Another wine you say? Why not if the kids are entertained.
Port Macquarie’s wineries have new attractions, events and creative ways to amuse the little ones at the cellar door. Rose’s Vineyard now has a petting farm with baby animals, Cassegrain offers new horse-riding trails through the vines and Bago Vineyards has Bago Maze and fun events like an annual cupcake treasure hunt and monthly Jazz in the Vineyards. Many of our wineries have diversified to offer something fun for the kids. They can enjoy outdoor art, farm animals, horse-riding, a maze and a place to learn about our penal history. The region’s seven wineries are scattered around the lush green hinterland and close to town.
Roses Vineyard has a new Petting Farm where children can meet a variety of baby animals, pat and bottle feed them. As they play with the pigs, chickens, cows, ducks, rabbits, goats and horses, parents can relax with a glass of wine and enjoy 100 acres overlooking Innes Lake.
Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre offer escorted trail rides through the Cassegrain Winery estate, available for children aged over six. A perfect opportunity for parents to indulge in wine tasting at the Cellar Door. Wine and dine at Seasons Café-Restaurant, explore the beautiful garden with picnic areas and BBQ facilities, or learn about the art of winemaking on a guided tour.
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze is a charming rustic hinterland winery and its star new attraction is Bago Maze and a Mountain Bike Trail for experienced riders. Kids can get lost in 2000 metres of pathways and lookouts at the largest hedge maze in NSW while parents enjoy wine and a cheese platter.
At Douglas Vale Historic Vineyard inquisitive minds can learn about Port Macquarie’s penal history and will love exploring the Homestead built in 1859, the oldest timber house in the region. Wine here is produced from the original Isabella grape and it is classified by the National Trust.
Long Point Vineyard has a display of fabulous outdoor sculptures scattered through the gardens, an indoor Art Gallery, and a sheltered BBQ and picnic area with lots of space for the little ones to run. They are serious about wine quality, but like to have fun with their labels such as ‘Fat Bastard’ Chardonnay, ‘Jolly Nose’ Port or ‘Agent Orange’ Liqueur.
Innes Lake Vineyard is perfect for foodie parents who can dine on beautiful dishes on the veranda at Little Fish Café, while the kids enjoy the $10 menu. Keep an eye on the kids while they climb trees and run through vineyards, extensive gardens and colourful jacaranda trees.
The region has a diverse range of espresso bars and cafes where you can get your daily cuppa and tantalise your tastebuds. No holiday is complete without doing the hard yards to discover a favourite! So warm up your appetite and get out there and start testing them out today!
The pristine white sand beaches are a drawcard for visitors and residents alike. Whether you’re looking for the ideal spot for a leisurely family picnic, a weekend BBQ with friends, a long lazy afternoon, the chance to get your 4WD off the highway and onto the sand, or an opportunity to learn how to surf - a day at the beach is just what you need.
Drive through rich green pastures and quiet villages to waterfalls and picnic spots, go bush walking, horse riding, mountain and trail biking, or visit a producer at the farm-gate. The hinterland offers many delights for those keen to explore...
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