Port Macquarie-Hastings Council respectfully acknowledge the Birpai people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live. Council commits to building positive relationships, respect and opportunities with our local Aboriginal community.
Port Macquarie's Bicentenary Events
This year marks the 200th anniversary since the establishment of Port Macquarie as one of Australia’s earliest Penal Settlements. Council acknowledges that this caused suffering and displacement for the traditional owners, the Birpai people.
Recognising this long, diverse and challenging history, Council and its Bicentenary Working Group invite you to join us in a wide range of activities designed to reflect on our past, celebrate our present, and look forward to an inclusive and positive future.
*FLOOD UPDATE 30 March* Due to the recent flood event, some events have been postponed or moved. However, the majority of Bicentenary events are ON! Please refer to this site for the most up to date info.
- Nightly Program featuring Wakulda: 10-18 April, 6pm - 9pm
- Foreshore Activities: Changed- NEW! Announcing the RAAF Roulettes display! 5pm to 5.15pm, Sunday 18 April.
- Coral Trekker-Tall Ship: 10-18 April
- Satellite Events: various dates and locations
- Artists’ Open Studio Weekend: 10-11 April
- Yapang Bila Yapun.yapun (Sculpture Trail): Postponed, Launch date TBD
- Bicentenary Art Exhibitions: 10-18 April
Download the Bicentenary Program Booklet HERE.
10-18 April from 6pm - 9pm
Come and experience this latest attraction for Port Macquarie first hand. Between 6.00pm and 9.00pm each evening you can view a free screening of Wakulda, Weaving our Stories As One, projected onto the façade of the Port Macquarie Historic Courthouse. Then take a wander around the CBD to visit some of the key historic sites which will open their doors for special encounters each evening. Click here for more info.
The Coral Trekker is a 23-metre wooden tall ship sailing up to Port Macquarie and will be moored at Lady Nelson Wharf, located at the end of the Horton Street on Town Green. Touch the old timber of the ship and feel real maritime history with public access times, as well as lunch and dinner cruises, throughout the week. Click here for more info.
Activities, events and initiatives that encourage the discovery of our place and stories that weave together to form the Port Macquarie-Hastings region. Includes Bush Tucker Tours, Heritage tours guided by local historians, exhibitions, creative workshops and family friendly activities. Click here for the full program.
Artists' Open Studio Weekend
10-11 April from 10am - 4pm
This one-off event weekend will see some of the region’s most talented creatives opening their studios and workshops to the public, many for the first time, providing a glimpse into a working artist studio. You will meet the artists and gain unique insight into their creative process. Click here for all the info.
Yapang Bila Yapun.yapun (Sculpture Trail)
Postponed, Launch date TBD
Yapang Bila Yapun.yapun is the Gathang language name given to the new Wauchope Bicentenary Riverside Sculptural Trail, set on the Hastings River, winding its way from Hastings Street to Rocks Ferry Reserve. A selection of public artworks showcase the rich history of Wauchope and hinterland, covering themes of history, culture, agriculture and indigenous heritage.
Bicentenary Art Exhibitions
Visit the Glasshouse Regional Gallery to view the Port Macquarie 200 Exhibition, which profiles the contributions of seven artists who chose Port Macquarie as their subject during the course of two centuries. Also on display will be the Community Art Exhibition, consisting over 60 pieces from local artists. Click here for more info.
Remember to stay COVID safe while out and about in our region:
- Stay at home if you are unwell
- Maintain social distancing
- Wash your hands regularly
- Download and activate the COVIDsafe app
This event is proudly presented by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. The Bicentenary Event & Wakulda Digital Projection received funding by the Australian Government under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program; Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program, an Australian Government bushfire recovery initiative; Building Better Regions Fund; as well as Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.