Food & Art Cultural Trail

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What better way to discover or buy some art, than by combining the experience with a great coffee or meal? There are an ever-growing number of cafes on the Mid North Coast that regularly exhibit or feature the work of local artists. Other cafes are in such close proximity to local galleries, that they make the perfect stop-off, during an art centred outing.

Discover an incredible range of dinning options across the region.

Dark Arts Coffee Academy

Coffs Harbour

Perhaps the most creative venue on the Mid North Coast this licensed cafe/bar has a real artistic vibe whenever you might call in. Open Monday to Friday 6.30 am to…

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Cox Lane, Coffs Harbour

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Perhaps the most creative venue on the Mid North Coast this licensed cafe/bar has a real artistic vibe whenever you might call in. Open Monday to Friday 6.30 am to 3pm.

For further information visit https://www.facebook.com/darkartscoffeeacademy/?ref=page_internal

Cox Lane, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 2450.  Phone  0401 942 143

Artisans on the Hill

Greater Taree

Artisans on the Hill is an exceptional gallery full of beautifully crafted items by over forty different artisans. The other feature of Artisans on the Hill is its great cafe….

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  • 6553 1199

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702 Tinonee Rd, Mondrook

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Artisans on the Hill is an exceptional gallery full of beautifully crafted items by over forty different artisans. The other feature of Artisans on the Hill is its great cafe. As you sit and eat mouth-watering morning and afternoon teas, or delicious light lunches with wonderful coffee, you will enjoy spectacular views down the Manning Valley.

This gallery not only exhibits and sells functional artisan crafts, but also invites visitors to create their own. The gallery features woodwork, glass art, jewellery, metalwork and silk painting among others and hands-on workshops can be arranged. The unique gallery building, set in tranquil surrounds, also features a cafe and accommodation. Open Thursday to Monday year round and every day in January.

For more information on Artisans on the Hill, give them a call on 6553 1199 or view their website, http://www.artisansonthehill.com.au

Bent On Food

Greater Taree

The multi award winning bent on Food is not just a café but a destination. Along with its showcasing of regional produce it has a growing reputation for its support…

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  • 02 6557 0727

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95 Isabella St, Wingham

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The multi award winning bent on Food is not just a café but a destination. Along with its showcasing of regional produce it has a growing reputation for its support of the arts especially one off concert nights or lazy weekend end mood music. Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, Saturday 8am to 3pm and Sunday 9am to 3 pm.

For more information on Bent On Food, give them a call on 02 6557 0727 or view their website, http://www.bentonfood.com.au

Blue Poles Gallery

Port Macquarie Hastings

Well known for its exciting exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, painting, sculpture, fabric and photography, Blue Poles is set in what was originally the Byabarra General Store. As well…

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  • 6587 1167

Bookface

Port Macquarie Hastings

Bringing a touch of city slick to the country Bookface has an extensive collection of both nonfiction and fiction plus an amazing children’s book section and the funkiest of gifts….

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  • 6584 6002

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Shop 58 Port Central Shopping Centre, 40-42 Horton Street, Port Macquarie

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Bringing a touch of city slick to the country Bookface has an extensive collection of both nonfiction and fiction plus an amazing children’s book section and the funkiest of gifts.  Bookface has great food and great coffee this is the perfect place to rest among the bookshelves. 

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 5.30 pm, Thursday 9am to 7.30pm, Saturday 9am to 4.30pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm

For more information on Bookface give them a call on 6584 6002 or view their website www.bookface.net.au or on Facebook

 

For more information on Bookface, give them a call on 6584 6002 or view their website, www.bookface.net.au

Element Bar

Coffs Harbour

Element Bar is an exciting and unique venue, all built around a relaxed and authentic social experience with delicious food; a fantastic bar with a great choice of beers, wines,…

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380 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour Jetty

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Element Bar is an exciting and unique venue, all built around a relaxed and authentic social experience with delicious food; a fantastic bar with a great choice of beers, wines, cocktails & drinks; plenty of live music and an awesome vibe !! All in a stunning modern rustic urban industrial environment…smack in the heart of Coffs Harbour’s best restaurant precinct, The Jetty Strip.

