Take a ride and enjoy the scenery
Jump in the saddle and explore the hinterland on horseback with Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding or feel the freedom of riding along a beach with Port Macquarie Beach Horse Riding. The beauty of Lighthouse Beach is even more breathtaking when atop an Australian camel meandering along the golden sands with Port Macquarie Camel Safaris. If an exhilarating ride chasing waves and dolphins sounds like your kind of scenic animal encounter then jump on board the Waverider with Port Jet Cruise Adventures. Be on the look out for dolphins escorting your river cruise and spot Sea Eagles hovering above when enjoying Port Venture Cruises
Face to face up-close encounters
See rare and endangered animals such as snow leopards, red pandas or a monster 5 metre croc called Shrek at Billabong Zoo Koala and Wildlife Park. Enjoy their much loved Zoo talks that run on the hour all day and you can even book up-close personal encounters with some very special animals. Take a Walk, Talk and Feed tour at the Koala Hospital which is on every day at 3pm and see the great work of it's volunteers at the world's first hospital dedicated to the care and preservation of koalas. Head out into the country for farm yard encounters with Sundays at Near River the perfect place for farm yard encounters with chickens, sows and their piglets to learn about where your food comes from. The petting farm at Roses Vineyard and Animal Farm is a favourite for the young and is open everyday during the School holidays.
Say gidday to a local
No matter where you explore the chance of meeting a local in their habitat is likely. Take a walk along the elevated boardwalk through the rainforest canopy in Sea Acres Rainforest Centre and be on the look out above and below for wildlife. Enjoy fish and chips on the foreshore of our beautiful waterways and chances of a visit from local pelicans and seagulls will make for an interesting feed. In 52 hectares of natural bushland just 5 minutes walk from Port Macquarie town centre is Koolunbung Creek Nature Park and Walking Trails home to over 165 species of birds, reptiles and flying foxes.
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