Home to national parks, surfing beaches and heritage areas, Port Macquarie enjoys an idyllic coastal setting and experiences a pleasant year-round climate.
Whales and dolphins splash just off shore in the Pacific Ocean; rivers, canals and lakes promote an active outdoor lifestyle, headlands and lookouts provide great vantage points from which to discover the region, while the nearby township of Wauchope acts as a gateway to over 40,000 hectares of state forests.
Renowned for its natural beauty and scenic surrounds and located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, Port Macquarie is a popular travellers’ stopping point.
Award-winning wines from local vineyards and outstanding local produce have lent Port Macquarie a reputation as a culinary highlight of the Mid North Coast. The city and its surrounding regions enjoy a wide range of al a carte restaurants, contemporary cafes and affordable bistros, which cater for all budgets and palates.
Greater Port Macquarie is growing a name for itself as a fruitful winery and vineyard centre. InnesLake Vineyards, Long Point Vineyard, Bago Vineyards and Cassegrain Wines are some of the area’s most celebrated winemakers, specialising in temperate climate grapes such as: chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, verdelho, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir. A trip to a local cellar door is a great way to experience Port Macquarie.
The city’s laidback coastal vibe is reflected in its dining scene. Relaxed cafes and restaurants feature prominently downtown and throughout the local region, while a multitude of seafood eateries and takeaways also highlight the local culture and lifestyle. The multi award-winning, Whalebone Wharf celebrates sparkling views across the waters of the Hasting River with the area’s best seafood. Fusion 7 is another local favourites dishing up world-class food with global influences. While the sleek and comfortable Corner Restaurant draws on Mediterranean and Italian cooking styles to fashion a menu of Modern Australian favourites.
The Port Macquarie region is also home to a number of sweet-toothed eateries and coffee shops. Bittersweet Café Patisserie at Lighthouse Beach plates up incredibly indulgent hand-made desserts and pastries. While Crema Espresso Bar has become a local institution, serving freshly ground quality local Peak coffee and sweet treats.
Greater Port Macquarie is home to a host of shopping opportunities. Port Macquarie showcases a myriad of shopping complexes and streets; Wauchope offers an eclectic mix of small retailers; while Camden Haven is home to a number of reputable service providers.
Port Macquarie's main shopping streets, Horton and Clarence streets are hives of fashion boutiques, popular chain stores and gift shops. Popular shopping complexes, such as Settlement City and Port Central, are also located downtown and cater for complete shopping experiences with a great array of local and national fashion retailers, banks and supermarkets.
For a unique shopping experience take a day trip, just outside the city, to Wauchope. The quaint town’s main street, High Street features general store, a number of small businesses – including boutiques and galleries – and local bank branches.
Just half an hour south of Port Macquarie, Camden Haven’s seaside villages foster a relaxed shopping scene, mainly made up of specialist service providers and boutique retailers. Laurieton is the largest town and the commercial centre of the area, and is a great place to spend a day of stress-free shopping.