5 Lands Walk
The 5 Lands Walk along 9 km of the Central Coast is a “flagship event” in New South Wales as dubbed by Central Coast Tourism. Each of the Five Lands plans events with participation from the Aboriginals and many other ethnic cultures from the area making for an amazing day filled with art, music, and communitarian spirit that’s like nothing else.
The Walk Though the 5 Lands
The opening ceremony of the walk is usually at Macmasters Beach. This community hosts a free breakfast for the first 500 walkers and conducts the “Welcome to Country” blessing ceremony, blessing the day’s walkers. During previous years, whales have disrupted the opening ceremony with their play in Allagai Bay. Led by the Aboriginal Elders and the Macs Beach bagpiper, walkers traverse Macmasters Beach to Copacabana.
The Connection exhibit in Copacabana includes artwork from local and Aboriginal artists. The 5 Lands Poster competition features artistic posters from local school children competing for first place. Walkers will also enjoy the Ephemera art installed on the beach that’s enjoyed during the walk toward Avoca Beach.
Avoca Beach’s program is traditionally packed with loads of entertainment for walkers’ enjoyment. The live performance and art exhibits on the beach and in the Surf Club are delightful. The Ephemera installation and Connections exhibition continue on Avoca Beach with sculpture, photography, and paintings. After viewing the art, walkers become blessed again by another Aboriginal smoking ceremony before heading towards North Avoca.
This hidden gem toward the end of the 5 Lands Walk brings a more relaxed, spiritual aura to the day’s events. A major Aboriginal program hosts women from the local Mirring Aboriginal Corporation to demonstrate weaving and discuss Aboriginal culture. Dancers from the NAISDA Dance College perform indigenous dance before walkers move along to enjoy the giant kite flying exhibition. Visitors build kites while attending a workshop. Moving through North Avoca, walkers are reaching Terrigal.
Terrigal offers the opportunity for walkers to meet and talk with some of Australia’s finest artists as they create outdoors in “en Plein Air”. On the Garawa Ocean Stage, Terrigal brings some awesome musical acts that are sure to offer a rocking end the walkers’ day.
Create a holiday of the 5 Lands Walk by experiencing the Copacabana Mini-Fete and the Taste of Avoca on the day after the walk. Coordinated by the local public school, the Copacabana Mini-Fete offers a menagerie of fair games and booths for everyone’s enjoyment while raising funds to benefit the schools.
The Taste of Avoca is a food and music festival where the many fine artists living around Avoca Beach continue the celebration. Along with a load of art and craft stalls to peruse, Taste of Avoca offers performances on the hour the entire day.
Rather than staying in a stuffy hotel, travellers should consider one of the many holiday rentals available. Many of these private residences are ocean or beach-front homes. Each offers peace and quiet, privacy, and the conveniences of home that a hotel cannot. Make the most of this holiday with a rental.
This is sure to be a memorable experience. Make travel plans to Macmasters Beach to attend this amazing event.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of March 12th 2014