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Published September 25th 2022
The holiday that won't burn a hole in your pocket
Holidaymakers have been flocking to Port Macquarie in droves and it's not difficult to see why. As you arrive in this NSW North Coast town, you'll find plenty of things to do that won't burn a hole in your pocket.

Town Beach Breakwall

Town Beach Breakwall
One of the painted rocks


For impressive views of the Hastings River, a leisurely stroll along the Town Beach Breakwall is a must. Many of the breakwall rocks have also been painted with colourful messages and tributes. So, do take the time to admire them. You can start the walk from either Town Green or Town Beach. If you'd like to work those leg muscles, feel free to continue on the nine-kilometre coastal trek to Tacking Point Lighthouse.

Tacking Point Lighthouse

Tacking Point Lighthouse
Tacking Point Lighthouse


However, for those who prefer not to do the walk, you can drive to the Tacking Point Lighthouse via Pacific Drive turning off at Lighthouse Road. Built in 1879, the cement-rendered brick lighthouse is only 8 metres high due to its 34-metre elevation. The view from this point is just incredible.

lighthouse beach
Lighthouse Beach


Until automation in 1919, keepers lived in a cottage next to the lighthouse. The cottage has since been removed but its foundations can still be seen today. Although the pay was good, a keeper's job tend to be rather isolated. His wife and children also had limited social life. But, the women were very resourceful growing their own fruits and vegetables, looking after livestock and doing all sorts of household chores.

keepers cottage
Foundations of keepers cottage


Koala Hospital

Informally known as the koala capital, Port Macquarie is home to the Koala Hospital which rescues and rehabilitates around 250 koalas annually. The koala population constantly faces threats such as loss of habitat, disease, injury and attack. Hence, this licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility plays an important role in helping to prevent their extinction.

koala hospital
Exhibit koalas


Koalas who are not suitable for release become permanent residents at the hospital and can be viewed by visitors every day except Christmas Day. Each of these koalas has a story to tell. For example, Evans Head CW sustained a ruptured eye and limb injuries after being hit by a car. His left eye has been removed and his permanent brain injury unfortunately does not allow him to survive in his home range.

koalaseum
One of the displays in the koalaseum


You'll get to learn more about these furry friends at the hospital's koalaseum. There's a gift shop onsite too if you'd like to purchase any souvenirs. The hospital is located on the grounds of Roto House at the corner of Lord Street and Roto Place.

Roto House

Roto House
Roto House


Although not open to the public, this historic 11-room Roto House can be admired from the outside. It was constructed from local red mahogany in 1891 by surveyor John Flynn. His family lived here until 1979.

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

Sunshine
Sunshine


Featuring over eighty sculptures, the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is a fun way to discover more of the Port Macquarie area. The metre-high fibreglass sculptures have been individually designed and hand-painted by talented Australian artists. My favourite would have to be Berry Beautiful by Fiona Morgan. It can be found at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries Farm in Blackmans Point and its design aptly celebrates the strawberry fruit. Here's a map to help you in your search for all the koalas.

Berry Beautiful
Berry Beautiful

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