Port Macquarie, on the NSW Mid-North Coast, is an easy four hour drive from Sydney. Boasting a gorgeous hinterland, exquisite coastline and a town centre with a friendly village vibe, it’s the perfect destination for a family holiday with everything – literally everything – at your fingertips.
We stayed at the NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park which borders the river and Town Beach and is a short five minute walk into the heart of the town. Personally, I love being about to leave the car and walk everywhere; it gets me straight into holiday mode.
We spent our mornings walking into town, stopping every few metres to admire the painted rocks on the Breakwall and playing on and around the huge pier. The pathway winds around the foreshore, past the town centre and the marina, so it’s perfect for bike riders, joggers, young families with prams and kids on scooters. And the view is serene; we saw dolphins in the river, kayakers, a sea plane and sailing boats. In the other direction is the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk, a 9km (one way) walk past beaches, historic landmarks and coastal scenery. It’s classified as a Grade 4 walk and can be broken up into four easier (roughly 2.2km sections).
From our caravan we looked over the grassed area at Town Beach with its skate park and wonderful children’s playground. There’s a little cafe right next to the park that sells beautiful coffee and we found ourselves there on many occasions (because if mum and dad have coffee and the kids have a park, everyone is happy).
We took a few short day trips into the hinterland; a short 20minute drive from town. I highly recommend a visit to Bago Maze and Vineyard – it’s very Alice in Wonderland and we spent close to two hours running around the hedge maze – such fun. Ricardoe’s Tomatoes and Strawberries is a popular spot and for good reason. Rows and rows of pick-your-own strawberries grow in hydroponic greenhouses and the kids loved filling their buckets with the biggest, reddest strawberries they’ve ever seen. Closer to town, the Koala Hospital is a must visit with guaranteed cute factor.
If you’re planning a trip to Port Macquarie, consider this your travel guide: (more…)