Port Macquarie

Events

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail celebrates one of Australia's iconic animals - the koala - and the outstanding work of the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital - the first facility in the world solely dedicated to care and conserve the koala. Established in 2014, Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is a multi-award winning tourism attraction that delights both the locals and visitors to Port Macquarie-Hastings, on the Mid North Coast of NSW. The Trail encompasses 57 hand painted one metre high koala sculptures on exhibition around the town of Port Macquarie and dotted around the landscape from the hinterland to the sea. So don't be surprised if you come across one of these creatively decorated koalas resting in parkland, lazing by the beach, waiting outside the shops, or playing with toddlers, school kids, mums and dads, and grannies. Everyone in the family loves the Hello Koalas! It's the best treasure hunt on the east coast of Australia too! With great photo opportunities to share with family and friends. Try and capture them all and post them on Facebook and Instagram. It's koalarageously clever! P.S Join them for the Hello Koalas Festival, June Long Weekend 2018.

Start Date:
01/01/2016 View more details

Eat. Sip. Paint! at Oasis By The River

Join Paint The Town and experience the new activity in Camden Haven - Eat. Sip. Paint! An artist will walk you through a step-by-step painting in a relaxed atmosphere as you enjoy a cocktail and some nibbles. No experience necessary! All paint supplies and canvas included. Oasis By The River has a wonderful selection of food and drinks available for purchase during the event. Get your seat at 11.45am and painting begins at 12pm. You will have a few breaks to use the bathroom, order food, and top those cocktails up of course. Painting ends around 2:30pm. Bookings through the website.

Start Date:
07/02/2016 View more details

Sundays at Near River

‘Sundays at Near River’ allows you to spend a morning partaking in the farms regular activities - you’ll help them feed the chickens, water and feed the sows and their piglets, collect some eggs, and then spend time in the market garden sowing seeds or mulching some beds. After all this activity they will then harvest fresh produce for lunch and sit down to enjoy a meal garnered from the fields. The menu is likely to include soup, salad and pork or chicken with a beverage. A wonderful opportunity for children both young and old to connect with the land and discover where their food comes from and experience the delight of tasting truly fresh food. Foodies can expect a chat about their ethicial pastured raised practices and the multiude of benefits that they believe this has for the animals, the environment, and society in general. Nature lovers will have the opportunity to wander down to the river that forms the northern boundary of their property, and maybe skim some stones across the surface. ‘Sundays at Near River’ is an ideal day out experiencing the pristine Hastings hinterland.

Start Date:
09/10/2016 View more details

The Artist Market

The Artist Market is staged on the fourth Sunday of each month in the grounds of The Maritime Museum, Port Macquarie. It is an eclectic market bringing together a vibrant and colourful collection of works by local artisans and artists. It will showcase their talents and will be supported by stalls featuring locally grown, made or baked, farm fresh produce and fine food products. The market is dedicated to supporting and promoting local artists, artisans, farmers and food producers. It operates from 9am to 1pm, with live music and free workshops conducted by Rhi Rebellion which we encourage you to be part of.

Start Date:
27/11/2016 View more details

Grown and Gathered Community Market

This local community market is fast becoming known as the region's friendliest market. The premise of the market was originally based on the idea of "re-use, recycle, repurpose" with local valley residents bringing their farm produce excesses to the local hall to barter and share with other residents. Since then, this little market has grown to include fantastic food, great coffee, eclectic and interesting stalls including jewellery, artworks, metal work, recycled clothing, knitwear, jams, preserves and plenty more. It changes each month so there's always something new to see. The drive is about 45 minutes from Port Macquarie through the gorgeous Pappinbarra Valley past Beechwood. If you enjoy a scenic drive with a fantastic destination at the end, come and see them on the first Sunday of each month from 9am to 1pm in daylight savings, and til 12 through the colder months.

Start Date:
04/12/2016 View more details

Festival of the Sun

Coming into its 14th year for December 2017, Festival of the Sun (FOTSUN) has sold out in record time and is described as one of the best boutique music festivals you can experience over summer. FOTSUN will indeed deliver the vibes and stellar line up that have cemented it as a summer festival favourite over the past ten years. Festival of the Sun is Port Macquarie's flagship live music event bringing in the summer with some great live Aussie and International bands, tasty markets and three days of camping in the sun next to the beach.

