“You’re going to Port Macquarie? The Retirement village?”

The questions my father asked in astonishment when I recently told him I was going to Port Macquarie for a weekend to check out the town and attend their annual foodie festival, Tastings on Hastings.


Like many, he hadn’t been to Port Macquarie for many years and was still under the impression this town had nothing to offer but an ageing population. And to be honest, I can see why people would want to retire here. The weather is warm and sunny all year round, they have great surf beaches, plenty of nice restaurants and the locals are super friendly. Not to mention it’s only a one hour flight or four hour drive from Sydney. And since the invention of internet shopping, who needs the stress of big city buying expeditions.


Alex - a.k.a Miss Darlinghurst - was pleasantly surprised by what she found on a recent trip to Port Macquarie.  Find out why here.

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COVID-19 Update

We are welcoming visitors to our region. Please check and comply with the NSW Public Health Orders when planning your trip. In particular, if you are unwell and/or need to isolate, please do not travel until the risk has passed and any relevant restrictions have lifted. *Please note* Pre-bookings for attractions and eateries are advisable, as advertised opening hours may change due to COVID impacts. Thank you for helping to keep our community COVIDsafe.

Urgent Comboyne Road Closure: The Comboyne Road has been closed due to road damage. A detour via Lorne Road is in place. Bayabarra is accessible via Oxley Highway. The access road to the top of North Brother Mountain is also currently closed due to damage.