Get your culture fix
Located in the heart of Port Macquarie, is the cultural hub where you will find galleries of innovative artists and makers and the award winning Glasshouse known as the region’s cultural centre home to the Theatre, Regional Gallery and Visitor Information Centre. The eagerly anticipated Archibald Prize Regional Tour comes to town from 25 August to 7 October and Opera Australia’s Madam Butterfly will delight audiences on Saturday 11 August. You can also explore backstage where the magic happens with a behind the scenes Glasshouse tour.
Admire local artworks
Port Macquarie’s creative arts scene is burgeoning, and you can find the work of talented locals showcased in galleries and cafes throughout the town. Pause to appreciate the whole range of artistic skills including painting, sculpture, jewellery making, ceramics and photography, and even take a piece of Port Macquarie home with you, from Ultragrafik Fine Art Gallery, Sunset Art Gallery or the Glasshouse Shop. Drop into a working Glass Studio and watch stunning wearable art be made by award winning artist Skye Petho at Arthouse Industries.
Our history and heritage
A short trip out of Port Macquarie to explore Innes Ruins, an important remnant of early settlement overlooking Lake Innes is interesting for those wanting to learn about Australian History. You will need to book a tour as the ruins are classified by the National Trust of Australia, the Visitor Information Centre can book a tour for you. Closer to town you’ll find the historic and very charming Roto House where you can journey back in time with a self-guided or guided tour of one of the very few remaining nineteenth century buildings. A visit to the oldest timber homestead and last remaining vineyard at Douglas Vale Homestead and Vineyard offers wine tastings and free tours of the grounds. The entire property is lovingly run by volunteers and is open from 10am to 3pm Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Port Macquarie is celebrating its bicentennial year, acknowledging 200 years since John Oxley discovered the region, the area’s rich penal past and the original inhabitants of the land, the Birpai people for more information on the festivities and celebrations to take place over the region click here.
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