Encompassed by tranquil golden beaches, turquoise water and great restaurants, bars and breweries, Port Macquarie is a dream destination for a weekender or short-notice getaway. A scenic drive from Sydney, this town packs in plenty of adventure, relaxation and natural attractions – so join us as we explore some of the must-visit attractions to help you make the most of Port Macquarie in 48 hours.
One of the best things to do in Port Macquarie to take in the beautiful surroundings is to follow the Port Macquarie Coastal Trail. Starting at Towns Beach, one of the first vantage points is Flagstaff Lookout. This platform offers gorgeous sweeping views of Port Macquarie and its stunning coastline. Snap some Instagram-worthy photos and soak in the ambience! If you’re a dedicated walker you can keep going to Tacking House Lighthouse (a 3-4 hour walk).
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Whether you follow the walking trail to Tacking Point Lighthouse or drive, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean when you reach this 1879 landmark. Perched atop a rugged headland, the lighthouse and also an ideal spot for whale watching during the migration season. Nearby hinterland Lighthouse Beach boasts seven kilometres of golden sand and is a popular surfing spot.
Black Duck Brewery
Your morning’s adventures may leave you thirsty. But, luckily for you, Black Duck Brewery is the perfect place to satisfy your cravings and wet the whistle. This craft brewery is known for its fantastic selection of locally brewed beers and delicious food – there’s also frequent live music here. Try their tasting paddles for a sampling of their finest brews, from the Gingerhol (alcoholic ginger beer) to the dark Phoenix Migration Stout.
Stunned Mullet Restaurant
End your day with a gourmet dining experience at the award-winning Stunned Mullet Restaurant. Located on the waterfront, this iconic culinary landmark has had a Good Food Guide Chefs Hat since 2013. Sip a world-class wine paired with a delectable seafood creation that is sure to tantalise the taste buds. The scenic views only add to the charm of this culinary adventure. Definitely one of the best places to eat in Port Macquarie.
Get to know some of the furry residents with a visit to the amazing Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Nestled amongst the shady eucalyptus trees, this sanctuary has been a thriving koala conservation sanctuary and one of the most popular activities to do in Port Macquarie since 1973. Great for families, couples or roving adventurers, everyone will love meeting these adorable marsupials up close on a self-guided tour or at the Koala Hospital.
Feeling peckish? Spend your afternoon connecting with nature and picking plump strawberries at Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries. Ricardoes is home to five varieties of delicious hydroponic strawberries, and over 30,000 thriving greenhouse plants. Did we mention the eight varieties of tomatoes? You’ll reap some sweet rewards when you browse this popular estate.
Beach time and coastal picnic
There are many weekend markets to enjoy throughout the month in Port Macquarie, held on Saturdays and Sundays. Plan ahead and make a stop at one of these artisan hubs, spilling with fresh seafood, cheeses, and artisan bread. You’ll also be able to enjoy local musicians as you get to know the delights of this bountiful region.
Take a hamper and spend your afternoon basking in the sun on one of Port Macquarie’s pristine beaches. Town Beach is a great place to relax near the heart of town, with a few kiosks close at hand. Flynns Beach is a patrolled swimming beach with shaded picnic areas under the Pine Trees. Lake Cathie also has family-friendly picnic facilities and nearby takeaway options.
Where to stay
Located on the banks of the beautiful Hastings River and only a short stroll away from breathtaking beaches and top things to do in Port Macquarie, Waters Edge Port Macquarie offers the perfect