Each and every year, tens of thousands of people come to Port Macqauarie with one thing on their mind....”I want to see a Koala” - Because after all it is the true Australian Tourist experience isn’t it.
One of the best locations for this dream to become a reality is at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. The only hospital of its kind in the world they take care of sick, injured and orphaned koalas from all over Australia but namely the Port Macquarie region where there is a very high concentration of Koalas in the wild.
Surfers Rescue 24/7 is a CPR and Board Rescue course. Surfers are on the beach from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. A lot of them are responsible for hundreds of thousands of unsung rescues.
In conjunction with pro-surfers who are currently working as lifeguards, Surfing NSW have identified board rescue techniques that may prove to be crucial in times of need.
Now in its fourth year and an iconic event for the region the Comboyne Mountain Goat Races are a spectacle not to be missed. The event is the brainchild of local Comboyne brothers, Rod & Michael Fisher, who decided to hatch a plan to raise money for maintenance at the local showground. In a testament to their ability to think outside the square a motorbike camp draft and small dog show were trialled before settling on Mountain Goat Races. The event captured the imagination of locals, providing excitement, adrenalin and a fantastic spectator sport.
Who doesn’t love to get a line wet once in a while? Is it the peace and quiet that appeals or the chance of catching your own dinner?
We are pretty lucky as fisherman here in Port Macquarie, we have a huge variety of fishing spots literally within minutes of one another. If you aren’t having any luck at one spot you can easily move on to the next.
Have a stomping good time at Bago Vinyards this Sunday at the “Jazz in the Vineyards” event. Take your picnic rug and soak up the relaxed atmosphere under the vinyard’s jacaranda trees. Listen to the soulful sounds of the jazz band while you sip on some Bago wine, munch on cheese plates or lunch made from locally sourced products.
You’ll be in for an extra special treat this weekend as it coincides with the annual Grape Stomping Championships. Get down and dirty in the public stomping competition where teams of two jump in wooden barrels to see how much juice they can stomp out of 10kg of grapes in 60 seconds. You could see your name added to the grape stomp honour board at the Cellar Door and become part of Bago Vineyard history.
The fun doesn’t stop there, for the first time this year, entry to Jazz in the Vineyards will also cover entry into the largest hedge maze in the southern hemisphere. Challenge your right brain by finding your way through 10,000 square metres of hedges and 2000 metres of pathways in record time.
Keep the kids entertained for hours winding their way through the maze, playing on some unique musical instruments, traversing the series of bridges, boardwalks and climbing the two wooden viewing towers.
So bring along your picnic rugs and umbrellas, pick a spot on the lush rolling lawns and settle in for a great day.
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Where: Bago Winery - Milligans Road (off Bago Road) Wauchope NSW 2446
Time: Doors open at 10am
Cost: $5.00 entry
With Valentines day a little over two weeks away, its time to start thinking how you are going to romance that special someone.
We are blessed with so many options in the Greater Port Macquarie, from a romantic night at one of our first class hotels, to an intimate meal for two at your favourite restaurant right through to a sunset cruise, Horse riding in the Hinterland, a flight over Port Macquarie in a Helicopter the options are endless.
Flowers are a given, so dont forget to get your orders in early to save the last minute rush.
So this Valentines, be creative, and make Valentines Day 2013 the best one yet.
A new addition to Town Beach, Flynns Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Lake Cathie Beach, Rainbow Beach and North Haven Beach is signage with QR Codes attached to them. To activate the code, users will need to download a free QR Reader App to their phone.
This gives locals and holiday makers instant access to individual beach conditions, patrol times and surf safety awareness to make our beaches that little bit safer.
With the Australian Summer dominated by a day at the beach, it is a great way of moving with the times and having up to date information at your fingertips. So next time your at any of the above beaches, try it out for yourself and be Beach Safe.
This years Famous Golden Lure is on the cusp of starting with competitors officially opening the event with a sail past on the Hastings River tomorrow (11.1.13) at 7.45am
With over $35,000 up for grabs and the warm water making its way in closer over the past few weeks it is set to be a fantastic event with great fishing to be had. by all.
Proudly brought to you by Port Macquarie Game Fishing Club Inc and sponsored by Blue Water Legal, this annual tournament is in its 29th year.
This nine day event includes two lay days, sail past and blessing of the fleet plus loads of social meets, junior competitions, presentations and the Tammy Kirkby Memorial Charity Day.
SAIL PAST - The first day of the tournament will commence with a "Sail Past" of the Lady Nelson Wharf at 07:45 hrs. All boats must assemble in the vicinity of the Port Marina at 07:30 hrs. Start fishing at 9am and lines up at 5pm. Bar and BBQ open during weigh ins.
FISHING DAYS AND TIMES. The 2013 Golden Lure Tournament will be fished from 09:00 to 17:00 hrs on Saturday 12th January 2013; 07:00 to 17:00 hrs on Sunday 13th January 2013; 07:00 to 17:00 hrs Thursday 17th January 2013; 07:00 to 16:00 hrs Friday 18th January 2013.
LAY DAYS: Monday 14th & Wednesday 16th January 2013.
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In just over a 11 days the regions favourite music festival FOTSUN (Festival of the Sun) will be held at Port Macquarie's Sundowner Caravan Park.
With headline acts such as Kimbra, Dead Letter Circus, Hermitude, The Datsun and some brilliant support acts this once modest festival has grown to be a fixture on any music and festival lovers diary.
Perfectly located between the Hastings River and Town beach it is a relaxed and fun vibe that fills the grounds. So if interested in going jump onto www.fotsun.com.au and book your tickets.
This is an 18+ event