Port Macquarie Things to Do

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    The Walk

    by iandsmith Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    On the Charles Uptin, overlooking Oxley Beach

    Actually, it's a series of named walks that meander around the beachfront. If Port has done something other places should take note of it's walks.
    They have gone to a great deal of trouble to encourage people to stroll around the beachfront and more power to them I say.
    The optimum point to start is somewhere before the breakwall beside the CBD and then follow the painted rocks until you reach Town Beach where you turn right onto Charles Uptin Walk which will, in turn, take you to Doctor's Walk.

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    Little Beach

    by iandsmith Written Sep 4, 2004

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    Typical Australian scene

    This is located about 15 minutes south of Port Macquarie at a village called Bonny Hills. This headland in spring attracts many birds, notably the red-tailed cockatoo, a spectacular and clumsy black parrot that comes in to feed on the banksias when they're in bloom.
    Little Beach was once the scene of a fatal shark attack many years ago.
    Sometimes you can get good surf here, though nearby Rainbow Beach is usually a better option, and fishing is also a common pastime.
    As it's a nature reserve you can feel with some certainty that if you choose to go here it will be in the same condition as when this picture was taken.

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    Timbertown - part 1

    by iandsmith Updated Aug 23, 2004

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    How could you not love your draught horse

    Timbertown is an attempt at creating what a community from the late 19th and early 20th century might have looked like.
    Personally, I have always enjoyed the atmosphere there, except one day when I was doing a call at one of the restaurants and the temperature in the shade was, wait for it, 43 degrees. Heaven knows what it was in the carpark where I pulled up.
    That day was an exception however and, with the wonderfully tall and shady trees around, it provided some relief. Most of the time it's very pleasant temperature wise.
    This is a shot of Mandy and one of her horses. I wouldn't say Mandy likes horses. No, that would be totally inadequate. Passionately in love with our four footed bretheren would be getting closer but still inadequate. To find out how passionate, go see her and her horses. Allow half an hour if you're not interested in horses, all day if you are.

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    Comboyne

    by iandsmith Written Aug 18, 2004

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    Al fresco dining at its finest, mind the leeches

    One of the unspoilt gems of the Australian rainforest, this is one of the most accessible yet least visited areas I know of.
    Stunningly beautiful waterfalls, magnificent forest, abundant wildlife; it's all there for the nature lover and only 40 minutes from Port Macquarie.
    Apart from Ellenborough Falls, hardly anyone is aware of how many cascades they are driving past. I've unearthed scores over the last decade and continue to be amazed at the wealth of beauty that abounds in this area. If all that isn't enough then the vistas off Upper Landsdowne Road across to the Tasman Sea would be enough to satisfy the jaded viewer of landscapes.
    There is limited accommodation in the town so staying at Port Macquarie isn't a bad option if you want to see the area. There is a cafe and small supermarket in the town when you're up there so you won't starve.

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    Ellenborough Falls

    by iandsmith Written Aug 18, 2004

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    A world of its own

    One of Australia's best known waterfalls, Ellenborough is situated on the high plateau and lush rolling hills around Elands, about an hour's drive from Port Macquarie.
    These days there are some good facilities there. For instance, there is a kiosk, toilets, tables and chairs and a sealed carpark, the latter in contrast to the dirt road you will have to traverse to get there.
    There is a 600 metre walk around to the opposite side where there is a lookout and a wooden stairway to the base of the falls.
    These falls are one of scores that abound in the area. To find the others requires research or someone who knows the area.
    You can see some of what I'm talking about in my Comboyne pages.

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    Port Macquarie

    by iandsmith Updated Aug 12, 2004

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    Sunset at the river mouth

    Port, as it is commonly known, has long been a popular holiday destination with Australians, particularly those from southern regions.
    It has a wonderful climate and is set on the Pacific Coast though frankly I don't rate its beaches too highly except for Lighthouse Beach.
    Because the Hastings River exits beside the town here, it is a good spot for fishing.
    It has comprehensive shopping areas and many clubs, the largest being Port Panthers that has an interesting wooden sculpture in the foyer from the Phillipines called "Igorot", the deer man.
    There is heaps of accommodation (over 60 motels at last count) to cater for all tastes and sporting facilities in abundance, such as golf, tennis, bowls etc.
    There is a riverside caravan park adjacent to the breakwall that also has on site cabins. The restaurant choice in the town has also boomed in the last decade and the over 30,000 population will soon be passing 40,000 before you know it.

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    Timbertown - part V

    by iandsmith Written Aug 11, 2004

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    Looks like tractor, sounds like a tractor, is one

    Scattered around the venue are bits of equipment and machinery, such as this steam tractor here.
    It all adds to the atmosphere and there are no security guards around to keep you at arms length. You can touch and feel the beasts and, as described elsewhere, hear their roar as they burst with life.
    It costs nothing to get in and thus is one of the best value theme parks anywhere!

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    Timbertown - part III

    by iandsmith Written Aug 11, 2004

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    Chug a lug chug a lug

    There are many more engines than train engines on display however. There is a replica old timber mill with machines still working, tended by keen volunteers.
    The sound of the piston punching power through and the sight of a massive flywheel continuing the power brings a glow to the hearts of the mechanically minded.
    Actually seeing these old machines working is something that many children find fascinating.

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    Timbertown - part II

    by iandsmith Written Aug 11, 2004

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    Just like new

    As you enter Timbertown, one of the first things you come across is the railway station. There is a small loop of railway track and the train, with passenger carriages, goes every hour.
    The exuding steam gasping in the filtered sunlight, the whistle beckoning patrons, the chuff-chuff as it commences its run, just try keeping your kids off that one!
    The train is of the type used to haul logs a century ago and its circuit through the forest is a fair indicator of the type of terrain this vehicle would have traversed in its heyday.

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    Some interesting things to see.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 29, 2003

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    St. Thomas's Anglican Church (1828).

    In historic terms, Port Macquarie is the most significant town between Newcastle and the Queensland border.

    If you want to see interesting things, have a look at the Marina, beaches, Tacking Point Lighthouse,Gaol Point Lookout, the Observatory, St. Thomas's Anglican Church (1828), The Historic Graves, the Museum and the Port Macquarie Courthouse (1869).

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    Check out the beaches

    by unravelau Written May 8, 2006

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    Northern beach and entry to river
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    Anyone who knows me, knows that I just love the beach. I will always live close to the beach, so if I decide to move to Port Macquarie I will be well looked after in that regard.

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