Bicentenary Nightly Program feat. WAKULDA
10 to 18 April, 6pm - 9pm
*Flood Update 1 April - the majority of our Bicentenary Events, including Wakulda, are ON!!*
Wakulda, Weaving our Stories As One, launches during our Bicentenary Event week commencing 10th April. It is an immersive, sound and light projection onto the Port Macquarie Historic Courthouse, in the heart of our CBD. This 10-minute production will envelop the audience, telling the important stories that make up the rich history of Port Macquarie from our traditional owners of the land, the Birpai people, right through to the current day of the Bicentenary of European settlement in April 2021.
In addition to being the centerpiece of our Bicentenary Nightly Program, Wakulda is a Federally-funded legacy project (see acknowledgements at the end of this page), and will continue to be screened nightly, beyond the Bicentenary event period.
Wakulda will screen on a loop between 6.00pm and 9.00pm each evening as part of our Bicentenary Event, so be sure to drop by during the evening to view a free screening at the Historic Courthouse on Clarence Street. Then take a wander around the CBD to visit some of the key sites which will open their doors for special encounters each evening.
While you're at the Courthouse for Wakulda, head inside to discover its unique history, and view an exhibition by local artist Leanne Prussing. Drop into the Glasshouse to view themed exhibitions, grab something for dinner and wander along the promenade at Town Green to watch visiting boats on the river. See below for more details.
Bicentenary Nightly Program 6-9pm
Port Macquarie Historic Courthouse (home of the Wakulda projection)
Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets.
Opening extended hours in the evening for the event, our beautifully restored Historic Courthouse (c1869) will not only be the canvas for our Wakulda digital projection every evening, but will also be open to the public to wander through to look at historic items and equipment, and also copies of journals diaries, letters and observations of colonial officers, officials and citizens. The Courthouse will also be hosting an exhibition titled 'Governing Change' by local artist Leanne Prussing. Featuring her contemporary portraits of the first five Governors of NSW. Alongside these vibrant works will be a diptych portrait of William ‘Uncle Bill’ O’Brian OAM, Chairman of the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council. Leanne approached Uncle Bill to sit for her for an Archibald entry in 2014.
Glasshouse Regional Gallery
Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets.
Our Glasshouse Regional Gallery is opening late during event week to host Port Macquarie 200 (Mezzanine Gallery) which profiles the contributions of seven artists who chose Port Macquarie as their subject during the course of two centuries, and our Community Art Exhibition (Lower Ground Foyer). Exhibition theme: ‘Creating a visual response to the varied natural, cultural, historic and popular elements that make positive contributions to our local community’. View the varied responses and vote for your favourite artwork! Click here for more info.
Port Macquarie Museum
22 Clarence Street
Opening into the evening for the Bicentenary, Port Macquarie Museum showcases the best of Port Macquarie's history from its British settlement as a penal colony in 1821, through to the present day as a popular tourist destination and vibrant regional city.
The award winning museum's significant collection is displayed across several rooms and galleries, in a series of themed exhibits. Displays are regularly updated and temporary exhibitions are held from time to time. Guided tours for schools and other groups by appointment. Free audio guide available. They've also created a specially curated trail titled '20 Decades, 21 Stories', which will guide visitors on a journey of discovery to reveal the key themes and stories that have shaped and defined Port Macquarie’s history and identity over the past 200 years.
Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Pilot Boathouse
Clarence Street, River End
The historic Pilot Boat Shed located at the western end of Clarence Street was moved to this location in 1953. It was built over 120 years ago and housed the Pilot’s boat. It originally stood eastwards along the river front, near the Royal Hotel. Here you will see model ships, the training sail-boat "Anzac", a wall display of tools used by boat-builders and more local maritime history.
Live + Local at Little Shack
Town Green East, 1 Munster Street
Little Shack loves getting involved with the community and have partnered with one of Council’s COVID Recovery Projects to support local musicians on the eastern end of Town Green (adjacent to Little Shack and the start of the Break Wall). Get down to Little Shack, enjoy their tasty fare with a funky retro holiday vibe, or spread a socially distanced picnic rug on Town Green East and enjoy some of great local music acts.
Access friendly CBD Map
Please click here for a map of our CBD which includes disabled parking, toilets and ramps.
Notice of closures for ‘Wakulda Nightly Program’ for Port Macquarie’s Bicentenary Event Period
Notice of nose to kerb car parks closure between 31-35 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie will be closed during the period of 10 - 18 April 2021 from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm every night.
The 11 car spaces and adjacent footpath, directly in front of the Historic Courthouse, will be closed to ensure the community can safely view the new light and sound installation, Wakulda.
Alternate on-street car parks (including accessibility parks) and pedestrian footpath routes can be accessed on the southern side of Clarence Street.
Alternate car park locations include Port Central, and on street parking on Horton, Hay and Murray Streets.
This event is proudly presented by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. The 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.