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Port Macquarie Weekend Escapes

Port Macquarie is an alluring New South Wales secret, decorated with secluded coves and luscious greenery. Found only four hours north of Sydney by car at the mouth of the Hastings River, Port Macquarie is an ideal spot for a New South Wales weekend getaway.

An essence of unspoiled natural landscape permeates in Port Macquarie. Rainforests, national parks and gorgeous beaches surround the town itself and wildlife such as bottlenose dolphins are frequently spotted swimming along the shores. Tucked away in the Port Macquarie hinterlands, explore quaint villages. A weekend getaway to Port Macquarie is ideal for those seeking a coastal break filled with nothing but tranquility.

However, don’t be fooled. Whilst Port Macquarie is tranquil and serene, there is also a very vibrant side to the coastal town. An array of annual events as well as a high-quality selection of eateries, coffee spots and shops make the town itself vibrant and wonderfully warm and cosy.


Spend a relaxing weekend by the beach in this New South Wales paradise; experience a Port Macquarie Weekend Escape.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Your Ultimate Guide to Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is an alluring New South Wales secret, decorated with secluded coves and luscious greenery. Opportunities for hiking, wine-tasting and relaxing are plenty, making Port Macquarie an ideal spot for a weekend getaway from Sydney. Whether you’re seeking a idyllic weekend by the sea, an action-packed trip with the kids or even a luxury escape spent touring the wineries, you’ll find it all here.

To uncover more tips regarding things to do in Port Macquarie, check out our Ultimate Guide. This Ultimate Guide will help you craft your very own Port Macquarie Weekend Escape.


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Art & Culture

Port Macquarie coastal walk is a great way to begin your Port Macquarie holiday. Absorb dramatic views of the coast as you wander along the 9km trail. Beginning in the centre of town, not only will you pass rainforests and pristine beaches, but also historic sites. Established as a penal settlement in 1821, the town has a rich history, and so there’s plenty of heritage to explore here.

Port Macquarie also does a wonderful job of showcasing the work of local artists. A couple of art galleries portray the works of locals, including that of contemporary as well as indigenous and traditional art. Drop by to discover a one of the many exhibitions on show each year, or find a relevant workshop to attend during your Port Macquarie Weekend Escape.

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Nature & the Outdoors

The pristine beaches of Port Macquarie are what stand out in this seaside town. Boasting some gorgeous sandy stretches, and offering ideal surfing conditions, Port Macquarie is your seaside dream. Visitors will also be delighted by the rainforest environments which are ideal for hiking. Tall glossy green palms and unique ferns dominate the striking landscapes and national parks such as Werrikimbe National Park provide visitors with an awesome opportunity to explore. Wandering through the World Heritage rainforest, you’ll fall for the serene and pristine setting.

When it comes to outdoor activities in Port Macquarie, families won’t be disappointed either. A farm, a zoo, as well as an aqua park and a winery featuring a maze, all make for excellent family activities. What’s more, the Hastings River which meets the ocean here also extends the possibility for water-based activities. Boat hire, boat trips, and mornings spent dolphin spotting are all possible.


Food & Drink

Not to be underestimated, are the awesome wineries in Port Macquarie and its surrounding area. Wineries featuring estate gardens and classical vineyard views – many home to delectable restaurants – can be found in Port Macquarie. Explore the landscapes just outside of town, and stumble upon a handful of wineries sprinkled across the countryside. High-quality wines, including whites, roses and reds await you at friendly cellar doors.

In the town of Port Macquarie, sweet and friendly cafes as well as a whole range of restaurants serve locals and visitors each day. Sit on a verandah with a glass of wine, watching over the ocean, opt for a traditional Italian feast or splash out on an award-winning dining experience in the heart of town. Base yourself at some central Port Macquarie accommodation and you’ll find yourself inundated with dining options.


Where to stay in Port Macquarie

Ibis Styles Port Macquarie

Ibis Styles Port Macquarie offers an idyllic beachfront location, an outdoor pool, breakfast lounge and fresh, comfortable rooms. Add a touch of luxury to your getaway by choosing a recently refurbish ocean view suite. Stepping into your chic room and admiring the ocean view, you’ll soon realise you’re at one of the most conveniently located hotels in Port Macquarie.

Ultimate guide to Port Macquarie

Your Ultimate Guide to Port Macquarie 

Your Ultimate Guide to Port Macquarie 

Port Macquarie has one of the best year-round climates in Australia. In close proximity to multiple wineries, and hosting a generous selection of cafes and restaurants, it’s the perfect destination for a weekend escape. Found at the mouth of the Hastings River, only four hours north of Sydney, the alluring

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