Port Macquarie food and wine
Greater Port Macquarie is a delicious destination. Enjoy wine tasting in the beautiful Hastings River wine region, taste freshly shucked oysters, pick your own juicy strawberries, savour locally brewed craft beer and more. There are acclaimed restaurants, tempting festivals and scrumptious markets.
Complementing the tasty experiences are gorgeous beaches, magnificent national parks, abundant wildlife and fascinating heritage. On the mid North Coast of NSW, the region is four hours’ drive north of Sydney and six hours south of Brisbane. Or fly into Port Macquarie Airport and rent a car.
Hastings River vineyards grow mainly chambourcin, chardonnay, verdelho, semillon and merlot varieties. The Cassegrain family, which traces its winemaking heritage to 1643 in France, revitalised viticulture in the area in the 1980s and pioneered new varieties, such as the hybrid chambourcin.
Cassegrain Wines is a short drive west of the lovely seaside town of Port Macquarie. Visit the cellar door and tour the winery, and then indulge in classic French fare paired with Cassegrain wines at Seasons, a restaurant overlooking the splendid estate. Or relax with a cheese platter and wine.
Another pretty spot among vineyards nearby is the Little Fish Cafe & Vineyard. For lovers of wine, mazes, cheese and chocolate, Bago Vineyards is southwest of Wauchope. The young and young at heart can try to escape the 2km Bago Maze. Other cellar doors with delightful attractions include:
- Rose’s Vineyard and Animal Farm
- Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard
- Long Point Vineyard and Art Gallery
Port Macquarie is home to the Stunned Mullet and Bills Fishhouse, two restaurants that feature in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide. There is a buzzy bar and cafe and scene, and beer lovers can sample locally made beers at the Black Duck Brewery and the Little Brewery Company.
The local oysters are plump and creamy. You can buy local oysters harvested from the Hastings River and Camden Haven estuaries at fish shops and restaurants. Or purchase Camden Haven oysters directly from oyster grower Rockin’ Oysters, near Laurieton and North Haven, from October to June.
You can pick your own strawberries at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries, a large greenhouse farm near Port Macquarie. Other enticing attractions and events that showcase the region’s bountiful produce range from the monthly Wauchope Farmers’ Market to the annual Slice of Haven Festival in May.