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Camden Haven • Wauchope •

Visitor Guide

Hinterland


Greater Port Macquarie @PortMacquarie @PMQTourism portmacquarietourism portmacquarietourism #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie

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Greater Port Macquarie Tourism acknowledges the close connection between Aboriginal people and the land and works with the traditional owners, Birpai Aboriginal people, to promote the natural landscape and their heritage. The Birpai welcome you to their country.


PORT MACQUARIE IS A DIVERSE AND BEAUTIFUL REGION WITH SO MANY CORNERS TO EXPLORE, SO WHERE DO YOU BEGIN?

Welcome

This Eat See Do guide has been written by locals to help you plan your holiday and is packed full of inspirational experiences. Whether you’re a first-time visitor seeking the must-do attractions, or returning for the tenth time and on the hunt for some hidden gems, it’s all in here. Popular topics include dining, nightlife, coffee culture, shopping, nature, activities and attractions. There are also tours for history buffs, adrenalin adventures, hip new wine bars and animal encounters. So sit back and enjoy the read, it’s your guide to the best holiday ever.

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H I G H L I G H T S

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Our Regions Explore + Dine Discover the regions of Port Macquarie, Wauchope and the Camden Haven

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What’s On A diverse and eclectic smorgasbord of events throughout the year

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Locally Grown + Made

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R E G I O N

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Club Entertainment

Nature

All are welcome in the relaxing surrounds of modern club facilities throughout the region

Follow walking tracks with breath taking views up and down our unspoilt coastlines

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Retail Therapy

Things To Do

Retail therapy is an essential part of any holiday

With over 52+ activities, attractions and tours you will never be lost for something to do

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Our Place, Our Stories

With over 80 producers, Port Macquarie’s foodie scene is truly flourishing

Be captivated by convict stories on a heritage walking tour, and visit Australia’s third oldest lighthouse at Tacking Point

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Wineries + Breweries An emerging wine region, Port Macquarie has a range of vineyards offering unique experiences

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Buzzing Bar Scene Think innovative wine lists, tasty canapés and great friends

Explore galleries and studios, public art displays, markets and craft centres

Submerge yourself in the regions wildlife experiences

Water Lover’s Paradise

Be surprised by a new cultural beat

Art + About

Animal Encounters

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Performing Arts + Music

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Our clean and uncrowded beaches are the perfect spot for visitors of all ages and interests

58. Beach Guide 60. Take A Trip 62. Regional Map 64. Markets for Me 66. Getting Here + Around 68. Must Eat See + Do 97. General Info #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie

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PORT MACQUARIE

A VIBRANT CBD SURROUNDED BY WATER, THE HASTINGS RIVER ON ONE SIDE AND STUNNING BEACHES ON THE OTHER, SURELY ONE OF

You will feel right at home in flip flops or high heels. Boasting a relaxed coastal vibe you can enjoy the great outdoors, picturesque beaches and endless waterways, but also the finer things in life - good food and coffee, noteworthy heritage, an abundance of art and some great wine bars. Just fifteen minutes South is Lake Cathie (pronounced Cat-eye) with its beautiful lake, lagoon and beaches. A perfect spot to spend the day relaxing with friends and family. 6

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AUSTRALIA’S BEST WALKING TOWNS.


01. Take the iconic 9km Coastal Walk start at the breakwall on Town Green, discover colourful graffiti rocks, spot marine life, public art, breath taking lookouts and much more along the way. 02. The Coastal Walk ends at one of Australia’s oldest lighthouses Tacking Point which offers spectacular views along the coastline, a great location for spotting whales and dolphins. 03. Sea Acres Rainforest Centre offers local Aboriginal culture and rainforest eco-displays, Aboriginal bush tucker and Discovery tours, a 1.3km loop Rainforest elevated boardwalk, monthly rainforest meditation and a Rainforest Café. 04. Go Cruising, dolphin and whale watching, fish and chips at sunset, a heart pumping thrill ride, eco cruises or take in the scenery on a Chinese Junk. Cruises depart regularly from Town Wharf. May to November is the ideal time for close encounters with humpback whales. 05. No visit to port Macquarie is complete without a visit to the Koala Hospital, providing a rare insight into the preservation and habits of one the world’s most endearing creatures. Open daily, free entry, don’t miss the 3pm feed walk and talk tour and new Koala Museum exhibit. 06. Relax on picturesque Town Green, Lady Nelson Wharf is the perfect spot for fish & chips and your favourite ice cream.

LEISA & CHRIS HARRIS. Salty Crew Kiosk & Bills Fishhouse + Bar

Chris and I were fortunate to spend our childhoods growing up in blissful Port Macquarie. Our careers allowed us some great opportunities to travel and work around Australia including Makepeace Island in Noosa. Fast forward a few years and our family of three is lucky to call this magic piece of the Mid North Coast home again. Last year we established Salty Crew Kiosk - a kiosk on Town Beach offering healthy food and beverages - and BILLS Fishhouse and Bar, a restaurant with a chic coastal vibe offering fresh, local seafood. Our reason for returning was not only our expanding family, we could see the standard of the food and produce scene growing rapidly and we wanted to be a part of it! We’re passionate about the quality local produce and truly believe we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants, cafes and producers.

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P O R T

M A C Q U A R I E

SPOILING YOURSELF WITH A MEMORABLE DINING EXPERIENCE IS EASY IN PORT MACQUARIE.

BILLS FISHHOUSE + BAR

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spot to have a leisurely French and Australian inspired lunch. For fresh and healthy Japanese head to MakiMoto, they serve a fusion of traditional and contemporary Japanese food in a sleek and modern setting. Bills Fishhouse + Bar is the place for a casual evening drink, a shared feast with friends or a light bite after a long beach day. Bringing people together over a mutual love of good food, good wine and good times. Scampi’s Seafood Bar and Grill enjoys magnificent ocean views and a delicious menu, taking advantage of local fresh seafood.

The Stunned Mullet restaurant boasts a coveted Chef’s hat and is a quintessential dining experience where amazing food, incredible wines, great service and relaxed coastal ambience come together perfectly. Fusion 7 is where you will find innovative tastes and fresh ideas using local produce. A locals favourite with an ever changing menu in a relaxed environment. At multi award winning Zebu Bar + Grill you’ll find seasonal fresh produce and fine food straight from the grill kitchen while you enjoy a view over Town Green and Hastings River. Little Fish Café nestled amongst the bougainvillea, jacaranda and magnolia trees overlooking the Innes Lake Vineyard, a lovely #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie

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For food with views

Find enjoyable family dining experiences Relax at Town Green Inn where kids are welcome and the wood fired pizzas are a family favourite. The Pancake Place serves kid friendly food and the little ones will love the kiddie’s corner. Overlooking the marina Seasalt Cafe has a picturesque location to enjoy breakfast or lunch. Keep the kids occupied feeding the fish and watching the water dragons. Burger Rebellion keeps everyone happy serving delicious burgers, sides, some killer salads, heavenly milkshakes and local beer to wash it down! Pipeworks Café dish up yummy food that kids will eat authentic wood fired hand stretched pizza, charcoal shish and pasta. Settlers Inn has been recently renovated with a focus on family friendly Hotel dining, including a huge range of kid’s facilities and fantastic bistro specials.

Whalebone Wharf offers spectacular views across the Hastings River and specialise in fresh local seafood. Enjoy live music on the deck on Sunday afternoons through summer at On the Edge Restaurant, with a backdrop of the Hastings River what is not to love? At Chop & Chill East meets West in a savoury blend of aromatic mouth-watering goodness in a variety of dishes or share plates. The Beach House has a chilled atmosphere, all weather awning, all day dining and an amazing view! Aqua Restaurant has unsurpassed views of the beautiful Hastings River and the menu features modern Australian dishes and familiar favourites.

WHETHER YOU ARE A SUN-RISER OR STAR-CHASER

THE WHALEBONE WHARF

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SALTY CREW KIOSK

Check out the ‘Peak Coffee Brew Lab’ to taste and learn about their coffee blends. Their cold

drip coffee is amazing!

Delicious Breakfasts to start your day. At LV’s on Clarence down the river end of town you’ll find food made and served with love, think sustainable, pasture fresh, free range and handmade. The Corner Cafe and Restaurant features a sunny selection of wholesome and healthy fare to brighten your day. Drury Lane Eatery source their produce locally, maintaining good connections with local farmers, provedores and keen backyard gardeners, their ever changing menu highlights what’s available and good week to week. Located right on Town Beach Salty Crew Kiosk dish up tasty fare with ocean views

Port Macquarie hot shots. These should be on your coffee hit list! Meg and Me is a hole in the wall ‘espresso bar’ serving delicious coffee with great conversation from Ant the barista. Casualties Espresso located within the original Ambulance station can come to your rescue. Social Grounds is few blocks from the CBD but they promise the ‘finest coffee in all the land’. Beantree Café is a little oasis in the heart of the CBD while Blackfish Coffee is a touch of big city espresso bars. #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie

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The ‘Valley of Villages’ hugs the Camden Haven River as it makes its way from the lush Comboyne Plateau to the blue Pacific Ocean.

camdenhaven Pioneer Australian Aviator Nancy Bird-Walton was born in Kew in 1915. See memorabilia on As the river meanders through this magnificent valley it passes the villages of Lorne, Kendall, Kew, Laurieton, Dunbogan, entering the sea between North Haven and Camden Head. Bonny Hills lies to the north overlooking Grants & Rainbow beaches.

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display at the iKew Community Information Centre and pick up some information on the area from the friendly volunteers. While you’re there get a holiday snap with the BIG axe!


ENDLESS PRISTINE WATERWAYS, QUIET SLEEPY VILLAGES AND DAYS SPENT PICNICKING ON FISH AND CHIPS IN A BEACH SIDE PARK!

05. Kattang Nature Reserve offers spectacular views, magnificent wildflowers, great photography, easy walking, picnicking, whale watching and fishing. Take the kids exploring the rock pools or just laze the day away lying under the shade of the she-oaks.

01. Take in unrivalled views, stretch your legs on one of the walking trails and settle in for a picnic, you might even witness para-gliders taking off from the top of North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National Park.

06. Diamond Head Loop walk is the ideal introduction to the splendour of Crowdy Bay National Park. Soak up amazing scenic coastal views, have a close encounter with the abundant local wildlife and finish off with a swim at Diamond Head Beach.

02. Queens Lake is a paradise for water sports, explore the pristine natural beauty along the walking trails. 03. You’ll find netted tidal pools on the Camden Haven River at both Dunbogan and North Haven, perfect for a swim and a picnic. 04. Cast a line off the beach, or from a boat into the Camden Haven River, discover why the area is renowned for great fishing. #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie 13


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JAMES WOOD. Rockin’ Oysters and The Shuck Truck

Innovative and seasonal menu’s, delicious Campos coffee, house made cakes, fresh juice and smoothies. Tips for where to eat out start with Oasis by the River Café Restaurant in North Haven which overlooks the pristine Camden Haven River and offers indoor and outdoor dining with an emphasis on local produce and friendly service. Delizioso serve up a diverse Italian menu with authentic pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven, sit outside under the twinkling fairy lights for a little bit of magic. Overlooking Rainbow Beach in Bonny Hills you will find relaxed dining at The Fat Fish Beachfront Bistro. The Native Catering Co. exudes botanical charm from a green wall and hanging plants to framed antique botanical illustrations of native flora. 14

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Since establishing Rockin’ Oysters in 2009, I have built a commercial oyster business in the Camden Haven River harvesting Sydney Rock Oysters. I’m passionate about the environment and sustainability with a focus on water quality and health of the area. Oysters have been farmed in the region for more than 90 years with techniques improving continually to reduce impacts on the environment. Local farmers use an array of farming methods and waterways producing a unique variance in flavours or ‘terroir’ in our oysters. I encourage visitors to test it out and see for themselves. This region offers a unique opportunity combining beautiful surroundings, wineries, breweries and prime producers - making for a wonderful experience.


CAFE HAVEN CAN BE FOUND DOWN SOUTH SO DROP IN AND Dunbogan Boatshed sits on the banks of the Camden Haven River, radiating old world charm offering coffee & treats, fish feeding, relaxed seating on the deck and a tranquil marina. Grounded Espresso provides Melbourne style coffee and fresh light food, a café for all seasons. The Village Café opens early and serves an extra-large coffee what more is there to say? Sandbar Café restaurant offer ‘all day’ breakfast and a marvellous selection of local produce for lunch. North Haven Café is a quintessential coastal café serving everything from baked treats to fish and chips and a wide selection of ice-cream cones. For a charming hidden gem Miss Nellie’s Café in Kendall serves lovingly baked goodies, delicious coffee, scrumptious light meals and ice cream treats. Whether gardening is your gig or not take a wander through the garden centre for a delicious meal at Bonny Hills Garden Café, lucky visitors might see the ‘resident’ koala.

ENJOY A LOCAL BREW AND REVEL IN SOME LOCAL HOSPITALITY.

