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8 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend

Posted by Discover Media Australia on 21 September 2017
8 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend

School holidays are upon us, and there's so much to do in and around Port Macquarie this weekend! Check out our eight suggestions to bring your weekend to the next level:

1) "Aue, Aue. We set a course to find, a brand new island everywhere we roam..." Start the school holidays with a real treat. Grab the kids, your picnic blanket and chairs, and head on down to Rainbow Beach Reserve in Bonny Hills for the free Moonlight Movie tonight (Friday from 6pm until 9pm), featuring the children's Disney movie of the moment Moana. Great story and fanastic music for all of the family to enjoy! Supported by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

2) Get ready for the Port Macquarie Beer & Cider Festival this Saturday where Westport Park will once again be transformed into a beer and cider haven, with food trucks, and of course beer. Come down and partake in the festive atmosphere designed to celebrate all the good things in life; beer, cider, food, games and music. 1pm until 7.30pm, tickets can be pre-booked or available on the day.

3) This spring weather is the perfect time to BBQ - whether you have a BBQ at home or choose from the many public BBQ locations in the reserves or by the beach. Be sure to stock up on all of your meat and poultry needs at the locally loved Waniora Village Butchery. Open Friday 6am until 6pm or Saturday from 6am until 1pm.

4) On Sunday (9am until 1pm) enjoy a relaxed morning out at The Artist Market within the grounds of the Maritime Museum. Join in the crafting fun with Rhi Rebellion, sit back and listen to the beautiful music of Tanisha Palmer and wander through the incredible range of eclectic market stalls - the perfect place to spend your Sunday morning

5) Looking for a place to have lunch or dinner with a view? Overlooking the picturesque Hastings River, the Mekong Thai Laos Restaurant is the place to go. With the aromas of traditional Thai-Lao cuisine floating from the open kitchen, you'll be transported to the Mekong River in NE Thailand. Relax and sit back and let them take you on a real taste sensation journey. Bookings recommended.

6) The Comboyne Spring Spectacular is on Sunday from 9am at the Comboyne Showground featuring a huge display of classic cars, motorcyles and historic machinery, woodworking displays and demos, woolspinning, whip cracking, facepainting, fair rides, meet lots of animals, market stalls and more! Adults $5 (under 16 years free). An easy 30 minute drive from Wauchope of just under 1 hour from Port Macquarie.

7) Have you got what it takes to run in the Beach to Brother running festival? This Sunday is race day for the Marathon, Team Relay, Half Marathon, 10km dash, or the 5km Fun Run. Registrations are open until 11am on Saturday so don't delay and be prepared to finish on a high!

8) This Sunday is RED PANDA Conservation Awareness Day at Billabong Zoo, the annual Red Panda awareness day for Threatened Species. Fun for the kids with face painting, bouncy castle, additional zoo talks, raffles, competitions, special breakfasts and much more. A great day out and education for everyone! Open 9am to 5pm.


Need some more inspiration?

Pick up a copy of our latest free discover magazine locally (look out for the stunning koala illustration on the cover by local Mel Casey):


Discover Port Macquarie Winter Magazine 2017

Or check out our other website pages:

Eating and drinking
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Holiday Shopping
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Port Macquarie celebrates its artists in a variety of ways. It has galleries, art trails, and hosts art exhibitions as some of the ways of celebrating its artists. You will see beautiful sculptures and captivating artworks while having a drink of some old beer. Here are few places you can visit to see how Port Macquarie celebrates its local artists.

Hello Koala Sculpture Trail

If you go across the Port Macquarie Hastings area - you can get a fantastic view of Koala statues scattered in the space. The artist trail project won Gold at the NSW Tourism awards of 2017. It also featured in the 2018 Australian Tourism Finals in February representing NSW. The sculpture trail is much acclaimed as Trip Advisor ranks it third amongst the list of things to do when in Macquarie. There are 12 Koala statues right in the middle of town, and 19 others a few minutes' drive away from the city centre.

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A few minutes from the Port is Long Point. Here, there is an art gallery with a beautiful collection of art made by local artists as well as sculptures that are permanently placed outdoors. This art gallery is a must visit. Here there is also a charming vineyard, where you can indulge in excellent wines and spirits.

Arthouse Industries

Glass studio features appealing artwork, clothing and handmade gifts. Here you can go for workshops as well as attend Lampwork glass demonstrations. In this industry, you will find an award-winning glass artist, Skye, who makes jewellery. She demonstrates from the studio how she moulds molten glass to create her wearable pieces. You can indulge your creative self here.

Glasshouse Regional Gallery

This is an art gallery at Port Macquarie which is the regional creative premier hub for culture, and the arts. An art exhibition at the gallery features sculptural, design, historical, traditional, indigenous, and contemporary pieces. There is no fee charged to go into the gallery.

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This is the biggest patchwork shop in Port Macquarie. Fabrics can be purchased at the store or online. The staff at the store have years of experience doing patchwork. They mainly deal with modern, pretty and reproduction patchwork. They are the most recent Quilt Guild of Port Macquarie. They have a dealership for Handy Quilter, Baby Lock, Janome and Bernina machines. Famous and visiting tutors hold social sewing groups and classes in two workshop areas at the shop. When you are in Port Macquarie, be sure to indulge in the art available in the area.

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