Take your time to discover Port Macquarie’s unique cultural history with tours that go behind-the-scenes. 

Be captivated by convict stories on a heritage walking tour, see a world-class show at the Glasshouse, and visit Australia’s third oldest lighthouse at Tacking Point. Explore museums, galleries and historic wineries on your own or on a guided tour. Culture is at the heart of Port Macquarie.

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 many local venues. 

  • Artist Market Maritime Museum
  • The Artist Market is a colourful and eclectic market at the Maritime Museum, a stunning venue with ocean views and plenty of space to meet over 45 local craft makers, artists and bakers from the hinterland to the sea. Fourth Sunday monthly 9am-1pm.

  • Arthouse Industries Port Macquarie
  • At Arthouse Industries workshop Skye Petho shares her passion for lampwork in a unique glass studio attached to her shop.  Offering workshops on how to create ear-rings, necklaces and beautiful gifts. If a hands on experience isn't your thing then browse the beautiful and eclectic range of products in the shop.

  • Weaving At The Glasshouse Workshops
  • The Glasshouse is a world-class arts centre that hosts the Regional Gallery with ever-changing exhibitions, meet the artist coffee mornings, children craft activities and hands-on creative workshops regularly.  

  • Spirit Of The Land Exhibition Sea Acres
  • Sea Acres Rainforest Centre is a truly unique experience.  See forest birds and animals along the 1.3km boardwalk, take an interactive journey through Birpai Country with the Spirit of the Land exhibition and book in for an educational Bush-tucker tour or Coastal Walk with an Aboriginal guide.

  • Paint The Town Port By The Sea
  • With Paint the Town Port you can 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. 

  • Historic Cemetery Convict Times
  • Join Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage 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. 

There is a diverse bar and café scene, you can admire the graffiti wall in the courtyard of Social Grounds, 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. Barrista-at-LVs-on-Clarence.jpg#asset:51

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