Oyster lovers take note: local oysters are not to be missed! Farmed in a pristine estuary surrounded by National Parks the local Sydney Rock Oysters have a unique flavour and are of the highest quality. #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie 15


YOU’LL DISCOVER BOUTIQUE SHOPPING AND LOADS OF COUNTRY CHARM IN THIS GATEWAY TO THE WATERFALLS AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE OF THE HINTERLAND.

wauchope AND HINTERLAND

Wauchope is set on the Hastings River and surrounded by hobby farms, agriculture and over 40,000 hectares of National Parks and State Forests.

This beautiful rural township is just 20 minutes’ drive west from Port Macquarie. Wauchope is a “Motorcycle Friendly Town” that embraces riders who make the trek west from Wauchope to Walcha, a well-known and loved must do motorcycle ride. 16

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The name ‘Comboyne’ is derived from ‘Wambuyn’, meaning ‘the place of kangaroos’, and indeed you’re likely to spot many of these fascinating native creatures bounding along the plateau, particularly at dawn and dusk.

01. Visit a cellar door, explore a Russian chocolate shop and lose yourself in the largest hedge maze in NSW at Bago Vineyard and Maze.

Take the 1.4km easy walking trail along peaceful riverfront. Visit www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au and search for walking trails to find an interactive map detailing more great walking trails in the region.

02. Let the kids explore and play in the all abilities natural playground at Bain Park while you enjoy a cup of coffee from Watermans Café. 03. Take your bikes and boats to the banks of the Hastings River; enjoy views, barbecue facilities, a boat ramp and the meandering path along the river at Rocks Ferry Reserve. 04. Nestled in the Burrawan State Forest picnic area is the largest Red Bloodwood tree in the southern hemisphere Old Bottlebutt. Take the easy 600 metre walking track and marvel at this majestic tree. 05. Take the kids’ yabbying and river hop to great swimming holes. The Bluff picnic area, in Cobrabald Recreation Area, features interesting rock formations and swimming holes.

06. Wauchope is a motor bike riders paradise and the gateway to a long stretch of winding roads heading west through the mountains of the Great Dividing Range. The Oxley Highway from Wauchope to Walcha is a must drive/ride experience #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie

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ANTHONY SARKS. Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries

Bago Tavern in Wauchope, not far from Timbertown, is the place to go for modern pub food with a family friendly playground. Watermans Café is conveniently located on Bain Park where you’ll find a fenced playground and kids bike track with road signs. Terracotta Trattoria as the name suggests serves up tasty Italian fare in a relaxed setting. Just outside Wauchope, take a stroll through the delightful Abundance Garden Centre then have a light meal overlooking their lake. Dine amongst the quirky and collectible antiques and old wares at Aussie Outback Wares and Cafe. Enjoy warm hospitality and home style cooking at Curly’s Café, a rustic hardwood colonial tearoom like no other.

Wauchope Farmers’ Market aim to provide the freshest, best and healthiest alternatives to the community, with produce often hand-picked the day before. Held on the 4th Saturday of the month.

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My wife Carole, son Tony and I operate Ricardoes, a truly family enterprise, on ethical green principles and solar energy. We started as a hobby farm in 2000 with a modest hydroponic setup and honesty box at the farm gate. It made a splash with locals and so we established ourselves professionally. Over the years we’ve expanded to 2ha of tomato greenhouses and four massive sheds of strawberry crops. Now we’re a tourist attraction with pickyour-own strawberries, a shop, café and daily farm tours. The heart of the business model is ‘See, Touch, Taste’ all in one location. We value-add to our produce by selling a big range of preserves made from our second-grade fruit, and our shop showcases a wide range of other locally grown and made products.


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There is a diverse and eclectic smorgasbord of events throughout the year with oysters in the vines, bands by the beach, feasting and indulging at food and wine festivals or cheering triathletes across the finish line. S U M M E R

January.

FOTSUN

Golden Lure Game Fishing Tournament Oysters in the Vines

ARTWALK

December. Festival of the Sun NSW Senior State Cup Touch Football Masters Muster

A U T U M M N

February. Bago Vineyards Annual Grape Stomp

IRONMAN

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NSW Junior State Cup Touch Football

Wauchope Lasiandra Festival Port Macquarie Running Festival

BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL

April. Blues and BBQ Festival Koala Hospital Open Day

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May. IRONMAN Australia + IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon Bright Night Fun Run

ArtWalk

IRONKIDS

Red Hot Summer Concert

Slice of Haven Food and Wine Festival


SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP

TASTINGS ON HASTINGS

W I N T E R

June.

S P R I N G

NSW JUNIOR SURFING TITLES

September.

Big Band Blast

Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival

Suck it Up Buttercup Obstacle Race and Mini Mudder

Ekam Yoga Festival Beach to Brother Running Festival

Surfing NSW Longboard Titles

NSW Golf Open Regional Qualifier

Cycling NSW Junior Tour

Port Macquarie Mountain Bike Festival

July. NSW Junior Surfing Titles Motorcycling Australia Motocross Nationals Round Timbertown Steam Festival

Kendall National Violin Competition Port Macquarie Cup Race Carnival

August. King of the Mountain Fun Run 3 Rivers Rowing Festival A-League Jets Friendly Seaside Classic Week of Golf

WILDWOOD

October. BEECHWOOD BILLYCART CLASSIC

Wildwood Music Festival Tastings on Hastings Food & Wine Festival Beechwood Billycart Classic Meals in the Fields

November. Sand Mania


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WITH OVER 80 PRODUCERS, PORT MACQUARIE’S FOODIE SCENE IS TRULY FLOURISHING. START YOUR DAY WITH A SUNRISE FRUIT-BOWL BY THE BEACH, FRESH SCONES AT A FARM-GATE CAFÉ AND END WITH LOCAL OYSTERS AT AN AWARD-WINNING RESTAURANT. COOKING CLASSES, FARMER’S MARKETS, BOUTIQUE WINERIES AND FOODIE FESTIVALS WILL FILL YOUR DAY WITH HOME-GROWN GOODNESS.

LOCALLY AND MADE

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OUR BAKERY BONANZA MEANS YOU WON’T BE SHORT OF CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO DELICIOUS CAKES, PASTRIES AND AWARD WINNING PIES IN THE REGION. Urban Grain Bakery are one of only a handful of bakeries in Australia that use stoneground flour across all of their pastries!

Experience a bakery bonanza. Burkhardt’s Organic Bakery produces a range of breads, pastries, cakes, gluten free products and the vanilla slices are out of this world! Urban Grain Bakery is a new kid on the block creating artisan style bread, pastries and cakes cooked on site from scratch. Bittersweet Café Patisserie is sweet-tooth heaven on the hill at Lighthouse Beach. Beechwood General Store and Café pride themselves on their home baked goodies. Bells Bakery serves up award winning pies sure to be a winner with the kids. There is nothing like a good bagel and Black Market Bagels make them in the timehonoured tradition with no preservatives or additives, they taste like they should! 24

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From the land and sea. Pick your own strawberries all year round grab a bucket and pluck the freshest, ripest berries for yourself at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries. A wonderful, healthy activity in the fresh country air but safely undercover in their greenhouse. Visit a working organic market farm, at ‘Sundays at Near River’ you can collect eggs, feed chickens and pigs, harvest fresh produce and then sit down to a lunch of pasture raised goodness. Meet the farmers as you explore the region on a Landcare Farm Gate Tour each June long weekend to learn how fresh produce and animals are grown. For an abundance of local produce visit Ken Little’s Quality Fruit and Vegetables. Or pop into Growers Market supplying fresh fruit and vegetables and an extensive range of other specialty food lines plus a juice bar with a selection of healthy slow pressed juices and smoothies. For freshly caught local seafood plus some handy recipe tips or to order a hassle free seafood platter visit Port Fresh Seafood in Short Street or drop into Laurieton Riverside Seafood.

Keep an eye out for some local products in your travels, take them home and keep the holiday journey of flavour alive!

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WINERIES & breweries

An emerging wine region, Port Macquarie has a range of vineyards offering unique experiences and is renowned for its Verdelho, Semillon and Chardonnay varieties.

Cassegrain Winery. Explore rolling lawns and a formal garden boasting over 2000 stunning rose bushes at Cassegrain Winery. You can sample a drop at the cellar door, eat in the restaurant or take a horse, trail or pony ride through the vines.

Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard.

Step back in time by visiting Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard, which showcases the last remaining fabric of the 1800’s wine industry. Stroll through the on-site museum for a taste of early colonial life. Open Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 3pm

FIRST SUNDAY

Rose’s Vineyard. Innes Lake Vineyard. Established as a 30-acre vineyard in 1844, today you can still visit Innes Lake Vineyard. Views are now framed by Jacaranda, Poinciana and Magnolia trees. Savour a meal and sample the wines at Little Fish Café to relax and take it all in.

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Rose’s is set on a beautifully manicured property; sample a glass of wine while the kids enjoy the petting farm.


Longpoint Vineyard.

Long Point Vineyard is a charming take on the traditional and includes an art gallery and garden sculptures. Indulge in a tasting, take a picnic or relax on the deck with a refreshing alcoholic ginger beer and cheese platter.

There is a thriving craft brewing scene where you can sample at its source!

Visit Black Duck Brewery’s cellar door where you’ll find Al the Brew-master and often live music and hot food with the brewing equipment as the backdrop. Award-winning Wicked Elf Brewing Company offer tastings at their cellar door, taste why this little brewery is acknowledged as a world-class producer of craft beer. Moorebeer Brewing Co. started out as most extreme beer lovers have, crafting their favourite ales in their garage with good friends. Now you can try their brew for yourself at their new digs Moorebeer Brewing Co.

Bago Vineyards. Bago Vineyards offers a unique and rustic tasting experience. Be sure to enjoy a local cheese plate and glass of wine under the pergola. The kids and those young at heart can test their navigation skills in the largest hedge maze in NSW. Now home to the Baba Lila Handmade Chocolate Shop you can sample chocolate perfectly paired with wine for a truly unique wine tastings experience. Monthly live music on the second Sunday of every month.

Make sure to keep an eye out for local beer and wine at venues around town.

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THINK INNOVATIVE WINE LISTS, TASTY CANAPÉS AND GREAT FRIENDS.

In the CBD of Port Macquarie you’ll find live entertainment, tasty cocktails and a choice of bars. Zebu Bar + Grill serve coastal cuisine from sun up till sunset. It wouldn’t be Port Macquarie without a cocktail and some live tunes at this iconic waterfront venue. Latin Loafer has a perfect location to soak up sunsets in a unique atmosphere incorporating art, music, wine and great food. If you fancy Spanish and South American cuisine and wines this is the place for you.

From the warmth of an Italian wine bar, live music at a Latin inspired bar, or cocktails and live tunes on the waterfront.

With easy music to start the evening and cool, lively music as the night matures, patrons of all ages find Bar Florian classy, comfortable and easy going with the finest of beverages, food and professional, friendly customer service. The Duck on Clarence is a craft beer and wine bar with dude food. Specialising in local craft beer, Black Duck Gin and Vodka and regular live music. Dreams of ditching work to sip rosé in the park and of hot summer nights all

BAR FLORIAN

year long are the inspiration behind Botanic Wine Garden. The menu comes from farmers markets, fishing boats and oyster leases. Jimmy’s Bar and Lounge is a place where everything’s relaxed, chilled, nothing turns the world inside out. With over 100 whiskeys on offer, settle in to watch sailboats gliding by, you’ll never want to leave. #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie 29


Head chef Trent Davis working the pass at Aqua Restaurant at the Westport Club.

Club

All are welcome in the relaxing surrounds of modern club facilities throughout the region, where you will also get to see some of the best live entertainment acts on offer.

ENTERTAINMENT

LAURIETON UNITED SERVICES CLUB

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HASTINGS COFFEE CO.

Port Macquarie Panthers, our largest entertainment venue in the region, offers top quality entertainment and a variety of dining options. With regular easy listening live entertainment and jazz sessions, you can relax and enjoy a musical afternoon or evening at The Westport Club. Port City Bowling Club is just a short stroll from Town Beach offering relaxed family friendly dining in the café and club buffet. Check out the calendar at Port Macquarie Race Club and enjoy a day at the races amongst modern facilities but with a country races feel.

For family friendly dining, overlook the greens at the Wauchope Country Club or drop into the Wauchope RSL. In the Camden Haven you will find the region’s best water views and family friendly dining at Laurieton United Services Club. Kew Country Club serves up warm country hospitality. Some of the best live entertainment acts can be found at the North Haven Bowling and Recreation Club. Home of the ‘Big Bowl’ Lake Cathie Bowling Club has three well-appointed greens and great club facilities.

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retail Therapy RETAIL THERAPY IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF ANY HOLIDAY.

ELEMENTS OF DESIGN

Whether you’re browsing for inspiration, looking for a fabulous new dress or the best of vintage, you’ll find plenty of outlets brimming with goodies to tempt you.

