There is so much to see and do in the beautiful coastal town of Port Macquarie that it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve put together a suggested itinerary to help.
Head out to Wauchope and visit Timbertown. While there, enjoy the wine tasting.
From Wauchope you might like to go somewhere tranquil like the Blue Poles Gallery and Café for lunch.
Time permitting, head to Boorganna Nature Reserve which is 6km west of Comboyne. You can go bushwalking through the rainforest, birdwatch, picnic, see scenic views and waterfalls.
Return journey head via Lorne and don’t forget to stop at the Craft Co-Op, located at Kendall Railway Station.
Pat a Koala at Billabong Koala and Wildlife park. The Park opens at 9am. The show starts at around 10.30am.
Lunch at the IRISH TAVERN in town and then stroll around the adjacent Kooloonbung Nature Reserve.
Walk around to St Thomas Church and the Wesley Chapel as well as the CourtHouse, Museum and Roto House.
Pick your own strawberries at the Best Tourist attraction, Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries.
You can then head to South West Rocks. This is where Trial Bay Gaol is located, built in 1886.
The kiosk in the Arakoon Recreation Area off Carrie Street has great food at great prices with a panoramic ocean view!
Another 10 minutes further and you will arrive at the Smoky Cape Lighthouse where whales and dolphins are often spotted. Make sure you don’t miss the views at the nearby Captain Cook’s lookout.
On your return journey you can stop off at the quaint town of Gladstone. The Heritage Hotel is also worth a stop for a quiet ale.
Shopping at the local boutiques and spending time at some fabulous beaches.
There are some nice boutique shops in the CBD area to occupy the morning.
In the afternoon drive to Shelly Beach and take a walk along the boardwalk through the Sea Acres Nature Reserve which will take you through rare coastal rainforest – and it is all close to town.
A sunset cruise sets off from the wharf in Short Street, and this is a pleasant way to see the canals and Limeburners Nature Reserve. It’s BYO drinks and nibbles so maybe take an esky too.
Boating, fishing, relaxing. What a great way to have fun in Port Macquarie…
Hire a boat from Jordan’s Boating. You do not need a boat licence and the boat is equipped with a BBQ for you to cook your sausages and all the fish you catch.
This is the day to investigate more of the beaches and lookouts.
Drive south to Lake Cathie. The warm shallow waters of this salt lake are ideal for young children.
By travelling a little further south, you can check out North Haven, Laurieton and Dunbogan which are quaint coastal villages with great fishing spots.
North Brother Mountain is well worth a visit for its amazing views and to watch the hang gliders taking advantage of the updrafts.
Sensational wineries to tickle your taste buds.
By now you may be feeling somewhat exhausted so a slower paced day is required.
The Cassegrain Winery is conveniently located on the Pacific Highway between the two exits to Port Macquarie.
The Bago Winery and Bago Maze is only 8kms from Wauchope on Milligans Road.