Attention Canberra! Thanks to direct flights from FlyPelican, paradise is closer than ever. A 90 minute flight, to be exact. Flights between Canberra and Port Macquarie commence on 1st November 2020 and we are so excited to welcome our friends from the ACT! Click on the link below to search for flights, and scroll down for some great suggestions for a short break in Port Mac.
Our suggested 3-day family-friendly itinerary below has something for everyone...
⦁ SALTY CREW KIOSK & WALK/SKATE
Start your day off with a steaming cup of your favourite brew or a healthy snack and take in the magnificent ocean views of Town Beach. While you are there, check out the Breakwall, colourful graffiti rocks that are a collage of messages, tributes and memories from visitors and locals. The adjacent Skate Park is one of the best on the North Coast, with great views and plenty of room for younger kids on scooters.
Head over to Settlement Point or Buller Street near Westport Park where Tony will teach you how to use a stand up paddleboard. Get close to marine life and have fun!
OR...If SUP-ing isn't your thing, take the five minute drive out to the award-winning Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, Cafe and Boardwalk. It's an oasis of lushness and tranquility, with lots for little ones to explore.
⦁ LUNCH BREAK
You are in the perfect place to enjoy a waterside lunch, try The Point Café Restaurant in Settlement Point or if you’re at Buller Street wander along the waterfront to LV’s On Clarence to enjoy locavore dishes made from fresh local and biodynamic produce.
No trip to Port Macquarie is complete without a visit to the world’s first Koala Hospital, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating koalas. It's an easy 3 minutes drive from the CBD! Pre-bookings are essential. Just near the entrance of the Hospital is the charming and historic Roto House which is open to the public for a wander back in time, and make sure you grab a cuppa (and a 'caramelo koala' special for the kids) from the gorgeous Round & Round coffee caravan.
⦁ ICE CREAM BREAK
An essential part of any family break, the all important ice-cream! A leisurely 30-minute coastal drive south of Port will see you in the pretty Camden Haven. Head to the iconic Dunbogan Boat Shed where you can grab an ice cream or a cuppa, and feed the fish (handy tip- you can also hire a boat if you wish). Or, if the finest hand-crafted gelato is your thing- you can't go past Blue Cow Gelato in Port's CBD. It's truly heavenly!
- BEACH BREAK
With 17 pristine beaches to choose from, we've put together a Local's guide to our beaches here, to maximise your time in the sun!
Don’t fear when it’s time to take the kids out to dinner! Settlers Inn Hotel make family dining easy with a huge play area for the kids and even a kid’s movie room to enjoy. Serving everything from tacos and poke bowls to steaks and schnitzel, paired with a glass of your favourite beverage.
⦁ SWEET DREAMS
Sails Port Macquarie is the newest 4.5-star waterfront resort in our region. This coastal beauty has emerged from an extensive refurbishment to reveal 92 stunning guest rooms and suites with a waterfront restaurant & bar overlooking the marina. The region has a huge range of accommodation from beach-side camping to luxury resorts. You can explore some options here.
Experience Port Macquarie’s most beautiful southerly beach on the back of a camel. Hop aboard for this unique and fun filled experience. First rides begin at 9:30am.
⦁ SCENIC VIEW AND WHALE OR DOLPHIN WATCHING
Perched on a rocky headland offering stunning panoramic views along the coast Tacking Point Lighthouse is the perfect spot for dolphin and whale watching (or... if you drive the ten minutes back into town, dial up the thrills on-water with Port Jet Boat!)
⦁ COASTAL WALK TASTER/BEACH BREAK
Heading north from the Lighthouse this short section of the Coastal Walk is perfect to try with the kids. It is a steeper section but the steps lead down to Little Bay. A stunning bay, with sandstone and volcanic rock formations, crystal clear water and rock pools for the kids to explore! Head over the other side to Lighthouse Beach. The southern section is patrolled through the summer.
⦁ LUNCH BREAK
Take in beach views while eating something delicious from Coast Café at Lighthouse Beach under the Tacking Point Surf Club.
⦁ BAGO MAZE AND WINERY (& Chocolate Shop!)
Now it is time to relax on the grassy hill sipping wine and eating cheese while the kids and the kids at heart find their way through the longest hedge maze in New South Wales. Be sure to stock up on some Baba Lila chocolates to take home.
Just down the road, you can take the easy 600-metre loop walking track in Burrawan State Forest to visit the largest Red Bloodwood tree in the Southern Hemisphere. Old Bottlebutt is a towering, grand tree over 200 years old and has a massive girth of 16 metres.
You have surely worked up an appetite after today. Keep it simple and grab dinner at The Boathouse - an atmosphere of relaxed simplicity and delicious indulgence at Sails overlooking the water.
Indulge in wholesome and delicious pancakes and crepes at Pancake Place – a colourful, toucan-themed indoor/outdoor dining experience that the whole family will love.
⦁ BILLABONG ZOO KOALA & WILDLIFE PARK
Get up-close and personal this morning to Australian and exotic animals. You can pat, stroke, feed, hold, hear and see over 80 species of mammals, reptiles and birds, including Koalas!
⦁ LUNCH BREAK
⦁ STRAWBERRY PICKING
After lunch at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries, grab your bucket and head to the greenhouse and experience the pleasure of picking your own plump, luscious strawberries. People of all heights and ages can reach a row of climbing vines!
⦁ PONY RIDES AND WINERY
Take advantage of the burger craze in Port Macquarie and head to The Burger Rebellion. Its buzzy, open plan kitchen dishes out delicious burgers, sides and some killer salads. There is also a huge selection of chilli sauces along with ice-cream sandwiches, beer, wine, cider and milkshakes.