Start Date:
08/12/2016 View more details

The Foreshore Markets

The Foreshore Market is a vibrant marketplace for local artists and artisans to showcase and market their talents in the Port Macquarie area. Unique handmade arts and crafts highlight the event with an eclectic mix of other stalls, from gourmet foods, locally grown produce, flowers, vintage clothing and handmade jewellery and clothing. With the markets strong cultural element and community environment, it brings quirky, style, and the alternative to the mid north coast market scene. So If you are looking for something a little different head to the Foreshore Markets.

Start Date:
10/12/2016 View more details

Riverwalk Markets

Held on the third Sunday of every month at Bruce Porter Reserve, on the banks of the beautiful Camden Haven River at Laurieton, the Riverwalk Markets showcase local produce, gourmet foods, arts and craft, plants, and bric-a-brac. Stall holders come from as far as Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, such is the popularity of the markets. Pony rides and a jumping castle are regular features, as well as live music.

Start Date:
18/12/2016 View more details

Tidal Rhythms: art exhibition

The latest exhibition at the Hastings Fine Art Gallery by members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association is on display from October 18 to January 17. The exhibition showcases woks in all mediums and styles as well as a collection of affordable, smaller works that are perfect gifts or for taking home a wonderful holiday memento of your visit to the beautiful Mid North Coast. Visit their seaside gallery and chat to the friendly artists on duty-you'll be made most welcome. Open weekly Wednesday - Sunday 10am till 4pm - Entry is Free.

Start Date:
24/01/2017 View more details

Eat. Sip. Paint! The Beach House Port Macquarie

Join Paint The Town for a fun, creative and relaxed paint class, the new way to celebrate. An artist will walk you through a step-by-step painting in a relaxed atmosphere as you enjoy a cocktail and some nibbles. No experience necessary! All paint supplies and canvas included. The Beach House has a wonderful selection of food and drinks available for purchase during the event. Get your seat at 6.15pm and painting begins at 6:30pm. You will have a few breaks to use the bathroom, order food, and top those cocktails up of course. Painting ends around 9pm. Bookings through the website.

Start Date:
24/03/2017 View more details

Paint, Sip, Party at Bago Tavern Wauchope

Arrive at 12:45 to get your seat, order a drink and get ready to have a good time. Painting begins at 1pm. They'll have a canvas, paint, brushes, even an apron waiting for you. Don't worry, an artist will walk you through step-by-step so no experience required! Besides, it's fun art, not fine art. Price includes your 2.5 hour paint class, canvas, and all paint supplies. Book online. Food and drinks sold separately. Bago Tavern offers a selection of the finest beers in town, local wines, and non alcoholic drinks for purchase and to enjoy while painting.

Start Date:
01/04/2017 View more details

Chicks in the Sticks

Bellrowan’s exciting new package just for the ladies! Bring the girls, mums, sisters, aunts, daughters and grandmothers for a weekend away with a difference! Located in Port Macquarie’s beautiful hinterland you’ll feel a million miles away from busy city life. Their overnight package includes all meals, a suitable horse for you (beginner to the experienced rider catered for), entertainment with whip cracking, line dancing and live music, accompanied by a glass of champagne and endless nibbles, accommodation and plenty of laughs. A unique experience you and your girlfriends will cherish!

Start Date:
17/06/2017 View more details

Chicks in the Sticks

Bellrowan’s exciting new package just for the ladies! Bring the girls, mums, sisters, aunts, daughters and grandmothers for a weekend away with a difference! Located in Port Macquarie’s beautiful hinterland you’ll feel a million miles away from busy city life. Their overnight package includes all meals, a suitable horse for you (beginner to the experienced rider catered for), entertainment with whip cracking, line dancing and live music, accompanied by a glass of champagne and endless nibbles, accommodation and plenty of laughs. A unique experience you and your girlfriends will cherish!

