The 2021 Port Macquarie Hastings Bicentenary recognises 200 years since the establishment of Port Macquarie as one of Australia’s earliest penal settlements.
Throughout the year, a wide range of events and activities were held acknowledging the history of the penal settlement and the suffering and displacement experienced by the Birpai people.
Our bicentenary program included activities that reflected on our past, celebrated our present and looked toward an inclusive and positive future.
This event lit up the Historic Courthouse with a ten-minute immersive sound and light projection. It told the stories that make up the history of Port Macquarie from the traditional owners of the land, the Birpai people, right through to the current day. The event proved so popular, you can catch a screening every night at 8.30pm.
Bicentenary activities continue throughout the remainder of 2021 via local community groups. We are also committed to commemorating the bicentenary, through establishing sculptural elements along our town’s foreshore and the redevelopment of Town Beach Flagstaff (c1821) as a historical icon and tourist attraction over the coming years.
Want to relive the Bicentenary events through the image gallery or refresh your memory by viewing the program?
See photos from the 2021 events and activities here.
View a copy of the 2021 bicentenary program of events.
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.