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Meg & Me Boutique & Espresso is Port’s ultimate retail therapy experience. Refreshingly different with a fabulous combination of fashion, accessories, homewares and an onsite espresso bar too! Arthouse Industries is where you will find unique hand-made glass jewellery pieces and other colourful products including clothing, ceramics, home wares and quirky gifts. Watch Skye at work creating her pieces. Elements of Design Emporium, in Wauchope, is a funky boutique featuring fashion, furniture


Check out page 99 for special deal coupons for Arthouse Industries, Meg & Me Boutique and The Glasshouse to get your retail therapy started! and home wares. The Department Store is an iconic outlet in Wauchope where you will uncover beautiful items not found in large chain stores. From clothes, home wares to delightful giftware, you are sure to find something special to take home. The Glasshouse Shop stocks exquisite glassware, handcrafted jewellery, ceramic objects, local produce, small home ware items and souvenirs to remember your holiday by. Just White Design is an exciting new home wares, clothing, furniture and accessories store sourcing wonderful eclectic pieces from around the globe. Charlize Rose is a little gem tucked away in Hay Street that stocks simply beautiful clothes at reasonable prices. Jacaranda House Creative Hub offers a unique shopping experience with two specialty stores, Vasnas Designs - Out of the Ordinary and Marrang Art - Cultural Creations. This is where art and education meet connecting cultures through creativity and community. Port Central in the CBD and Settlement City boast a mix of well-known brands, big retail outlets and supermarkets. #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie 33


Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage Tours uncovering our unique history.

OUR PLACE OUR STORIES

SPIRIT OF THE LAND

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With so much history and heritage on offer where to start? Easy...head to the Culture and Heritage Precinct and visit Port Macquarie Museum and the Visitor Information Centre in the Glasshouse. Both provide information on the region’s heritage offerings, including guided walks, vineyards, heritage sites, churches and ruins. The first inhabitants of the region were the Birpai People (Biripi Nation) who had an intimate knowledge of their country; a rich and abundant area of open forests and grasslands with pockets of thick eucalypt and rainforest.


BE CAPTIVATED BY CONVICT STORIES ON A HERITAGE WALKING TOUR, AND VISIT AUSTRALIA’S THIRD OLDEST LIGHTHOUSE AT TACKING POINT.

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Did you know Port Macquarie was once a penal settlement? In 1821 Port Macquarie was founded as a penal settlement for convicts who had committed secondary crimes in New South Wales. By October 1821, there were 92 convicts at Port Macquarie. Some of the settlement’s buildings still survive today.

The Port Macquarie Museum on Clarence Street will take you on a journey from the Birpai people, British settlement in 1821 through to our contemporary history as a tourist and sea change town. Learn more about the region’s rich Aboriginal culture at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre. The interactive exhibition ‘Spirit of the Land’ takes you on a journey through Birpai Country. Innes Ruins is an important remnant of early settlement. Built by Major Archibald Clunes Innes, it contains rich history about the settlement of NSW, convict labour and the culture of the 1800s. Tour bookings are essential. Contact Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on 1300 303 155. #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie 35


The Historic Cemetery is home to almost 1500 convicts, soldiers and settlers. Explore their final resting place amongst shady trees and gardens.

EXPLORE MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND HISTORIC WINERIES ON YOUR OWN OR AS A GUIDED TOUR.

Take an award-winning guided tour with Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage Tours. Visit the Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard. Classified by the National Trust, it provides an authentic glimpse of both family life and the successful wine industry of the 1800’s. The Maritime Museum documents a rich seafaring history, you will find a collection of superb memorabilia, artefacts and an extensive collection of historical maritime photographs. Roto House is one of the oldest buildings in Port Macquarie, beautifully preserved it showcases family life in another era and the friendly well informed volunteers truly bring this experience to life. 36

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A unique collection of artefacts depicting early Colonial lifestyles; the families who lived on the property were pioneers of both the wine and oyster industries in Port Macquarie.


St Thomas’ Anglican Church is the oldest church outside Sydney built by convict labour. Take a moment to sit in a pew like the earliest settlers did.

Head to Timbertown Heritage Theme Park in Wauchope where you can ride on a steam train, test your balance on a penny farthing, or watch a bullock team at work. Herons Creek Heritage Trail allows you to explore over 30 points of historical prominence from the 1800s onwards including stories about the original Indigenous inhabitants of the area. The Glasshouse is sited on a historically significant parcel of land in Port Macquarie’s CBD. Here you can see artefacts and archaeological remains uncovered during the excavation, which are part of the heritage interpretation on display. Find out about the History Hunt for children to complete from the team at the Glasshouse Visitor Information Centre.

Take a historical journey online through the Our Rivers Our History website. It showcases some of the most significant objects held in Mid-North Coast museums relating to our rivers and coastal waters. www.oroh.com.au


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PERFORMING

BE SURPRISED BY A NEW CULTURAL BEAT THAT EXTENDS FROM EDGY NEW CAFES AND ARTIST MARKETS TO CABARET SHOWS AND BUSH-TUCKER TOURS

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Performing arts and music flourish locally with The Glasshouse offering a world of cultural experiences in award winning state of the art facilities. From classical ballet to modern pop, world class shows to intimate concerts, whatever style of performance appeals to your appetite for artistic talent you are guaranteed to find it at this stunning theatre. Players Theatre is home to our locals’ performing arts community and has been active for over 50 years, consistently staging 5-6 productions annually - ranging from drama, comedy, musical and pantomime. Wauchope Community Arts Council may be small but they pack a mighty punch, this intimate venue attracts acts of extraordinary quality and it feels as if they are playing in your lounge room with a bunch of your best friends. Beyond the waves and waterways are over 150 artists, inspired sea-changers opening new businesses, and a huge investment in community spaces.

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THE REGION HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN INSPIRATIONAL PLACE FOR ARTISTS.

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From free Gallery-based art stations or artist-led workshops for kids, evening art talks with a glass of wine, free floor talks or painting days with some of Australia’s leading artists and curators - the Glasshouse will surprise and delight you.

Award winning glass artist Skye Petho’s Arthouse Industries is a beautiful creative space where you will find hot glass demonstrations, hand-made glass jewellery and other unique pieces. Her workshops are a great way to uncover your artistic talents.

Alongside its ever-changing exhibitions, the Glasshouse Regional Gallery offers a range of free and paid events. Take a closer look at the work of our local artists at the Hastings Fine Art Gallery located in the grounds of the Maritime Museum. Exhibits are changed every 3 months. Sunset Gallery is a constantly evolving space where you can browse local art and photography, side-by-side with some big names like Norman Lindsay and Picasso. Alpitye At Port Art Gallery has traditional and contemporary aboriginal artwork from the central, eastern, and western deserts of Central Australia. Ultragrafik Fine Art Gallery offers a distinctive display of visionary and imaginative original art, limited edition signed prints, unique gift cards, and creative souvenirs for sale.

If you fancy creative pursuits Paint the Town Port is a fun relaxing way to enjoy a professional painting class in venues where you can enjoy the food and your favourite cocktail at the same time.

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At Artwalk explore live art work, music & entertainment in pop-up spaces and businesses around the CBD.

Fifty-six one metre high koala sculptures, individually designed and hand painted by local artists, dot the Port MacquarieHastings landscape from the mountains to the sea to create the Hello Koalas Public Sculpture Trail.

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Keep an eye out for art on the go because our region has over 40 public artworks situated at great picnic sites, beaches and popular walking paths. Look out for the Kendall Bullock Train, the historic ‘Folly’ at Windmill Hill in Port and the humorous Camden Haven Floodmarkers to name a few. Discover the King and Queen sculptural timber chairs and other commissioned pieces as tribute to local Harry Thompson, overlooking stunning Shelly Beach. Cowarra Dam is a great spot to enjoy a peaceful picnic whilst taking in the seven Aboriginal Birpai totems and local artist Peter Allison’s steel sculpture ‘The Drip’. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail will surprise and delight. A new and exciting addition to the art scene locally is ArtWalk, a multi-venue cultural event that opens our local art galleries and museums and brings art out of the gallery and onto the streets at night!

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DISCOVER A PLAYGROUND NOT MADE OF PLASTIC

SOME OF THE STATE’S BEST NATURE EXPERIENCES ARE RIGHT HERE WAITING FOR YOU.

Beachy nature Follow walking tracks with breath taking views up and down our unspoilt coastlines, find the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic alongside waterfalls and swimming holes or simply marvel at the abundance of wildlife in our natural bushlands.

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Highlights include Crowdy Bay National Park head there for beach camping, picnic areas, fishing spots, walking tracks, jaw-dropping Ocean and mountain views, an abundance of wildlife and, despite its name, crowd-free beaches. At Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve, rainforest meets heathlands, banksia and blackbutt forest and beaches. In the reserve Point Plomer is a great family destination with excellent amenities, lots of grass and a sandy beach popular for swimming, surfing or fishing.


Discover picturesque river systems, a coastal rainforest with walking platforms amongst the trees and over 40,000 hectares of National Parks and State Forests.

Wonderful waterfalls

BURRAWAN STATE FOREST

Hinterland spots not to miss Cobrabald Recreation Area in Mount Boss State Forest is the local’s secret spot! Wild Bull camping area offers BBQ facilities, picnic shelters and a deep cool waterhole perfect for a summer dip. It’s also home to catfish! Swans Crossing has large grassy well shaded campsites and a cool quiet swimming spot. Longworth’s Tramway Heritage Walk is nearby with connecting walking trails offering even more for the nature lover. The No 1 Tower picnic area and lookout in Bellangry State Forest offers magnificent views of the Wilson River catchment and coastline. Perfect for a scenic stop.

At 200 metres, Ellenborough Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the southern hemisphere. Admire the natural beauty from the viewing platform or the more adventurous can take the 641 timber steps to the bottom to hear the roar and feel the spray. On a visit to Boorganna Nature Reserve, near Comboyne, you can take a 2.7km walking trail to scenic Rawson Falls. On the way you’ll pass a lookout, picnic area and swimming hole. Deep in the forest of Willi Willi National Park, Wilson River picnic area has a choice of three scenic walking tracks, through a sub-tropical and warm temperate rainforest, along the river, and to a sparkling waterfall and plunge pool.

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SOME OF PORT MACQUARIE’S BEST-KEPT SECRETS ARE WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED BY FOOT! Lace up and uncover some of the natural and historical wonders of the region by strolling, hiking or cycling your way along the Googik Heritage Trail. Discover Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park and Walking Trails, home to 165 species of birds, numerous reptiles and flying foxes in 52 hectares of natural bushland just 5 minutes’ walk from the town centre of Port Macquarie. Kattang Nature Reserve has easy walking trails with spectacular views up and down the coast particularly from Perpendicular Point. In spring the flower bowl walking circuit comes alive with wildflowers and birdlife.

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Waterway wanders A river cruise is a great way to explore the beauty, history and nature of our waterways. Observe the dolphins and birds as you slip by - you may even spot a sea eagle! In Port Macquarie both Cruise Adventures and Port Venture Cruises offer tours, while Camden Haven Cruises depart from the Laurieton wharf.


State Forests Some of NSW’s most beloved State Forests are located in Greater Port Macquarie. Providing free-to-use picnic and camping areas, lookouts and walking tracks, whilst allowing you to indulge in your favourite leisure activity - be it mountain-biking, trail-biking, horseriding or 4WDing. It’s all possible in your local State Forest, you can even bring your dog. For more information on State Forest attractions go to: visitnswforests forestplayground #visitnswforests Visit NSW State Forests nswforests Forestrycorporation.com.au/visit

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When it comes to things to see and do, you are in expert hands. With over 52+ activities, attractions and tours you will never be lost for something to do.

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Family favourites Cruise along the Hastings River where kids can ride the boom-net on the Cruise Terminal River Princess, or hire a BBQ Boat from Dunbogan Boatshed, pan for gold at Timbertown Heritage Theme Park, pick berries off the vine at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries. Test your navigational skills at Bago Maze, and see how many koalas you can visit on the Hello Koala Sculpture Trail. Located at Telegraph Point is Stoney Aqua Park offering a range of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and structures to test your skill.

Mild to wild Get out of your comfort zone in a Jetfighter, free fall with Coastal Skydivers, take a leap with Cloudbase Paragliding for the most epic time of your life and test your aim at Mid North Coast Paintball. For an exhilarating experience take a scenic joy-flight with Port Macquarie Seaplanes. If an adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride on the great blue is to your taste head to Port Jet Cruise Adventures. #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie 49


Port Macquarie Skate Park at Town Beach caters for skaters, bikes, scooters and roller blades.

