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Pirates invade Port Macquarie….

Heave-ho me hearties!

The 2018 Sunrise Rotary / Port City Bowling Club Big Dig was held at Town Beach, Port Macquarie on Sunday May 20, 2018.  

The Big Dig Treasure Hunt was created by the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise to add value to our community by hosting an annual family fun day. This years Project Manager, Peter Grob, is making sure it will be bigger and better than ever. It is 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 8:30am with the first dig (3 & Under) commencing at 9:30am. Each age group has two opportunities to dig.

2018 Big Dig Sponsors

There are 4 age groups from 0-10 years of age. Tickets are $5 per child and the “THE BIG DIG” at $30 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.

  • Best pirate competition
  • Walking the plank
  • Dunking Station (dunk a friend/teacher?)
  • Take a selfie in the stocks
  • Pirate jumping castle
  • Sand Wizard
  • 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 seventh year and raises funds for our local community and international projects. Last year our beneficiaries were:

 • BraveheartsOOSHOrange Sky Laundry VanLife EducationThe Mera School Project, Nepal

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:


We meet at Waters Edge, 1 Buller St,
Port Macquarie 7.00am Friday most weeks.
Visitors are always welcome.