Start Date:
17/06/2017 View more details

Wauchope Farmers Market

The Wauchope Farmers' Market is held on the fourth Saturday of the month. The Wauchope Farmers' Market provides an opportunity for local farmers and food producers to sell a large variety of produce and hand crafted gourmet food products direct to the public. It is a well established community market built on a philosophy of providing the freshest, the best, and the healthiest alternatives to the community, with produce and product often hand-picked the day before the market.

Start Date:
22/07/2017 View more details

Cinema Under the Stars Port Macquarie

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is coming to Port Macquarie! The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of family friendly entertainment and activities before the blockbuster movie Sing screens at sundown. For further details please visit the website or 'Like' Newcastle Permanent Facebook page.

Start Date:
17/11/2017 View more details

Wauchope Moto Fest

If you like motorbikes, you'll love the Wauchope Moto Fest! This is a festival for the whole family, with a Show n Shine, Gymkhana and Swap Meet, as well as great food and buskers. Did you know Wauchope, in Port Macquarie's hinterland (and the 'Gateway to the Oxley'), was declared the first 'Motorcycle Friendly Town' in NSW?

Start Date:
18/11/2017 View more details

Laurieton Riverwalk Market

Enjoy a bite to eat by the riverside, or get your kitchen in order with a range of fresh produce and gourmet foods to take home. With an extensive range of toys, clothes, fashion, plants, candles, perfumes, fishing gear, furniture and so much more you will love your day out at the Market. The Laurieton Riverwalk Markets are held every third Sunday of each month with an extra Market in January. They are held at the Bruce Porter Reserve in Laurieton. Tourists and locals alike have a great day at the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets. There is something for everyone! The Camden Haven Chamber has conducted the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets for over 15 years.

Start Date:
19/11/2017 View more details

Bach to the Bush: Kendall

In his final Australian concert of 2017, Anthony Albrecht, graduate of the Master of Historical Performance degree at the Juilliard School of New York, plays Bach solo cello suites and other baroque cello music. Enjoy Anthony's fascinating information about Bach's time and music, as well as his own musical journey, during this two hour concert.

Start Date:
19/11/2017 View more details

Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour 2017

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of Australia's largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia. It is produced by Woodfordia Inc in partnership with many other wonderful Australian festivals, regional partners and great lovers and supporters of folk and contemporary acoustic music. It’s an opportunity for music-lovers from welcoming communities to invite artists from Home and Abroad into their towns, and a way of exploring this vast country in the spirit of hospitality and great fun.

Start Date:
26/11/2017 View more details

A Very Kransky Christmas - Port Macquarie

The Kransky Sisters bring you A Very Kransky Christmas. Come and join these off-the-wall siblings as they turn your Christmas into a stuffed ham. With their unusual array of instruments from cheese grater to toilet brush, tuba to musical saw, settle in for what could be your kookiest Christmas party yet. In a quiet town in the middle of south east Queensland lives a huddle of strange sisters, whom, in between tending ants, knitting egg warmers, and hanging out cane toad skins to dry, travel around the country performing their popular musical shows to a growing following. This oddball musical trio marry curious real life stories with a host of uniquely homemade arrangements of popular songs gleaned from their old wireless in a highly entertaining event. The combination of the Sisters’ sheltered view of the world seen through their superbly droll comic dialogue, and alluring musical sound makes this night out with your strange old aunts an unforgettable experience. The Kransky Sisters have been regular guests on television including SBS’s In Siberia Tonight and ABC’s The Side Show and Spicks and Specks and BBC’s Comedy Shuffle.

Start Date:
30/11/2017 View more details

Laurieton Riverwalk Extra January Market

Enjoy a bite to eat by the riverside, or get your kitchen in order with a range of fresh produce and gourmet foods to take home. With an extensive range of toys, clothes, fashion, plants, candles, perfumes, fishing gear, furniture and so much more you will love your day out at the Market. The Laurieton Riverwalk Markets are held every third Sunday of each month with an extra Market in January. They are held at the Bruce Porter Reserve in Laurieton. Tourists and locals alike have a great day at the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets. There is something for everyone! The Camden Haven Chamber has conducted the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets for over 15 years.

