Port Macquarie Things To Do

Whether you're visiting Port Macquarie as a couple, with friends or as part of a family holiday, there are so many fun and educational things to do in Port Macquarie. Perhaps you live in Port Macquarie or you're visiting from near or far - whatever the reason for your trip, the best way to appreciate the beauty of this region is by getting out and experiencing it first hand. Here are some of the highlights you can expect to find in Port Macquarie.

Places to visit in Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie's historical museum

Here you will get to learn all about the history of convicts as well as aboriginals. You will also be able to walk down a street of shops and take in a display of beautiful old clothes.

Wauchope farmers market

Visit the Wauchope farmers market and fill your baskets with fresh and locally grown produce. It is open every fourth Saturday of each month.

Roto house

Roto house is a splendidly protected late-Victorian weatherboard villa. Surveyor John Flynn constructed it back in 1891 and it was occupied until 1979.

Billabong Zoo Koala & Wildlife Park

A must-visit for animal lovers, here you can encounter koalas, monkeys, endangered snow leopards, crocodiles, kangaroos, wallabies and red pandas. You can even pat and photograph koalas three times per day.

St. Thomas Anglican church

Step inside one of Australia's oldest functioning churches built by convicts in 1824. It still has its original crenulated tower and box pews that mimic the Norman churches of Southern England.

Explore the Bago maze

If you are compiling a list of things to do in Port Macquarie, then make sure the Bago maze is on there. It is made from Lilly pilly rainforest trees and more than two kilometres of complex pathways. And if you find it hard, you can climb one of the two lookout towers to help you unravel the maze.

Livvi's place

Livvi's place is a water playground at Westport park with swings, a carousel, tree house, water play, and nature play just on the banks of Hastings river.

Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park

Watch several bird species in their habitat at a 50 hectares piece of wetland and bush. There are walking trails and wheelchair accessible boardwalks that pass through Casuarinas forest and mangroves.

What to do in Port Macquarie

Whatever you have in mind, there are plenty of tourism attractions and free activities to keep you entertained! Why not look for shells at Shelly Beach and wander through Ricardoes' tomatoes and strawberries. Or let the kids run riot at the Port Macquarie Skate Park. You can even soak up the beautiful landscape from the water when you board a cruise at Town Wharf, giving you the chance to spot fish and dolphins in the water all around.

If you are planning to visit Port Macquarie, get in touch with us at Discover Port Macquarie for more information on places you can visit.

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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