Port Macquarie

Come out of your shell

Surrounded by waterways, beaches & a stunning hinterland, Port Macquarie is just four hours drive north from Sydney & halfway to Byron Bay on the north coast of NSW.

One of Australia’s most popular holiday locations

With its relaxed vibe, variety of accommodation, diverse dining and entertainment along with one of the best year round climates in the country. There is a smorgasbord of things to see and do for the whole family. A nature lover’s paradise, the 17 beaches, river systems, the rolling green hinterland, national parks and coastal rainforests are just a few reasons to visit.

The charming town of Wauchope is the gateway to the hinterland with a wonderland of drives through National Parks, State Forests and villages reminiscent of Yorkshire. Or stretch those legs on a walking track, adventure tour or horse trail ride.

For a beach, lake or river all to yourself, head South to the Camden Haven with its gorgeous fishing villages. Buy freshly shucked oysters farmed straight from the calm waterways and experience unspoilt beauty where pelicans land and dolphins play.

Wildlife encounters

Visit the world’s only Koala Hospital and join the daily Feed, Walk and Talk Tour. At Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park experience close-up encounters with pythons and snow leopards, pat a koala or feed the penguins and kangaroos. Discover the magical hinterland on horseback with Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding.

Adventure on the waterways

Learn to surf, build sandcastles and explore rock pools. Get back to nature with a kayak tour or relaxed eco-cruise or take it up a notch on a fast jet boat ride. It is one of the best places in Australia for whale watching with daily cruises from May to November.

Food and wine

A range of new tours in this burgeoning food bowl offer an authentic experience where you can meet the friendly producers. Tours go behind the scenes at Black Duck Brewery, internationally renowned Cassegrain Wines or join a farm tour at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries.