Hey there, summer seekers! If you're plotting your escape to the Port Macquarie Hastings region this school holiday, you're in for a treat. This coastal gem has a lineup of stellar experiences and cool activities for all ages. Picture sun-soaked beaches, a trip back in time, and wild encounters with the local critters – yep, it's as awesome as it sounds!
First up, let's talk beach vibes. Lighthouse Beach is the surfers' haven, and Flynns Beach is your go-to for family fun with its sandy shores and beach games. Take it up a notch with a coastal stroll along the insta-worthy Coastal Walk, where the views are straight-up breathtaking.
Now, for a dose of history that doesn't put you to sleep – hit up the Port Macquarie Historic Court House. It's got that vintage charm with fascinating stories from back in the day and at night features Wakulda, an immersive sound and light projection telling the important stories that make up the rich history of Port Macquarie. Across from the Historic Court House is the Port Macquarie Museum, offering a fascinating glimpse into the rich history and heritage of the region through a diverse collection of artifacts, exhibits, and interactive displays. For a hands-on history fix, Wauchope's Timbertown is where it's at. Steam train rides, interactive exhibits, and a legit timber town vibe – it's basically time travel without the DeLorean.
Nature lovers, Comboyne is your green paradise. Explore the Comboyne Plateau, snap pics with the whimsical Udder Cow sculpture, and get schooled on the region's dairy roots at the Comboyne Cultural and Historical Society Museum. Sea Acres Rainforest Centre also provides a rare opportunity to experience a pristine and ancient rainforest ecosystem, in one of the largest remaining coastal rainforests in NSW. Get your walking shoes on and hit the boardwalk for a relaxing and photogenic experience you won’t forget!
Now, for the wild side of things. Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie is a must-visit. Koalas, rehab, and a behind-the-scenes look – what's not to love? And if that's not enough animal action, Billabong Zoo is your next stop for exotic creatures and interactive exhibits that'll keep the whole fam entertained. And since you’re in the neighbourhood, plan a stop at WildNets Adventure Park to experience the thrill of running, bouncing and playing high above the forest floor! It’s serious fun for all ages (and abilities) that you won’t find anywhere else in Australia.