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Arrhh Me Hearties...The Big Dig is on again - Sunday 20th September


Pirates invade Port Macquarie….

Heave-ho me hearties!

The 2020 Sunrise Rotary / Optus / Port City Bowling Club Big Dig is on!

Town Beach, Port Macquarie on Sunday 20th September, 2020.  

The Big Dig Treasure Hunt was created by the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise to a dd 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 10:30am. 

The Family BIG DIG will start at 12PM and has a major prize valued at around $1000.00, donated by Optus.


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!

The big prize in the "THE BIG DIG" is a Samsung Galaxy S10 mobile phone donated by OPTUS.

But wait, there is so much more.

  • Great 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 ninth 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 KidsL2P Learner DriverLiberty CottageFood Connect

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 :



Currently we are not meeting.
Usually we meet at Waters Edge, 1 Buller St,
Port Macquarie 7.00am Friday most weeks.
Visitors are always welcome.