Port Macquarie, NSW

Port Macquarie is on Oxley Highway (B56) and Pacific Highway (A1)

Port Macquarie Attractions

Billabong Koala Sanctuary

Although this animal sanctuary is quite small it is well worth a vistit.There is a variety of animals and birds including spider monkeys, snow leopards, dingos, wombats, quolls, cassawaries, emus, parrots and many more amongst beautifully landscaped gardens. There is also a reptile house with some of Australias most venomous land snakes. You can photograph the koalas in the breeding centre, get to pat them, and listen to an informative talk about them.

Head west from the Pacific Highway/Oxley Highway roundabout along the Oxley Highway. Travel 500 metres, turn right onto Billabong Drive and follow it to the end which is another 600 metres. There is ample room just outside the car park for caravans to park.


Cassegrain Vineyard & Winery

This vineyard was established in 1980 and has become a significant tourist destination in the Port Macquarie. The grounds around the winery feature a formal garden plus a picnic area with barbecue facilities and a children's playground. It is estimated to have over 2000 stunning rose bushes lining the entrance to the winery and the sweeping lawns of the 'Oval' which is set within the vineyards, forms a natural amphitheatre where a number of concerts are held each year. There are free winery tours at 2.00pm every week day giving you an opportunity to learn all about the winemaking process and see the inner workings of a medium sized winery, but the largest in the Hastings region.

From the north, turn left off the Pacific Highway, 3 kilometres south of the Hastings River Drive turnoff onto Fernbank Creek Road then follow the signs.

From the south, turn right off the Pacific Highway 2.4 kilometres north of the Oxley Highway roundabout onto Fernbank Creek Road then follow the signs.


Douglas Vale Historic Homestead & Vineyard

Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard dates back to 1859. The homestead has been lovingly restored to it's former glory. The vineyard is producing a limited release of wines from the original 'Isabella' grape plus other selected varieties. Tours and wine tasting are available on Wednedays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00am - 3.00pm.

Located on the Oxley Highway between Widderson Street and Findlay Avenue. If you are heading east along the Oxley Highway the entrance to the homestead is just past the Widderson Street roundabout on the left. If you are heading west along the Oxley Highway from Port Macquarie you will need to do a U-turn at the Widderson Street roundabout to be able to access the homestead entrance.


Friday Lunchtime Concerts

Every Friday you can enjoy an hour of music, and all for a donation, with musicians ranging from 9 to 90, every week is different. You will experience vocalists, pianists, instrumentalists, choirs and bands performing everything from classical to rock. All live and all local. Held beside the Glasshouse in Clarence Street.


Googik Heritage Walking Track

Cycle or walk along this 2 kilometre one-way nature trail which has many historical points of interest along the way. The trail weaves through the Lake Innes Nature Reserve from Lake Road in Port Macquarie to St Columba Anglican School in Lake Innes Estate.

There are 2 access points, Lake Road ( just east of Chestnut Road) in Port Macquarie and Kyla Crescent (alongside St Columba Anglican School) in Lake Innes Estate. Parking is limited at both of these access points.


Historic Cemetery

The first burial on these grounds took place in 1824 and the cemetery was officially used until 1886, although several burials took place after that date. Nearly 1500 soldiers, convicts and settlers were buried here but today very few graves can be seen. Many gravestones feature information on the life of the person, the place they came from and the profession he or she carried out. Because of its historical significance the Cemetery is maintained to a high standard.

The cemetery is located adjacent to the Gordon Street/Horton Street roundabout

Historic Courthouse

This Courthouse served the community of Port Macquarie for 117 years until it was vacated in 1986, when a new courthouse was built. Restoration was completed in 1993 and the building is classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and is also registered on the National Estate. It is open Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 3.30pm and Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm for a gold coin entry fee and is an easy walk from Port Central.

Located on the corner of Hay and Clarence Streets.

Hydro Golf

The aim of Hydro Golf is to hit a golf ball accurately enough to hit targets that are floating out on the water with golf clubs and balls supplied with the entry fee. You are given a bucketful of golf balls and if you manage to get the ball into a target net there are prizes to be won. At the same venue you can play a round of 27-holes at the mini golf rink which is suitable for all the family.

Turn off Hastings River Drive onto Boundary Street (signposted to the Port Macquarie Airport). Travel approximately 150 metres and the driveway is on the right beside the bowling greens. There is room for caravans to park parallel with the roadway that leads to the venue or at the car park if there are not too many other cars already there.


Koala Hospital

This hospital is dedicated solely to the care and preservation of injured Koalas. Volunteer staff adjust to the nocturnal habits of their patients to provide care to nurse them back to health. Take a journey through a day in the life of a Koala patient when you visit the hospital.

Located in Roto Place which runs off Lord Street in Port Macquarie.


Koala Sculptures

Dotted around the Port Macquarie area are 50 large scale koala sculptures. They are in recognition for the outstanding work of the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital which is the first facility in the world solely dedicated to the care and conservation of the Koala. The koala sculptures are made of fibreglass, hand painted and decorated by celebrity artists, professional artists and community groups.


Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park

This park is 50 hectares in size with boardwalks and walking tracks throughout the park. You will see flora of mangroves, eucalypts, banksias and mud paperbark and fauna of a variety of birds species plus koalas, sugar gliders, blue tongue lizards and water dragons.

