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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 2010
No matter what your age, there is plenty to keep you entertained away from the beach. High-speed boats, scenic river cruises and numerous family attractions are prominent in Greater Port Macquarie. Cultural expeditions offer a change of pace with your choice of shops, galleries, museums, arts and crafts centres. påcke∂ full of a∂ventur´ Action and adventure experiences will have adrenaline seekers giddy, with skydiving from 10,000ft, water-skiing, mountain biking, horse riding and surfing available. Explore the bush on a horseback trail ride; kayak through Kooloonbung Creek mangroves; cruise the highway on a customised Harley Davidson trike tour; hire a go-kart to race family and friends; learn to surf with professional surfers; and experience a thrilling high speed jet boat ride along the river or out to sea. For a gentler activity, try a scenic river cruise spotting for dolphins; take an exotic camel safari along Lighthouse Beach; challenge your friends to 18 holes of golf; take your time sampling local flavours on a winery tour; and visit the local museums and galleries to brush up on your history. Greater Port Macquarie is a haven for fishing enthusiasts of all ages. Cast off from a pier, a boat, the beach or a riverbank for bream, blackfish, tailor, whiting and flathead. If you're hankering to land a monster from the deep, experienced operators offer a range of fishing charters, or talk to the locals for the best fishing spots and the right gear. Experienced boatmen and guides bring the waterways of the region to life each day, with Dolphin-spotting, Whale-watching, boom netting, Devonshire tea, BBQ lunch cruises and jet ski hire all on offer. fåmily frien∂ly Timbertown is the ultimate in pioneer history for all the family. Find a working recreation of a 19th century timber village where kids can enjoy Cobb & Co coach rides, watch the bullock team and savour delicious ice cream. Get up close and pat a koala, feed the kangaroos and watch the spider monkeys at play. Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park offer up-close encounters with wallabies, wombats, reptiles and lots of other Australian wildlife. Indulge the kids with a day out to Jumbo's Playland, absolute fun with large climbing frame, ball pit, tiny town, toddler's area and café for the adults. More quality family time can be sought through Xtreme Glow Bowling at Wave Bowl, juicy strawberry picking at Ricardoes Tomatoes, Centre of Gravity's indoor Dark Zone laser skirmish, or playing 27 holes of putt putt golf. r´tail th´rapy The main shopping streets in Port Macquarie's city centre are Horton and Clarence streets, both lined with fashion boutiques, popular chain stores, quirky home wares, decorator and gift shops. Open every day, Port Central and Settlement City shopping centres offer fantastic shopping with a range of local and national fashion retailers. You can stock up on fruit and veg if you're self-catering, or take advantage of our food courts and free undercover parking. Take a wander through an eclectic mix of shops in Wauchope and the Camden Haven, ranging from good old- fashioned country department stores that sell just about everything to boutiques, art and craft galleries, pottery and books. Recharge with a coffee in one of the many cafés. www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au 12