I’d read about the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital online and instantly added it to my bucket list, though I wasn’t sure what else to expect from the town, it’s small but lively and is one of my favourite places in Australia.
Things To Do:
The break wall is the focus point for much to the town, the rocks have been colourfully decorated making it a really nice walk, the spot is popular with joggers and families.
I took way too many photos at the koala hospital so I’ve done a separate post with everything you need to know about the hospital, click HERE to read.
Go for a cliff top walk, there are so many fantastic look out points along the trail that you could walk all day, our favourites were: Flagstaff Hill lookout, Windmill Hill lookout and Flynn’s beach.
There are 57 giant painted Koala statues dotted around the town, it’s great for kids (or just your inner child) to see how many you can spot. See www.hellokoalas.com to download a free map.
There’s a market on almost every day somewhere in Port Macquarie. We loved all the free samples at the Tuesday Real Food market. See www.discoverportmacquarie.com.au for a list of current markets.
It rained a lot while we were in Port Macquarie so we spent some time hiding in the port central shopping mall and the massive Kmart just outside town.
Once again we used the greyhound bus, it took 3 hours from Coffs Harbour or 3 hours and 40 minutes from Newcastle depending on which way your travelling. The bus station is right in the town centre.
Port Macquarie is a small town, everything is within walking distance.
Where To Stay:
The Port Macquarie hotel is very dated but its clean and in a great location. We upgraded to an ensuite room and it only cost us £47 per night on Hotels.com. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the main bus stop.