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Port's the place

Port Macquarie, perfectly positioned on the New South Wales coast midway between Sydney and Brisbane ... it's as if some supreme architect chose the most beautiful location to showcase both beach and bush, setting it all in a balmy year-round climate.

A necklace of wide golden beaches drapes itself along Port Macquarie's coastline, each stretch of sand linked to the next by a scenic coastal walkway and sharing a line of bountiful surf breaks running down to gentle waves washing the shoreline. Stand on the high clifftops tumbling to the sea and see whales frolicking beyond the foam below ... join fishermen hauling in black bream or swim with dolphins near the river's mouth ... enjoy a free beachside barbecue or picnic spot on grassy slopes next to the water.

Then turn your eyes to the unspoiled natural wonderland just beyond: roam the historic settlement and modern shops in the centre of town; stroll open air craft markets; wine or dine at a waterfront restraurant; enjoy a boat cruise to sample Hastings River oysters fresh from their salty beds; and move on in to Port Macquarie's evergreen countryside, dotted with koala and other animal enclaves, exciting river and mountain adventures, and charming farms offering home-made cheeses, olives, honey, nuts, vegetables and fruit.

Three airlines fly daily scheduled services to Port Macquarie's modern airport, formally named the best in regional Australia. By road, Port Macquarie is reached from Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle and New England well within a comfortable daytime drive.

Port Macquarie's warm, welcoming community offers diversions for all - for children, safe swimming and animal experiences; for families, fishing, camping and budget-priced dining; for couples, spa indulgences, winery picnics and candlelit dining; for thrillseekers, paragliding, mountain biking, abseiling and remote river adventure. Whatever your leisure pleasure ... Port's the place.