WHATEVER THE THRILL OR PACE THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Par with the best

Sport lovers Have a friendly hit at T’s Tennis Resort and enjoy the pool facilities while you are there, or take in the sea breeze at Port Macquarie Tennis Club. Learn to surf with Port Macquarie Surf School or Soul Surfing where all levels are catered for by friendly surfing professionals. Challenge your balance with Stand-Up Paddle Port Macquarie. There are 8 Lawn Bowl Clubs in the region where you can have a roll. Grab your bike, skateboard or scooter and head out to one of five skate parks in the region. For more detailed information and locations visit www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au 50 portmacquarieinfo.com.au

You’re spoilt for choice with four golf courses in the region; Port Macquarie Golf Club boasting an 18 hole championship course, Emerald Downs Golf Club where koalas can hold up play, Wauchope Country Club with a picturesque course and Kew Country Club set amidst native gardens. For fun refine your golf skills at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf or hit floating targets at Hydro Golf and Putt Putt.


Get hooked

Charters regularly catch snapper, pearl perch, kingfish, jewfish and dolphinfish.

With some of the best fishing spots on the coast and two magnificent river systems, keen anglers can catch many popular species such as blackfish, tailor, whiting and flathead. There are also challenging and rewarding deep-sea fishing experiences aboard Ocean Star with Port Macquarie Fishing Charters. Just bring your hat. If you prefer a calm water lure fishing experience Castaway Estuary Fishing Charters are the experts.

Indoor fun If you need to escape the rain or sunshine there are plenty of inside activities to keep you amused. Catch the latest movies at Port’s Majestic Cinemas or Laurieton’s Plaza Theatre. Test your climbing skills at Centre of Gravity, become a speed racer at Port Macquarie Indoor Go-Karting. Let the kids loose in Jumbos Playland or strike a few pins at Wave Bowl. Bounce on in to Inflatable World the biggest indoor inflatable playground in Australia. It’s all about having fun, and it’s not just for the kids!

For recreational fishing you need a license these can be purchased at many bait and tackle shops in the area. For beach driving you will need a permit. Drop into the Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre or Port Macquarie Hastings Council to buy one! #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie 51


Keep hydrated, fill your water bottle at one of the many bottle bubblers around the region.

Water Refill Stations provide free drinking water in public spaces, there are stations installed at: Port Macquarie Westport Park Town Green Skate Park, Town Beach Town Beach Oxley Beach Rocky Beach Lookout Shelly Beach Flynns Beach Lighthouse Beach Road Lighthouse Beach Sea Acres Rotary Park (Observatory) Wayne Richards Park Settlement Point Reserve Wauchope Cowarra Dam Picnic Area Bain Park River Park Boardwalk Camden Haven Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills Foreshore Reserve, Lake Cathie North Haven Reserve

All abilities activities. Sea Acres Rainforest Centre has a hippocampe chair suitable for bush, mud and beach. Available 7 days a week for your exploring pleasure. Lake Cathie boasts a wheelchair friendly fishing platform making access easy for people of all abilities including parents with prams and seniors. Do you have trouble getting onto the beach? The Sandcruiser Beach Wheelchair is available for the use of seniors and people with a disability. Use of the Sandcruiser is free, available at Town Beach when the lifeguards are on duty. Bain Park in Wauchope and Westport Park in Port Macquarie are accessible playgrounds aiming to provide children of all ages and abilities a play space.

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Get on your bike. Port Macquarie Urban Mountain Bike Park, at Wayne Richards Park, has 5km of tight and twisty trails with some fun berms. For a more sedate and scenic ride start at Town Beach and head along the breakwall to Town Green, you can continue to Settlement City foreshore if you’re up for it. The Googik Track winds through Lake Innes Nature Reserve in Port Macquarie. Down south in the Camden Haven you can ride along the foreshore from Laurieton to the breakwall at Grants Beach. The most recent addition is Jolly Nose Mountain Bike Park trails consist of about 50km of purpose built single track with xc, enduro, downhill track and plenty of fire trails. In Wauchope ride along the river from Rocks Ferry Reserve and along River Street in Wauchope.

Join in on a social ride or get locals tips on locations to ride Mountain biking: Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Riders hvmbr.com Road riding - Port Macquarie Cycle Club portmaccycleclub.com.au

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SUBMERGE YOURSELF IN WILDLIFE EXPERIENCES.

See animals in their natural environment or for the more adventurous you can have a once in a lifetime wildlife encounter.

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At Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park you can get up close and personal to snow leopards, red pandas, meerkats, penguins, reptiles and many more animals. See Shrek the monster croc being fed, or have a picture with the koalas, you can even be draped in a 7 foot python.

Don’t miss the ‘Walk, Talk and Feed’ tour every day at 3pm and the new Koala Museum exhibit.

Hop in the saddle and take in the hinterland scenery with award winning Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding. For a leisurely ride through Cassegrain Winery or an exhilarating beach ride join Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre. Port Macquarie’s Koala Hospital cares for up to 300 koalas each year. See the whales’ breach, play and swim alongside the cruise boats that offer some of the best opportunities for whale watching from May to November, Cruise Adventures Port Jet and The Cruise Terminal all depart from Town Wharf in Port Macquarie. Gently meander along the golden sands of the iconic Lighthouse Beach atop an Australian camel with Port Macquarie Camel Safaris. Join a leisurely mangrove kayak tour on the Hastings River and Kooloonbung Creek where you can see dolphins, water dragons and other wildlife with Port Macquarie Kayak Adventures. “Sundays at Near River” is the perfect place for farm yard encounters with chickens, sows and their piglets to learn about where your food comes from. Meet Brandy the jersey cow, sheep, goats and chickens when you stay at Ewetopia Farm or visit the lovely baby farm animals at the Petting Farm at Roses Vineyard, check for their opening days and times.

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Our clean and uncrowded beaches are the perfect spot for visitors of all ages and interests.

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COREY & LOREN ENFIELD. Soul Surfing

For a relaxing family picnic, game of beach cricket with friends, or snorkelling in a protected bay, the perfect beach is just waiting to be found. Our magnificent rivers and estuaries are waiting to be explored; cast a fishing line, paddle a kayak taking in magnificent views or watch sea eagles at play on an ecocruise. The expansive calm waterways of Watson Taylor Lake, Queens Lake and Gogleys Lagoon provide ample opportunity for relaxing, picnicking, canoeing and the surrounding forests teem with bird and wildlife.

Turn the page for the Beach Guide which details the regions 17 beaches you are bound to find one that is just right for you! For more detailed information visit

We live and breathe surfing, yoga and the healthy lifestyle that these bring. Together with our four kids ranging in ages from 6 to 15 years we are living a life we love. Port Macquarie has the perfect balance of great beaches and bush, population and space, work and lifestyle and of course a great community. After 10 years in business we have stayed true to ourselves, our goals, our ideas and our desire to serve the local community. We maintain our No.1 goal of providing a service that effectively teaches surf and ocean skills but more importantly how to use this knowledge as tool to improve your life as a whole.

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Beaches at a glance.

BEACH SNAPS

Family Friendly beaches are Lake Cathie and Flynns Beach. The surfers pick varies according to conditions but Town Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Rainbow Beach at Bonny Hills are reliable! For peace and quiet head to Oxley Beach and Shelly Beach but to escape it all only North Beach on the North Shore and Wash House Beach in the Camden Haven will do.

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TAKE A TRIP

There are a range of scenic day trips to suit a family, a group of friends or the solo traveller. Take a leisurely drive and explore the magical Wauchope hinterland, discover hidden gems in the Camden Haven or take in the natural beauty of the State Forests and National Parks. S T U N N I N G

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Hinterland Villages and Spectacular Waterfalls From the bustling township of Wauchope, take a scenic drive to Byabarra, Comboyne and beyond. On this day trip you’ll discover one of the tallest single-drop waterfalls in Australia at Ellenborough Falls - and be back in time for supper.

As one of NSW’s fastest growing areas, the regions food and wine scene has flourished to offer a huge variety of quality produce and first class dining spots, take a journey of flavour and discover our bounty!

Explore the Camden Haven When people ask ‘Where are the undiscovered gems on the coast?’ you can’t go past Camden Haven. Just 20 minute’s drive south of Port Macquarie, Camden Haven features fishing villages, peaceful waterways and four stunning national parks.

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Wauchope Day Trips Discover country charm, reconnect with nature and explore speciality boutique stores in Wauchope. Just 20 minutes west from Port Macquarie, you’ll discover a thriving, rural township and the gateway to our hinterland.

Kendall to Coorabakh National Park Want to get back in touch with nature? From discovering the secluded swimming holes of Waitui Falls to the overhanging rock formations and lookouts of one of our stunning national parks, this day trip is the perfect combination of adventure meets relaxation.

Join a Tour Take the stress out of planning and driving by joining a tour with Frankie’s Travel. Let them take you on a food and wine adventure, discovering the many hidden gems surrounding Port Macquarie and the Hastings region! Frankie’s Travel has a full range of offerings to suit your needs, from half day tours to full day gourmet food and wine adventures designed to help you get the most out of your Port Macquarie escape. #portmacquarie or #iloveportmacquarie 61


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MARKETS for me The region has an extensive range of markets to discover and explore. Uncover the freshest local produce or seek out eclectic arts and craft, whatever your desire there is a market to suit you.

EVERY THURSDAY

EVERY TUESDAY

Real Food Local Produce Markets. 3pm to 6pm Port Central, Hay St Forecourt, Port Macquarie

Kendall Bazaar and The Meeting Place.

EVERY SATURDAY

9am to 2pm Kendall Community Centre 19 Comboyne Street, Kendall

FIRST SUNDAY

Twilight Food Markets.

Kendall Showground Markets.

5pm to 9 pm Town Beach Park Reserve (During Daylight Savings)

8am to 1pm Kendall Showground Batar Creek, Road Kendall

EVERY SUNDAY

Port Macquarie Art Society Market Bazaar. 8am to 1pm Hamilton House 198 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie

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FIRST SATURDAY

Uniting Church Markets.

8am to 11am Uniting Church Corner Oxley Highway & Sherwood Road Port Macquarie

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THIRD SATURDAY

St James Cottage Craft. 9:30am to 2pm Opposite Byabarra Cafe Bakehouse Bar, Byabarra

FIRST SUNDAY

Grown and Gathered Community Markets. 9am to 12pm 1493 Pappinbarra Road Pappinbarra

Holiday Coast Indoor Markets. 10am-2pm Wauchope RSL Club 8 Young Street Wauchope

SECOND SATURDAY

The Foreshore Market 8am to 1pm (Port Macquarie Hastings Farmers & Artists) Westport Park Cnr Buller & Park Sts, Port Macquarie

THIRD SUNDAY

Laurieton Riverwalk Market. 8am to 1pm Cnr Tunis & Short Sts Laurieton

John’s River Country Markets. 9am to 1:30 pm Johns River Community Hall & Recreation Reserve Johns River Rd

SECOND SUNDAY

Kundabung Hall Poultry and Farmers Markets. 9am to 1pm River Road Kundabung

FOURTH SATURDAY FOURTH SUNDAY

Wauchope Farmers’ Markets.

The Artists Markets.

8am to 12pm Wauchope Showground High Street, Wauchope

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Getting Here

BY RAIL

The XPT train service between Sydney and Brisbane stops at Wauchope 3 times a day with a coach connection between Wauchope and Port Macquarie on some services.

DIRECT DAILY FLIGHTS FROM SYDNEY AND BRISBANE

BY COACH BY AIR

QantasLink and Virgin Australia provide direct daily flights from Sydney and Alliance Airlines/Virgin Australia partnership offers daily direct service from Brisbane. These direct services provide smooth connections to intrastate, interstate and international flights.

BY CAR

It is an easy 4 hour drive from Sydney and less than 3 hours from Newcastle. From Brisbane it is a 6 hour drive South. From the West it’s less than 4 hours from Armidale and Tamworth.

Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service both service the area.

PORT MACQUARIE AIRPORT

Less than a 10 minute drive from the CBD. The airport has a café and bar, car rental desks and ATM. A public car park is located adjacent to the terminal. Long term secure parking is available. Taxis and shuttle buses are available from the airport.

qantaslink QantasLink is Australia’s largest regional airline operating to a network of 56 regional and metropolitan destinations throughout Australia with seamless connections to the Qantas Domestic and International networks. For more information or to book your next adventure, visit Qantas.com or see your local travel agent.

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virgin australia Voted 2017 Best Airline and Best Airline Staff in Australia/Pacific at Skytrax World Airline Awards. At Virgin Australia, we are delighted to connect over 400 destinations worldwide to Port Macquarie. Book your next trip at www.virginaustralia.com or through your travel agent.

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Getting Around BY BUS

Busway Buses operate between the Port Macquarie CBD, shopping centres and beaches; And around the region between the townships of Port Macquarie and Wauchope and Port Macquarie, Laurieton and Kendall. Some entertainment venues offer courtesy buses.

BY TAXI

Taxis operate in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton.

BY CAR

BY FERRY

Port Macquarie is serviced by two vehicle ferries across the Hastings River linking the CBD to the North Shore, providing access to Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve, North Beach and Crescent Head via Maria River Road (unsealed road) and Point Plomer Road (4WD access only). The Settlement Point ferry operates between Settlement Point Road and North Shore Drive. The Hibbard ferry operates between Boundary Street and Riverside Drive.

