Blogs from Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie November 2nd 2020

Just 4 weeks after arriving home from my last holiday, it was time to pack up the car again and head off on another holiday. Originally, I had planned to visit the Victorian High Country but with the state border closed I had to come up with another plan. This time I decided to stay in New South Wales and visit a region I have not been to before – the North Coast. With everyone holidaying domestically, I decided to skip the camping this time as I feared I would be packed into busy campgrounds which is not my preferred type of holiday. The forecasted wet spring also helped make the decision. So packing the car was a little quicker, but I still made sure to pack my barbecue, chair and table so I would be ... read more
Apsley Falls
Trial Bay Gaol
Number 1 Tower Lookout

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie February 10th 2019

There is always that little voice in my head when I get home from a nice long trip which says " you haven't finished the blog !!"- well now is the time to silence that voice. It was the middle of December when I arrived at Port Macquarie (PM or Port as its called ) airport ...straight off the tarmac and into a building site I spotted Susan ( there seem to be no security measures here )... I looked in vain for signs to say baggage collection to be told its coming on the trailer !!! sure enough a sort of tractor thing pulled up with the bags in tow. I was driven to my new abode ,Susan and Geoff, more home exchange friends were to be my hosts for the next couple of weeks ... read more
Riverside ,Kempsey
Spanish Mission style chapel, Port Macquarie
Town Green

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie September 16th 2018

Day 4-5-6 Day four was bike prep day. I had to replace a screw in my windshield which came in after I shipped the bike back in July, remove the garmin from my bike and put in the Australia chip, and finally get gas once the chip was installed. I had 11 miles of fuel in my bike so I couldn't afford to get lost (easy to do in Sydney). I made it to the gas station no problem and was able to hit Harry's meat pies and some of the Aussie naval fleet (see pics). Harry's is a local favorite and was pointed out to me by Alan who is the concierge at the Marriott Harbour hotel (also a fellow rider). Side note for those planning to travel to Australia the Marriott Harbour at Circular ... read more
Harrys hut
Harrys tiger pie
jim Harry pic

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie February 6th 2016

Port Macquarie was the next stop in our camper van but decided to go via the national park and see some pretty beaches and lakes!stopped off at Elizabeth beach near booti booti for lunch!was such a nice view from our camper van and the weather had got better so got a nice walk along the beach! Arrived in port Macquarie in the middle of the afternoon and found a nice campsite to stay in called melaleuca caravan park (really clean facilities and had proper bbq to use) We decided to go into port Macquarie to have a look around and go for a walk but unfortunately it started to rain heavily when we were walking along the coast-water proofs on again but at least it's warm! We booked onto a sun set cruise of the harbour ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie December 16th 2015

Our day started with a 4.30 am alarm for a 6.15 taxi. What was it with these early get ups? As a morning person and an early riser I didn't struggle too much but 4.30 am??? Get a life. As a night person and a late riser it was more of an effort for Steve ... Our Greyhound bus was punctual as ever at 7.00 am and we got another lovely driver, Brian, who had a 12 hour shift ahead of him through to Grafton. I got it wrong about the DOG registrations on the Greyhound buses. Apparently, they ran out of those and the newer registrations (though not necessarily on newer buses) have a PUP registration. Some buses have neither, so I guess they'll have to start on the CURs for those that are bitches ... read more
Port Macquarie cove
Seaside winch

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie October 3rd 2015

Ashleigh: We decided the morning would be a great time to take a day trip to Port Macquarie. We weren't really sure what we wanted to do there, and we stupidly didn't bring our swimmers, which we regretted later on. Port Macquarie is only about 45 minutes from where we were staying in Harrington. We left at about 8:30 and arrived by 9:15. The first thing we did - very un-tourist like - was go to the shopping centres. There are two main ones in Port Macquarie - Settlement City and Port Central. I needed new sandals, so why not? I didn't find any in Settlement City, but there was a pair in Port Central I'd been eyeing off for a while now, so as soon as I found the shop they were in I tried ... read more
View from the jetty
Testing out the camera
More views

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie May 16th 2015

Sarah: After a day touring vineyards and a relatively late finish on the poker it was not a very 'get-up-and-go' start from the Adams's. However, some coffee, cereal and toast with lashings of butter soon put us on the right track and we were in the car with me taking my turn behind the wheel. The Pacific Highway and rubbish radio stations sent Nick straight to sleep while I concentrated on sticking to the (very low and strictly enforced) speed limit. We drove non-stop to Port Macquarie, arriving by around 12:30 in the afternoon. We checked in, answering questions that the receptionist put to us in synchrony which made her chuckle and made us realise that all this time spent together has turned us in to two of a kind! Nick made friends with the resident ... read more
Port Macquarie fishmonger, boat and pelicans.
Shelly Beach
Fish curry + beers = happy kids

Greyhound Efter en meget rolig nat, da jeg havde et værelse helt for mig selv, skulle jeg med Greyhound mod Port Macquarie. Det var en tur på ca. fem timer, men det var det hele værd. Da bussen kom frem, stod de resterende pasagere af og der stod en del fra de forskellige hostels klar til at samle os op. Det var lidt overvældende at blive mødt af to fyre der straks begynder at sige alle mulige hostel navne og jeg står rimelig forvirret og kan på ingen måde huske hvad mit hostel hedder. Jeg kom heldigvis med de rette mennesker og en af pigerne fra Greyhound bussen skulle bo på det samme hostel, så det var meget nice. Da vi kom over til hostellet blev vi vist rundt og de fortalte hvordan de forskellige ting ... read more
Koala unger, de ikke har kunne redde :(
Langs kysten
Nikkie og Jeg

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie April 26th 2015

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 Blue skies greeted us this morning and just after 0830 we were on the road again. We headed for Coonabarabran where we emptied our loo and topped up our water tanks. Thankfully Rags didn’t mix up the two! Gunnedah was our next stop where we climbed Pensioner’s Hill, so named as pensioners lived there during the 1930's depression. This has now been made into a park and overlooks the township. A visit to the local Information Centre followed where we bought some more fig and peach jams as well as a couple of gifts for our mothers. Gunnedah is a typical country town, with the main street being the focus, Coles and Target being on a back street. Judy was feeling peckish so we had our ham, cheese and tomato toasties at ... read more
The Golden Guitar
Wauchope Showground

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Port Macquarie April 16th 2015

From Sydney we took the Greyhound to Port Macquarie where we spent 2 nights. On Monday we walked along the marina and the banks of the Hastings River. We booked a Chinese junk cruise for later that eve and continued to walk along the coast where we saw some of the 50 Hello Koalas!; these large scale fibreglass statues, individually designed, named and hand painted koalas, form a public sculpture trail in Port. As you walk on there are hundreds of rocks which form a sea wall which have been painted by visitors, to mark holidays or celebrations. We then spent the remainder of the morning sunbathing at Town Beach. In the afternoon we walked to the Koala Hospital where we were introduced to several koalas who were there because of injury, illness or simply to ... read more
River Hastings Port Macquarie

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