Flynns Book Cafe

Port Macquarie Hastings

Right opposite the beach this is an amazing second hand and antiquarian book shop combined with yummy coffee and Anne’s world famous banana muffins. Open 7 days a week. 9am…

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1/4 Flynn St, Port Macquarie

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Right opposite the beach this is an amazing second hand and antiquarian book shop combined with yummy coffee and Anne’s world famous banana muffins. Open 7 days a week. 9am to 5pm

Four Espresso Cafe

Port Macquarie Hastings

Café owner, Emma Maslen wants to give local artists a voice. “I think that people’s interpretation of what they see of the world is really cool,” she said. “I feel…

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16/20 Murray St, Port Macquarie

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Café owner, Emma Maslen wants to give local artists a voice. “I think that people’s interpretation of what they see of the world is really cool,” she said. “I feel it brings a sense of warmth and community to the café

Open 7 days a week. 7am to 3pm

Kimono Japanese Restaurant and Bar

Coffs Harbour

Kimono Japanese Restaurant and Bar , Sawtell, has jazz every Thursday night. Our house band has been playing this residency now for the past 4 years. All members are full…

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24 First Ave, Sawtell

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Kimono Japanese Restaurant and Bar , Sawtell, has jazz every Thursday night.
Our house band has been playing this residency now for the past 4 years.
All members are full time professional musicians.
Currently they go by “The Speakeasy Trio”
Chris Frater on sax. John Mosten on guitar, Shaun Richards on vocals.
Playlist is a great mix of jazz and standards.
We were one of only 7 sanctioned events on World Jazz Day.

Little Red Kitchen

Bellingen

The newly renovated Little Red Kitchen is a beautiful space, ideal for showcasing the work of local artists. Located at the top of town, the Little Red Kitchen is known for…

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111 Hyde Street, Bellingen

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The newly renovated Little Red Kitchen is a beautiful space, ideal for showcasing the work of local artists. Located at the top of town, the Little Red Kitchen is known for its tasty, thin base pizzas, pasta and salads all created fresh when you order.

Enjoy stunning artworks in a relaxed atmosphere and on weekends they have acoustic music highlighting local musicians.

Open Monday to Friday from 5pm, Saturday & Sunday (and holidays) for lunch and dinner.

Lodge 241 Gallery Café

Bellingen

Known around town as the ‘grand old lady of Bellingen’, this Federation architectural gem is steeped in history and has a reputation as the collective meeting spot for many artist…

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  • 6655 2470

Murphy’s Coffee Lounge

Nambucca

Murphy’s Coffee Lounge is the new addition to the newsagency in Bowraville. With printed matter in less demand, a newsagent must be a more diverse business these days, hence the…

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41 High Street, Bowraville

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Murphy’s Coffee Lounge is the new addition to the newsagency in Bowraville. With printed matter in less demand, a newsagent must be a more diverse business these days, hence the newest café in town. In our efforts to bring something fresh to the town, we give local artists the opportunity to adorn our walls with their wares. Our aim is simply to enhance the shop’s atmosphere whilst giving someone the chance to show off their skills and perhaps make a buck via sales.

No5 Church Street – Bellingen

Bellingen

The philosophy @ No.5 is simple – an open space where people from all walks of life can come together to share an experience - to enjoy being nourished – to…

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  • 02 6655 0155

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5 Church Street, Bellingen

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The philosophy @ No.5 is simple – an open space where people from all walks of life can come together to share an experience - to enjoy being nourished – to leave feeling inspired.  We use the best local, organic & bio-dynamic produce available & design our menu based upon the abundance of the season – the way it should be!!

No.5 has established a strong reputation for hosting intimate live performances, with the likes of Mama Kin, Joe Robinson, Jack Carty, Jordie Lane, Deborah Connway, Perch Creek Family Jug band, The Mid North & Katie Noonan all playing memorable sell out shows.

For more information on No5 Church Street – Bellingen, give them a call on 02 6655 0155 or view their website, http://www.5churchstreet.com

Old Butter Factory Cafe

Bellingen

This is a great place for coffee and a meal, before exploring the various art and craft shops now housed in this unique heritage complex. These include the Nexus Community…

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  • 6655 2150

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1 Doepel St, Bellingen

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This is a great place for coffee and a meal, before exploring the various art and craft shops now housed in this unique heritage complex. These include the Nexus Community Gallery, the Woodcraft Gallery, AW Leather and Mac Art Jewellery. The café is open 7 days a week 8.30am to 4.30pm.

For more information on Old Butter Factory Cafe, give them a call on 6655 2150 or view their website, http://www.theoldbutterfactory.com.au

Old John’s

Coffs Harbour

One of the funkiest bars and eateries in Coffs Harbour is Old John’s on the Jetty Dining Strip. While you’re there having a meal or a coffee, browse the owners’…

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  • 6699 2909

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360 Harbour Drv, Coffs Harbour

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One of the funkiest bars and eateries in Coffs Harbour is Old John’s on the Jetty Dining Strip. While you’re there having a meal or a coffee, browse the owners’ arts collections from around the world as well as some local pieces. Open seven days a week.

