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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 07
The blue Pacific Ocean, golden beaches, lush rainforests and abundant wildlife, are just some of the reasons that so many people who come here on a holiday, return to live. Experience an early morning surf with the dolphins, a picnic by a waterfall in rainforest wilderness or a close encounter with a migrating whale. The wide range of natural attractions is just what you need. 14 Greater PortMacquarie keeping it natural wildlife With such an abundance of natural beauty in the Greater Port Macquarie area it comes as no surprise that the region is also home to abundant wildlife. Keep an eye out when driving or bush walking, especially in the early morning or evening, as there are plenty of kangaroos and wallabies around. The waterways support hundreds of graceful pelicans, rainforest creeks and river banks are home to the elusive platypus and in summer the National Parks protect plenty of reptiles, including goannas and monitor lizards. koala habitat The bushland around Greater Port Macquarie is a natural koala habitat and you'll often see them in the wild, perched in eucalyptus or wandering along the top of people's back fences. The Koala Hospital is operated by the Koala Preservation Society of NSW, a group of volunteers committed to the welfare and preservation of wild koalas. The hospital looks after around 300 koalas each year. During recuperation the koalas are moved from Intensive Care to the outdoor yards and you can see them on your visit. Best time to go is around 3pm, feeding time. bird lover’s paradise Surrounded by native forest and bushland, Greater Port Macquarie is a bird watcher's paradise with more than 340 bird species recorded by local enthusiasts. Join one of the regular outings of the Hastings Birdwatchers on the first Friday of each month, or pick up a bird watching list from the Visitors Information Centre and follow its guide to the best birding locations.