Start Date:
07/01/2018 View more details

Oysters in the Vines

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Cassegrain Wines proudly presents their 12th annual 'Oysters in the Vines' festival. A highlight in the local calendar, don’t miss this very popular celebration of oysters and fine wine, with live music in their beautiful grounds. Oyster lovers can indulge as they taste their way through a range of oysters from local supplier Armstrong Oysters as well as other regional Rock Oyster suppliers. Cassegrain Wine's award winning wines will be available to purchase, along with a selection of other food options and gourmet goodies. Set amongst their charming vineyard, blooming roses and stunning manicured gardens, the festival will also feature kid's entertainment plus a huge line up of family-friendly activities - details soon to be released! BYO picnic rug and/or deck chairs, ready for a fabulous day of wining, dining and relaxation in a picturesque vineyard setting!

Start Date:
13/01/2018 View more details

Port Macquarie Beatles Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Beatle mania will be resurrected in the Hastings. This celebration pays homage to the music of the world's most popular pop band. Events will be held at various venues including the PM Glasshouse Forecourt, Westport Park, Bago Tavern, Roses Vineyard, Laurieton United Services Club and Port Macquarie Panthers. Check out the website for more details.

Start Date:
09/02/2018 View more details

Kamahl - Precious Words and Soothing Songs

An intimate night with Australia's entertainment royalty. Take part in the celebration of one of Australia's most respected cultural icons, Kamahl, as he is interviewed about his illustrious career and remarkable life. Kamahl will be interviewed live on the Glasshouse stage and once more, his rich bass baritone, will sing those beautiful songs you all love and remember. Thanks to local production company, Got Ya Back Productions, this event will only take place in Port Macquarie and is strictly for one night only. Do not miss this chance to hear the voice to remember.

Start Date:
10/02/2018 View more details

Grape Stomping Championships

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Join the public Annual Grape Stomping Championships and regular Sunday Jazz in the Vineyards. Teams of two jump in wooden barrels to see how much juice they can stomp out of 10 kilograms of grapes in 60 seconds. You could see your name added to the grape stomp honour board at the Cellar Door and become part of Bago Vineyard history. The fun doesn't stop there, get lost in the biggest hedge maze in the southern hemisphere. So, bring along your picnic rugs and umbrellas, pick a spot on the lush rolling lawns, and settle in for a great day.

Start Date:
11/02/2018 View more details

NSW Junior State Touch Competition

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Greater Port Macquarie is excited to be hosting the NSW Junior State Touch Competition again this year, the world's largest weekend touch football competition. More than 300 teams are expected to compete in the event which will bring around 12,000 competitors and spectators to the Hastings. The first Junior State cup was held in 1996, Penrith Touch Association hosted the first Junior State Cup. Eight divisions contested the 1996 Junior State Cup, Under 12's - 14's - 16's - 18's Boy's and Girl's in 2002 NSWTA added the Under 10's. The Junior State Cup has grown to be the largest Touch tournament in the world, in 2009 there were over 52 Clubs, 301 teams, 4,153 players, 319 Referees and hundreds of volunteers, the competitions are conducted over two full days with 784 games being played. In 2012 there were 311 teams and still growing.

Start Date:
18/02/2018 View more details

Wauchope Lasiandra Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The first Lasiandra Festival was held in 1984 and it has continued annually since then, always taking place from the second Saturday in March to coincide with the floral spectacular of the lasiandra in bloom. The festival is run entirely by volunteers and proceeds from the festival are used for the promotion and beautification of Wauchope. The festival continues through the entire month of March. Festival Program highlights include Purple People Shopping Day, Lifeline Garden Party, Lasiandra Rock N Roll Dance, Jazz in Bago Vineyard, Twilight Lasiandra Fashion Parade, Veteran Ladies Golf Day, the Annual Lasiandra Festival plus much more. Fun for all the family.

