I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published July 5th 2014
Along the southern breakwall of Port Macquarie's Hastings River there is a series of painted rocks that's sure to draw your eye whether you live in the area or are just passing through. They began as an art competition in 1995 but are now a sort of outdoor gallery that anyone can add their own touch to.
Typically, the colourful rocks along the wall display pictures, tributes to loved ones who have passed away, commemorations of anniversaries or holidays, and all kinds of works. It's open to everything, so you can just let your inspiration lead you. If you've seen the V-Wall at Nambucca Heads you'll know what it's like, though this one is on a smaller scale (and there's more chance you'll find a blank rock to paint).
A walk along the breakwall is the easiest way to see the whole attraction. The painted section begins at Port Macquarie's Town Green, extends along the river. around the point, and a little way along the back of Town Beach.
There are chairs along the back of Town Beach where you can enjoy your surroundings with the beach and the ocean as a backdrop. Just behind these and encompassed by the breakwall is Town Beach Reserve, with a playground and skate park. The car park up this end is a good place to base yourself if you want to explore the wall.