You can hire a car from most of the major car hire companies.

GO GREEN

Our region is bike friendly so bring a bike or you can hire one from Graham Seers cyclery. If you prefer to walk, Port Macquarie is the 10 minute town which makes walking around easy. Most accommodation is in walking distance from restaurants and entertainment.

enterprise rent-a-car The best way to get around Port Macquarie and her stunning regions is with a great-value rental car. Home to four national parks and 26 state forests – a road trip becomes an amazing adventure. Enterprise Rent-A-Car will have you sorted with a car that’s the right size for your travel party and budget. Vehicle pick-up and drop-off at Port Macquarie Airport. Terminal Bldg, Port Macquarie Airport, Port Macquarie 2444

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port macquarie airport Less than a 10 minute drive (5kms) from the CBD. The airport has direct flights to Sydney (Qantaslink & Virgin Australia) and Brisbane (Alliance Airlines/Virgin Australia); a café and bar, car rental facilities, and ATM. Secure public car parking is located adjacent to the terminal building with short and long-term parking available. Taxis and shuttle buses are available. 99 Boundary Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6581 8111 www.portmacquarieairport.com.au

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GREATER PORT MACQUARIE HAS THINGS TO SEE AND DO FOR ALL AGES AND INTERESTS. WHETHER YOU’RE A FOODIE, LOVE TO EXPLORE NATURE, THRILL SEEKER, HERITAGE BUFF OR MAD SHOPPER, YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. KICK BACK AND RELAX WHILE YOU CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR...

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EAT & DRINK

abundance garden centre and lakeside restaurant Retail Nursery & Restaurant 15 minutes from Port Macquarie, 10 minutes from Wauchope. Superior quality plants, gift-ware, garden-art and pots. Relaxed lake-side dining in a stunning rural setting surrounded by nature and tranquility. Catering for weddings and parties. 274 Rawdon Island Road, Sancrox 2446 6585 1935 sales@abundance.net.au www.abundance.net.au

aqua restaurant Aqua Restaurant is one of Port Macquarie’s most popular venues, with unsurpassed views of the beautiful Hastings River. Fresh local produce is the star of the menu and is paired with carefully selected Australian wines. Take a seat at one of Port Macquarie’s best restaurants and enjoy a truly local experience. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 25 Buller Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6588 7201 enquiries@thewestportclub.com.au www.thewestportclub.com.au

bago tavern Is just a 20 minute drive from Port Macquarie in the historic town of Wauchope. The award winning venue is renowned for offering something for everyone, from a playground for the kids, to large screen televisions for the footy fans. Along with a great restaurant serving well-crafted modern pub food, a fantastic range of draught and packaged beers and wine. 235 High Street, Wauchope 2446 6586 4722 bagotavern@bigpond.com www.bagotavern.com.au

bar florian A retro 60’s Italian themed bar, with a constant beat of easy music to start the evening and cool, lively music as the night matures. Patrons of all ages find this venue classy, comfortable and easy going with the finest of beverages, food and professional, friendly customer service. Winner of the Australian Hotels Assoc. (NSW) ’Best Specialty Emerging Bar Award 2016’. Shop 6, 6-14 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 7649 manager@barflorian.com.au www.barflorian.com.au

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beantree cafe & bar A touch of rainforest in the main street of Port Macquarie. Our 2 amazing chefs create lovely fresh modern meals daily with breakfast from 7.30am and lunch follows on till 2.30pm. Our Coffee is Botero which is blended on the Maclean and our baristas are very experienced. Our sweets and cakes are homemade and we are open Monday to Saturday. Shop 1/124 Horton Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 3055 lesmurphy@optusnet.com.au www.beantreecafe.com.au

bills fishhouse + bar A modern dining space with coastal ambience and contemporary urbanity that embraces sustainable ingredients to produce simple, uncomplicated food. This is the place for a casual evening drink, a shared feast with friends or a light bite after a long beach day. Aimed to bring people together over a mutual love of good food, good wine and good times. 2, 18-20 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 7228 dine@billsfishhouse.com.au billsfishhouse.com.au

black box pizza We offer a large range of pizzas from the classic supreme to our signature desert pizzas. Our focus on flavour starts with our freshly made bases and 2nd to none locally sourced ingredients simply the best for today’s pizza lovers. We also offer freshly ground coffee, donuts, milkshakes and over 30 flavors of premium ice cream. Shop 6 & 7 The Port Building Short St, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 9411 porteagle@bigpond.com.au www.blackboxpizza.com.au

black market bagels Speciality Bagel and Coffee Bar -“Best Bagels this side of New York". Locally made in the traditional method; boiled and baked. 16 sweet and savoury flavours. Sandwiches and coffee made to order and fresh salads made daily. Take home our frozen packs to enjoy anytime you want! Open from 7am Monday to Saturday 3/11-19 Belbowrie St, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 4126 orders@blackmarketbagels.com.au blackmarketbagels.com.au

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chop and chill bar and grill Sit back and relax, enjoy great food and spend time with your friends and family in the most serene spot in Port Macquarie. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere - on the water - without the fuss. East meets West in a savory blend of aromatic mouth-watering goodness. Lot 1/17 - 19 Horton Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 9155 info@chopandchill.com.au www.chopandchill.com.au

delizioso Laurietons newest restaurant located in the heart of the CBD. Fully licensed Italian cuisine offering woodfired pizza, pasta, risotto as well as all the traditional favorites. Using nothing but the best produce Delizioso is without a doubt the most popular restaurant in the Camden Haven. Indoor or alfresco dining available 7 nights a week and Sunday lunch from 12:00pm. 1/73 Bold Street, Laurieton 2443 6559 5533 deliziosolaurieton@hotmail.com www.delizioso-laurieton.com.au

drury lane eatery Drury Lane is a casual eatery open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Saturday and for dinner Thursday to Saturday. We source our produce locally, and our ever changing menu highlights what’s available and good week to week. We make everything in house daily and from scratch, including our house baked sourdough, cakes and treats. Shop 5, The Garrison, 26 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444

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fusion 7 This well established ’locals favourite’ has been serving global flavours for over 11 years. Utilising the abundance of local produce to create fresh and exciting dishes, combined with a sophisticated wine list, Fusion 7 is a culinary destination not to be missed. 6/124 Horton Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 1171 dine@fusion7.com.au www.fusion7.com.au

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hastings coffee co. Relax into your day with breakfast at Hastings Coffee Co.. Breathe in the view and the irresistible aroma of freshly-baked bread and barista-made coffee. The hero of our bakery is our signature sourdough baked daily, which you can’t help but fall in love with. Our takeaway window on the Hastings is also open daily for breakfast and coffee on the go. Open 7.30am daily. 25 Buller Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6588 7201 enquiries@thewestportclub.com.au www.thewestportclub.com.au

hibbard sport club Hibbard Sports Club is a family friendly club offering more than just a great game of bowls. Enjoy a meal from our bistro, with regular specials. Bar, Keno and TAB facilities. Bingo on Mondays, eyes down 12:45pm. Trivia Tuesdays 7:00pm start. Wednesday and Friday night meat raffles 6:00pm start. Rustic function room available for bookings. Courtesy bus on request. 52 Boundary Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 9276 info@hibbardsportsclub.com.au www.hibbardsportclub.com.au

jimmy’s bar & lounge Jimmy’s Bar & Lounge is the perfect spot to relax, cocktail in hand and watch the sail boats cruise by. Jimmy’s boasts uninterrupted river views, coupled with a relaxed Palm Springs vibe, all set to a mid-century soundtrack. With over 100 whiskeys on offer and an extensive cocktail list, our master mixologists will create a memorable elixir for you. 25 Buller Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6588 7201 enquiries@thewestportclub.com.au www.thewestportclub.com.au

kew country club The Kew Country Club offers you air-conditioned comfort whilst enjoying a meal at The Fairways Bistro, with a great selection of meals to satisfy most appetites. Join us for Breakfast on the Balcony on weekends. Social play is available every day. The Fairways Bistro is open Monday to Friday: 10am to 3pm, Friday Nights: 6pm to 8.30pm, and Weekends 8.30am to 3pm. 185 Kendall Road, Kew 2439 6559 4203 dmerryfull@laurietonclub.com.au www.kewcountryclub.com.au

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lake cathie bowling & recreation club ltd. Bistro Open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday 12noon to 2.00pm. Dinner-Wednesday to Sunday 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Sunday night is $16.00 Steak Night and Thursday Night is $15.00 Schnitzel. Tuesday lunch is $6.50 Senior Card holders meals. Every lunch is $10.00 meals. Facebook : Lake Cathie Bowling Club 45 Evans Street, Lake Cathie 2445 6585 5701 dean@lcbowl.com.au www.lakecathiebowlingclub.com.au

latin loafer With a perfect location overlooking the sunsets of the Hastings River Latin Loafer has a unique atmosphere incorporating art, music, wine and great food. Specialising in Spanish and South American Cuisine, Latin Loafer’s extensive cocktail and wine list is the perfect accompaniment to the food on offer. Shop 4/74 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 9481 latinloafer@gmail.com www.latinloafer.com.au

laurieton united services club Dine with us in The Boardwalk Bistro for superb dining facilities in a relaxed atmosphere, at affordable prices. Our qualified chefs deliver fantastic food & specials every day of the week, & cater for all functions. Open 7 days: Lunch from noon-Dinner from 6pm. For excellent coffee, gourmet toasties, sweets & cold drinks.Meet at The Deck Coffee Lounge. Open daily from 10am 2 Seymour Street, Laurieton 2443 6559 9110 office@laurietonclub.com.au www.laurietonclub.com.au

little fish cafe restaurant vineyard Nestled amongst the bougainvillea, jacaranda and magnolia trees overlooking the Innes Lake Vineyard, and only minutes from Port’s CBD. The Little Fish Cafe is loved by locals and a perfect way to enjoy lunch whilst sipping the vineyard’s wines. Live music nights throughout summer. French and Australian inspired cuisine. Children and dog friendly. 147 The Ruins Way, Port Macquarie 2444 6581 1332 wineandine@littlefishcafe.com.au www.littlefishcafe.com.au

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lvs on clarence A family friendly cafe focused on paddock to plate dining. Lv’s sources the best produce direct from local farms and even have their own farm with 500 open range egg laying hens, garden greens & pasture raised pork. Wholesome, creative menu with everything produced in house, including sourdough, pastries, cakes & pasta. Open for Breakfast and lunch from 7AM. 1/74 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 9210 lvsonclarence@gmail.com www.lvsonclarence.com.au

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Looking for the best fish and chips in town? Why not come in to Macquarie Seafoods and try our housemade salt and pepper squid, our honey sesame king prawns or one of our seafood food packs, all cooked in our cholesterol free oil? For a healthy option try our seasoned grilled fish and salad. Come in and taste the difference.

Shop 5/68 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 8476

makimoto port macquarie Is a fully licensed casual restaurant, focused on Japanese gourmet food. We have a great space for people to enjoy a nice meal with friends and family. Or, for those who are solo, try out our sushi bar. Take-away is also available next door at MakiMoto Express. We recommend for parties of 6+ that you make a reservation and see our website for trading hours. Shop 2, 22 Horton Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 7779 www.makimoto.com.au

meg & me boutique & espresso Situated on the sunny side of the street, Meg & Me Boutique & Espresso is home to Ant’s onsite espresso bar which is well known among the locals for consistently outstanding coffee and service. Enjoy some retail therapy and your favorite brew in this little slice of Melbourne, right in the heart of Port!

12/6-14 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 0402 344 301 thegirls@megandme.com.au

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miss nellie’s cafe Life is short - Lick the Bowl! Better still, head to Miss Nellie’s for a homemade treat and see why this hip, hinterland cafe is one of the most popular treasures of the Hastings! Enjoy a relaxing coffee, light meal or indulge in a homemade dessert. All meals are freshly prepared, including a generous gluten-free menu, and Miss Nellie bakes all the sweet treats on offer! 33 River Street, Kendall 2439 6559 0085 info@missnellies.com.au Www.missnelliescafe.com.au

mr kebab master Authentic kebabs, gozlemes, pides, pizza and other delicious take away meals, freshly made while you wait. Located under the Majestic Cinemas and open 7 days a week, come and see why we are known to have the best kebabs in Port Macquarie. Cold drinks and coffees available. Eat in or grab some takeaway and head across the road to Town Green and enjoy the view.

