Offering some of the finest views in Port Macquarie, the recently refurbished casual dining Aqua Restaurant overlooks the sparkling waters of the Hastings River. The Chefs at Aqua strive to create...
Succulent oysters and elegant wines
For lovers of fine food and wine, the Greater Port Macquarie region is a delicious destination four hours’ drive north of Sydney. Savour freshly shucked oysters, visit beautiful vineyards and taste elegant wines, pick your own fruit and enjoy waterfront dining.
Tasty adventures in Greater Port Macquarie
The beautiful Hastings River wine region features clusters of delightful vineyards in the hinterland around Port Macquarie and Wauchope, on the NSW North Coast. You’ll find quality restaurants at vineyards too, such as Seasons at Cassegrain and Little Fish Cafe at Innes Lake Vineyard.
For a sublime experience, Bago Vineyards hosts jazz in the vineyards on the second Sunday of every month. The young and young at heart will have fun in the Bago Maze, open every day along with the cellar door. Rose’s Vineyard has an animal farm for the kids, open Friday through Sunday.
The city of Port Macquarie has a fine range of cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants, including award-winning The Stunned Mullet. Beer lovers can rejoice, too. Sample locally made beers at the Black Duck Brewery and the Little Brewery Company has tastings Monday to Saturday of its craft beers.
South in the Greater Port Macquarie region is the Long Point Vineyard and Art Gallery. In Laurieton, on the banks of the splendid Camden Haven Inlet, you can indulge in creamy, plump oysters harvested from the estuary by Armstrong Oysters. You can buy freshly shucked or unopened oysters.
The region celebrates its fresh produce, succulent seafood and elegant wines at various events throughout the year, including Oysters in the Vines, Tastings on Hastings and the Slice of Haven Food and Wine Festival. You can also buy fresh seasonal produce at regular markets, too.
The Riverwalk Markets is every third Sunday of the month in Laurieton and the Wauchope Farmers Market is on every fourth Saturday of the month. Some farmers sell fresh seasonal produce at their farms gates and you can pick your own fruit at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries.