A paradise of natural attractions and outdoor adventures, Port Macquarie is only four hours’ drive north of Sydney on the NSW North Coast. The city is home to a tempting range of delicious food at cafes and restaurants and an exciting events calendar of arts, sports and festivals.
Two top attractions are the Koala Hospital and the Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park, home to a giant saltwater crocodile called Shrek. Explore the beautiful Hastings River, where succulent oysters grow, and spot dolphins on a cruise with Port Venture Cruises and .
Whale-watching cruises depart the harbour at Port Macquarie between May and November, when thousands of whales migrate along the coast, including humpbacks, the stars of the annual journey. With the sparkling ocean teeming with fish, deep-sea fishing charters are popular all year.
Discover the spectacular coastline, including white sandy beaches, on the Port Macquarie coastal walk in the Sea Acres National Park. At the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre you can join a guided Aboriginal cultural heritage tour and amble along the enchanting Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk.
The main city of the Greater Port Macquarie region has a fascinating colonial past, too. Visit the Port Macquarie Museum for a journey from convict history to the present day. Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage and Port by Night Tours both offer walking tours of the city and its intriguing heritage.
At the Glasshouse in the city’s heart are performances and exhibitions, including engaging art in the Regional Gallery. Places to stay in Port Macquarie suit a range of budgets, from waterfront resorts to youth hostels. Visit nearby vineyards such as Cassegrain and Roses Vineyard for wine tasting.