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February 28, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Port Macquarie is surprising visitors with a new cultural beat that extends from edgy new cafes and artist markets to cabaret shows and bush-tucker tours.

Beyond the waves and waterways are over 150 artists, inspired sea-changers opening new businesses, and a huge investment in community spaces. This NSW coastal town is now a vibrant cultural hub to put on your bucket-list.

There is something on every weekend – join a glass workshop at Arthouse Industries, drink wine and learn to paint in a brewery, see world-class ballet at the Glasshouse and groove to live music at a Latin-inspired bar.

The Top Eight Cultural Must-Dos:

  1. The new Artist Market – this colourful and eclectic market is moving from 23 April to the Maritime Museum, a stunning water-side venue with more space to meet over 45 local craft makers, artists and bakers from the hinterland to the sea. Fourth Sunday monthly 9am-1pm.
  2. Arthouse Industries workshop – Skye Petho shares her passion for lampwork in a unique glass studio attached to her shop with workshops on how to create ear-rings, necklaces and beautiful gifts.
  3. Events at The Glasshouse – this world-class arts centre hosts the Regional Gallery with ever-changing exhibitions, and new events include Craft Spot 2017 with hands-on creative workshops (every second Saturday). Also new resident Tim Maddren (Hi-5) performs his new cabaret-style show Me and My Shadow (18 March).
  4. Bush-tucker tours at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre – see forest birds and animals along the 1.3km boardwalk, and book in for an educational Bush-tucker tour or Coastal Walk with an Aboriginal guide
  5. Paint the Town Port – paint the night away with a cocktail in hand at a step-by-step painting class held in a fun and relaxed atmosphere at local restaurants, cafes, bars and breweries. Just $35 for the class, canvas and supplies.
  6. Heritage Tour – join Mitch McKay on a behind-the-scene walking tour that brings Port Macquarie’s rich convict history to life. The Uncovering our Past and Grave Tales tours visit key sites and highlight the region’s history, people and archaeology.
  7. Cultural events – plan your visit around a festive line-up of events including Big Band Blast (2-4 June), The Blues and BBQ Festival (7/8 September), Port Macquarie Beer & Cider Festival (23 September), Ekam Yoga Festival (September) and the Wildwood Music Festival at Cassegrain (October)
  8. Edgy bar and café scene – hipsters will be right at home in the courtyard of the Social Grounds with its graffiti wall, soak up the amazing architecture of the Glasshouse from a table at Drury Lane Eatery, and enjoy a Paleo Feast for breakfast at LV’s on Clarence. Then head to the Latin Loafer bar for Sunday Sessions live music from 3pm.

Port Macquarie NSW Mid North Coast. Pic: Lindsay Moller Photography.

Port Macquarie is a four-hour drive North of Sydney or a 1-hour direct flight from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne with connections to the rest of Australia. Call 1300 303 155 or go on-line at

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