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Australia Day


Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is presenting a number of activities and celebrations across the region this Australia Day in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and the Camden Haven. View nominations and meet the nominees in each of the PMHC Australia Day Categories including community group of the year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year and Citizen of the Year.

Australia Day is on Thursday 26 January, and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate their country and culture, and reflect on what it means to live in the best country in the world.

This year we are fortunate to have Peter Cousens as our Australia Day Ambassador. Mr Cousens has had a long and illustrious career as an actor, singer, producer, director and teacher. He is well known to audiences around the globe, and is the only Australian to play the role of The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on London’s West end.

Activities planned for Australia Day

Join the Australia Day Flotilla along the Hastings River

Program of events Wauchope*

Program of events Camden Haven*

Program of events Port Macquarie*

Australia Day Road Closures

*Please note that programs are subject to alteration.


Road closures

Port Macquarie's CBD will have a road closure this coming Thursday 26 January 2017 as part of the annual Australia Day celebrations and activities.

The northern end of Horton Street (Town Green horseshoe) will be closed to traffic from 6.00am to 4.00pm on Thursday 26 January and all vehicles will be required to be removed from this area prior to this road closure coming into effect.

Any vehicles parked in this area after 6.00am will not be accessible until 4.00pm and could be subject to fines. Road closure signage will be in place and traffic control will be in place.


Alcohol Restrictions

Special alcohol restrictions apply in all Port Macquarie-Hastings parks and beaches from sunset 25 January to sunrise on 27 January. The restriction overrides park signage. This is called an alcohol Prohibited Zone (APZ) and the NSW Police Force enforces this ban.

This ban is supported local Police and will help minimise alcohol related harm and anti-social behaviour throughout our parks and beaches to ensure our public spaces can be enjoyed by everyone on this public holiday.


This page was last updated on: 16 March 2017