Port Macquarie is well-known for its stunning beaches and coves, but there’s much more to this idyllic holiday destination than white sand and pristine waterways. From experiencing life on an organic farm to an award-winning horseback riding experience to discovering the region’s historic sites, Port Macquarie is a treasure-trove of hidden secrets.
Port Macquarie’s Top 5 Hidden Gems
Sea Acres National Park
This 1.3-kilometre rainforest boardwalk takes you on an incredible journey through one of the largest, least-disturbed and most
diverse coastal rainforests in New South Wales. It’s the perfect place to cool off from the summer heat and connect with nature. Sea Acres
also holds meditation and yoga classes.
Sundays at Near River Produce
On most Sundays of the year, guests are welcome to visit an organic farm at Near River. Feed the animals, collect the eggs, harvest fresh vegetables and sit down to a sumptuous lunch of organic, handmade food. This commences at 10am; bookings are essential. Near River also has their “Farmacy” open on weekends, where you can buy organic fruits, vegetables, eggs and pork at the farm gate.
Bellrowan Valley Horseriding
Discover the lush hinterland of Port Macquarie on this multi-award-winning horseriding experience. Enjoy peaceful, beautiful scenery,exceptional horses and friendly, professional guides.
Tastings on Hastings
Book a stay at Ramada Resort by Wyndham Flynns Beach to experience Tastings on Hastings, Greater Port Macquarie’s premier food and wine festival, which occasionally features celebrity chefs. Don’t miss this incredible showcase of the region’s best produce and culture by its farmers, winemakers, brewers, entertainers and artists, starting October 28.
Heritage Walking Trail
Port Macquarie was home to one of Australia’s first penal colonies, and the region has a number of significant historic buildings and sites that date back to Australia’s convict days. A stroll along the signposted heritage walking trail will take visitors to 13 fascinating historic and archaeological sites. Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage also offers a number of fascinating guided walking tours.
Did You Know?
Port Macquarie boasts one of the best climates in Australia, with the average temperature ranging from 7°C to 27°C. Port Macquarie’s Koala Hospital is the world’s first hospital dedicated solely to koalas.