Located at the Gordon Street/Horton Street roundabout beside the Historic Cemetary


Lilypond Reserve

This reserve covers 1.25 hectares and has a natural spring-fed lily pond with an elevated wheelchair accessible boardwalk. An observation deck overlooks the breeding grounds of several waterbird species such as waterhens, ducks, coots and moorhens. As many as 100 species have been recorded as making this pond home at some stage. You could also get to see water dragons, tortoises, eels ans land mullet. Adjacent to the pond is a large grassy area with picnic tables and childrens play equipment.

Turn west off Kennedy Drive onto Koala Street then take the first left onto Mimosa Drive. The reserve is directly on the right hand side. There is room for caravans to park along Mimosa Street parallel with the kerb.

Port Macquarie Historical Museum

This museum is located in a heritage listed building (c1836) that was originally erected as a shop and dwelling. It houses many objects of local, state and national significance. The collection is displayed across 14 rooms and galleries in a series of themes. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am - 4.30pm and guided tours are available by appointment.

Located at 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie.


Port Macquarie Observatory

At the observatory you will learn the theory of the universe's origin, view the latest NASA and Hubble images, discover the mysteries of the Black Hole, look at close up images of massive galaxies and find out about planets orbiting other suns. An entertaining presentation take you on a tour of the night sky with spectacular images of astronomical objects some of which are in 3D with the 3D glasses are provided. The Presentation start at 7.30pm (8.15pm during Daylight Saving) and goes for approximately 1 hour. Be there 15 minutes prior to starting time. Bookings are not essential.

Located in Rotary Park which is in William Street, opposite the Observatory Resort and overlooking Town Beach.


Port Venture Cruises

The Port Venture is a state of the art, purpose built catamaran, with three decks, five viewing levels, and plenty of space to move around. It is able to carry up to 150 passengers and there is full wheelchair access. There is a safe boom net at the rear of the vessel which is fun for all ages so don't forget your swimmers. Dolphins appear beside the boat on most cruises because they enjoy surfing the bow waves so have your camera ready. There is a wide range of tours such as scenic and coastal cruises and the famous bush barbecue.

Located at the Hastings River end of Clarence Street Port Macquarie


Ricardoes Tomatoes & U-Pick Strawberry Farm

There are over 30,000 strawberry plants growing on vertical lattice racks so there is no bending required to pick them. Entry is free, you only pay for what you pick. There are also ten of thousands of tomato plants and eight varieties. A free informative farm tour is held daily Monday – Friday at 11.00am rain hail or shine because it is all under cover. No need to book, just turn up.

Turn east off the Pacific Highway 7.5 kilometres south of Telegraph Point and 9 kilometres north of the Port Macquarie turnoff (Hastings River Drive) onto Blackmans Point Road. Travel kilometres and the farm is on the left.


Roto House

This house is of late Victorian Georgian architecture with high ceilings, sash windows and fireplaces in six of the ten rooms. It is preserved in a parkland setting within the Macquarie Nature Reserve and is open to the public every day subject to the availability of volunteers from 10.00am - 4.30pm. (Closed Christmas Day). A gold coin donation is greatly appreciated to assist the ongoing conservation of the home.

Located in Roto Place which runs off Lord Street, right beside the Koala Hospital.

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre

Sea Acres consists of 72 hectares of coastal rainforest and is alive with birds, goannas and brush turkeys. The 1.3 kilometre level elevated boardwalk lets you explore the rainforest in comfort. It is advisable to wear flat walking shoes because the boardwalk may become slippery after rain. Guided tours by local volunteers are included in the price but if you prefer you can explore at your own pace with a self guided information booklet. The boardwalk is accessible for wheelchairs. The centre is open every day from 9.00am - 4.30pm.

Located at 159 Pacific Drive Port Macquarie.


St Thomas' Anglican Church

This church was built by convicts with the foundation stone laid in 1824, and the first service was held four years later. It is the oldest church outside Sydney and the Walker Pipe Organ within the church is the only one of it's kind in the southern hemisphere. Also within the church is a spiral staircase which leads to the organ loft. From the loft there are steep ladder-like stairways which take you to the top of the tower where you can enjoy great views of the township of Port Macquarie, Hastings River and the coastline. The church is open for inspection on weekdays from 9.30am - 12.00 noon and again from 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

Located on the corner of Hay & William Streets.

Tacking Point Lighthouse

This lighthouse was built in 1879 and stands proud on Tacking Point. It is the third oldest lighthouse in Australia. At the lighthouse car park there are lookouts, an ideal place for whale watching in season. You can walk down the wooden stairs provided from the car park onto Lighthouse Beach. These stairs mark the end of the 9 kilometre coastal walk from Town Beach to Lighthouse Beach.

Follow Pacific Drive, which runs parallel with the coastline from Port Macquarie CBD for approximately 4 kilometres. Turn left onto Lighthouse Road and follow it to the end. The circular roadway/car park at the lighthouse is not suitable for caravans.

The Coastal Walk

This walk starts at the town green foreshore break-wall and follows the coastline to Lighthouse beach, a distance of approx 9 kilometres. You will pass eight beaches along the way so if you prefer a shorter walk, you can start or finish at any one of these beaches. You may even be lucky enough to spot some bottle-nosed dolphins or whales on their annual migration from late winter to spring.


The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse has become the proud host of theatre and musical performances with the theatre seating 600 people. The three storey art gallery caters for travelling exhibitions that are held at the gallery some of which feature well known Australian and International artists and collections. It is within walking distance of the city’s waterways, beaches, restaurants and various accommodations. Even if you can’t make it to any of the “On Tour” productions, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to stop by and marvel at this more-than-impressive building.

Located on the corner of Clarence Street and Hay Street.


This page last reviewed on 17 Jan 2018