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 Markets

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

Black Head Bazaar

The very popular Black Head Bazaar market has a wide variety of stalls selling local produce, native Australian plants, handmade clothing, jewellery, homemade cakes and slices. Food stalls and wonderful fresh roasted coffee is also available for purchase. Black Head Bazaar operates between September and May. Please note, they do not have markets during the winter months of June, July and August.

Start Date:
04/09/2016 View more details

Glass from the Past - Photographs from the Angus McNeil collection

In collaboration with the Macleay River Historical Society, the Slim Dusty Centre invite you to the launch of “Glass from the Past’ – Photos from the Angus McNeil Collection. The Launch is on Friday February 3 at 4.00pm and the exhibition runs until April 2. The Angus McNeil Collection is one of Australia’s largest collections of glass plate negatives. McNeil documented just about every aspect of Macleay life from the late 19th century until 1944, during which time he ran a photographer’s studio in Belgrave Street, Kempsey. The Macleay River Historical Society (MRHS) houses more than 30,000 of the original glass plate negatives. Judy Waters and Debbie Reynolds, with an incredible dedication have saved and digitised this most amazing collection providing access for people to connect to the history of the Macleay.

Start Date:
02/04/2017 View more details

Five Women Connected and Seen

The 'Five Women Connected and Seen' exhibition showcases the artworks of five mid north coast artists; Aunty Esther Quinlin, Rosalee Quinlin, Mabel Ritchie, Alison Williams and Verqelle Fisher. The artists will explore their cultural identities, as well as sharing their stories. Throughout the exhibition, and at various times, the artists will be resident in the Nulla Nulla Gallery, painting and creating their artworks. The artist's residency in the gallery provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors and students to get connected with the artists to learn about their creative and cultural practice. The Slim Dusty Centre has partnered with the Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery to bring the artists together at the Nulla Nulla Gallery at the Slim Dusty Centre for exposure to broader audiences visiting the Slim Dusty Museum also. The Five Women Connected and Seen exhibition is funded by Arts NSW under the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund.

Start Date:
06/04/2017 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:
26/05/2017 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

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

Head to Head Walk Run

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** 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:
03/09/2017 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

Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Championships sealed by Stan's

For the first time the Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Championships hydrated by Camelbak 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