triathlon, please visit the website.
Start Date:10/02/2020 View more details
Annual Hat Head Car Rally
The annual Hat Head Rally is a popular event for car lovers on the Macleay. It’s held by the Kempsey Macleay Auto Restorers Club (KMARC) and boasts an ever increasing number of vintage cars on public display for a for a Show N Shine. See cars, trucks and utes over 30 years old at their best. It’s a popular event on the calendar with many visitors and locals coming to the Macleay to view the cars. The Rally and Show N Shine is held on the first Saturday of May each year. The event starts at Hat Head, then the cars drive to a new location each year for the Show N Shine. A Show 'n' Shine takes place on Saturday at lunchtime and prizes are awarded for best car in selected categories. Rally routes around the District are listed on the website.
Start Date:02/05/2020 View more details
Crescent Head Malibu Classic
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.
Start Date:22/05/2020 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:07/06/2020 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:16/08/2020 View more details
Slim Dusty Festival
Fun and Friendly Country Music Festival for all ages in October with camping on site - choose powered and unpowered sites. Their great bus tour this year will be to Slim Dusty's childhood homestead and The Pub with No Beer with morning tea at Perry's Lemon Myrtle Farm. On Tuesday join them in the hall for the old time dance night followed by their indoor and outdoor program at the Kempsey Showground with 27 of Australia's great country music Performers over seven days. Their volunteers will have the canteen up and running for seven days. Join in Friday and Saturday at Bush Poet's breakfast and Sunday's the Gospel concert with Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson. The Entertainers this year are the three Generations of the Dallas Family which includes 2018 Golden Guitar winner Ashleigh Dallas and Brett Dallas. Rex Dallas Pioneer of Australian Country Music and Lindsay Dallas. Also Amos Morris will perform along with Golden Guitar winner Anne Kirkpatrick and David. Indigenous singer songwriter Ron Callaghan will also be performing along with Norma O'Hara Murphy, Graham Rodgers and many others throughout the weeks festival.