Port Macquarie with kids

 

“Top Ten Family Attractions in Port Macquarie”

 

Port Macquarie offers a wonderland of activities and attractions for the family. Beyond spending the day at one of the region’s 17 gorgeous beaches the kids will love riding camels, visiting the Koala Hospital, horse-riding through the hinterland and seeing a monster crocodile show.

 

The region is home to four National Parks and 26 State Forests and is the ultimate natural playground, perfect for beach walks, exploring rock pools and bush-walks.

 

  1. Feed, Walk and Talk tour at The Koala Hospital
  2. Billabong Zoo
  3. Bago Maze
  4. Horse ride through Bellrowan Valley
  5. Nature Walk at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
  6. Hastings River cruise
  7. Camel Safari along Lighthouse Beach
  8. Historic Walking Tour to colonial era heritage sites and buildings
  9. Surf Lessons with Port Macquarie Surf School
  10. Ricardoes Tomatoes

 

1. The Koala Hospital ‘Feed, Walk and Talk Tour’

Visit the world’s first hospital dedicated solely to the care and preservation of koalas, and the only one of its kind in Australia. Join the ‘Feed, Walk and Talk’ tour every day at 3pm, and find out about the adopt-a-koala scheme which helps to save the lives of around 300 furry friends every year. The hospital has a viewing area for the operating theatre.www.koalahospital.org.au

 

2. Billabong Zoo

Set in 10 acres and with over 50 species of animals Billabong Zoo offers close-up, private encounters with exotic animals such as holding a python snake, hand feeding a snow leopard, and feeding the penguins. A new Jurassic Pond exhibit is home to a 4.6 metre ‘monster croc’ called Shrek. www.billabongzoo.com.au 

 

3. Bago Maze

Bago Maze is a magical escape where children and adults alike can get lost in the largest hedge maze in NSW. With 2000 metres of pathways covering 10,000 square metres the Maze feature lookout towers, bridges, boardwalks and musical instruments along the way.  Located at Bago Vineyards, the design of the Maze takes inspiration from the surrounding vineyard, bushland and the influences of earth, air and water, represented in two interlaced spirals. www.bago.com.au

 

4. Horse-ride through Bellrowan Valley

Learn to appreciate the magic of the Australian bush on a horse trail, just 30 minutes’ drive from Port Macquarie in the hinterland. Follow the logging trail of years gone by and get a birds-eye view of the rolling green hills, native wildlife and sounds of silence in this untouched part of the world. www.bellrowanvalley.com.au

 

5 . Nature Walk at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre

Join local Aboriginal guides along the 1.3km walk to discover how local Indigenous people used rainforest plants for food and gain insights into Birpai culture. www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

 

6. Hastings River Cruise

A cruise is the best way to see the stunning Hastings river and waterways of Port Macquarie. The Cruise Terminal has daily departures on a range of boats which include an eco-cruise along the river or get up close with whales from May-October. There is dolphin spotting, boom net rides for the kids and lunch and sunset cruise options. www.cruiseterminal.com.au

 

7. Camel Ride on Lighthouse Beach

This is a unique activity for the whole family on Lighthouse Beach. From the elevated view on the back of a camel spot dolphins playing in the waves and hear stories, amazing facts and the history of these ‘ships of the desert’ from a friendly team of cameleers. Rides are most days in the morning until about 1pm. www.portmacquriecamels.com.au

 

8. Heritage Walking Tour

Learn about one of Australia’s first penal settlements on a ‘Heritage Walking Tour’ around Port Macquarie. Join Mitch McKay on a 2.5 hr “Uncovering Our Past” history and archaeology tour, or a “Historic Cemetery” tour with intriguing human stories. www.pmheritage.com.au

 

9. Surf Lessons with Port Macquarie Surf School

Port Macquarie is a water-lover’s paradise with 17 sandy beaches. The oldest running and most established surf school in Port, this family run business offers learn to surf lessons every day of the week year-round. Lessons run for two hours and all equipment is provided including softboards, wetsuits and rash-vests. www.portmacquariesurfschool.com.au

 

10. Pick your own at Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries

Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries is located just ten minutes north of Port Macquarie. Two brothers Anthony and Richard Sarks grow plump, luscious tomatoes and strawberries in acres of hydroponic greenhouses. They’ve grown the business to offer ‘pick-your-own’ from the vine or head inside and buy tomato relishes and condiments from the produce centre, and tuck into fresh scones and home-made strawberry jam at Café Red. www.ricardoes.com  

 

For more information contact the Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on 1300 303 155 or go on-line at www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au.

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