For more information on Old John’s, give them a call on 6699 2909 or view their website, https://www.facebook.com/oldjohns

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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  • 6567 4660

Paint The Town Australia

Port Macquarie Hastings

Paint the Town Australia- Port Macquarie In about two hours, while you’re sipping on a cocktail, a professional artist will guide you through painting your own unique masterpiece. You will be…

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Paint the Town Australia- Port Macquarie

In about two hours, while you’re sipping on a cocktail, a professional artist will guide you through painting your own unique masterpiece. You will be provided with everything you will need: canvas, paints, brushes and even a smock.

For more information on Paint the Town give them a call on 0447 114 796 or view their website at http://paintthetownport.com/

 

For more information on Paint The Town Australia, view their website, http://paintthetownport.com

Salty Dog Seafood And Gallery

Great Lakes

The café and gallery is situated right on the Pacific Highway at Coolongolook and is known for its great seafood. The cafe also features a gallery showing locally crafted wood…

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  • 4997 7107

Taree Craft Cottage and Coffee Shop

Greater Taree

This delightful café is located within the Taree Craft Centre and is the perfect place to enjoy a morning or afternoon tea or light lunch. The atmosphere is quiet and…

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  • 6551 5777

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Taree Craft Cottage, Pulteney St, Taree

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This delightful café is located within the Taree Craft Centre and is the perfect place to enjoy a morning or afternoon tea or light lunch. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful and the home baked treats are delicious. The heritage cottage also displays and sells an extensive range of arts and crafts. Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2pm and Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm.

For more information on Taree Craft Cottage and Coffee Shop, give them a call on 6551 5777 or view their website, http://www.tareecraftcentre.com.au/coffeeshop

The Bean Bar

Greater Taree

This award winning café overlooks the Manning River and often showcases not only artists from the Manning Valley and Great Lakes regions, but also an array of performance artists. Open…

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  • 6550 0022

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1 Pulteney St, Taree

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This award winning café overlooks the Manning River and often showcases not only artists from the Manning Valley and Great Lakes regions, but also an array of performance artists. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For more information on The Bean Bar, give them a call on 6550 0022 or view their website, http://beanbarcafe.com.au

The Bellingen Brewery & Co

Bellingen

The old factory up Church Street Lane has been converted into a dynamic and sophisticated venue, featuring Bellingen’s local craft brewery and a boutique bra with a cellar door style…

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  • 6655 2210

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3/5 Church Street Lane, Bellingen

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The old factory up Church Street Lane has been converted into a dynamic and sophisticated venue, featuring Bellingen’s local craft brewery and a boutique bra with a cellar door style and feel. The space has a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere, local and reclaimed timbers and materials were used, along with a few local artisan made features. The space is shared with Big Fig Arts, an artist’s run initiative with an ever-changing exhibition programme.

Hours. Wednesday – Friday: 5pm to 11pm and Saturday & Sunday: 12pm to 11pm

For more information on The Bellingen Brewery & Co give them a call on 6655 2210 or view their website at http://www.bellingenbrewery.com.au/

 

For more information on The Bellingen Brewery & Co, give them a call on 6655 2210 or view their website, http://www.bellingenbrewery.com.au

The Living Room Cafe and Yoga Studio

Port Macquarie Hastings

The Living Room Cafe & Yoga Studio will have you glowing from the inside out! Child friendly, amazing coffee, free-range produce used where possible including all bacon, ham, eggs and…

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87 High Street, Wauchope

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The Living Room Cafe & Yoga Studio will have you glowing from the inside out! Child friendly, amazing coffee, free-range produce used where possible including all bacon, ham, eggs and chicken, gluten free and a large range of vegetarian options available. All ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible and many are home grown on surrounding farms.

A warm and inviting yoga studio is perfect for those seeking transformation of body, mind and heart. 1st Sunday of each month, the Living Room cafe is home to the Green Garage Market.

The Other Side Gallery Teahouse

Greater Taree

Located on the banks of the Ghinni Ghinni River and only a minute’s drive off the Pacific highway, this café not only provides a wide assortment of gourmet meals and…

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The Rainforest Café

Port Macquarie Hastings

Tucked away in the beautiful surrounds of the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, this café floats in the tree canopy. There is a French influence in the breakfast and lunch menus….

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  • 6582 4444

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Lot 613, Pacific Drv, Port Macquarie

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Tucked away in the beautiful surrounds of the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, this café floats in the tree canopy. There is a French influence in the breakfast and lunch menus. The café provides the ideal venue to relax before or after experiencing the Spirit of the Land, a multimedia display at the Centre exploring local Aboriginal culture. Local Indigenous art is also available in the gift shop. Open daily 9am to 4pm, public holidays 10am to 4pm and closed Christmas Day.

