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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 07
From casual café’s to fine restaurants, Greater Port Macquarie offers an appealing selection of modern Australian dishes, inventive cuisine, European flavours and Asian influences. Whether its capital city chic or casual ambient dining, whatever you choose, the abundance of outstanding local food and wines offers just what you need. 18 Greater PortMacquarie dining out from the rivers and sea Acknowledged for their excellence, Hastings River rock oysters, nourished in estuarine beds to strict quality standards, offer an affordable gourmet treat. Savour them pampered with exotic dressings from a restaurant platter or simply select some for an impromptu outdoor feast. Fish, crabs and an abundance of other seafood awaits you. Dine in, take away - or catch your own to cook at free barbecue facilities around the foreshores and reserves. from farm gate to plate Premium beef, mouth-watering chicken, robust red tomatoes and crisp-picked salad greens ... the unsurpassed quality of the locally grown produce has inspired chefs and nurtured a thriving restaurant scene - fine dining experiences, casual seaside brunches, lunch in a rainforest, or light meals and teatimes at charming hinterland locations beckon you. from the vine Since its selection by early settlers for its idyllic location, the Hastings Valley has blended robust, sun-kissed grapes to create sensational wine varieties. Visit cellar doors set in picturesque surroundings and sample "the local drop" along the popular winery trail. Renowned Cassegrain and Bago wineries offer tours, tastings and cellar-door sales. Ca Marche restaurant at Cassegrain Wines is ideal for a leisurely al fresco lunch, or enjoy a picnic, cold wine and hot jazz at Bago Vineyards monthly jazz in the vines. the choice is yours A wide variety of wining and dining experiences awaits the visitor. Relaxed seaside ambience of casual eateries, appealing menus at welcoming clubs, ice cream parlours and vibrant coffee spots. Upbeat pubs offer trendy menus and specialist ethnic cuisines include Chinese, Thai, Italian, Greek, Indian, Mexican and Japanese. The array of superb upmarket dining opportunities features modern Australian and international cuisine in exquisite locations.