Port Macquarie confirms its place as a hotspot for a romantic getaway. To help you start planning take a look at these places to eat, drink, stay and play.
Couples will love the vibrant nightlife in Port Macquarie as a plethora of new wine bars have opened up, alongside a hatted restaurant. Go horse riding along a deserted beach, join an art class in a wine-bar, dine at a newly hatted restaurant and stay in Australia’s greenest hotel.
Eat & Drink
The Stunned Mullet - the region’s first hatted (Good Food Guide 15/20) restaurant is opposite Town Beach and perfect for a long-lunch or dinner. Choose from 300 wines, a menu featuring local producers and the catch of the day from local fishermen.
Bar Florian – this new retro Italian themed wine bar brings a touch of European class to Port Macquarie. Owners Gino and Maree celebrate their Italian heritage with the finest cured meats, cheese platters, a variety of fine wines and music. The bar is named after Bar Florian in Venice, one of the oldest cafes in Europe.
Drury Lane Eatery – a couple from Sydney have brought their Surry Hills vibe with a coastal twist to this new eatery in the forecourt of the Glasshouse. The wholesome and creative menu features local Near River Produce, Bellingen smokehouse salmon and house-baked bread. There are specials including Chorizo Hot Dogs and Blueberry Cheesecake Macaroons. Open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights.
The Latin Loafer – a new wine bar overlooking the Hastings River is a blend of Latin American and Spanish food, wine and cocktails. The tapas menu is perfect for sharing with friends as you kick back and enjoy art, live local music and a buzzing atmosphere.
Fusion 7 - recently awarded its first Good Food Guide hat, Lindsay Schwab’s innovative restaurant combines Asian and Mexican influences with local seafood and produce.
Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre – offers exhilarating beach horse rides along picturesque North Shore Beach. Beginners or experienced riders can enjoy the one-hour ride for $95. Getting there is part of the journey as you take the Settlement Point or Hibbard car and passenger ferry across the Hastings River, which is home to many dolphins.
Frankie’s Travel - can take you on a food & wine adventure to discover the many hidden gems of the region. There are a range of tours available, half day tours, full day adventures and a combination of bus and boat trips to ensure you get the most out of your Port Macquarie escape. A local tour guide shares all the facts and quirks that make the places so unique, you’ll dive into the friendly coastal culture and interact with many fantastic locals along the way.
The Chinese Junk - Relax on comfy cushions and take in the beautiful scenery as you cruise along calm waters up the Hastings river on the Chinese Junk. Dolphins make a regular appearance and its a great way to enjoy the magic hour of sunset. Take your own drinks and nibbles or put your name down for an order of fish and chips delivered to the boat.
Sails Resort by Rydges - previously untouched since the early 80s this coastal beauty is emerging from an extensive refurbishment to reveal 83 stunning guest rooms and suites overlooking a new pool area with private cabanas and cabana bar. Enjoy a heated spa, vintage bicycles, tennis court, private jetty, paddleboards, waterfront restaurant and bar.
The Observatory wins top award - the 4.5 star Observatory has won the nation’s top award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism at the annual Australian Tourism Awards. The family owned hotel opposite Town Beach is packed with ethically minded extras including sushi and green tea on arrival, backpacks with picnic sets to take on the Coastal Walk, bike and audio tours around town, environmental books to read and a tree planted in conjunction with Landcare.
Ana Mandara - set on 2 acres and with breathtaking views over the Hastings River, a relaxed and tranquil refuge in scenic Port Macquarie. Indulge, recharge or relax with our personalized packages sure to create special getaways that will give you beautiful memories. Ana Mandara has four elegantly furnished bedrooms with luxurious furnishings and plush bedding making the perfect environment for a delightfully relaxing stay.
Flourish Tents - a unique glamping experience by the coast or in the hinterland, Flourish will pitch and style a bell-style tent for any occasion. Luxury linen, bedding, lanterns and breakfast hampers can all be provided. Why not pick yourself a secluded location then stop, pause and reconnect.
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...
Get the latest
Subscribe to our newsletter for all the local updates.