18 May 2018
Visit Port Macquarie in New South Wales and relax on stunning beaches, amidst miles of beautiful shoreline. Port Macquarie has plenty of activities to enjoy as well as a rich colonial history, wildlife adventures and exquisite natural attractions. Located only a four-hour drive away from Sydney, here are a few things you can see and do on your beachside escape to Port Macquarie.
Visit the Koala Hospital just near Flynn’s Beach in Port Macquarie, a preservation area designed for helping sick and injured koalas. The hospital is run by volunteers who are working to return rehabilitating koalas back to the bush. Learn about conservation methods, current research and understanding of the different diseases that affect koalas, and enjoy an interactive wildlife experience with the “Feed, Walk & Talk” program run at 3pm every afternoon.
Port Macquarie’s humid, subtropical climate creates the perfect environment for a tranquil rainforest canopy, awaiting your exploration! Head to the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre and take a stroll along the elevated rainforest boardwalk. Take a tour and learn about the towering leafy giants or enjoy an Aboriginal bushtucker or Discovery tour.
The iconic Breakwall of Port Macquarie has become the centrepiece of the seaside town, where residents can cast a line, ride their bikes and enjoy the colourful rock artworks, detailing memories and special occasions. When visiting Port Macquarie, be sure to take a picnic basket or a fishing rod and enjoy a peaceful afternoon watching the sunset over the ocean.
Along the sands of the most southerly beach of Port Macquarie, take advantage of this magical and rewarding experience with Port Macquarie Camel Safaris on Lighthouse Beach. Relax aboard one of Australia’s own majestic camels as John the Cameleer takes care of you. On this adventure you can often witness dolphins riding along the waves and breaching whales during whale season.
This stunning beachside walk is 9km one way, however it can be broken up into smaller 2km increments for an easier route. Starting at the gorgeous Town Beach, meander along the coastline past Flagstaff, to Rocky Beach Lookout until you reach famous Nobby Head. Continue along past Harry’s Lookout, through the Sea Acre National Park until you reach the town’s favourite little lighthouse at Tacking Point. Along the way you’ll see historic sites, rainforest and breathtaking lookouts to the ocean.
Grab your bucket and head to Ricardoes! This environmentally friendly tomato and strawberry farm is just ten minutes north of Port Macquarie and is a great day out with the family. Open 7 days a week, head to Ricardoes for some delicious, juicy strawberries
For an awesome family day out visit Port Macquarie’s Billabong Zoo, Koala & Wildlife Park. Enjoy a close encounter with Australian and exotic animals including snow leopards, cheetahs, dingos, red pandas, penguins and koalas. The Zoo Talks provide a fun and educational experience for families and kids and run all day long.
There is plenty to see and do in Port Macquarie, whether you are just hitting the beach or exploring the friendly coastal town. Even coming into the cooler months, Port Macquarie is the ultimate holiday destination in New South Wales.