Itineraries & trails

Experience trails

Culture, Arts & Heritage Trail

Vibrant, innovative and always captivating - the trail of arts, culture and heritage along The Legendary Pacific Coast is a continually evolving journey. From dazzling performance spaces to regional galleries, historic sites and interactive art studios, the diversity of experiences truly offers something for everyone.

Beginning on the beautiful Central Coast with galleries, museums and a Japanese garden, the trail leads north to the dynamic city of Newcastle, reputed for its flourishing DIY arts scene and the stunning architecture of its cultural centres.

The superb natural environs of the Mid North Coast are rich with public art, annual festivals, historic features, local creations and hidden gems. The stunning Glasshouse in Port Macquarie contains one of Australia’s finest contemporary performing arts venues. Beyond lies the spectacular Northern Rivers, a region internationally renowned for its talented artists, creative energy, cinematic beauty and lively performance scene.

There are plenty of stops and side-trips along the way - historic sites to meander, funky art galleries to browse, craft workshops where you can get your hands dirty and dynamic performances to experience.

Take in a flick at the arthouse Avoca Picture Theatre, interact with the wild science displays at the Newcastle Museum, experience the dramatic history of Trial Bay Gaol and admire the incredible local talent at the many galleries and studios of the Byron Shire.

There’s always something new to explore – come and discover The Legendary Pacific Coast Culture and Heritage Trail - an experience that is never the same twice.

Trail highlights

Avoca Beach Picture TheatreHenry Kendall Cottage & Historical MuseumGosford Regional Gallery and Arts CentreKen Duncan GalleryBrisbane Water National ParkPopran National ParkNorah Head LighthouseLake Macquarie City Art GalleryFort Scratchley Historic SiteInner City WinemakersRenew NewcastleNewcastle Art GalleryNewcastle MuseumThe Lock-Up Cultural CentreCivic PrecinctThe Australian Woodwork GalleryAround Hermitage Wine & Food Trail, PokolbinWorimi National Park (Stockton Sand Dunes)Myall Riverside Art WalkHoneycomb Valley FarmArtisans on the Hill, Café, Craft Workshop and B&BWingham Museum (Manning Valley Historical Society)Manning Regional GalleryManning Entertainment CentreThe Other Side ART CAFECrowdy Head LighthouseTimbertown Heritage Theme ParkHello Koalas Sculpture TrailPort Macquarie Historical MuseumGlasshouse Arts, Conference & Entertainment CentreSea Acres Rainforest CentrePort Macquarie Hastings HeritageArts Mid North Coast, Creative CoastDunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art GalleryTrial Bay Gaol, South West RocksArakoon National ParkBowraville Folk MuseumNambucca MosaicsBunker Cartoon GalleryThe Old Butter FactoryCoffs Harbour Regional GalleryGrafton Regional GalleryGrafton Heritage TrailChrist Church CathedralGrafton Clocktower GalleryAlumny Creek School House MuseumLawrence MuseumHistorical Walks around YambaPilot Hill, YambaScottish CairnKingstudio Creative StaysMaclean Stone Cottage and Bicentennial MuseumMaclean Lookout and Pinnacle RocksWitzig GalleryYamba MuseumScottish CornerFerry Park GallerySchaeffer House – Clarence River Historical SocietyNorthern Rivers Performing ArtsNew Italy ComplexCasino Beef WeekBallina Naval and Maritime MuseumNorth Coast ToursLismore Regional GalleryExperience NimbinNorthern Rivers Community GalleryCrystal CastleArakwal National ParkByron Arts TrailCape Byron Lighthouse MuseumWollumbin National ParkTweed River Art GalleryTweed Heads Historial SiteCurrumbin Wildlife Sanctuary