Port Macquarie Hastings Bicentenary


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.

Wakulda: Weaving our Stories as One

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.  

Other bicentenary activities

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.