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Port Macquarie Holidays Overview
Port Macquarie is a coastal town lying at the mouth of the Hastings River, about 420km north of Sydney, and 500 km south of Brisbane.
Port Macquarie has had a mixed history since being noted by Captain Cook in 1770. In 1821 a penal settlement was established with 60 convicts clearing land, building the settlement, and establishing farms. A sugar mill was built in 1824. Free settlers started arriving in 1830 and the final convicts were relocated in 1847. In the 1860's farmers began to arrive. In the 1960's the town was discovered as a tourist destination and has remained popular with holiday makers ever since.
Visitors to Port Macquarie have plenty of options to select from. The early historic convict buildings can be explored. Lovers of water sports are well catered for with the both a river and the beach. Fishing, including river, beach and deep sea, swimming, surfing, wind surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, and river cruising are just some of the water activities available. National parks, golf, and camel rides are other outdoor pursuits.
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Carnival of the Pines is held the first Sunday of October each year. This is an extremely colourful fund raising street parade with floats from various community groups. There is dancing, entertainment, and food, followed by a Town Green Carnival of Markets. This is an extremely family friendly fun event.
Port Macquarie Bream Classic is one of Australia's most popular Bream Classic events and is held in October each year. Competitors compete in teams of 2 and can catch up to 5 bream daily. Starting at 1.30 pm each day, the catch will be weighed in live each day on the Town Green and the largest combined weight from both days will be the winner.
Port Macquarie Cup Race Day is held on a Friday in October. This is a great day for anyone who loves the thrills and excitement of a country race track. Air conditioning in the stand, alcohol, betting, TAB, and full catering give this the full race flavour. No alcohol is allowed to be brought into the racetrack.
holidays - How to Get There
FLIGHTS. Port Macquarie is serviced with flights to and from Sydney, Brisbane, and Coffs Harbour. QantasLink has four return flights every weekday to Sydney and two daily on the weekends.
Virgin Blue flies twice daily between Port Macquarie and Sydney. Brindabella Airlines flies to Coffs Harbour and Brisbane twice a day