Mid North Coast Cultural Trail

Inclusive Arts Trail

Inclusive Arts Trail

Inclusive tourism is about reducing uncertainty around what to expect from a destination or service. It’s about creating an environment where all people feel welcome and included, empowering them to enjoy new experiences.

It involves the ageing population, people who use wheelchairs, children, people with temporary mobility limitations, people with prams, people with hearing or vision impairments, people who speak English as a second language and their traveling companions – just about everyone.

This Trail revisits a number of experiences of the Mid North Coast that are already included in our Cultural Trails but highlights those services that distinguish them as inclusive. It is limited at this stage to three experiences: performance, galleries and museums. It should be noted that other venues may be accessible e.g. with flat access rather than a ramp so that you should contact any operator in our trails for more detailed information to assist your visit.

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Performance

Performing arts on the Mid North Coast includes all forms of dance, music, and theatre. It knows no bounds from small local theatre companies performing in community halls to major leading companies appearing in world class facilities; from violin concerts in heritage buildings to hard rock or blues at the local pub. Whatever your interest you will find it in some of the most unexpected places on the Mid North Coast.

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Galleries

It is not surprising that with such an inspirational landscape and relaxed lifestyle that the Mid North Coast has become the home of many talented and respected artists. We have over 60 where this plethora of art is exhibited and sold. Often these galleries have their own magical settings within heritage buildings or magical settings. Wherever you go looking for art on the Mid North Coast of NSW, you are likely to find much more than you imagined.

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Museums

You can tell a lot about an area by what the locals have chosen to collect and keep. Tucked away in museums big and small all over the Mid North Coast are some rare treasures and some very everyday objects. However they all have a story to tell of the rich and varied history and changing lifestyles of the region.

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Performance

Explore inclusive arts performance spaces across the Mid North Coast

Manning Entertainment Centre

33 Manning River Drive, Taree

The centre offers world class facilities for the performing arts, from school productions and amateur theatre to artists of national and international acclaim.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Baby change facilities
  3. Designated disabled parking
  4. Hearing loops/assistance
  5. Ramp access
  6. Wheelchair seating
  7. Quiet Room

For more information on Manning Entertainment Centre, give them a call on 6592 5466 or view their website, https://mec.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Home

The Glasshouse

Crn Clarence St & Hay St, Port Macquarie

Seating more than 600 patrons on two levels this is the only proscenium arch theatre on the North Coast. With acoustic design by consultants who have worked on the world’s largest opera houses and concert halls, it is designed to provide an unrivalled level of theatre experience and audience comfort with state of the art technology.  It hosts many touring shows including those from Australia’s leading dance, theatre and opera companies. The smaller Ross Theatre Studio is also equipped for performances, exhibitions and meetings.

  1. Accessible lift
  2. Accessible toilet
  3. Baby change facilities
  4. Charge point
  5. Children’s programs
  6. Disabled parking nearby
  7. Hearing loops/assistance
  8. Ramp access
  9. Curriculum based school education program
  10. Wheelchair seating
  11. Some signage in Braille

For more information on The Glasshouse, give them a call on 6581 8888 or view their website, https://www.glasshouse.org.au/Home

Wauchope Community Arts Hall

Oxley Lane (opp Bain Park) Wauchope

The Wauchope Community Arts Hall is just that - community. It’s one of the most intimate venues in the region, attracts performers of extraordinary quality, and it feels as if they’re playing in your lounge room with a bunch of your best friends.

For over 22 years Wauchope Arts has provided a diverse range of cultural experiences, including live music, theatre, film, workshops and exhibitions. Its program includes incredible national and international acts, and showcases local artists.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Designated disabled parking
  3. Ramp access
  4. Wheelchair seating

For more information view their website, http://www.wauchopearts.org.au/

Bowraville Theatre

74 High Street, Bowraville

Bowraville Theatre was first opened in 1940.  Throughout the forties and fifties the theatre was the social centre of the town showing newsreels along with the latest films. The theatre closed its doors in 1960 but was later purchased in 2001 by the Local Council.  Having been able to secure a National Trust listing and undergoing a refurbishment the Bowraville Theatre was officially re-opened in August 2003.It is now community run and home to both local and touring productions.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Disabled parking nearby
  3. Hearing loops
  4. Wheelchair seating

For more information on the Bowraville Theatre give them a call on 6564 7808 or view their website, https://www.bowravilletheatre.org.au/

Nambucca Community Arts Centre

19 Ridge Street Nambucca Heads

The Main Hall is home to concerts and performances throughout the year while the complex also includes the Stringer Gallery.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Disabled parking nearby
  3. Wheelchair seating
  4. Disabled access

For more information on the Nambucca Community Arts Centre view their website https://nambucca.com.au/ncac/

Jetty Theatre

337 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour

With a rich history dating back to 1927 the theatre underwent a major refurbishment in 2004 transforming the building into a state-of-the art 250 seat contemporary venue to present a wide range of community and touring shows.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Baby change facilities
  3. Disabled parking nearby
  4. Hearing loops/assistance
  5. Ramp access

For more information on the Jetty Theatre give them a call on 6648 4930 or view their website, https://www.jettytheatre.com/

Galleries

Explore inclusive arts galleries across the Mid North Coast

The Gallery Tea Gardens

81 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens

This Gallery is run by a community arts group showcasing the work of artists in the Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest and Myall Coast areas. It has around 40 member artists, and their works include paintings, drawings, pastels, lino cuts, etchings and prints, sculptures, ceramics, photography & jewellery. Housed in a beautiful cottage and garden as well as the display of artworks they also hold regular workshops.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Disabled parking nearby
  3. Ramp access

