The 5 Lands Walk Community Festival combines a 10km walk along the beaches and headlands starting at MacMasters Beach and finishing at Terrigal, passing through Copacabana, Avoca Beach and North Avoca. Community festivals are held at all of these beachside villages in conjunction with the walk. The event is conducted at the time of the winter solstice in June each year. This is the time of the northern whale migration. It is a free event and no-one is excluded. Free bus transport is also provided between each land. The aim of the event is to connect people to people and people to place and everyone is encouraged to participate in some or all of the activities with their families, friends and wider community. The music and culture of the local indigenous community is highlighted at each land. The Message Stick (an important symbol in the traditions of the Aboriginal people) and the reading of the Message are at the heart of the festival. The Message Stick travels through the 5 lands with the Messenger where the reading of the Message forms an important cultural connection. Ethnic communities are highlighted at the other 4 lands with their music and culture being prominent. Entertainment includes art and sculpture exhibitions, bands and other performing artists, whale talks as well as kite making and flying.