Beyond RACE DAY there is so much to see and do in Port Macquarie. Once you achieve your IRONMAN goals let us be the champions of your Recovery Plan with an easy list of things to see and do in the region. From relaxing scenic walks, eating whatever tempts your tastebuds, to just spending quality time with your support crew, we have it covered.
Animal encounters – there are plenty of ways to get up close and personal with animals.
- Billabong Zoo has opened an exciting new Africa Exhibit with cute baby lion cubs and cheetahs, plus the new Jurassic Pond exhibit is home to a 4.6 metre monster croc called Shrek. There are shows and feeding times all day.
- In the hinterland Bellrowan Valley Horse-riding offers a variety of treks through lush valleys which ends sharing damper, scones and jam with the farm animals.
- Every day at 3pm the Koala Hospital offers a free Feed, Walk and Talk tour to learn about the sick and injured koalas at this unique, volunteer run attraction.
- At heritage theme park Timbertown there are farmyard animals, Clydesdale horses and bullock demonstrations.
Unique – looking for something slightly different we have that covered
- If you love animals and have a sense of adventure take a Camel Ride along Lighthouse Beach for a 30-minute gentle safari
- Experience the closest thing to real competition karting at Awesome Drive Karting Centre a purpose built and licenced competition karting facility. With 650 metres of track comprising of a main straight, a series of tight turns and high speed sweepers, you can race and overtake like a professional
- Stoney Aqua Park is water-lover’s paradise with ninja inflatable equipment, water-skiing, wake-boarding, canoeing and tube-riding on two massive purpose-built lakes
Waterways – take it up a notch with a raft of other waterway experiences.
- Hire a BBQ Boat from Dunbogan Boatshed - gather the family, grab the fishing rods and relax on board a special BBQ boat while drifting down the Camden Haven River, no license is required.
- Head to Swans Crossing and float down Upsalls Creek on an air bed or boogie board. The creek gurgles along and is clean, clear and cool. There are plenty of rocks for the kids to explore and clamber over, guaranteed to tucker the kids out so they sleep well that night!
- Learn about the natural environment on an eco-cruise or roar along at 100km/hr on the fastest boat in NSW. Head to Town Wharf and pick your tempo with Port Jet Cruise Adventures
Walks and parks - Port Macquarie is a walker’s paradise with so much stunning nature to explore on foot.
- Tourism Australia rated Port Macquarie’s 9km Coastal Walk from Town to Lighthouse Beach, as one of the country’s top four spectacular coastal walks.
- Near Wauchope Old Bottlebutt is the largest Red Bloodwood tree in the southern hemisphere, 16-metres wide, and access is now easy along a 600-metre walk in the Burrawan State Forest.
- Close-by at Bago Vineyards & Maze there is a 2,000 metre hedge maze where along the pathways there are musical instruments and other delights for the children to play.
- At Sea Acres Rainforest Centre enjoy the tranquillity along the 1.3km elevated rainforest loop walk and visit the Spirit of the Land exhibition
- Walk the Rainforest Loop around the top of North Brother Mountain in the Dooragan National Park for 360-degree views and a picnic in the clouds.
Eating out - with a smorgasbord of eateries around the region, most are child-friendly, but here are a few to get you started.
- A unique lunch spot is Café Red at Ricardoes Tomatoes and you can pick your own strawberries and tomatoes afterwards to take home.
- Tucked away at the end of Clarence Street near the river you'll find LV's on Clarence. Offering casual family friendly cafe dining you're bound to feel instantly at home here. Chef Todd Richardson is passionate about fresh seasonal local produce which he crafts into a menu with something for everyone.
- Take a scenic drive to North Haven and enjoy the views and delicious food at Native Catering Co, their cold drip coffee is a must!
- If you fancy a cocktail Yesterday's Jam is a wine bar which welcomes children early evening with an array of vegan dishes and water views.
- The Pancake Place is an eclectic and colourful toucan-themed restaurant with a vast array of sweet and savoury pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also entertainment for the kids, games and a DVD corner
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