For more information on The Gallery view their website, http://galleriesinthegardens.com.au/the-gallery/

Manning Regional Arts Gallery

12 Macquarie St, Taree

The Manning Regional Art Gallery is a vibrant cultural hub, promoting art and community engagement in the Manning Valley and Mid Coast region for 30 years. The Gallery presents a diverse and outstanding exhibition program throughout the year showcasing, emerging and established artists, group and solo shows and high profile touring shows.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Baby change facilities
  3. Children’s programs
  4. Designated disabled parking
  5. Ramp access

For more information on the Manning Regional Art Gallery give them a call on 6592 5455 or view their website, https://mrag.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Home

Glasshouse Regional Gallery

Crn Clarence St & Hay St, Port Macquarie

Located in the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie, the region’s premier cultural and arts facility, the Port Macquarie Regional Gallery is an extensive and modern gallery, showcasing a yearly calendar of high calibre exhibitions.

  1. Accessible lift
  2. Accessible toilet
  3. Baby change facilities
  4. Charge point
  5. Children’s programs
  6. Arts & Dementia Program
  7. Disabled parking nearby
  8. Ramp access
  9. Curriculum based School education program
  10. Some Braille signage

For more information on the Glasshouse Regional Art Gallery, give them a call on 6581 8888 or view their website, https://www.glasshouse.org.au/Home

Stringer Gallery

19 Ridge Street Nambucca Heads

The Stringer Gallery is located within the Nambucca Community and Arts Centre. It showcases work by local artists and themed exhibitions change on a regular basis. There are always works on display in all media. The Gallery is run by the Nambucca Valley Arts Council.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Disabled parking nearby
  3. Disabled access

For more information on The Stringer Gallery, view their website, http://www.nambucca.com.au/arts/gallery.html

Nexus Gallery

1 Doepel Street, Bellingen

Located at the historic Old Butter Factory complex, before you reach the town of Bellingen, the gallery is run by the Bellingen Community Arts Council and offers monthly exhibitions. Staffed by volunteer members, the gallery is a showcase of local artists and artisans. Aside from the new exhibition each month, the gallery also hosts a large group member exhibition three times a year.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Wheelchair accessible

For more information on the Nexus Gallery, give them a call on 6655 9222 or view their website, http://www.bcac.org.au

Bunker Gallery

John Champion Way, Coffs Harbour

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery is unique. It’s Australia’s first and only dedicated cartoon gallery and is housed in an authentic underground World War II bunker. It was converted into a contemporary cartoon gallery in 1996 and features regular changing exhibitions of Australian and international cartoons.  The Coffs Cartoon Collection of over 20,000 cartoons is housed at the Bunker.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Designated disabled parking
  3. Children’s programs
  4. Wheelchair accessible

For more information on the Bunker Gallery give them a call on 6651 4863 or view their website, http://bunkercartoongallery.com.au/about-the-gallery/

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Duke Street Coffs Harbour

The Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery offers an exciting program of exhibitions, talks, workshops and other events that will spark your imagination. Featuring works by a diversity of local, regional, national and international artists in many mediums, the Gallery is a hub of the vibrant carts community of the Coffs Coast region.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Wheelchair accessible

For more information on the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, give them a call on 6648 4863 or view their website, https://www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/Community-and-Recreation/community-venues-and-facilities/Pages/Gallery/CoffsHarbourRegionalGallery.aspx

Museums

Explore inclusive arts museums across the Mid North Coast

Port Macquarie Museum

22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie

Dating from c1836 the Historical Society Museum building is one of the only remaining convict built structures left in Port Macquarie. The museum houses an extensive collection of over 20,000 artefacts, spread throughout a number of themed rooms and displays. The museum is the ideal place to get an overall sense of the history of the town.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Baby change facilities
  3. Children’s programs
  4. Dementia Friendly accreditation
  5. Disabled parking nearby
  6. Audio guide for sight impaired
  7. Curriculum based School education program
  8. Wheelchair accessible

For more information on Port Macquarie Museum, give them a call on 6583 1108 or view their website, http://portmuseum.org.au/

Macleay River Historical Society & Museum

South Kempsey Park, Lachlan St, South Kempsey

The museum, housed in the unique Glenn Murcutt Building adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre, traces the valley’s fascinating and diverse history. Open daily.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Wheelchair accessible

For more information on Macleay River Historical Society and Museum, give them a call on 6562 7572 or view their website, http://www.kempseymuseum.org

Slim Dusty Centre

490 Macleay Valley Way, Kempsey

The Slim Dusty Centre and Museum exhibition features objects and images from the Kirkpatrick family’s own extensive archive, as well as contributions from fans and friends all over the world. Visually rich, astonishingly varied, the display provides a look into Slim’s first steps into show business, the early years of adventures with Joy and their mates touring the towns and villages of Australia’s outback and the glory days of life on the showgrounds of Australia with artistes and performers of vaudevillian delights. Open daily.

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Baby change facilities
  3. Designated disabled parking
  4. Wheelchairs available

For more information on Slim Dusty Centre, give them a call on 6562 6533 or view their website, http://www.slimdustycentre.com.au

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum

215 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour

The Coffs Coast region has a rich and fascinating heritage. From Gumbaynggirr stories of spiritual connection to the land, to the stories of lighthouse keepers, pioneers, timber workers, gold miners and farmers, the Coffs Coast is a place of romance, bravery, adventure, tragedy, and amazing inventions!

  1. Accessible toilet
  2. Designated disabled parking
  3. Ramp access
  4. School education programs

For more information on Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, give them a call on 02 6648 4847 or view their website, http://www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/Community-and-Recreation/community-venues-and-facilities/Pages/Museum/Coffs-Harbour-Regional-Museum.aspx