Shop1/22 Horton Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 9747

oasis by the river cafe & restaurant Award Winning & Fully Licensed situated by the stunning Camden Haven River. Great for families & kids. Pet Friendly. Come in for a beverage overlooking the water. Enjoy our Alfresco Area. We have Live Music in the warmer months. OPEN - Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner. COME VISIT THE CAMDEN HAVEN 613 Ocean Drive, North Haven 2443 6559 6918 oasisbytheriver@hotmail.com www.oasisbytheriver.com.au

on the edge restaurant Water’s Edge Boutique Hotel provides you dining pleasure options year round. On the Edge Restaurant is Port Macquarie’s river dining experience offering indoor and outdoor seating, with fantastic views of the Hastings River as a beautiful backdrop. Catering for a wide range of food options. Open for Breakfast Mondays to Sundays. Dinner Monday to Saturdays. 1 Buller Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 2955 reservations@watersedgepm.com.au www.watersedgepm.com.au

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pancake place For over 20 years the Pancake Place has been serving wonderful meals and mouth watering desserts. The Pancake Place offers choices for all age groups, and the kids corner is a hit for all families holidaying in this beautiful region. If you only have one day in Port Macquarie you must visit the Pancake Place. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Cnr Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 4544 www.pancakeplace.com.au

panthers port macquarie Panthers Port Macquarie is a family friendly Club, overlooking the scenic Hastings River. Offering a variety of food & bar options, including our Café & Bistro - plus our new ‘industrial’ social bar & eatery, The TAPP. With ‘free’ live music Thursday through to Sunday, plus our Courtesy Bus - Panthers is truly a world of entertainment. 1 Bay Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6580 2300 portpanthers@panthers.com.au www.portmacquarie.panthers.com.au

port city bowling club Port City Bowling Club is so much more than just a Club. Surrounded by the towns beautiful beaches Port City is the best place to relax after a morning at the beach. The Club features four bars, two affordable dining destinations, children’s play areas, function facilities and endless entertainment for the whole family. We look forward to welcoming you to Port City! 4 Owen Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 1133 info@portcity.com.au www.portcity.com.au

port macquarie golf club Your Port Macquarie visit won’t be complete without stopping by the region’s premier 18 hole championship golf course, home to the Seaside Classic and Better Homes Pro Am. Whilst enjoying our modern clubhouse facilities, Aspire Restaurant will cater your needs with their comprehensive menu featuring fresh seafood and other fresh delights. Open 7 days Lunch & Dinner. Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie 2444 6582 0409 admin@portmacquariegolf.com.au www.portmacquariegolf.com.au

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sails resort port macquarie Celebrate the simple pleasures of coastal life - alfresco marina front dining and good times with friends on the water. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything else in between. Featuring simply delicious dishes to share, fresh seafood and Australian fare. Meet for drinks on the deck or a feast for the senses. Open 7 days from 6:30am till late. Opening Dec 2017. 20 Park Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6589 5100 reservations_sailsportmacquarie@evt.com www.sailsresort.com.au

salty crew kiosk Some come for the coffee, some for the sea breeze. Others come with the kids, the paper, the dog...sometimes all three. But they all come for the ocean views and the delicious food! Salty Crew Kiosk offers a great spot that dishes up tasty fare, good tunes and a beach vibe. Town Beach Reserve, William Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 4079 chill@saltycrewkiosk.com.au saltycrewkiosk.com.au

scampi’s seafood bar & grill Enjoy magnificent ocean views and a delicious menu, taking advantage of local fresh seafood and the expertise of an experienced head chef. Scampi’s is the perfect place to relax and enjoy lunch or dinner. Open 7 days, dine in or take away. Fully Licensed.

40 William Street, Grd floor entrance, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 7200 www.scampis.com.au

seasalt cafe & restaurant "WINNER 2017 FOOD INDUSTRY BUSINESS AWARD" If it’s breakfast or lunch by the sea then Seasalt is where you want to be. Open from 6am every day. Great coffee, great food, great service, great atmosphere. Extensive menu selection for both breakfast & lunch serving fresh local produce. Fully licensed. Dog friendly, fish feeding for the children. Functions catered for. Port Macquarie Marina 7/18 Park Street, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444

6583 8785 info@seasaltportmacquarie.com.au www.seasaltportmacquarie.com.au

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seasons cafe-restaurant Seasons Café-Restaurant is French-inspired with a focus on seasonal, local and regional produce. Using a paddock to plate approach, Seasons are committed to supporting local producers showcasing the best of hometown fare. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea from the French-inspired patisserie or a delicious lunch or cheese platter. Open daily 10am-4pm. 764 Fernbank Creek Road, Port Macquarie 2444 6582 8320 restaurant@cassegrainwines.com.au www.cassegrainwines.com.au

settlers inn hotel Settlers Inn Hotel, is Port Macquarie’s favourite family hotel. Boasting the BEST chicken schnitzels on the Mid North Coast. Settlers was finalist as one of the best tourist attractions in the region at the Port Chamber Business awards 2017. A recently completed huge outdoor playground & Disney Junior TV room will keep the kids occupied for hours 101 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 3100 info@settlersinn.com.au www.settlersinnhotel.com.au

stirling green cafe Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, light breakfasts, lunches and delicious house-baked treats showcasing season local produce. Relax in the sunshine on a beanbag or challenge the kids to a game of pogo tennis. Pet and children friendly and free Wifi. Located just off the Pacific Highway in the Sovereign Hills sales centre. Open seven days a week from 6am to 4pm.

Cnr Sovereign Drive and Gillman Way, Port Macquarie 2444 0477 100 970 sgcafe@hastingscoop.com.au www.hastingscoop.com.au

the beach house This iconic coastal venue is a favourite meeting place for locals and sun seekers – with its chilled atmosphere, all weather awning, all day dining and water views. Enjoy craft beers and ales on tap, cocktails and an extensive wine list. Relax with live music. Select from the relaxed coastal menu from breakfast though to casual evening dining. Open 7 days - 7am till late. 1 Horton Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 6011 info@thebeachhouse.net.au www.taphousegroup.com.au/thebeachhouse

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the burger rebellion We are an independently owned gourmet burger restaurant located in Port Macquarie. Our philosophy is simple.... great burgers combined with great local tap beer in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. We also offer awesome milkshakes, the best chips and gluten free, vegetarian and takeaway options. Shop 9 / 6 - 14 Clarence St, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 1403 theburgerrebellion@gmail.com www.theburgerrebellion.com.au

the duck on clarence The Duck is Port Macquarie’s only true craft beer bar. Supported by a local brewery the Duck offers a huge range of locally made beers along with a few guest options. The spacious bar is a great setting for a few beers, a wine or two, some live music and something delicious to eat from the kitchen. Come and join us at the Duck on Clarence overlooking the river. 72 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 2451 duck@theduckonc.com.au www.theduckonclarence.com.au

the happy pickle cafe Located near the "Town Square". Offering comprehensive breakfast and lunch menus and specials, including best barista coffee, fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, home style soups and meals, juices, smoothies and lots more. Eat in or take away. Open Monday to Saturday 6am - 5pm. Shop 3a/59 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 5533 happypickle63@gmail.com

the native catering co. The Native Catering Co. offers innovative and seasonal menus, delicious Campos Coffee, house made cakes, fresh juice and smoothies. Diners enjoy stunning views of the Camden Haven Inlet and North Brother Mountain with indoor and outdoor seating. 1/3 The Parade, North Haven 2443 6559 8221 thenativecateringco@gmail.com facebook.com/thenativecateringco

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the stunned mullet Where amazing food, incredible wines, great service and relaxed coastal ambience come together perfectly. Located on beautiful Town Beach with a spectacular vista, we are the quintessential dining experience. We hold a coveted Chefs Hat, have earned a Trip Advisor Travellers Choice rating since 2014 as well as making Gourmet Traveller’s Wine list of the year. 12 William Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 7757 info@thestunnedmullet.com.au www.thestunnedmullet.com.au

the westport club The Westport Club is Port Macquarie’s favourite place to relax, wine and dine. Our recently renovated facilities feature new bar, dining and entertainment choices that will make you feel like you’re on an endless holiday. As we all know, life’s too short not to live in the moment, so pop the champagne, order the dessert, celebrate special moments and choose to relax with us. 25 Buller Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6588 7201 enquiries@thewestportclub.com.au www.thewestportclub.com.au

urban grain bakery For lovers of food and coffee alike. Specialising in stoneground sustainable flours to create nutritious and more easily digestible products. Try our delicious range of sourdoughs, croissants, almond croissants & danishes. Feeling like a savoury bite? Then our pie warmer will have something to tickle your fancy. Find us in the arcade via Hay Street, Indoor & Outdoor seating too 17/78-80 Horton St, Peachtree Arcade, Port Macquarie 2444 0423 545 258 www.urbangrainbakery.com.au

wauchope country club Everyone’s welcome at Wauchope Country Club! In the heart of town, the club boasts an 18 hole golf course and 2 grass bowling greens available for play every day. There’s something for everyone in our modern clubhouse, with beautiful views over the golf course and Twenty Four King Restaurant, open for delicious lunches and dinners 7 days. See you at your Club! 24 King Street, Wauchope 2446 6585 3020 admin@wauchopecc.com.au wauchopecountryclub.com.au

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the whalebone wharf

The Whalebone Wharf is a must see destination when visiting Port Macquarie. Nestled over the beautiful Hastings River, the restaurant boasts spectacular waterfront views. Specialising in seafood and contemporary cuisine, this world class venue has an extensive licensed bar, casual dining options, breakfast with a view and the best barista made coffee in town. Open 7 days. 269 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 2334 whalebonewharf@live.com.au www.whalebonewharf.com.au

zebu bar + grill Zebu’s iconic waterfront location is the perfect spot to sip on a cocktail, enjoy live music and watch the world go by, have a sun drenched breakfast, a leisurely lunch or meet friends for drinks at sunset till late. Hit the grill for Zebu’s signature steaks, seafood and fine wines. Go from the beach to the bar at Port’s most loved meeting place. Open 7 days - 6:30am till late 1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6589 2822 info@zebu.com.au www.zebu.com.au

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INTERNET & WI-FI

The Town Green provides free wi-fi in a public space and free wi-fi is available at many restaurants, cafes, shopping centres and clubs check www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au and search on public wi-fi for more locations.

Kendall Community Pool, Orara Street 6559 0151

Port Macquarie Olympic Pool, Gordon Street,

Laurieton Memorial Swimming Pool, Laurie Street

Wauchope Olympic Pool, Cameron Street

PUBLIC POOLS

6559 9072

6583 1635

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anglican church port macquarie St. Thomas’ Church 1824-28. Sunday Services are - 8am in the Church. 9:30am in the hall. 11am at St Columba School Chapel. Tuesday Healing Service at 5:15pm. Wednesday 11am Communion in the Chapel. The church is open for inspection weekdays 9:30am - 12 noon. 50 Hay Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 1033 office@portanglican.com www.portanglican.com

baba lila chocolate shop Visit our shop at Bago Vineyards & Maze and watch our hand-made delights being created before your very eyes. Be tempted by the range of our Russian inspired, Australian fusion chocolates. Try our Baba & Bago wine & chocolate paddles...paired to perfection! Chocolate platters that cater for all the family! Bago Vineyards & Maze, Milligans Road, Wauchope 2446 0400 384 311 babalila@bigpond.com www.babalila.com.au

bago vineyards & maze Bago Vineyards and Maze is a scenic 30 min drive from Port Macquarie. Drive through towering Eucalypt Forest, opening out to rolling countryside and acres of vines. Loose yourself with locally grown and made Wines, or for the more adventurous there are the winding paths and musical instruments of the Bago Maze - 2km long and 2.2m high! Milligans Rd (off Bago Rd), Wauchope 2446 6585 7099 info@bago.com.au www.bago.com.au

bellrowan valley horse riding Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding is one of Port Macquarie’s only 5 Star (TripAdvisor) attractions. Come and see why so many visitors and locals love Port Macquarie’s only authentic horse riding experience, for all levels. Home bred & trained horses, stunning rainforest trails in a peaceful valley. At Bellrowan it’s more than a ride on a horse, it’s an adventure, a real experience! 20 Crows Road, Mortons Creek 2446 6587 5227 ride@bellrowanvalley.com.au www.bellrowanvalley.com.au

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billabong zoo: koala & wildlife park At the multiple award-winning Billabong Zoo you can get up-close and personal to Australian and exotic animals. Over 80 species in this shady 10 acre zoo. Choice of exciting Animal Encounters and free Zoo Keeper talks daily. Zoo Shop & Cafe. Kids playground. Open 7 days, rain or shine. 9am-5pm. Fun for kids. Education for everyone. 61 Billabong Drive, Port Macquarie 2444 6585 1060 info@billabongzoo.com.au www.billabongzoo.com.au

black duck brewery and bar Offers 8 beers on tap, tasting paddles, schooners and pints, local wines and local food platters. A generously spacious bar and beer garden provides a perfect setting to enjoy some of the regions finest produce. Open 11am till 6pm Wednesday to Friday and 11am till 4pm on Saturday. Follow us on Facebook to catch up on music nights and special feature evenings. 6b Acacia Avenue, Port Macquarie 2444 0407 874 474 info@blackduckbrewery.com.au www.blackduckbrewery.com.au

cassegrain wines Combining traditional French winemaking methods & the latest in Australian technology, Cassegrain is best known for their award winning portfolio of wines. Minutes from Port Macquarie, the picturesque grounds play host to an array of events from concerts to weddings & corporate functions. Come along and enjoy a tour and tasting, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. 764 Fernbank Creek Road, Port Macquarie 2444 6582 8324 info@cassegrainwines.com.au www.cassegrainwines.com.au

coastal skydivers Coastal Skydivers has been in Port Macquarie for over 16 years. Our team is committed to providing you with an experience that you will never forget. Our company and staff are certified instructors with the Australian Parachute Federation. We provide Tandem jumps from up to 14,000 feet. We operate during the week in the afternoons and on weekends Hangar 12, Abbott Close, Port Macquarie Airport 2444 0428 471 227 jumpportmac@bigpond.com www.coastalskydivers.com

