Sometimes, when you’re on holiday, you just need some time to decompress.

So we’ve put together our five favourite natural spaces in Port Macquarie.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re currently in lockdown (and desperately looking for somewhere to unleash the kids) or on holiday – if you’re in Port Macquarie, visiting these places will make getting a break outdoors simple.

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre

tacking point lighthouse at dawn
Tacking Point Lighthouse.

4 minutes’ drive from Club Wyndham Flynns Beach

With 1.3 kilometres of boardwalk threading this national park, Sea Acres is the perfect place for a quick and easy escape.  This pram-friendly walk has an on-site information centre and café, plus a bunch of displays showcasing information about the rainforest and local First Nations culture.

For something a bit more rugged, head south to the walking tracks at Miners Beach and Tacking Point Lighthouse.

Lake Innes

12 minutes’ drive from Club Wyndham Flynns Beach

Lake Innes is an iconic Port Macquarie attraction – and some parts of the reserve fall within 10 kilometres of Club Wyndham Flynns Beach.  This massive lake is perfect for activities like cycling, fishing, swimming, kayaking – and, of course, hiking.

It’s even got its own little slice of Australian convict history!  The Innes Ruins are the remains of Major Archibald Clunes Innes’ home (he was the founder of the Port Macquarie settlement).  Although the ruins are currently closed due to damage from the 2019 bushfires, they’re a great place to put on the itinerary.

To start exploring Lake Innes, head to spots like Crestwood Park and the Googik Heritage track on Lakes Road.

Ruins Way Playground

12 minutes’ drive from Club Wyndham Flynns Beach

Got little ones?  Ruins Way Playground is the perfect place to let them run wild.  This open, grassy space is complemented by a cute little playground and magnificent gums.  It’s nothing unique, but, when you need somewhere quiet to relax, Ruins Way is the spot to be.

Did we mention it’s also got great views of the Innes Lake Estates vineyard?  To experience the vineyards in person, stop by at the Little Fish Café & Vineyard.  It’s a stunning French restaurant with a family-friendly menu and plenty of amazing wine.

Settlement Point Reserve

hastings river at sunset
Sunset over Hastings River.

12 minutes’ drive from Club Wyndham Flynns Beach

Sure, it’s nothing special, but Settlement Point Reserve ticks all the boxes for ‘outdoor family space’: decent views of Hastings River, good parking, eating benches, a playground, and a nearby café with great takeaway options.  What’s not to love?

Nobby Head

nobby head, port macquarie

3 minutes’ drive from Club Wyndham Flynns Beach

How could we go past Nobby Head?  This rugged headland is just a stone’s throw from Club Wyndham Flynns Beach, and it’s got some of the best ocean views in Port Macquarie.

Hike through the thick coastal bush, kick back in nearby John Dowes Park, or go for a swim at either Nobbys Beach or Shelley Beach.  If you’re travelling with little ones, the rockpools on either side of Nobby Head can make for some great exploring – who knows what cool shells and squishy sea creatures your kids will discover?

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