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Weekend Inspiration 25-27 August

Posted by Discover Magazine Port Macquarie on 24 August 2017
Weekend Inspiration 25-27 August

Looking for some inspiration on what to do in and around Port Macquarie this weekend (25-27 August)?

  • Curious about the "Quoll"? Celebrate this cute creature at Billabong Zoo this Sunday for their Annual Quoll Conservation Awareness Day. There's a special kids breakfast (bookings essential), quoll face painting, bouncy castle, zoo keeper presentations and more.
     
  • Stock up on some plump ripe juicy strawberries this weekend! Yes - it's HALF PRICE U-pick strawberry time at Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries this Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Have fun with the kids and pick them straight from the vertical lattice frames in their massive greenhouse. A great day out for the family in all weather conditions. Open from 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends.
     
  • Find something special for your Dad for Father's Day at Pretty Rad Store - an independently owned streetwear fashion and accessories store in the heart of Port. But watch out though, your Dad might just end up being the coolest Dad in town! Open 9am until 5pm or you can even order online.
     
  • If you're craving a seafood meal for dinner with a coastal ambience and contemporary relaxed vibe, you simply must check out Bills Fishhouse + Bar on Clarence Street. They're open for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings (closed Sunday). Book your table ahead online via their website.
     
  • Ride the waves and learn to surf with the Hudson Family at Port Macquarie Surf School. They cater for all ages and abilities from beginners through to advanced. You simply must try it and prepare to get hooked! Yewwww!
     
  • Get creative and spend your Sunday morning wandering at The Artist Market in the grounds of the Maritime Museum. A vibrant and eclectic market that showcases works by local artisans and artists, with coffee, food and live music. This market there's even a free kite making workshop with Rhi Rebellion! Sunday 9am to 1pm.
     
  • Kids need to burn off some energy? Check out one of the newly upgraded local playgrounds in your area. In Port Macquarie you can try Yarranwood Park on Hamlyn Drive, Calwalla Reserve, Blair Reserve or John Downes Park. If you're over in the Camden Haven area try Dunbogan Reserve, or if you are over Wauchope way check out Timbertown Crescent. For more info, take a look at the handy interactive map and find the nearest playground to you.

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)

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Author: Discover Magazine Port Macquarie
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Port Macquarie Galleries and Exhibitions

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.

Long Point Vineyard and Gallery

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.

Stitched 'n' Framed

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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