If you’re traveling on Highway 1 between Sydney and Brisbane, you’ll find the attractive waterside town of Port Macquarie just about four and a half hours north of Sydney.
Generally considered Australia’s first resort town, having become a popular holiday destination at around the time of Federation in 1901, Port Macquarie is not only a stopover place on the Sydney-Brisbane route but it has retained its attraction as a holiday destination in its own right. The weather is fairly temperate, neither too warm in summer nor too cold in winter, and this area of the New South Wales North Coast is particularly attractive to lovers of water sports and leisure activities.
Port Macquarie lies south of the mouth of the Hastings River and faces the Pacific in the east. You could run out of fingers on both hands trying to count its many attractive beaches.
The town had been established as a penal colony, but is now very much a “Fun in the Sun” place set on the NSW Coast, with beautiful beaches backed by scenic lush green forests atop mountain ranges. The area is a favourite retreat for Sydney-siders.
Craft shops, tea rooms and wineries are located in the area, and try to take some time to explore the many antique shops, speciality shops and art galleries.
There is a deep harbour at the Port, where you will find fishing boats, cruisers and luxury yachts. For the fisherman, there is great beach and estuary fishing and there are deep sea fishing cruises available.
There are plenty of opportunities for bushwalks, swimming, surfing, cruising, fishing, sailing and wineries. During the day the national parks and country side are well worth a drive.
The town itself has a resident koala population.
Port Macquarie has a long list of attractions for people of all ages. See yesteryear come alive at Timbertown, walk through a living rainforest at Sea Acres or even ride a camel on Lighthouse Beach. Being the Koala capital of Australia, don’t miss visiting Billabong Centre and the Koala Hospital.
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