What are the best things to do in The Coastal City of Port Macquarie this Winter?
Port Macquarie has plenty of activities and things to do, making it a great winter destination as well. With warm sandy beaches and its proximity to Sydney, Port Macquarie is also a popular summer destination.
10 things to do during the winter in Port Macquarie
1. Whale watching
Port Macquarie is one of the best New South Wales destinations for whale watching. It’s a coastal location with many vantage points. Humpback whales start their migration north in mid May, then back down south by September to complete the season. You can book a tour with a local boat or bring your binoculars and take up a vantage point on summit points around town. Tacking Point Lighthouse has the best view from shore.
Port jet Cruise Adventures offers whale watching tours with the added thrill of a jet boat.
2. Ricardoes Tomatoes
Within driving distance of Port Macquarie is Ricardoes Tomatoes. It’s pick-your-own strawberries are only a 10 minute drive away! Kids love picking their own strawberries at the farm and for locals, it’s both affordable and fun. The cart also carries a selection of delicious gourmet food items from local suppliers.
3. Plan A Tour Of Local Farms
Like Ricardoes, local farms provide fresh, nutritious, and delicious produce are abundant in the Port Macquarie region. If you want to learn more about where your food comes from and who is involved in the farm process, visit a local farm on June Long Weekend.
If you are into everything sustainable and great places to stay check out Toms Creek Nature Domes. There are also plenty of animals to interact with Alpacas, Miniature Horses, Miniature Goats, Dairy Goats, Chicken
4. Explore the Hasting River
Walking tours, Jet Boat Rides and Whale Watching are all excellent ways to explore the Hastings River. For those who want a combination of wine and water views, try the Wharf to Winery cruise. If you want to see the river from the air, try taking a trip with Port Sea Planes. With flights starting at $150 per person you’re likely to spot a whale or two.
5. Local markets in Winter
There are plenty of great things to see in Port Macquarie and you can get some great gifts here. The Foreshore markets are on every month with locally made artwork and clothes from local artists, painters, photographers and crafts people.
6. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is a project that celebrates an animal that has become synonymous with our region – the koala. The project was created by Arts and Health Australia, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to promote health through the arts. In essence, the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail brings an element of surprise and delight when local residents find brightly-lit sculptures of koalas in parks and gardens. There are more than 80 sculptures dotted around Port Macquarie.
7. Visit a vineyard or brewery when in Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie is a fertile area and has a range of breweries, vineyards and wineries nearby. If you want to visit a vineyard, make sure to check opening hours before you go. You can find more information about the breweries and wineries on the Visit NSW website.
8. Take a stroll around Port Macquarie during winter
There are many different paths in Port Macquarie that suit all types of fitness level. Why not set a goal to at least get out once a week? With heaps of walking paths and tracks in Port, you can explore the region in a healthy way.
The coastal walk is a must do if you are feeling reasonably fit. It’s a 9km walk one-way. The best way to approach it is to leave your car at one end and get a lift back to the start. That way you can just jump in your car when you’re done!
9. Visit the world famous Koala Hospital
Did you know that the first hospital in the world dedicated to koalas is located in Port Macquarie? The Roto House situated Koala Hospital has a full treatment room, 8 Intensive Care Units, a 24 Hour Rescue and Treatment operation, and multiple recovery yards. It became a global sensation during the 202 bushfires with donations pouring in. This will ensure the Koala Hospital will continue with its amazing work. Put it on your list of things to do this weekend and make donations!
Get into the culture of Port Macquarie during winter
There are often exhibitions to check out at The Glasshouse. The Gallery presents around 20 to 25 diverse exhibitions each year featuring contemporary, indigenous, historical, traditional, design and sculptural artworks as well as a number of prominent social history exhibitions. Most of the exhibitions are free, and some feature public programs such as artist talks or workshops. For more information see The Glasshouse Port Macquarie website.
Want to explore Port Macquarie history? Visit the local Port Macquarie museum, which has around 18 exhibitions to explore. Entry fees are inexpensive and support the Port Macquarie Historical Society.
Historic Roto House was also built by surveyor John Flynn (who now has a beach named after him) and offers a great insight into the heritage of Port Macquarie. Entry is via donation, it shares its location with the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, so you can visit both in the same day if you wish!
Port Macquarie is a wonderful place for fishing to spend some time. It’s a great activity for those who want to get some one on one time and be alone or for large groups as well. In the winter, it’s best to fish the beaches and rocks for Tailor, Bream, or Mulloway. The Breakwall is a pretty good place to wet a line as it’s close to the centre of town.
Wining and dining this winter in Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie is a lush, beautiful area on the water with plenty of options for eating. Some places to enjoy great food are Drift bar.cafe.restaurant at Port City and Salty Crew at Town Beach.
On the other side of town is the Westport Club. For a great coffee, check out Hastings Coffee Co. You will have amazing views as well as barista-made drinks. When you visit Hastings Coffee Co., you can also pick up some fresh sourdough bread and decadent pastries!
Jimmy’s Bar & Lounge is a great place to enjoy a beverage with views of the Hastings River. It has an extensive wine and cocktail list, as well as over 100 whiskeys from around the world. You’ll enjoy the warmth of a fireplace in winter.
So there you have it – our top things to do in Port Macquarie this winter. When you see, there are many opportunities to keep the whole family occupied during Winter in our region. Why not bookmark this page and try one of them each weekend during winter?