Nature

Highlights

Diving with endangered sharks

Enjoy underwater adventures and bushwalking in beautiful national parks and reserves in the Greater Port Macquarie region. Visit the world’s first Koala Hospital and for an awesome sight, watch Shrek, a huge saltwater crocodile, devour lunch.

  • Scenic Coastal Walk, Port Macquarie
  • Kattung Nature Reserve, Port Macquarie

Wonderful attractions in Greater Port Macquarie

For a thrilling adventure join one of the safe and experienced diving tours in the area, and explore the underwater world of endangered grey nurse sharks in Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve. This protected area is in the Greater Port Macquarie region, only four hours’ drive north of Sydney. The marine reserve is a prime habitat for the sharks.

They often gather in large numbers around the submerged pinnacles, feeding on the fish. You’ll find diving centres in the city of Port Macquarie that offer tours in the sanctuary, home to the protected black cod. The beautiful villages of Laurieton and North Haven are near the marine reserve.

Headland Walk, Port Macquarie

Nearby is the spectacular Perpendicular Point in Kattang Nature Reserve. West of Laurieton is Dooragan National Park, where you’ll find North Brother Mountain, a superb launching area for hang-gliding and paragliding with breathtaking views over the coast.

Inland, near Kendall, are two of the biggest blackbutt trees in NSW, Bird Tree and Benaroon, in the magnificent Middle Brother National Park. A short drive north is Wauchope, a great base for exploring nearby World Heritage rainforest, including the Botanic walk.

Along the coast are more exhilarating walks, including Diamond Head loop walk and Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk, near Port Macquarie. While in the city visit the Koala Hospital and give cheery hello to injured koalas and join the daily tour at 3pm. At Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park, watch the daily feeding of Shrek, a giant saltwater crocodile – the world’s largest living species of reptile.

  1. Bird Tree and Benaroon

    Bird Tree and Benaroon

    Bird Tree and Benaroon, two of the biggest Blackbutt trees in New South Wales are situated in the Middle Brother National Park. Benaroon is rated as the largest Blackbutt in Australia and has a girth of 15 metres....

  2. Bird Tree picnic area

    Bird Tree picnic area

    Middle Brother National Park may look small from the outside, but inside are two big surprises. Surviving years of local logging, Bird Tree and Benaroon are two of the largest blackbutts in the entire state. Bird Tree...

  3. Blackbutt Picnic Area

    Blackbutt Picnic Area

    Located near the northern end of Crowdy Bay National Park, just down from Dunbogan Beach, Blackbutt picnic area is a place full of surprises.Enter through a maze of sentry-like blackbutt and clumping banksia...

  4. Botanic Walk

    Botanic Walk

    Botanic walk is a great way to discover the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. You can learn the names of some unique trees and ferns on this short stroll across the Wilson River from the picnic area. Designed to...

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