There's a lot going on in Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast of NSW and here's a few highlights to note for your next trip to Port.
The breakwall is a hub of activity with plenty of things to do such as walk along the wall, fish, spot a dolphin, relax on a bench and enjoy the view or spend some time reading the inscriptions on the rocks! They were never meant to be a work of art but over the years the breakwall rocks have been painted with declarations of love and memories of those that have passed.
For fabulous sunrise and sunset experiences, the breakwall is a great place to be.
Around the town you will find koala sculptures forming part of the Koala Sculpture Trail in Port Macquarie. These cuties can be seen in many places such as Sea Acres Rainforest where this photo was taken.
MRS YORK'S GARDEN
Take a beautiful walk around Mrs York's Garden that overlooks the river mouth and headland and is close to the beach. The garden was recreated in 2015 and offers the nature lover a wide range of native Australian plants to admire. The boardwalk is an easy walk and you will wander by a waterfall and through natural littoral rainforest. There's a picnic spot with great views to rest at too.
The garden and walk is situated on Clarence Street, Port Macquarie.
THE GLASSHOUSE PORT MACQUARIE
The Glasshouse is a combination of a theatre, regional gallery, Ross family studio, visitor information centre, gift shop, conference and meeting facilities. The Regional Gallery is 600 square metres over three levels and conveniently located in the centre of town. This impressive building is environmentally designed.
The exhibit above is:
John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new
SEA ACRES RAINFOREST PORT MACQUARIE
This beautiful sanctuary is a must-see for the nature lover. Sea Acres Rainforest consists of a gift shop, cafe and 1.3km rainforest boardwalk.
Love burgers? Then go visit Chow/Haus Port Macquarie. The burger above is the pork belly and consists of crispy pork belly, apple and fennel slaw, sriracha kewpie mayo, milk bun. I was very pleased with my choice. (photo supplied).
BILLABONG KOALA HOSPITAL AND ZOO
Billabong Koala Hospital and Zoo is a great family day out.The zoo is world-renowned for its koala breeding programme and has a diverse and interesting range of Australian and Exotic animals and birds. The zoo has been voted one of the region’s Top Attractions over a number of years as well receiving other Awards for service and value. Billabong Zoo exhibits over 80 species and cares for over 220 animals.
NORTH BROTHER LOOKOUT
South of Port Macquarie in Laurieton is North Brother Lookout. After a 5km uphill drive through National Park and rainforest visitors will be treated to stunning views.
A 500m walk through beautiful rainforest will take you to views on the other side of the lookout.
Just 10 minutes north of Port Macquarie, and not far from the Highway, you can call in to Ricardoes Tomatoes and have a bite to eat and experience picking your own strawberries in the greenhouse. The cafe, (Cafe Red) serves meals that are based around tomatoes and locally grown produce. There is a fabulous Grocer store where you can purchase some wonderful local Artisan produce as well as tomatoes of course!
Telegraph Point is a small village located on the Pacific Highway north of Port Macquarie, and on the North Coast railway line. The Wilson River passes beside the village, offering well-kept picnic area (with bbq), slide, lookouts and outdoor gym equipment along the river bank.
There's a lot more to Port than what I have written in this post including fabulous restaurants, cafes, shopping, accommodation, pubs and things to do. You may like to visit have farm stay at Ewetopia Farm.