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douglas vale historic homestead & vineyard Is Port Macquarie’s oldest timber homestead constructed in 1862 and houses a collection of artefacts dedicated to the history of this unique volunteer run property with established vineyard, orchard and outbuildings. Tours and cellar door tastings 10am to 3pm Wednesday,Saturday and Sunday. A unique taste of history 235 Oxley Highway, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 3792 douglasvale1@bigpond.com www.douglasvale.bigpond.com.au

dunbogan boatshed Nestled on the banks of the Camden Haven River, built in the 1940’s, it carries the charm of an old boatshed with some new touches - coffee & treats, large range of bait & tackle, as well as kayak, paddleboard, tinny & BBQ boat hire. Enjoy coffee on the deck while feeding the fish with the backdrop of North Brother Mountain. A perfect spot for the keen fisherman and to relax. 46 The Boulevarde, Dunbogan 2443 6559 9713 askus@dunboganboatshed.com www.dunboganboatshed.com

eastern tour services Unlocking Lord Howe Island with exciting small group tour packages flying direct from Port Macquarie and return. "Island accommodation deals available" Fully packaged day tours including snorkelling, fishing, nature, ECO mountain climbing, bird watching and sight seeing. Port Macquarie to Lord Howe Island 0429 775 898 info@easterntourservices.com.au www.easterntourservices.com.au

emerald downs golf course Emerald Downs Residential Golf Course Estate. Situated South of Port Macquarie near Lighthouse Beach. Emerald Downs 18 Hole Golf Course is open for social play everyday, with a unique experience to play alongside koalas and kangaroos in their natural environment. Electric Carts and Hire Clubs are available. Come join one of our social groups. Emerald Drive, Port Macquarie 2444 6582 6120 golf@emeralddowns.com.au www.emeralddowns.com.au

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enterprise rent-a-car The best way to get around Port Macquarie and her stunning regions is with a great-value rental car. Home to four national parks and 26 state forests – a road trip becomes an amazing adventure. Enterprise Rent-A-Car will have you sorted with a car that’s the right size for your travel party and budget. Vehicle pick-up and drop-off at Port Macquarie Airport. Terminal Bldg, Port Macquarie Airport, Port Macquarie 2444

1300 035 087 info@ehiglobal.com.au enterpriserentacar.com.au

flourish tents and events Flourish Tents & Events curates unique accommodation & events on the Mid North Coast. We curate, pitch, style & packdown our bell tents to suit your time away, celebration or event. Birthdays, Retreats, Weddings, Festivals, Yoga, Lounge Areas, Picnics or Meetings. Stop, Pause & Reconnect in one of our bell tents on the stunning Mid North Coast. Wauchope, Mid North Coast & Surrounds 0459 121 747 info@flourishtentsandevents.com.au

frankie’s travel - food, wine & brewery tours At Frankie’s Travel we’re passionate about all things food, wine & local secrets & love sharing that passion with our guests! You’ll travel in comfort as we showcase the best of our region, offering small group & private tours for a truly authentic & personalised experience. With our uniquely crafted itineraries & local knowledge our tours are sure to delight! Accommodation Pick Up & Drop Off Included. 0424 577 881 bookings@frankiestravel.com www.frankiestravel.com

glasshouse port macquarie No visit to Port Macquarie is complete with a trip to the Glasshouse - the region’s iconic arts, cultural and entertainment centre. Home to a spectacular regional art gallery, magnificent theatre, interactive heritage displays, visitor information centre and a unique souvenir gift shop, the Glasshouse offers a myraid of inspiration and experiences for everyone. Open 7 days. Cnr Clarence & Hay Streets, Port Macquarie 2444 6581 8888 info@glasshouse.org.au www.glasshouse.org.au

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hastings fine art gallery Discover the Hastings Fine Art Gallery located in Port Macquarie, in the grounds of the Historic Maritime Museum. Featuring the largest collection of original artworks for sale in the Hastings/Camden Haven, with all works by members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association. 2 William Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 6693 hvfagallery@gmail.com www.hastingsvalleyart.net.au

hello koalas sculpture trail A ’Must See and Do’ for all ages! The Trail is an engaging "treasure hunt" across Greater Port Macquarie. Discover the 60+ Hello Koalas sculptures, hand painted by artists, with amazingly clever designs. The Trail is loved by our community and over one million visitors a year say hello to our Koalas. Check out the unique range of Hello Koalas memorabilia too. All over Port Macquarie Region, Most Sculptures are Free to See ! !

0416 641 482 info@hellokoalas.com www.hellokoalas.com

hydro golf and putt putt Beautiful water setting with various floating targets. Win daily cash jackpots and prizes. We provide golf clubs & all the balls to hit to your heart’s content! 27 HOLE PUTT PUTT. Water traps, sand bunkers & creative holes make it a challenging and fun game for everyone. Open 7 days. Family rates and discounts for group bookings, corporate events and school parties. Boundary Road (near Airport), Port Macquarie 2444 6583 3200 info@hydrogolf.com.au www.hydrogolf.com.au

jordan’s boating centre and holiday park Established since 1962, located on the banks of the Hastings River, the Jordan family welcomes you to experience their water sports facilities. BBQ boats and canopy fishing boats are available for hire. Sailboards, stand-up paddle boards and kayak, all with expert tuition, available 7 days a week. Please phone ahead for bookings and advice on the water conditions. 11 McInherney Close, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 1005 markjordan@c2a.com.au www.jordans.com.au

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jumbos playland Jumbos Playland is where the kids say "WOW..great fun!" and parents say "WOW..great food and coffee!" Our huge six metre high maze with all the slides, swings and gizmos is a hit with kids plus the six and half metre bouncy slide. We keep the toddlers separate and give them a big ball pit to play in, a push car racetrack, toddler PCS, play panels and a cute tiny town. 17 Merrigal Road, Port Macquarie 2444 6581 0909 admin@jumbosplayland.com.au www.jumbosplayland.com.au

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The Koala Hospital is dedicated to the welfare of Australia’s wild koala populations. We rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured koalas for release. We are also a research, training and education facility, and have non-releasable patients for the public to meet. FREE ENTRY 8am to 4:30pm 7 days a week. Feeding times 8am and during a guided tour at 3pm. Cnr Lord Street and Roto Place, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 1522 info@koalahospital.org.au www.koalahospital.org.au

limitless tours and travel There are over 101 things to do in the Hastings, Camden regions & beyond. Enjoy the experience & let us take you there! We are a local, family company with RMS accreditation. Our 21 seat bus with wheelchair lift & folding front step gives access to anyone, anywhere, anytime! Contact us for a customised tour or join us on one of our pre-arranged tours. 37 Explorers Way, Lake Cathie 2445 0422 444 223 info@limitlesstours.com.au www.limitlesstours.com.au

long point vineyard & art gallery A charming take on the traditional vineyard. Long Point offers wine tastings, local art and spectacular outdoor sculptures. Try our famous Jolly Nose Tawny and refreshing alcoholic Ginger Beer. Open 6 days 10am to 5pm (closed Mondays & Christmas Day) 6 Cooinda Place, Lake Cathie 2445 6585 4598 sales@longpointvineyard.com.au www.longpointvineyard.com.au

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majestic cinema port macquarie Is located directly opposite Town Green in the Ritz Centre at the heart of the entertainment and dining precinct. The Cinema offers the latest blockbuster films plus a range of independent, foreign and arthouse films all year round. Majestic Cinemas also plays host to a number of community events including film festivals, corporate bookings and private events. Cnr Clarence and Horton Streets, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 8400 www.majesticcinemas.com.au

mid north coast maritime museum Consists of two Heritage Listed cottages dating back to the 1890’s. Eleven rooms of displays, artefacts and memorabilia. Open 7 days 10am - 4pm. Easy parking at the door. Opposite Town Beach. Family entry $12 or Adults $5 ea. Large range of souvenirs & Maritime publications. Also visit Pilot Boat Shed in Clarence Street. Open 7 days 10am - 2pm. Free entry. 2 - 6 William Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 1866 mncmminc@exemail.com.au www.maritimemuseumcottages.org.au

mid north coast paintball Is Australia’s premier paintball fields. We pride ourselves in providing a fantastic days entertainment with a huge variety of games. We have the best available paintball markers and exciting new fields at our Port Macquarie location. Paintball is a safe and fun activity for all ages and our experienced and helpful staff will ensure you have a great day. Pacific Highway, Telegraph Point 2441 1300 822 222 info@midnorthcoastpaintball.com.au www.midnorthcoastpaintball.com.au

oasis by the river cafe & restaurant Has a brilliant Alfresco Area, perfect for Families, Functions, Private Parties and Live Music. Featuring a Sand Pit, Chalkboards and we are PET FRIENDLY. Fully Licenced and a fully fenced area. Great place for Coffee, Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in the warmer months. Book YOUR PARTY NOW!! 613 Ocean Drive, North Haven 2443 6559 6918 oasisbytheriver@hotmail.com www.oasisbytheriver.com.au

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paint the town australia We’re a mobile painting class that provides everything you need to create a masterpiece in a relaxed, fun environment. Join in one of our public events held at various venues in town or host your own Paint Party in the comfort of your own home, office or venue of your choice. No experience required, all ages and abilities welcomed. Facebook/Instagram @paintthetownport Various venues throughout Greater Port Macquarie 0447 114 796 aimee@paintthetownaustralia.com.au www.paintthetownaustralia.com.au

peak coffee australia pty ltd When you visit the Peak Coffee Brew Lab, you’ll soon discover that coffee is our life. Customer satisfaction is what we strive for... to help you leave happier than when you arrived. Whether it’s a simple espresso or a flight of coffee, your journey starts right here. We are a hidden gem in beautiful Port Macquarie. Drop by the Brew Lab to experience our passion for extraction. 30 Jambali Road, Port Macquarie 2444 6581 2677 info@peakcoffee.com.au www.peakcoffee.com.au

port jet cruise adventures Port Jet Cruise Adventures now has all your fun on the water covered in one place! We offer three boats for Whale Watching, as well as our famous Ocean Blast Ride onboard the "Wave Rider". We also now can offer River Cruises onboard our river boat “Discovery”. How about our 9ha Jet Ski Park, where you can hire a jet ski! Short Street Wharf, Port Macquarie 2444 0419 620 765 info@portjet.com.au www.portjet.com.au

port macquarie camel safaris Enjoy an exciting camel ride along the golden sands of Lighthouse Beach. Learn about the history of camels in Australia from experienced cameleers as well as looking out for dolphins and whales while enjoying your ride.

