Action, Adventure, Art and more

There may be a bit of a chill in the air but there is plenty of action, adventure and fun to warm you up over these Winter School Holidays.  Check out our holiday highlights and keep the kids busy with plenty of boredom busting activities, there are heaps of exciting experiences to make the whole family smile.

  • Glasshouse Sprouts Activities
  • Get crafty with kids art classes

    Our children may be little but their imaginations are gigantic, so let them make new friends and grow their creativity at the Regional Art Gallery in the Sprouts Art Activities program  on 11, 14 & 18 July in Port Macquarie, these fun programs will also be in Laurieton on 12 July and Wauchope on 19 July.  Limited spots so book early.

  • Camp Port Macquarie
  • Camp Port Macquarie is running a week of kids art, drama and music workshops during the first week of the holidays.  Each day there will be new projects in all activities that will keep children thinking out of the box.  A great opportunity for children from Year 1 to Year 6 to explore visual arts, performing arts, craft lessons and there is even Yoga classes. Bookings essential.

  • Beach Riding On The North Shore Port Macquarie Horse Riding
  • Gallop along the beach 

    Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre have an awesome program of rides these holidays, with something for everyone's ability considered. There are team game days, beginner camps, beach rides, winery trail rides or pony rides for the littlies. This is the last month that beach rides will be taking place check their website for all the details and bookings.

  • Planet X Skating
  • Get your skates on!

    Looking for something to get the kids unplugged from their devices and doing something active and FUN? There are flexible Learn to Skate class options all through the holidays where some of the best skate pros will have your cherubs enjoying this fun activity whilst getting fit and active, making new friends and mastering the art of skating at Planet X

  • Timbertown Steam Fair
  • Steam it up and pan for gold

    Timbertown are getting all steamed up with their annual Steam Fair kicking off from 7th July for 3 big days.  Not only is there a great line up of heritage steam engines and machinery, you can take tractor rides, attend damper camp, enjoy live entertainment and all the other fun Timbertown activities. 

  • Goldfields In Timbertown
  • Following on the next week, there's gold at Timbertown as part of the Great Gold Rush.  From 13 - 16 July you can try your luck and pan for real gold, fossick for gemstones and sapphires, and as the saying goes......finders are keepers so their Treasure Hunt is sure to be popular as well. Lots of fun and entertainment for young and old.

  • Soul Surfing Lessons
  • Surf's up and some fab fun days

    Soul Surfing have some great group lessons for any gromits looking to improve on their skills or test the water for the first time on a board!! Their popular Fab Fun Days include a 2 hour surf lesson, beach games, a game of either ten pin bowling or putt putt golf....and a movie! Check out their website for all the details.

  • Glasshouse Dressing Room
  • Take a peek behind the curtain

    Find out more about the magic of theatre and take a behind the scenes tour of the  Glasshouse. This limited offer to go back of house is a must do for all those interested in performing arts.  Take to the main stage and look out to the auditorium and get an idea of what it is like to have over 600 people looking at you! Bookings essential.

  • Aussie Kids Adventure Camps July Holidays
  • Winter Warrior Camp

    Aussie Kids Adventure Camps re-connect kids with nature - rivers, lakes, oceans, forests, grasslands, wildlife and star filled nights. There’s no agenda, only connection. Carefully selected activities appeal to both boys and girls and incorporate physical, emotional and sensory experiences. For details on their four days, three nights camp on 9-12 July visit their website.

  • Jumbos Playland Fun
  • A Jumbo list of things to do 

    'We're bored there's nothing to do' is something all parents dread hearing! Well it wont cross the kids minds at Jumbos Playland - they have an action packed calendar these school holidays that will keep everyone happy. There's a Frozen Sing-a-long with Elsa and Olaf, Make a Bear workshops, Peppa Pig Playdough Fun plus all the fun equipment to climb and play on. 

  • Wayward Trails
  • Take the back seat and relax

    Wayward Trails is a local food, produce and beverage tour showcasing the best Port Macquarie has on offer. They run tours Wednesdays to Sundays each week for individuals or any group size. They have a special offer of a complimentary bottle of local wine for group sizes over 6 people that book in  the July school holidays.

  • Pongo The Meerkat Billabong Zoo
  • Go wild at Billabong Zoo

    Get up-close and personal with koalas, crocodiles, meerkats and snow leopards at award winning Billabong Zoo. Be part of the daily feeding frenzy and hourly animal talks with over 80 species of mammals, reptiles and birds. You can even book a one-on-one encounter with some very special animals. Enjoy the playground, picnic areas, Zoo Cafe and shop. 

  • Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
  • Take the koala challenge

    Find 60+ hand painted large scale koala sculptures on the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, taking you to interesting sites across Port Macquarie, from the hinterland to the sea. This trail is designed to generate a sense of fun and surprise for everyone as you uncover these hand painted sculptures.

  • Koala Recouperating A The Koala Hospital
  • Meet our favourite locals

    The Koala Hospital has a spacious new clinic and raised viewing platform now ready for visitors to look directly through a large glass window into the clinic and watch the staff caring for koalas. Friendly volunteers will take you on a FREE guided tours every day at 3pm.  Take a walk through their new Koalaseum too!

Family friendly winery trail

The family friendly wineries around Port Macquarie have something for everyone. Sit back and relax as you sample a local drop while the kids are entertained with interactive art, farm animals, a massive hedge maze, horse riding and there is even an opportunity for them to learn about our heritage at our oldest winery. 


  • Family Friendly Settlers Inn Hotel
  • Family Meal Time - Yum we have that covered too!

    Looking for some family friendly dining options whilst enjoying your time here, we have many venues that welcome families and cater for all ages.  Our Food tastes better when shared with Family recommendations will satisfy everyone's tastes.

Stay indoors and still have fun

Sometimes its wet weather that makes us seek out fun activities to enjoy indoors or maybe even some respite from the sun is the plan.  Whatever the reason we have put together our list of Top 10 Indoor activities for you to enjoy, rain, hail or shine!


And last but not least

If you are still looking for more fun things to do then check out our July What's On guide.  This jam packed guide covers not only other Children themed activities but it covers events and activities for the grown ups as well - including the latest markets taking place during July. 

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