Gladstone Creative Community

The quaintest little village along the Macleay River, Gladstone beckons those who love heritage, history and funky finds. With 19 beautifully preserved buildings, art galleries, specialty shops and cafes, Gladstone is a must visit while you’re in the Macleay. It is located 5 kilometres off the Pacific Highway, no more than ten minutes north of Kempsey.  With a fascinating history as a river town Gladstone is on one side of the Macleay River while Smithtown is directly opposite on the other.

The famous Heritage Hotel of Gladstone has gorgeous river views and a great family friendly menu. And don’t miss the famous Gladstone Quality Markets on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm along the river bank. Brimming with local food, art, craft and locals who are passionate about their wares.  However no matter when you visit you can take the heritage walk, take in an exhibition at the Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery or take a coffee and buy some art at the Old Lodge Gallery. Another great time to visit is for the annual Sculpture in the Gaol, held at the historic Trial Bay Gaol, a little further on the road to the coast.

For more information on visiting Gladstone go to http://macleayvalleycoast.com.au/location_listing/gladstone/


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Gladstones Cultural Highlights:

Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery

Kempsey

Macleay Valley Community Arts Centre in the historic Gladstone Hall was developed to enhance the cultural aspects of the Macleay Valley community through the attraction of traveling and local exhibitions….

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Gladstone Quality Market

Kempsey

Held the third Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm, these markets are brimming with local food, art, craft and locals who are passionate about their wares. The markets…

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22 Kinchela St, Gladstone

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Held the third Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm, these markets are brimming with local food, art, craft and locals who are passionate about their wares. The markets are held on the banks of the Macleay River and regularly attract a big crowd to this usually quiet and very picturesque village. A good chance to also call into the Community Gallery and several other local venues.

For more information on Gladstone Quality Market, give them a call on 0425 205 737 or view their website, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gladstone-Quality-Market/157595980973194

Old Lodge Gallery And Café

Kempsey

Housed in an historic building situated in the picturesque village of Gladstone, the gallery is one of the region’s most popular arts and crafts destinations. The gallery’s Riverbank Café is…

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Sculpture in the Gaol

Kempsey

The heritage listed Trial Bay Gaol at Arakoon, South West Rocks, is transformed every year into a stunning artistic landscape, with up to fifty sculptures displayed in the historic precinct….

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The heritage listed Trial Bay Gaol at Arakoon, South West Rocks, is transformed every year into a stunning artistic landscape, with up to fifty sculptures displayed in the historic precinct. The sculpture competition regularly attracts high calibre entries from around the country and celebrates with a gala opening day featuring live entertainment, demonstrations, displays, refreshments and of course the sculptures themselves.

For more information on Sculpture in the Gaol, view their website, http://www.sculptureinthegaol.com.au/