Port Macquarie...

Paradise is so close

Sample 3-day Itinerary for couples

DAY 1

DIAMOND HEAD LOOP WALK

A pleasant 40 minute drive south of Port is the stunning Camden Haven, where you'll find Diamond Head. Soak up the serenity in a secluded spot and admire the lush rainforests and golden sand. Located in Crowdy Bay National Park, this track offers sweeping views across Crowdy Bay without the big crowds. Finish off with a swim at Diamond Head Beach. If you're feeling a little too relaxed for the walk, drive to Diamond Head Campground and the iconic 'Split Rock' is a short walk on the beach from there.  Then you'll have time to visit the lovely Queens Lake at Laurieton before you head into the Hinterland.

⦁ LUNCH BREAK

Nestled in the stunning Hinterlands, a gorgeous drive through farmland and forest, The Byabarra Café & Bar  offers spectacular views, a licensed bar and hearty food.

ELLENBOROUGH FALLS

Admire the natural 200-metre 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.

⦁ DINNER

The Stunned Mullet has sweeping views over Town Beach and is perfect for an enchanting dinner. Offering a seasonal menu with a focus on local and specialty ingredients, incredible wines and sublime service, you are in for an amazing dining experience.

  • UNIQUE BOUTIQUE STAY

Akuna  Luxury Waterfront Retreat is one of Port's newest and most luxurious accommodation offerings.  Think open fire, waterfront, views and luxe decor. Treat yourselves!

DAY 2

⦁ RELAX

Indulge in a luxury spa experience at the Port Macquarie Day Spa. Here you can relax in a beautiful peaceful environment and spend a day being pampered with your partner.

⦁ BRUNCH 

Little Fish Cafe & Vineyard is such a pretty and romantic spot it's been voted #1 'Brides Choice' several years running! Only a short 10 minute drive from the center of Port.

⦁ SHOP 

You will find many outlets brimming with goodies to tempt you. Check out  Arthouse Industries, where you will find unique hand-made glass jewelry and watch Skye Petho at work creating her pieces.

⦁ WINERY AND CRAFT BEER BREWERY TOUR

Sip away on an array of wines before delving into the craft brewery scene. A perfect afternoon adventure for both beer & wine lovers with Frankie’s Travel. The tour runs from 1-5pm.

⦁ BREAKWALL

Watch the sunset together by the breakwall at Town Beach and read the collage of messages on the graffiti rocks by locals and visitors.

⦁ GRAB A PRE-SHOW SNACK

Oozing atmosphere and ambiance, boasting a forward thinking menu to please all palates and an extensive drinks list, Botanic Wine Garden is the perfect place for a bite to eat before the show.

GLASSHOUSE (Check website for COVID restrictions)

Take in an excellent show or intimate concert in the magical theatre setting and enjoy a glass of wine at an evening art talk with leading artists and curators. Performing arts and music flourish locally in this cultural hub, offering a world of cultural experiences.

⦁ SWEET DREAMS

Port's premium resort, Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges, is set over expansive grounds fronting the marina and river.  It has recently undergone a multi-million dollar extension and renovation, with an instagram-worthy pool deck and a Hamptons-inspired feel.  Spoil yourselves with buffet breakfast at The Boathouse Restaurant or drop in to the bar for a night cap.

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DAY 3

⦁ BEACH YOGA

Start your day with gentle stretches, breathing exercises and relaxation with a Beach Yoga class held on Town Beach by Yoga Shala.

⦁ BREAKFAST at SALTY CREW KIOSK

Right on Town Beach, this favourite has one of the best views in town, healthy treats and great coffee.

⦁ STRAWBERRY PICKING

Call in to Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries and experience the pleasure of picking your own plump, luscious strawberries. Enjoy a free farm tour undertaken weekdays from 11am and sample award-winning jams, condiments and pickles. 

  • LUNCH

Whalebone Wharf  Restaurant has a prime frontage to the mighty Hastings River, and decor and menu to match! The perfect lunch date venue.

KOALA HOSPITAL (BOOKINGS REQUIRED - CLICK HERE)

Visit the world’s first Koala Hospital, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating koalas. Free tours are available (please book ahead).

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  • HAVE A WHALE OF A TIME

Book on to a Jet Boat ride for thrill (and whale) seeking adventure! Whale season is from May to November and the Jet Boat rides operate year round. More sedate river cruises are also available!

COASTAL WALK  AND SUNSET

Wander along a section of the Coastal Walk as the sun sets.

⦁ PRE- DINNER DRINKS

Bar Florian is a classy, comfortable, easygoing Italian style wine bar with a comprehensive wine list. Perfect for a pre- dinner drink.

⦁ DINNER

Bills Fishhouse and Bar  is a casual, modern dining space that embraces locally sourced, seasonal and sustainable ingredients to produce simple, uncomplicated food. A space that boasts a buzzing vibe.

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COVID-19 Update: It's Time to Play in Port Macquarie! The Port Macquarie region is now welcoming visitors, however early bookings are strongly advised as some businesses may be operating on a limited/restricted basis. We look forward to welcoming you here soon.