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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 2010
∂iscover a chan©e of pac´ Port Macquarie is perfect for slipping back into a carefree holiday stride. The picturesque Coastal Walk stretches 9kms from the CBD at Westport Park, following the Town Green foreshore and towards Lighthouse Beach. This leisurely stroll takes you to significant landmarks, scenic lookouts and a meditative stretch of eight beaches, popular with anglers, swimmers and surfers. Wander to the heart of town for a unique retail and boutique shopping experience. Enjoy an array of restaurants and waterfront cafés serving cuisine to please every palate. ´xplore an∂ ´ncounter Settled in 1821, Port Macquarie is one of the oldest penal settlements outside Sydney. Today there are a number of museums, heritage buildings and sites that preserve the stories of the past for the present. Follow our heritage walk through the CBD to visit these historical sites including convict-constructed St Thomas' Church and the Historical Museum. The Douglas Vale Homestead and Vineyard is an interesting visit. Built in 1862, it's the oldest vineyard in the region producing wine made from the rare Isabella grape variety. It's one of only a handful of vineyards in Australia producing wine from this grape today. r´st eåsy Port Macquarie has experienced a renaissance over the past few years and now offers an array of 4 star and above accommodation, many with ocean views and close to attractions. Accommodation will suit any budget including hostels, family friendly holiday apartments, shaded caravan parks and campsites, motels, hotels, B&B's or guest houses. Amidst a stunning coastline of rocky headlands and neighbouring the banks of the Hastings River estuary is the vibrant, unspoilt town of Port Macquarie. With a distinctive mix of heritage buildings, modern hotels and apartments, and offering diverse dining, shopping and entertainment venues, Port Macquarie is perfect for taking in the glorious waterways and beaches, with the character of an animated CBD. Come out of your shell and discover a coastal playground. holi∂ay hi©hli©hts: • Stroll along the riverside breakwall and chat to the hopeful anglers trying for their catch of the day. • Keep an eye out for pods of dolphins enjoying a swim as you cruise the Hastings River. • Take the kids on a camel ride along Lighthouse Beach. • Take in a show at the Glasshouse Arts, Conference and Entertainment Centre and Regional Art Gallery, located in the heart of the CBD. • Visit the patients of the Koala Hospital. Feeding time is around 3pm. • Take a tour of Port Macquarie’s award winning wineries and boutique microbrewery and taste the flavours of Wicked Elf beer. www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au 4