Dorrigo Creative Community

On the edge of the Great Dividing Range escarpment, about 1,000 metres above sea level, lies the small, friendly and increasingly creative country town of Dorrigo. Once upon a time the highlight was the drive there via Waterfall Way, one of Australia’s most scenic roads winding through and by the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia’s, Dorrigo National Park.  However today Dorrigo has become a destination in itself with a real creative buzz. Four times a year the main street of this picturesque town becomes the Made in Dorrigo Market Everything at the market is of a high quality, lovingly and skilfully made by artists and artisans and is guaranteed to be grown, manufactured or produced in the Dorrigo 2453 post code. However increasingly there is more and more to see and do whenever you come to Dorrigo. You can start at the local museum and get a sense of the history of Dorrigo which is still so obvious in the townscape. Specialist galleries and shops focus on the unique, from quilts and wrought iron to handmade jewellery and leatherworks. Local cafes feature local artwork and home wares and even the bistro at the Club has exhibitions. Combine these with overflowing bric a brac from the corner “antiques” store and country shops brimming with country hospitality and you will begin to see why more and more creative people are making Dorrigo their home Dorrigo also hosts several major festivals during the year including the well established Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival and Café Readings, an event related to the Bellingen Writers Festival. Other events include the Grassroots Writers Festival and the Creative Mountain Art Exhibition. For more information on visiting Dorrigo, where the mountains reach the sky, go to http://www.dorrigo.com/


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Dorrigos Cultural Highlights:

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival

Bellingen

Dorrigo Mountain comes alive to the sounds of the finest traditional acoustic instruments and three part harmonies when the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival rolls around each October. This intimate…

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Dorrigo Mountain comes alive to the sounds of the finest traditional acoustic instruments and three part harmonies when the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival rolls around each October. This intimate and friendly event features some of the very best folk, bluegrass and old-time country musicians from across Australia and overseas. Held within the picturesque Dorrigo Showground, the festival is renowned for its family feel and spontaneous musical collaborations both on and off the stage. Aside from musical concerts there are also workshops, dancing, jam sessions, impromptu performances, a festival choir, great food onsite and children’s entertainment.

For more information on Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, view their website, http://www.dorrigofolkbluegrass.com.au

Made in Dorrigo Markets

Bellingen

Made in Dorrigo is the premier market for the Dorrigo Plateau.  It is held four times a year the main street of Dorrigo which is transformed into ‘Creative Central’ with…

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  • 6657 1373

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Hickory Street, Dorrigo

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Made in Dorrigo is the premier market for the Dorrigo Plateau.  It is held four times a year the main street of Dorrigo which is transformed into ‘Creative Central’ with dozens of local artists and creatives selling and made jewellery, fashion & accessories, groovy kids clothing, toys, photography, woodwork, arts & crafts, gourmet food, organic & homegrown produce and much much more.

Everything at the market is guaranteed to be grown, manufactured or produced in the 2453 post code. Check the website for the next quarterly market.

For more information on Made in Dorrigo Markets, give them a call on 6657 1373 or view their website, http://www.madeindorrigo.com/about-us/about-made-in-dorrigo.html

Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition

Bellingen

The Arts Council of the Dorrigo Inc. has held the Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition (CMAE) annually over the Easter period for more than 20 years. It is an exhibition of…

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Dorrigo Community Centre, Hickory Street, Dorrigo

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The Arts Council of the Dorrigo Inc. has held the Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition (CMAE) annually over the Easter period for more than 20 years.

It is an exhibition of the artistic works by both amateur and professional artists on the Dorrigo Plateau and attracts nearly 2,000 visitors over the 10 days of the exhibition.

Artistic work exhibited in previous years has included: painting and drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, furniture design and woodworking, jewellery, fabric craft, photography and high school students’ art works.

Mountain Metal Art

Bellingen

This delightful gallery features  very unique wrought iron, precious metal jewellery, art, textiles, mosaics and other local art. Open seven days a week 9am to 5pm.

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47a Hickory St, Dorrigo

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This delightful gallery features  very unique wrought iron, precious metal jewellery, art, textiles, mosaics and other local art. Open seven days a week 9am to 5pm.

Dorrigo and Guy Fawkes Historical Museum

Bellingen

This Museum is a repository for local artefacts, a large collection of photographs and family history information, as well as bound copies of 100 years of the local paper, The…

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  • 6657 1956

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Myrtle St, Dorrigo

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This Museum is a repository for local artefacts, a large collection of photographs and family history information, as well as bound copies of 100 years of the local paper, The Don Dorrigo Gazette. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

For more information on Dorrigo and Guy Fawkes Historical Museum, give them a call on 6657 1956 or view their website, http://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47670:don-dorrigo-guy-fawkes-histocial-society&catid=533

Misty Threads

Bellingen

This specialist quilting shop is also known for its exhibitions of colourful art quilts. There is always amazing quilting works on their walls to admire. Open weekdays 9.30am to 4.30pm…

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40 Hickory St, Dorrigo

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This specialist quilting shop is also known for its exhibitions of colourful art quilts. There is always amazing quilting works on their walls to admire. Open weekdays 9.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday 9.30am to 2pm.

For more information on Misty Threads, give them a call on 6657 1200 or view their website, http://www.mistythreads.com.au

Juan’s Café del Fuego – Dorrigo

Bellingen

Promoted as the world’s smallest motorcycle museum this café is actually packed with memorabilia and has a changing exhibition programme. These exhibitions often feature immaculately restored motorcycles provided by enthusiasts…

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30 Hickory St, Dorrigo

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Promoted as the world’s smallest motorcycle museum this café is actually packed with memorabilia and has a changing exhibition programme. These exhibitions often feature immaculately restored motorcycles provided by enthusiasts and motorcycle restoration clubs. Open 7 days a week from 8am.