Whether you plan a long break touring around our beautiful country or just having a weekend relaxing by the sea, you will find all your caravan, camping and 4WD needs at the Mid North Coast Outdoor Show. More than 145 exhibitors will be displaying all the latest products and services. Everyday there is a great program of demonstrations and of course new product releases featuring the latest in outdoor equipment. There'll also be competitions and riding and driving demonstrations. For all visitor information, go to www.ruralscene.com.au.
The Australian Surf Championships return to Port Macquarie. This 18 day event will showcase Australia's best Open and Master Shortboarders, Longboard & Loggers, Adaptive and Bodyboarders. All states have crowned their respective champions and now the time has come to compete and take the overall Australian Championship.
The Hastings Chapter of The American Motorcycle Club (AMC) holds its annual "Far Kew" Rally in August each year at the Kendall Showground. It attracts motorcycle enthusiasts from all over Australia. The weekend consists of bands, a motorbike gymkhana, a show and shine event, and different stalls. Raffle proceeds will go to Community @ 3.
The best cycling short films from around the world are coming to Port Macquarie's Majestic Cinemas on August 16, from 7pm. Originating in New Zealand, the Big Bike Film Night showcases an annually curated collection for two-wheel devotees.
The River Sounds Festival is being held at the Bellingen Showgrounds between August 19 and 21. This licenced and all ages music festival comprises a diverse line-up of high profile, emerging and First Nation artists, including Regurgitator, Baker Boy and Alex the Astronaut. Tickets can be found on Humantix.
Courage to Care is a non-profit organisation which inspires people to stand up to prejudice and discrimination. Developed by B'nai B'rith, the world's oldest community service organisation, Courage to Care has been staging exhibitions and holding outreach programs in schools and workplaces across NSW for over 20 years. It is currently staging an exhibition and workshops in Port Macquarie which can be seen at the Glasshouse between 10am and 2pm until August 28.
The Beach to Brother Trail Runnig Festival is a series of runs on the Mid-North Coast of NSW all finishing on the top of North Brother Mountain in the Dooragan National Park, Laurieton. The runs take you along coastal pathways, tracks, trails, beaches, and up through the Dooragan National Park. The marathon starts from Port Macquarie Town Beach; the half marathon starts from Lake Cathie, and the 10km starts from Camden Head. For more information, go to Beach to Brother.
There are plenty of local markets on the Mid North Coast. Whether you are a visitor or a regular, it's worth checking these out.
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