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. Roses 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 . 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.