Arrhh Me Hearties...The Big Dig is very close now Sunday May 21st, 2023! Arrhh there be Treasure!

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Pirates invade Port Macquarie….

Heave-ho me hearties!

The 2023 Sunrise Rotary / Optus / Port City Bowling Club Big Dig is so much fun!

Town Beach, Port Macquarie on Sunday 21st May, 2023.  

The Big Dig Treasure Hunt created by the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise to add value to our community by hosting an annual family fun day. In 2023 Project Manager, Di Hicks, is making sure it is bigger and better than ever. A great way to bring together so many young families in our local community and have kids dressing up as pirates to find their treasure in the sand!

With over 1,000 parents and children typically attending we believe the greatest compliment for the event is the number of families who have attended almost every year it has been held.

Registration commences at 9:00am with the first dig (3 & Under) commencing at 10:30am. 

The Family BIG DIG will start at 12PM 


There are 4 age groups from 0-10 years of age. Tickets are $8 per child and the “THE BIG DIG” at $35 per person. Participants dig for buried treasure (tokens) on the beach and exchange their token for a prize and everyone wins a prize!

But wait, there is so much more.

  • Every child dressed as a pirate will take home a prize
  • Walking the plank
  • Dunking Station (dunk a friend/teacher?)
  • Take a selfie in the stocks
  • Pirate jumping castle
  • Face painting
  • Coffee cart for the mums and dads
  • BBQ tent
  • Cup cake tent

We also welcome mascots “Healthy Harold” from Life Education; “Ditto” from BraveHearts & “Whizzy the Water Drop” from Midcoast Water.


This fundraising event is now in its eleventh year and raises funds for our local community and international projects. Last year our beneficiaries were:

 • BraveheartsLife EducationThe Mera School Project, NepalGive Me 5 for KidsLiberty CottageYP SpaceHeadspace PMQEndeavour HousePMQ Pony Club

This year's beneficiaries will be announced shortly.

*Pirate outfits are available at Crazy Bargain Warehouse (Settlement City) and Spotlight Port Macquarie or at many locations on-line.

The Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise would especially like to thank our sponsors :



We meet at Port City Bowling Club
7.00am 2nd and 4th Friday each month.
Visitors are always welcome.

Port City Bowling Club