Port Macquarie confirms its place as a hotspot for a romantic getaway.
Couples will love the vibrant nightlife in Port Macquarie as a plethora of new wine bars have opened up, go horse riding along a deserted beach, join an art class in a wine-bar, dine at a newly hatted restaurant and stay in unique, cosy and romantic accommodation.
To help you start planning take a look at these places to eat, drink, stay and play.
Eat & Drink
The Stunned Mullet - holds a coveted National 'Good Food Guide' Chef's Hat and many other awards, with sweeping views over Town Beach it's perfect for a long-lunch or an enchanting dinner. Offering a seasonal menu with a focus on local and specialty ingredients, incredible wines and sublime service, you are in for an amazing dining experience.
Bar Florian – this 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, delicious pizzas, 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 eatery in the forecourt of the Glasshouse. A casual eatery open for breakfast and lunch, some nights for dinner too, you will savour wholesome food lovingly prepared where the local produce is the star. They make everything in house and their sourdough and baked treats are worth trying whilst enjoying their alfresco area under the trees.
The Latin Loafer – overlooking the Hastings River offering 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.
Whalebone Wharf - picture yourself sitting here enjoying water views whilst dining on fresh seafood and modern fusion cuisine. Award winning executive chef Peter Ridland and his team pride themselves on an exceptional high standard of flavour, freshness and quality. Once you have decided whether to dine there for lunch or dinner, you can spoil your significant other with fresh Lobsters from the tank, share a magnificent seafood platter or other delicious fare.
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.
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.
Diamond Head Loop Walk - in Crowdy Bay National Park offers panoramic views across Crowdy Bay, north to Perpendicular Point and south to Crowdy Head. In between are superb sweeps of golden sand, and rising out of the lush forested hinterland, behind you, are the majestic Three Brothers mountains. Take a picnic and find a secluded spot to soak up the serenity.
Glasshouse - Performing arts and music flourish locally in this cultural hub, offering a world of cultural experiences. Take in a world class show or intimate concert in the magical theatre setting. Take a closer look at the ever-changing exhibitions of artists, designers and creative groups within the Glasshouse Regional Gallery, enjoy a glass of wine at an evening art talk with leading artists and curators.
Visit 6 Boutique Wineries - discover vineyards with art galleries, alfresco restaurants, hedge mazes and historic homesteads to explore and handmade chocolates made on site then paired to perfection with wine. You will be surprised that Port Macquarie's winery trail all begins just 10 minutes from the beach.
Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges - this coastal beauty has emerged from a $15M refurbishment offering stunning guest rooms and suites overlooking the marina and a pool area with private cabanas and cabana bar. Enjoy a heated spa, vintage bicycles, tennis court, private jetty, paddleboards, and kicking back in their waterfront Boathouse Bar and Restaurant.
Mantra The Observatory - this award winning 4.5 star venue offers seaside accommodation in the heart of Port Macquarie. Located opposite Town Beach this contemporary hotel boasts spectacular views with a choice of hotel rooms, apartments and penthouse accommodation. Luxury options of a heated lap pool, spa, sauna, day spa and restaurants within the complex make this the perfect venue to indulge.
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 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.
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Plan a romantic getaway
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.
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Wherever you look we are surrounded by nature and the local wildlife! The chance of meeting a local in their habitat is likely and we have an impressive list of where you can find them.
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