Port Macquarie confirms its place as a hotspot for a winter getaway.
Whatever the thrill or pace, there is something for everyone, and with daily flights from Brisbane at only one-hour flight time, what are you waiting for? Virgin is currently offering $199* return fares to Port Macquarie. Book now to try another kind of break!
You will love the vibrant nightlife in Port Macquarie as a plethora of new wine bars have opened up, stroll along a spectacular coastal walk, dine at a hatted restaurant and stay in stylish and romantic accommodation.
To help you start planning take a look at these places to eat, drink, stay and play.
Eat & Drink
The Stunned Mullet - holds a coveted National 'Good Food Guide' Chef's Hat and many other awards, with sweeping views over Town Beach it's perfect for a long-lunch or 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.
Bar Florian – this retro Italian themed wine bar brings a touch of European class to Port Macquarie. Owners Gino and Maree celebrate their Italian heritage with the finest cured meats, cheese platters, delicious pizzas, a variety of fine wines and music. The bar is named after Bar Florian in Venice, one of the oldest cafes in Europe.
Drury Lane Eatery – a couple from Sydney have brought their Surry Hills vibe with a coastal twist to this eatery in the forecourt of the Glasshouse. A casual eatery open for breakfast and lunch, some nights for dinner too, you will savour wholesome food lovingly prepared where the local produce is the star. They make everything in house and their sourdough and baked treats are worth trying whilst enjoying their alfresco area under the trees.
Whalebone Wharf - picture yourself sitting here enjoying water views whilst dining on fresh seafood and modern fusion cuisine. Award winning executive chef Peter Ridland and his team pride themselves on an exceptional high standard of flavour, freshness and quality. Once you have decided whether to dine there for lunch or dinner, you can spoil your significant other with fresh Lobsters from the tank, share a magnificent seafood platter or other delicious fare.
Queens Lake Nature Reserve - is a pristine place to enjoy the peaceful sounds and sights of nature at its best. Reflect on the beauty of this hidden gem whilst appreciating the reflection on this beautiful lake. Just a 20 minute drive south of Port Macquarie it's worth finding.
Diamond Head Loop Walk - in Crowdy Bay National Park offers panoramic views across Crowdy Bay, north to Perpendicular Point and south to Crowdy Head. In between are superb sweeps of golden sand, and rising out of the lush forested hinterland, behind you, are the majestic Three Brothers mountains. Take a picnic and find a secluded spot to soak up the serenity.
Visit 5 Boutique Wineries - discover vineyards with art galleries, alfresco restaurants, hedge mazes and historic homesteads to explore and handmade chocolates made on site then paired to perfection with wine. You will be surprised that Port Macquarie's winery trail all begins just 10 minutes from the beach.
Glasshouse - Performing arts and music flourish locally in this cultural hub, offering a world of cultural experiences. Take in a world class show or intimate concert in the magical theatre setting. Take a closer look at the ever-changing exhibitions of artists, designers and creative groups within the Glasshouse Regional Gallery, enjoy a glass of wine at an evening art talk with leading artists and curators.
Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges - this coastal beauty has emerged from a $15M refurbishment offering stunning guest rooms and suites overlooking the marina and a pool area with private cabanas and cabana bar. Enjoy a heated spa, vintage bicycles, tennis court, private jetty, paddleboards, and kicking back in their waterfront Boathouse Bar and Restaurant.
Mantra The Observatory - this award winning 4.5 star venue offers seaside accommodation in the heart of Port Macquarie. Located opposite Town Beach this contemporary hotel boasts spectacular views with a choice of hotel rooms, apartments and penthouse accommodation. Luxury options of a heated lap pool, spa, sauna, day spa and restaurants within the complex make this the perfect venue to indulge.
Ana Mandara - set on 2 acres and with breathtaking views over the Hastings River, a relaxed and tranquil refuge in scenic Port Macquarie. Indulge, recharge or relax with personalized packages sure to create special getaways that will give you beautiful memories. Ana Mandara has four elegantly furnished bedrooms with luxurious furnishings and plush bedding making the perfect environment for a delightfully relaxing stay.
*Terms and Conditions -
- Booking window: 1 June-31 August 2019
- Travel window: 7 June 2019-1 March 2020
- Black-out dates: 14 December 2019-9 January 2020
- Fare: $199 per person return including taxes ex Brisbane to Port Macquarie, with minimum 7 day advance purchase
Alliance Airlines, on behalf of Virgin Australia offers direct flights from Port Macquarie to Brisbane on their jet aircraft – a 80 seat Fokker 70. This service provides quicker travel times, improved passenger comfort and offers greater flight choices for both business and leisure travellers. Flights are available 7 days a week.
Virgin Australia had previously operated the Port Macquarie to Brisbane route since October 2011, and the continuation of direct flights into south east Queensland with Alliance Airlines offers the opportunity for onward connections to a wide range of domestic and international destinations.
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