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8 reasons to get out of bed early in Port Macquarie

Posted by Discover Media Australia on 30 July 2017
8 reasons to get out of bed early in Port Macquarie


Watching the sunrise has to be one of the best ways to start your day in Port Macquarie. Put your best foot forward and take a walk along the Coastal Walk - a 9km easy grade walk that follows one of the most dramatic and inspiring coastlines in NSW. There are so many locations along this walk to take in the sunrise over the ocean and you can feel good about getting your daily fitness in at the same time. From May to November make sure you look out for the whales! Sunrise and whales? Yes, Port Macquarie has it all! (view from Harry's Lookout pictured below)

Sunrise at Harrys Lookout on the coastal walk


Change up your breakfast routine and add a little adventure to it. Pack some supplies and cook a BBQ brekky at Oxley Beach or Shelly Beach for front row seats to the Pacific Ocean. Even the same simple bowl of cereal that you have at home will taste like a gourmet creation amongst these inspiring venues (Harry's Caravan at Shelly Beach pictured below).

Picnic at Shelly Beach


Morning is often when you find the best sea condiitions - wind is usually minimal making the waves smooth and inviiting. Revatlise the body and mind and go for an early morning surf or dip in one of our beautiful beaches across the region (Lighthouse Beach pictured below). Get the kids into the routine too and sign them up for surf lessons before school with Port Macquarie Surf School.

Sunrise surf at Lighthouse Beach


If you need a partner in crime to help motivate you out of bed, then take your four legged friend for a walk along Lighthouse Beach (south) or Nobbys Beach (pictured below), both dog friendly beaches - you'll feel amazing and your pooch will certainly thank you too!

Dog walking at Nobbys Beach


Join a walking/running group or meet some mates for an early morning work-out. Flynns Beach (pictured below), Town beach and Lighthouse are popular locations. There's also a series of public excercise stations set along the coastal walk to take advantage of. I doubt any gym can give you this kind of atmosphere to do your morning work-out.

Beach walking at Flynns Beach


If you're more into soaking up the scene and low impact starts to the day, then just grab your favourite hot cuppa and find a bench or a patch of sand on the beach for front row seats to watch the the best show of the day...sunrise. Salty Crew Kiosk at Town Beach makes great coffee and is open from 6am, very handy.

Sunrise at Lighthouse Beach


Everyone knows that the best time to go fishing is first thing in the morning, but add some adventure to it and pack the fishing rods and 4WD along Lighthouse Beach. Be sure to check tides and that the conditions are good and set out to find the perfect spot to greet the day (beach driving permit required). If you'd like somone else to do all the planning for you, then book a fishing charter with Port Macquarie Fishing Charters and get on board Ocean Star for the real deal fishing experience.

Fishing at Middle Rock, Lake Cathie, Port Macquarie, NSW


Get those legs moving first thing in the morning and head out for a bike ride. If you want to combine it with taking in the sunrise then try going along the foreshore - start at the Port Macquarie Marina on Park Street and follow the shoreline past Westport Park all the way to the Breakwall. From 9am you can hire a bike from Graham Seers Cyclery if needed.

Bike riding in Port Macquarie

Need some more inspiration?

Pick up a copy of our latest free discover magazine locally (look out for the stunning koala illustration on the cover by local Mel Casey)

Discover Magazine Winter 2017

or check out our other suggested web pages:

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At the beach

Coastal Walks


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Port Macquarie celebrates its artists in a variety of ways. It has galleries, art trails, and hosts art exhibitions as some of the ways of celebrating its artists. You will see beautiful sculptures and captivating artworks while having a drink of some old beer. Here are few places you can visit to see how Port Macquarie celebrates its local artists.

Hello Koala Sculpture Trail

If you go across the Port Macquarie Hastings area - you can get a fantastic view of Koala statues scattered in the space. The artist trail project won Gold at the NSW Tourism awards of 2017. It also featured in the 2018 Australian Tourism Finals in February representing NSW. The sculpture trail is much acclaimed as Trip Advisor ranks it third amongst the list of things to do when in Macquarie. There are 12 Koala statues right in the middle of town, and 19 others a few minutes' drive away from the city centre.

Long Point Vineyard and Gallery

A few minutes from the Port is Long Point. Here, there is an art gallery with a beautiful collection of art made by local artists as well as sculptures that are permanently placed outdoors. This art gallery is a must visit. Here there is also a charming vineyard, where you can indulge in excellent wines and spirits.

Arthouse Industries

Glass studio features appealing artwork, clothing and handmade gifts. Here you can go for workshops as well as attend Lampwork glass demonstrations. In this industry, you will find an award-winning glass artist, Skye, who makes jewellery. She demonstrates from the studio how she moulds molten glass to create her wearable pieces. You can indulge your creative self here.

Glasshouse Regional Gallery

This is an art gallery at Port Macquarie which is the regional creative premier hub for culture, and the arts. An art exhibition at the gallery features sculptural, design, historical, traditional, indigenous, and contemporary pieces. There is no fee charged to go into the gallery.

Stitched 'n' Framed

This is the biggest patchwork shop in Port Macquarie. Fabrics can be purchased at the store or online. The staff at the store have years of experience doing patchwork. They mainly deal with modern, pretty and reproduction patchwork. They are the most recent Quilt Guild of Port Macquarie. They have a dealership for Handy Quilter, Baby Lock, Janome and Bernina machines. Famous and visiting tutors hold social sewing groups and classes in two workshop areas at the shop. When you are in Port Macquarie, be sure to indulge in the art available in the area.

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