Start Date:
06/03/2018 View more details

Wauchope Show

Like all show societies throughout Australia, the members of the Wauchope Show Society Committee, its directors, stewards, life members and other community members work tirelessly to present events at the Wauchope Showground These members present a traditional, yet modern showground that is well maintained and is the pride of the local and extended community. The Wauchope Show is an event that helps promote agriculture and farming within the district. It is a community event that offers a range of things to see and do for everyone. They have the traditional horse, cattle, poultry, goat and hall sections along with the sideshow rides. They also have an animal nursery, harness racing, fireworks dog tails and much more.

Start Date:
21/04/2018 View more details

IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie

Taking place concurrently with IRONMAN Australia in May 2018, IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie is sure to not only challenge you physically but also inspire you with its natural beauty and strong community support. The two iconic Australian events will be held on 6 May 2018 at the New South Wales seaside city, creating a real IRONMAN Festival. IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie remains one of the Asia-Pacific region's leading, and most enduring, triathlon events.

Start Date:
06/05/2018 View more details

Ironman Australia

Established in 1985, Ironman Australia remains an iconic global event - taking place in Port Macquarie, New South Wales - four hours north of Sydney. From the swim course in Hastings River to the bike course along the Pacific Ocean and run course in the heart of Port Macquarie, the event is a race that competitors come back to year after year. The format of the Australian TriClub Championship will undergo a refresher to become the NewOceania TriClub Championship Series. A new and exciting, truly regional TriClub Championship promises to see the TriClub rivalry that Port Macquarie is so famous for, continue bigger and better than ever.

Start Date:
06/05/2018 View more details

Slice of Haven Festival

The Slice of Haven Food, Wine and Beer Festival has become a leading gourmet lifestyle event on the Mid North Coast social calendar, attracting tens of thousands of people to the Camden Haven region. Each year organisers of the event challenge stallholders to use locally-grown key ingredients, embrace the event’s vibe of indulgence and get creatively quirky to meet the yearly theme. In 2017 Slice of Haven will 'rock your tastebuds' with rebellious flavours. Get out the biker leathers and be ready to rock-out. Entry is by donation which goes towards the Camden Haven SES, Camden Haven Surf Life Saving Club and Million Metres for MND.

Start Date:
19/05/2018 View more details

Hello Koalas Festival

Hello Koalas Festival is an annual event over the June Long Weekend, building on the success of the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail in Port Macquarie-Hastings, on NSW Mid North Coast. Hello Koalas Festival is great fun for all ages groups while also focussing attention on the importance of caring for koalas, which sadly these days are a threatened species in many parts of NSW. Port Macquarie-Hastings has the largest koala population on the east coast of Australia and we want that to continue! Port Macquarie's famed Koala Hospital is a key Festival partner along with National Parks' Sea Acres Rainforest Centre which offers an innovative boardwalk attraction "Save our Koalas". See environmentally themed, hand painted Hello Koalas sculptures nestling along the rainforest walk. "Paint your own Koalas" at the Festival's popular art making workshops at Sea Acres and take home your masterpiece for the family mantlepiece. Enjoy Hello Koalas High Teas at Rydges Port Macquarie with yummy Koala Cookies and Cupcakes and special Hello Koalas teas, locally made by World Par TEA. And win great prizes at the Hello Koalas Festival Parade with lots of games organised by the crew from National Parks. Save the date! June Long Weekend 2018.

Start Date:
07/06/2018 View more details

Mid North Coast Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show

The Mid North Coast Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show - the Mid North's Coast number one outdoor event. With over 165 exhibitors, loads of entertainment for the whole family, 4WD display, camp oven cooking, reptile show, bike show and so much more!

Start Date:
10/08/2018 View more details

King of the Mountain

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The King of the Mountain is a five kilometre 'fun' run to the summit of Laurieton's North Brother Mountain. The event, conducted by the Camden Haven Surf Club, continues to grow and attracts runners from around the state. The course follows the road to the summit and climbs 450 metres over the five kilometre duration. The event is open to all levels of fitness and teams are welcome. Prizes are awarded for King and Queen of the Mountain, junior entries, team entries and participation.

Start Date:
19/08/2018 View more details