For more information on The Rainforest Café, give them a call on 6582 4444 or view their website, http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Sea-Acres-National-Park/Sea-Acres-Rainforest-Centre/tourist-information

The Village Café/ Restaurant

Port Macquarie Hastings

Set in the main street of Laurieton just a stone’s throw from its fabulous retro Plaza Theatre and the local museum the Village Café also features the work of talented…

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  • 6556 7737

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4/60 Bold Street, Laurieton

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Set in the main street of Laurieton just a stone’s throw from its fabulous retro Plaza Theatre and the local museum the Village Café also features the work of talented local artists.

Hours. Open every day 8am to 3pm.

For more information on the Village Café/ Restaurant give them a call on 6556 7737 or view their website at www.thevillagecafe.com.au

 

For more information on The Village Café/ Restaurant, give them a call on 6556 7737 or view their website, www.thevillagecafe.com.au

The Fox Den

Gloucester

It may be small but it packs a punch withits breakfast, lunch and tapas menu and regular live music gigs Thursday to Sunday . Open Monday, Tuesday: 6.30am-3.00pm, Wed, Thur,…

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  • (02) 6558 9701

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82 Church Street , Gloucester

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It may be small but it packs a punch withits breakfast, lunch and tapas menu and regular live music gigs Thursday to Sunday .

Open Monday, Tuesday: 6.30am-3.00pm,

Wed, Thur, Fri: 6.30am-9.00pm.

Saturday: 8:00am-9:00pm 

Sunday: 9:00am-2:00pm

For more information on The Fox Den, give them a call on (02) 6558 9701 or view their website, http://www.thefoxden.com.au

Café Perenti

Gloucester

Not only a great cafe and stockist of locally made gourmet foods, this café also showcases local artists with its ever changing exhibitions. Open 7 days a week.

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  • (02) 6558 9219

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69 Church Street , Gloucester

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Not only a great cafe and stockist of locally made gourmet foods, this café also showcases local artists with its ever changing exhibitions.

Open 7 days a week.

For more information on Café Perenti, give them a call on (02) 6558 9219 or view their website, http://perenti.com.au/

Green Point Gallery & Restaurant

Great Lakes

The fully licenced Gallery function centre at Green Point near Forster point celebrates great food & wine, music & the arts. For more information call 6557 5444.

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And why limit yourself to a coffee or meal when you can combine art with wine tastings at some of the best wineries the Mid North Coast has to offer.

Bago Vineyards

Port Macquarie Hastings

A regular event since 1997, the Jazz in the Vineyards tradition continues at Bago. On the second Sunday every month wine, food, and music lovers descend on the lawns of…

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  • 6585 7099

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Milligans Road (off Bago Road), Wauchope

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A regular event since 1997, the Jazz in the Vineyards tradition continues at Bago. On the second Sunday every month wine, food, and music lovers descend on the lawns of Bago for a relaxing, family friendly afternoon of jazz and other light music

For more information on Bago Vineyards, give them a call on 6585 7099 or view their website, http://www.bagovineyards.com.au

Cassegrain Wines

Port Macquarie Hastings

As well as hosting the monthly Artist in the Vines market Cassegrain often stages its own music events.

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  • 6582 8377

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Fernbank Creek Rd, Fernbank Creek

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As well as hosting the monthly Artist in the Vines market Cassegrain often stages its own music events.

For more information on Cassegrain Wines, give them a call on 6582 8377 or view their website, http://www.cassegrainwines.com.au

Great Lakes Winery

Great Lakes

The Back Paddock at the winery is the perfect place for a range of concerts and events held over any one year. These cover all types of music providing the…

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  • 4997 7255

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115 Herivels Rd, Wootton

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The Back Paddock at the winery is the perfect place for a range of concerts and events held over any one year. These cover all types of music providing the ambience for a picnic or a great day out. Check the website for next events.

For more information on Great Lakes Winery, give them a call on 4997 7255 or view their website, http://www.greatlakeswines.com.au

Long Point Vineyard

Port Macquarie Hastings

The Gallery at this picturesque winery opened in 2011 to showcase and support local artists. Many of the local artists are inspired by local scenes – beaches, rivers, the ocean…

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  • 6585 4598

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6 Cooinda Pl, Lake Cathie

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The Gallery at this picturesque winery opened in 2011 to showcase and support local artists.
Many of the local artists are inspired by local scenes – beaches, rivers, the ocean or farm lands, so gallery visitors get a chance to take home a reminder of their holiday as well as some wine. The exhibitions change every two months.

For more information on Long Point Vineyard, give them a call on 6585 4598 or view their website, http://www.longpointvineyard.com.au