Port Macquarie Tourist Information
Hastings Valley Motel is a family run motel centrally located in Port Macquarie. We offer clean, affordable accommodation in a quiet location, in easy reach of the town centre, beaches and other major attractions.
Port Macquarie is located on the mid-north coast of New South Wales and is an ideal stopover if travelling between Brisbane and Sydney.
Port Macquarie is also a wonderful holiday destination with great beaches, a vibrant shopping district and a large range of restaurants and eateries.
A large number of events are held annually in the Port Macquarie / Hastings area and include the Australian Ironman event in Autumn and The Blues & BBQ Festival and the Tastings on the Hastings Food and Wine Festival in Spring.
A range of brochures from local businesses are available at the motel reception. Listed below are a few of our favourite local attractions.
The Koala Hospital is in the grounds of Roto House. It is the world's first hospital dedicated solely to the care and preservation of koalas. The hospital has a treatment room, eight Intensive Care Units, a 24 Hour Rescue and Treatment operation and multiple recovery yards. The hospital has a research affiliation with the University of Sydney, Australia.
Walk and Talk tours are conducted every day at 3pm. Coach tours are welcome between 8am and 2pm. Educational displays and group lectures can be arranged.
The Koala Society of NSW Inc is a voluntary organisation and your support will help save the koalas of the Port Macquarie Area
Chinese Junk Cruises
Junk Cruises is a locally owned company in Port Macquarie, providing both scheduled trips and private charters on the Hastings River. Come and enjoy this beautiful and interesting waterway on a beautiful and interesting boat with a friendly, experienced and knowledgeable Captain.
The Chinese Junk runs every day, with a variety of cruises to enjoy. Morning and afternoon scenic trips with a hot tea or coffee and cake and a historical commentary. Lunch or sunset cruise with fish and chips included in the trip.
All cruises participate in dolphin spotting and Junk Cruises will do their best to give you an up close and personal dolphin experience!
Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard
Constructed in 1862 and authentically restored, the Homestead and outbuildings are classified by the National Trust of Australia. Within the homestead is a dedicated museum containing a unique collection of artefacts depicting early Colonial lifestyles; the families who lived on the property were pioneers of both the wine and oyster industries in Port Macquarie. Set on seven magnificent acres including an established vineyard and orchard, the well-kept gardens still display 150 year old trees, shrubs, bushes and a Heritage bamboo glade entrance.
Unique in Australia, Douglas Vale is the only volunteer run, not-for-profit enterprise, producing six exclusive wines, including the famous Portabella Port from original vine stock.
Port Venture Cruises runs the largest vessel cruising the Hastings River in Port Macquarie. She is a lovely, all-weather spacious river catamaran, with two decks or viewing levels, and plenty of space to move around.
Port Venture Cruises supply a number of different experiences including a historic river cruise or a fun boom net ride at twilight, or the 'must do' lunch barbecue cruise. Licensed bar on board.
The River Princess is able to carry up to115 passengers and is available for private charter and special events.
The dolphins are quite often attracted to the boat as they enjoy surfing the bow waves. Dolphins appear beside the boat on most cruises. There is a safe boom net - on the rear of the vessel which is fun for all ages so don't forget your swimmers.
Located in the heart of Port Macquarie, the Glasshouse is home to a Theatre, Regional Gallery, Ross Family Studio, Visitor Information Centre, gift shop, conference and meeting facilities, heritage displays, cafe and restaurant. The Glasshouse is purpose designed to accommodate conferences of up to 588 delegates in a fully tiered auditorium or over 100 delegates in the Ross Family Studio, along with ample foyer and breakout spaces over multiple levels, commercial catering facilities and over 600 square metres of international standard Gallery space.
The Glasshouse Regional Gallery is a hub for culture, creativity and the arts. The Gallery showcases around 20 to 25 diverse exhibitions each year featuring contemporary, indigenous, historical, traditional, design and sculptural artworks
Port Jet's beautiful boat the "Wave Rider" is one of Port Macquarie's favourite water-based attractions. Wave Rider is purpose built for our beautiful region, she will blast you out to sea in absolute comfort and safety to spend more time with the whales. Port Jet spends more time on the water per whale watching trip - up to one and a half hours. You can also hop aboard Wave Rider on the 'Ocean Blast' ride and rocket down the coastline in complete safety and comfort to see all of Port Macquarie's beaches. Top speeds on the thrill ride are in excess of 100 kilometres per hour thanks to the three environmentally friendly 300 horsepower V6 outboard engines - a total of 900 horsepower! Port Jet also operates one of the only hire-and-drive jet ski parks in New South Wales. Drive it yourself - no license required.
So 'Follow The Yellow Boat' and come ride with them!
Emerald Downs Golf Course is an 18 hole, privately owned, public Golf Course that is easily accessible to social golfers, social groups and visitors to the Hastings area.
Emerald Downs Golf Course is open for social play 364 days of the year - only closing for Christmas Day. The public course and clubhouse is surrounded by the Emerald Downs Residential Estate, and boarders Lake Innes Nature reserve, along with the lakes and dams the lush natural vegetation house an array of wildlife including a healthy koala and kangaroo population.
Emerald Downs Golf Course caters for all your golfing needs. Facilities include club hire, buggy hire, and electric cart hire. With self-catering barbecue facilities available. Group bookings are welcome.
Port Macquarie Surf School is owned and operated by the Hudson family. They're a local family business surfing in the area since the early 1960's. This is their life and they love sharing their experience and knowledge
Few things in life can give you a bigger buzz than surfing..
Learn to surf with Port Macquarie Surf School. All equipment is provided. You don't have to be young, all ages are catered for. Port Macquarie Surf School offers you an experience you will never forget - learning to surf on the picturesque beaches of Port Macquarie.
They are the longest established surf school in the area. That means they have the years of experience needed to teach all levels of ability and ages. They take their Duty of Care for all their students very seriously and all their coaches are local surfers who know these beaches and waves better than anyone.