Our region has a strong link to our Nation's convict history and first settlement but there is so much more.  Take a step back in time and learn about our place and our stories. We have put together a guide on discovering our heritage with a touch of today's comforts, during the month of April.

To kick off our Region's Heritage celebrations a taste of yesteryear will be on show at Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard with their Heritage Open Day on Saturday 6 April. There will be displays, stalls, entertainment, yummy good and much more to enjoy.  Entry is by gold coin donation to support this volunteer run winery. Celebrations kick off at 9:30am.

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Have you been to the Innes Ruins Historic Site?  Well if you want to make your visit to this fascinating site even more special buy a ticket and head out on 23 & 24 April at 4pm.  First there will be a guided tour through the extensive ruins dating back to the 1830s and to conclude this special tour enjoy the lone piper playing old Scottish tunes as part of the While the Piper Plays at Sunset. Tickets available from the Glasshouse.

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Under the cloak of darkness you have the opportunity to visit Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard and see an Australian Musical told in poetry and song.  Friday 26th April at 6:30pm you will see More than just a Museum, a journey through the colonial times titled 'Australiana' as part of the Arts Mid North Coast Shine Festival. There will be an evening homestead tour, complimentary drink and nibbles and of course the chance to taste their unique wines. Tickets are limited and only available at the Cellar Door so visit their website for more information.

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Visiting a graveyard is probably not a top ranking thing to do whilst on holidays, but we have a great reason why you should.  Our Port Macquarie Historic Cemetery has more than 1500 soldiers, convicts and settlers buried and Mitch McKay from Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage will be taking walking tours around the cemetery and sharing intriguing stories of some of its occupants and their relatives.  Put on some comfortable walking shoes and book in for a tour at 2pm on either Wednesday 24 April, Friday 26 April or Saturday 27th April.  Visit website for bookings.

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Visit our award winning Port Macquarie Museum on Tuesday 23rd April between 6pm-9pm and enjoy a visual journey back in time with The Sixties in the Spotlight. Digital projections of photographs showcasing Port Macquarie's culture, fashions, events, landscapes, people and so much more along with accompanying music from that magical era will be on show for all to enjoy. This is a free event so make sure you get along!

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Journey through time with local Aboriginal guide Steven Donovan at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre on a Twilight Dreaming Rainforest Tour.  Walk in the footsteps of the original custodians of this area and experience Birpai culture first hand through story, music and dance. This tour is on April 26 and bookings are essential, tour kicks off at 4:30pm and is suitable for adults and children over 8yrs. Phone 6582 3355 to book a place on this unique tour in a rare subtropical rainforest.  

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You can enjoy all the fun of a country fair plus explore a town's agricultural and community history at the 109th Annual Wauchope Show.  Visit the agriculture and animal displays, treat yourself to some delicious food, marvel at the arena events and fireworks.  Something for everyone from Friday April 26 to Saturday April 27 gates open at 8am.

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