A Port of Many Treasures

By Angie Christofis

Port Macquarie is well known for its stunning beaches and coves, but there is much more to this idyllic holiday destination than white sand and pristine waterways. From experiencing life on an organic farm to an award-winning horseback riding experience, to discovering the region’s historic sights, culinary festivals and cultural events, Port Macquarie is a treasure trove of hidden secrets.

 TOP 4 LESSER-KNOWN TREASURES OF PORT MACQUARIE

a port of many treasures

1  SEA ACRES NATIONAL PARK

This 1.3-kilometre elevated rainforest boardwalk takes you on an incredible journey through one of the largest, least disturbed and most diverse coastal rainforests in New South Wales. It’s the perfect place to cool off from the summer heat and connect with nature. Sea Acres also holds meditation and yoga classes. www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sea-acres

2  SUNDAYS AT NEAR RIVER PRODUCE

On most Sundays of the year, guests are welcome to visit an organic farm at Near River. Feed the animals, collect the eggs, harvest fresh vegetables and sit down to a sumptuous lunch of authentically organic handmade food. Commences at 10am and bookings are essential. Near River also has their “Farmacy” open on weekends where you can buy their organic fruits, vegetables, eggs and pork at the farm gate. www.nearriverproduce.com

3  BELLROWAN VALLEY HORSERIDING

Discover the lush hinterland of Port Macquarie on this multi-award winning horse riding experience. Enjoy peaceful, beautiful scenery, quality, proven horses and friendly, professional guides. www.bellrowanvalley.com.au

4  HERITAGE WALKING TRAIL

Port Macquarie was home to one of Australia’s first penal colonies, and the region has a number of significant historic buildings and sites that date back to Australia’s colonial and convict days. A stroll along the signposted heritage walking trail will take visitors to 13 fascinating historic and archaeological sites. Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage also offers a number of fascinating guided walking tours. www.pmheritage.com.au

 STAY:

Book your stay at Wyndham Vacation Resorts Flynns Beach www.wyndhamap.com/hotels/flynnsbeach 

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