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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 07
Greater Port Macquarie is rich in history, vibrant with art and alive with culture. From convict built buildings to ancient Aboriginal land, from expressive public art to exotic exhibitions, and with an abundance of festivals and cultural events, you’ll find Greater Port Macquarie has just what you need. 22 Greater PortMacquarie heritage trail As one of the country's first settlements outside of Sydney, you don't have to dig very deep to uncover fabulous nuggets of colonial and convict history in Port Macquarie. St Thomas' Church, the Historical Museum, Historic Court House, Lake Innes Ruins, Roto House and Douglas Vale Homestead and Vineyard are all heritage-listed buildings representing the rich history of early Port Macquarie. For an up close and personal experience, follow the sign-posted heritage walking trail to visit 13 of the town's historical and archaeological sites. heritage festival The Heritage Festival is held annually in March and combines a series of events and exhibitions together that celebrate and explore the unique heritage of the region. Each year, a theme is chosen that connects the history of the region to the displays, exhibitions, tours and events that run throughout the festival. For a detailed program of the festival, contact the Visitor Information Centre. arts and crafts The natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of Greater Port Macquarie has long attracted many artists and crafts people to the district. Inspired by their surroundings they produce unique and diverse creations that reflect the ever changing landscape and culture. Local galleries regularly host exhibitions and collections from fresh new talent to admired and established artists. public art Unique displays of public art by talented artists are scattered throughout the region. Carved wooden statues, arches and totems, murals, ceramic mosaics, stainless steel and bronzed sculptures incorporate environmental, contemporary, historical and youth themes. Each displayed art piece has its own personal story connecting it to the region. heritage culture & the arts