Port Macquarie Conference Prospectus - Overview

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Introduction Port Macquarie is an events town, with a long and successful history hosting major events, conferences and expos. All alongside some of the most stunning coastline you’ll see anywhere in the world! Choose Port Macquarie for your next conference and let the popularity of the destination drive strong attendance. You’ll also enjoy all the benefits of a vibrant regional city, with less traffic, free parking, handy commutes, good transport links, and quality local suppliers. Choose ‘Port’ and create an amazing experience for your attendees, with fabulous accommodation and venues, award-winning dining, shopping, and tourism experiences

Port Macquarie has been awarded ‘World Event City’ status by the International Festival & Events Association, and is one of a handful of regional cities worldwide to achieve this accolade.

The Port Macquarie Region Did you know Port Macquarie is now the #1 holiday destination on the mid-north coast? Successful conferences need desirable locations, making it easier to attract participants, patrons and sponsors. Many of our conference and event attendees take the opportunity to extend their stay and holiday here, often with friends and family in tow. The region is known for its idyllic climate, and a spectacular mix of beaches, bush and farmland. It’s relaxed, yet vibrant and progressive. It’s also the fastest growing regional centre in Australia with a population exceeding 80,000.

Salty Crew Kiosk on the Coastal Walk at Town Beach

Major Towns The region is fast becoming one of the premier destinations for food and wine, with award winning dining, wineries, funky cafes and wine bars and a great range of live music venues. Art galleries, museums, boutique shopping and live theatre, compliment a nature lover’s paradise.

Discover three of our major towns Port Macquarie Boasting a relaxed coastal vibe, 9 picturesque beaches (many of them popular surfing spots), award winning dining, wineries, noteworthy heritage, an abundance of outdoor nature activities, funky wine bars and cafes, art gallerie and other cultural experiences.

Left: Port Macquarie Camel Rides Below: Split Rock at Diamond Head

Wauchope A 20 minute drive from Port Macquarie into the hinterland is the beautiful rural township of Wauchope. Set on the Hastings River, the town is a gateway to waterfalls and outdoor adventure, enveloped by National Parks, State Forests, rich farmland and lovely villages such as Comboyne and Pappinbarra.

Camden Haven Known for its endless pristine waterways, natural beauty and the charm of it’s many villages dotted to the south of Port Macquarie – Laurieton, Bonny Hills, North Haven, Dunbogan, Lorne, Kendall and Kew.

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre and Board Walk

Port Macquarie Surf School

Wilson River Waterfall

Whale watching in Port Macquarie

Timbertown Wauchope

Getting here (and around)

Port Macquarie is a four hour drive from Sydney, and therefore within comfortable driving distance (dual carriageway) for over five million Australians. It’s conveniently located approximately half-way between Sydney and Brisbane. Prefer to fly? We’re well connected, with direct one-hour flights from both Sydney and Brisbane. The airport has recently received a $21million upgrade, and is only a five minute taxi ride from our CBD. Wauchope railway station is 15 minutes from the CBD, and has bus connections to our central Coach Terminal. Once you’re here, it’s so easy to get around (we’re known as the ‘ten minute town’). Much of the CBD accommodation is within easy walking distance from key event and conferencing venues.


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Food and Wine

Left: Meals in the Fields at Near River Below Centre: Black Duck Brewery

With over 80 producers, from the land to the sea, Port Macquarie’s foodie scene is flourishing. Fabulous food blends with a relaxed coastal vibe. Winery Trails the region has 6 wineries just 10 minutes from the beach offering a range of extra experiences from mazes to chocolate shops, animal petting farm, horse riding and art galleries. Farm Gate experiences pick strawberries fresh from the bine, visit a working organic market farm, taste fresh oysters direct from the river, and visit the Wauchope Farmers Market for the freshest produce. Boutique Breweries serving award winning brews, often with live entertainment and delicious food truck offerings set amongst their brewing equipment.

The Stunned Mullet restaurant

Award-winning Dining whether you’re a sun-riser looking for a healthy breakfast, fancy a long lunch with views, or looking for an unforgettable dining experience at a coveted Chef’s hat restaurant, it’s easy to do in Port Macquarie. Buzzing Bar Scenes Think innovative wine lists, tasty canapés, coastal inspired cocktails, boutique brews, live entertainment overlooking water views, there are plenty of choices to soak up sunsets, art, music, wine and great food. Cocktails at Zebu Bar

Activities & Attractions Our buzzing city centre is packed with cafes, wine bars, restaurants and shopping, with our major events precinct in a prime waterfront location within short walking distance. There is a magnificent coastal walking track that takes you all the way from the centre of town, along nine beaches to Tacking Point Lighthouse in the South. Just a short drive west, and you’ll find yourself in stunning hinterland surrounded by farmland and country villages, or hug the coast and discover breathtaking scenery and unspoilt beaches. The whole region is surrounded by a number of National Parks, including Sea Acres with its award winning indigenous cultural tours and Rainforest Centre. Adventure seekers • Jet boating & jet skiing • Stand up paddleboarding • Kayaking • Deep sea fishing charters • Camel riding on the beach • Sea plane • Helicopter charter • Jet fighter experience • Vintage motorcycle rides • Bike hire • Quad biking • Outdoor go karting • Laser tag • Paragliding • Surf schools • Rock climbing • Roller skating • Horse rding Port Jet Cruise Adventures

Nature lovers & Animal Encounters • Iconic Coastal Walk • Tacking Point Lighthouse • Guided nature walks • Sea Acres National Park & Boardwalk • Dolphin & whale watching cruises • Horse or camel riding • Working farm visits • Bago Maze • Koala Hospital tours • National Parks experiences • Billabong Zoo • Indigenous cultural tours • Glamping

Visit portmacquarieinfo.com.au for all the things you can Eat, See & Do in our region.

Ricardoes Tomatoes

Fabulous Foodies • Wine tastings • Farm gate & cellar door tours • Wine & brewery tours and tastings • Bread & cheese making workshops • Cooking schools • Bar & café hopping • Paddock to plate/on farm dining experiences • Hatted dining • Fresh strawberry and tomato picking Art & Heritage • Art Galleries – exhibitions & art classes • Jewellery making classes • Artist and produce markets • Concerts and exhibitions • Heritage tours & museums • Indigenous cultural tours • Timbertown Heritage Theme Park Above: Artwalk Right: Billabong Zoo

Leisure seekers • River cruises • Boat charters • Wine tasting • Cinema • Glasshouse theatre shows • Golf, mini-golf, hydro golf, putt putt • Tennis • Markets • Beach exploring • Boutique shopping • Coastal walk • Golf (full courses, driving range & putt putt) • BBQ boat hire • Yoga on the beach • Barefoot bowling From top: Bago Maze, Timbertown Steam Train, Coastal Walk Sea Acres

Visit portmacquarieinfo.com.au for all the things you can Eat, See & Do in our region.