Matthew Flinders Drive, Light House Beach 2444 0415 752 254 portcamels@gmail.com www.portmacquariecamels.com.au

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port macquarie golf range and mini golf Fun for the whole family. It’s a great place to refine your golf skills or just have lots of fun. Our new 18 hole Mini Golf is set in our beautiful natural acreage with it’s local wildlife. We also have Target Golf where you could win cash or prizes! For the more serious golfer there is our Driving Range, Pitching Area and Putting Green, equipment and Professional lessons available. 3 Lindfield Park Road, Port Macquarie 2444 6581 0925 info@portmacquariegolfrange.com.au www.portmacquariegolfrange.com.au

port macquarie fishing charters Welcome to Port Macquarie Fishing Charters. Fish Port Macquarie with Port’s most experienced and successful deep sea fishing charter operators. We look forward to welcoming you aboard the Ocean Star, a 40ft custom Randel. To book a great day on the water just call John on 0416 240 877 Town Wharf, Short Street End, Port Macquarie 2444 0416 240 877 portmacquariefishing@gmail.com www.portmacquariefishingcharters.com.au

port macquarie hastings heritage Local, award winning Heritage Consultant, Mitch McKay, offers those interested in an authentic account of Port Macquarie’s convict history the following walking tours:’Uncovering Our Past’ - Port Macquarie’s history and archaeology, and ’Grave Tales’ - Port Macquarie’s Historic Cemetery. Listen to the stories and see how our history is being interpreted and conserved. 0447 429 016 mitch@pmheritage.com.au www.pmheritage.com.au

port macquarie horse riding centre Located just 10 minutes from Port Macquarie’s CBD, within the grounds of Cassegrain Winery. Experienced guides offer Trail Rides, Pony Rides, Lessons, School Holiday Program & now offering Beach Horse Rides on North Shore Beach. Providing quality horses and catering for complete beginners through to experienced riders. Open 7 days. Bookings essential. 764 Fernbank Creek Road, Port Macquarie 2444 0487 004 483 info@portmacquariehorseriding.com.au www.portmacquariehorseriding.com.au

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port macquarie museum Discover Port Macquarie’s secrets at this multi-award winning museum. From the first people, the Birpai, through British settlement as a convict establishment, to the popular holiday and sea-change destination of today, there is much to see and do across 14 rooms and galleries. Bigger than you might think! Open Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 4:40pm 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 1108 pmmuseum@bigpond.com www.portmuseum.org.au

port macquarie race club Enjoy the thrill of horse racing & the best racecourse facilities on the coast! 23 meetings conducted year round at this picturesque race track only 3km from the CBD. The famous Cup Carnival is held early October, with 3 big meetings in January. Excellent food & bar facilities, air conditioned stand and undercover betting ring. Catering for all types of functions. PM Racecourse, Oxley Highway, Port Macquarie 2444 6581 1964 racing@portmacquarieraceclub.com.au www.portmacquarieraceclub.com.au

port macquarie seaplanes That feeling you get when you take off - Magic, right? Now imagine doing the same thing - but on water! A unique viewpoint of the beautiful coastline to the Great Dividing Range. Chief Pilot Judy will cater a flight memorable for you. Spectacular views not to be missed, the passion for flying that Judy shares will have you on cloud nine. Gift Vouchers available. Town Wharf, Short Street End, Port Macquarie 2444 0404 684 212 info@portmacquarieseaplanes.com.au www.portmacquarieseaplanes.com.au

port macquarie surf school Learn to surf with Port Macquarie’s award winning surf school. Lessons 7 days a week all year round: Group lessons, private lessons, family holiday special, 3 lesson package, 5 lesson package. Free courtesy pick up available. Hire Board Specialists (soft boards, Epoxy boards, SUP, body boards & wet suits). Book your lesson today we have a lesson to suit everyone! 46 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie 2444 0432 857 719 info@portmacquariesurfschool.com.au www.portmacquariesurfschool.com.au

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ricardoes tomatoes & strawberries Free family fun at Port’s Best Tourist Attraction 4 years running! Open 364 days. Free entry; free amazing farm tours from 11am; free preserves tastings. Strawberry picking from 7am weekdays, 8am weekends. CAFE RED – Aircond. Brekkie, lunch, snacks, barista coffee, tea, cakes, drinks from 9am 7 days. BYO. Clean rest rooms; sealed RV/van parking. GPS: Lat -31.39 Long 152.82 221 Blackmans Pt Rd, off Pacific H’way , Blackmans Point, Port Macquarie 2444

6585 0663 ricardoes@bigpond.com www.ricardoes.com

regional gallery @ glasshouse port macquarie The Regional Gallery is located in the heart of Port Macquarie’s CBD inside the Glasshouse, the region’s premier hub for culture, creativity and the arts. The Gallery spans three spectacular levels, showcasing local, national and international artists throughout the year. The Gallery also provides a range of inspiring talks, workshops & kids activities. Open 6 days. Cnr Clarence & Hay Streets, Port Macquarie 2444 6581 8888 info@glasshouse.org.au www.glasshouse.org.au

sea acres rainforest centre Sea Acres Rainforest Centre is the ideal place to begin your journey through Sea Acres National Park. Enjoy the tranquility of rare subtropical rainforest from the 1.3km wheelchair friendly rainforest walk. Explore at your own pace or take a guided tour. The Sea Acres gift shop and Rainforest Cafe complete a magical rainforest experience. Boardwalk entry fees apply. 159 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie 2444 6582 3355 seaacres@environment.nsw.gov.au www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

soul surfing surf school Create great memories with an award winning surf school. Enjoy the passionate family environment where our love of surfing helps to teach you fast. We operate 7 days a week and there’s a lesson package to suit everyone. We provide all the equipment and find the best conditions to suit our students. Hire boards available too. Call or book online and start surfing today. Local beaches, Port Macquarie 2444 6582 0114 corey@soulsurfing.com.au www.soulsurfing.com.au

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stoney aqua park Water Skiing and Wakeboarding and Aqua Park on two giant man made lakes. A safe and fun day on the water for everyone. All equipment provided. Picnic and BBQ and kiosk facilities on site. Open 7 days a week over the summer season. Family Fun a specialty. Stoney Aqua Park is located 15 minutes North of Port Macquarie just off the Pacific Highway. 16 Hacks Ferry Road, Telegraph Point 2441 6585 0080 info@stoneypark.com.au www.stoneypark.com.au

t’s tennis resort Tons of fun for the whole family. Try our sports package unlimited tennis court hire including equipment, use of pool and mini golf - all for $10 each. Group discount for 5 or more people available. Play a set of tennis, have a BBQ lunch, walk through T’s tranquil garden and relax by the pool, before a game of mini golf. We have a range of accommodation for every budget too. Lot 1 Kemp Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 0144 te@tstennisresort.com.au www.tstennisresort.com.au

the cruise terminal Offers nothing but the best, with THREE unique vessels on offer - they do it all, they do it well. Offering sunset cruises on the Chinese Junk, dolphin spotting, and boom net rides for the whole family on the Port Venture, right down to amazing whale watching shows off Port Macquarie. All river cruises offer tea, coffee, biscuits and cake. Kayak & SUP Boards available too! Town Wharf, Clarence St (River End), Port Macquarie 2444 6583 3058 cruises@cruiseterminal.com.au www.cruiseterminal.com.au

wave bowl Bowling has never been more fun than at Wave Bowl, your Ten Pin Bowling Entertainment Centre. If you’re looking for a great time out then come and see us for an experience that everyone will enjoy. We are a fully licensed venue and have some fantastic affordable bowling deals for you. See our website for all DAILY all-year-round savings like our nightly BEER n BOWLING deal. 159 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 2238 info@wavebowl.com.au www.wavebowl.com.au

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arthouse industries Arthouse Industries is a retail / studio space in Port Macquarie showcasing the Glass Art of award winning artist Skye Petho, local art, jewellery, gifts and clothing. Watch Skye create amazing wearable art or do a workshop in Hot Glass. 1/1 Murray Street (Entry Via Sunset Pde), Port Macquarie 2444

6584 5443 skye@arthouseindustries.com.au www.arthouseindustries.com.au

beeline toys Beeline Toys is not your regular toy store. Offering a huge selection of toys that engage children in imaginative, open ended play and lots of old favourites that will bring back your own childhood memories. You will be wishing you were a kid again! Make a Beeline to this fabulous store in the heart of Port Macquarie - you and your kids will be amazzzzzed! 64 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 0419 921 081 info@beelinetoys.com.au www.beelinetoys.com.au

hello koalas sculpture trail Collect a Free Trail Guide from the Glasshouse and Hotel foyers. Discover 60+ hand painted Hello Koalas sculptures across Port Macquarie. It’s fun for all ages and most sculptures are free to see and photograph. For unique gifts, choose from the Hello Koalas memorabilia range at selected retailers including Sea Acres Rainforest Centre and the Koala Hospital. All over Port Macquarie Region, Most Sculptures are Free to See ! !

0416 641 482 info@hellokoalas.com www.hellokoalas.com

just white design Our boutique has an exciting eclectic array of fashion, furniture and homewares, sourced from around the globe. We regularly feature up to the minute style features on our facebook and Instagram - so like and follow us. Pop in for a wander around our beautiful store and find a favourite piece to take home.

113 Horton Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 8749 lizlou67@gmail.com

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meg & me boutique & espresso Come and experience a little slice of Melbourne, right in the heart of Port! Meg & Me offers discerning customers the ultimate retail therapy experience. The clever combination of boutique shopping together with a “hole in the wall” style espresso bar has created a relaxed, comfortable environment where everyone is made to feel welcome. 12/6-14 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 7773 thegirls@megandme.com.au

organic belly Health food and lifestyle shop combined with a friendly café. Large bulk food section. Hair and body care products. Natural makeup. Something for everyone! New owners. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Shop 4a 2 Murray Street, Port Macquarie 2444 6583 7004 organicbelly77@gmail.com www.organicbelly.com.au

port fresh seafoods Port Fresh Seafoods is a local family business passionate about providing fresh local seafood, so our customers may create memorable dining experiences at home. Visit us to see this fresh local seafood, sourced from local fishermen and share in our passion too! Open Monday to Saturday from 9am, closed Sundays. 5/23-41 Short Street, Port Fresh Seafood, Port Macquarie 2444

6583 8348 info@portfreshseafoods.com.au www.portfreshseafoods.com.au

saltwater wine surf If you surf or love everything about surfing you’re going to love our Saltwater Wine flagship store in Horton St, Port Macquarie. Wetsuits, boardshorts, swimwear from your favourite brands, performance, rare and collectable surfboards all washed down by an amazing Allpress latte or flatwhite from the Espresso Bar. 107 Horton st, Port Macquarie 2444 6584 0084 portmacquarie@saltwaterwine.com.au www.saltwaterwine.com.au

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spoiler alert! - geek retail & community gaming hub Pop culture supplier of board games, trading card games, comics, books, dice, DnD, plushies, pops, mini’s, hats, clothing & accessories and much more...We are your friendly local games & comic store! With a community hub open to all people in an accessible, inclusive, & fun environment. Come in & play a store copy game for FREE from our wide library of games. Shop 10, Ritz Centre, 22 Horton Street, Port Macquarie 2444

6584 0851 hello@spoileralert.com.au www.spoileralert.com.au

stormriders Stormriders Port Central - home to the best skate, surf and youth brands! Afends, Thrills, RVCA, Santa Cruz, Adidas, Volcom, Stussy, Dr Martens, Hurley, Oakley, Nike SB, Havaianas, Vans to name a few! You’ll find us at Port Central Shopping Centre. Come say hi to the crew. Shop F5, Port Central Shopping centre, Port Macquarie 2444

6584 1600 port@stormriders.com.au www.stormriders.com.au

the department store - wauchope and port macquarie Two iconic shopping destinations offering hand-picked treasures, designer labels & unique finds. If you love exclusive, quality products that can’t be found in large chain stores, shopping here is an experience not to be missed. Offering womens, mens & childrens fashion, shoes, handbags, cosmetics, homewares, manchester, kitchenware, toys, giftware.

22 High Street Wauchope 2446 & Peachtree Walk Arcade Port Macquarie 2444

6585 2299 thedepartmentstore@hastingscoop.com.au www.hastingscoop.com.au

vasnas designs - out of the ordinary handcrafted - natural - individual - clothing - textiles - gifts Situated in historic Jacaranda House, Vasnas Designs is an integral part of the JH Creative Hub - Wauchope’s destination for Aboriginal art - local art - hand made jewellery - Asian and specialty textiles - creative workshops. Jacaranda House - 39 Cameron St, Wauchope 2446 0414 798 796 info@vasnasdesigns.com.au www.vasnasdesigns.com.au

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Police Station 6583 0199 Port Macquarie Base Hospital 5524 2000 Wauchope District Memorial Hospital 6580 8000 SES 132 500 AFTER HOURS VETS

Port Macquarie Veterinary Hospital 02 6583 1611 Eastport Veterinary Hospital (Port Macquarie) 02 6583 5677 Wauchope Vet 0428 851 626 Camvet (Laurieton) 6559 9828

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Flynns Beach Service Laundry, 3/52 Pacific Dr, Port Macquarie Port Plaza Laundrette, 1/128 Gordon St, Port Macquarie Willing and Able Laundrette, 3/17 Short St, Port Macquarie Wauchope Laundrette, Shop 2/2 Brandston St, Wauchope Camden Haven Laundry Service, 1/10 Seymour Street, Laurieton

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dial a doctor We Come to You. Call 1300 030 030. Bulk Billed Home Visit Service. For All Medicare and Veteran Affairs Card Holders Our doctors will come to you for urgent out of hours consultations when your regular medical centre is closed. Monday-Friday: 4pm-8am Saturday: from 10am Sunday & Public Holidays: 24 hours 1300 030 030 www.dial-a-doctor.com.au

port macquarie hastings libraries We offer an amazing range of services and facilities for visitors. Browse our collection of books, movies, music and magazines or enjoy our digital book and magazine collections; access computers, scanning, faxing and free Wi-Fi, all in a welcoming and comfortable space. Visit our website to see what’s on during your stay. Laurieton, Wauchope, Port Macquarie 6581 8755 portlib@mnclibrary.org.au www.mnclibrary.org.au

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Greater Port Macquarie has accommodation for every style and budget, from 4.5 star international standard hotels, resorts and motels to fully self-contained serviced apartments, idyllic hinterland retreats and cosy B&B’s.

For those who love the outdoors there are camp sites in National Parks and State Forests, the region even caters for those who want to hire a glamping tent! With over 17 caravan parks in the region you can set up and enjoy a relaxing stay from the coast to the hinterland. Ask at the Visitor Information Centre for the ‘Where to Camp’ brochure or search for it on our website.

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