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Discover Your Inner Child

Posted by Discover Media Australia on 3 January 2018
Discover Your Inner Child

Christmas is done now let's enjoy the school holidays! Yay! Instead of letting the kids drive you crazy it's a perfect time to connect with your inner child.

Port Macquarie is one of the best destinations to embrace the freedom, fun and flavours reminiscent of childhood holidays. Whether you're on holiday or enjoying a staycation DISCOVER your inner child this summer.

Dip your toes into being a kid again and you'll taste the melting paddle pops, salty air and sticky suncream of your favourite long, hot summer. Ready. Set. Go.


Get the adrenaline pumping - kid style

Town Beach Skatepark overlooks the ocean and is an action hub for scooter riders and skateboarders. We don't recommend practising your tricks in the middle of the day when the it's teeming with young people. But the skate park is a fantastic place to be at sunrise. Steal away a few quiet moments with a skateboard or scooter for some early morning fun. You might just have the place to yourself.

TIP: Leave the kickflips and tailwhips to the younger generation but surprise yourself with the freedom of being on the move. Visit Salty Crew Kiosk for a well deserved brekkie - opens daily at 6am. Inner Vision Surf n Skate is a short walk away for all you skating needs.

Sunrise at the Skatepark


Colour in - one koala at a time

Making time to play and be creative brings inner calm and is a wonderful activity to do with the kids. Hello Koalas have a beautiful Colouring In Book featuring your favourite koalas on the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail. Clear your mind, choose some colours and reclaim your childhood with some mindfulness through art. The Hello Koalas Trail is number 4 on TripAdvisor - how many will you discover?


TIP: Hello Koalas Colouring in Books available at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre or the Koala Hospital. Visit the Rainforest Cafe for a delicious bite to eat.



Connect with nature - run free

Getting lost in Bago Maze is amazing! It could take you twenty minutes or two hours. When you're a child - time doesn't matter. Remember how the school holidays went on forever! Be sure explore  Burrawan State Forest on route. Old Bottlebutt is the largest Red Bloodwood tree in the southern hemisphere. Look up and see the tree towering above you. It's easy to imagine being ten again.

TIP: Frugal Forest School Holiday Workshops are on at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre this January. Give your kids a chance to connect with nature while you catch up on being an adult! Kids will be taken on a guided forest tour, take part in a "trash treasure hunt" and participate in a craft session where they will create their own forest elements from waste material.



Unleash your imagination - the power of play

Neon Summer Family Fun Day at the Glasshouse is the place to be to spark your imagination. Explore a dazzling world through vivid colour, magnificent form and breathtaking fantasy. The festival is jam packed with vibrant activities for all ages including creative workshops and play experiences.

TIP: Family Fun Day at Glasshouse is on January 14th, 10am - 3pm. Entry by donation for (some activities may incur an additional charge).

Neon Summer


Action and adventure - on the water

Take an ocean thrill ride with Port Jet Cruise Adventures. The Wave Rider starts on the Hastings River and coasts past the Breakwall through the heads and along the dramatic coast. Sit at the front and you might get wet but it's the best seat if you're seeking an adrenaline rush. 


TIP: All the action will give you an appetite. Enjoy a rainbow ice-cream to activate your childhood taste buds and get some takeaway from Mike's Seafoods to enjoy on the newly landscaped Town Green. Feel the perfect new grass beneath your toes and soak up the sunshine of hot, happy summers past and present.



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Port Macquarie Galleries and Exhibitions

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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