A true holidaymakers’ town, Port Macquarie is surrounded by beaches and waterways from the Hastings River to the Pacific Ocean. The region boasts a fun-filled calendar of events year-round, with music festivals, sporting events, and celebrations of local food and produce.
The year kicks off with New Year's Eve celebrations, and then it's on to music and food festivals celebrating everything from oysters to winemaking over summer. Touch football is also big in the area, and summer is peak season. From March to May, food and wine are on show, with a couple of running events sprinkled in for good measure, including the IRONMAN competition. As the weather cools down, check out the region’s regular farmers’ markets, racing events and the annual Tastings on the Hastings food festival.