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Port Macquarie, a place where connection is commonplace


As part of the new content series on ‘Good Humans, Good Content’ we’re looking to explore great places, events and activities which centre around connection, wellbeing and happiness. 

One of those places, which I was invited to check out recently is Port Macquarie. A great spot for families, singles and couples alie this vibrant coastal town located in New South Wales, Australia has so much to offer. 

I was blown away by its stunning beaches, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard, or seen them before. Breathtaking views and stunning surf, water babies are in heaven in this blue dream!

The picturesque landscapes are also out of this world, coupled with the undeniable warm community spirit, Port Macquarie fosters a strong sense of connection among its residents, which is palpable by visitors upon arrival.

The town offers a wide range of activities and initiatives that promote community engagement and bring people together. Local businesses which are high on the list to check out to experience this renowned community spirit are:

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

Worth a visit to see the incredible work of the local community first-hand, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is such a special place. Visitors are invited to meet residents (adorable koalas) who have been rescued and learn about their stories. Whether they’ve been saved from bush fires or picked up from the side of the road following a collision with a car, these gorgeous animals, which are akin to Aussie culture, are sure to put a smile on all visitor’s faces.

Other options for your wildlife and animal fix are Billabong Zoo and Koala Wildlife Park.

Bago Maze and Winery

With so much to offer visitors, the Bago Maze and Winery also caters for little kids and big kids. The sprawling acreage provides the perfect spot to sample a sip of the wine, whilst the kids explore the maze and try to escape. Located in the winery is the Baba Lila Chocolate Shop, which offers chocolate making workshops, which leaves the kids entertained and satisfied with a sugary treat to take away, which they made themselves – impressive!

Port Jet whale watching

Whale Watching season is from Jun – Nov each year and it’s safe to say that Port Macquarie packs a punch when it comes to whale spotting. Port Jet WHale Watching provides local insight and warm service as standard on its tours which depart every day. The wonderful approachable team are super friendly and insanely knowledgeable about the best spots out at sea to spy these majestic animals in their natural environment.

Ricardo’s Tomatoes 

This local favourite provides a hybrid of the two – a fun activity and foodie heaven with NSW’s best scones (it’s official). Kids can enjoy picking from the strawberries and tomatoes a-plenty. Then the whole family can take a seat in the welcoming restaurant, which is always bustling with patrons (including locals and visitors).

One of the key factors that contribute to the strong sense of connection in Port Macquarie is that these activities offer opportunities for residents and visitors to connect with nature and bond with one another.

From art exhibitions and live performances to workshops and festivals, there is always something happening in Port Macquarie that brings people from all walks of life together.

One thing that really stood out to me are the community organisations and volunteer groups play a vital role in strengthening the bonds within Port Macquarie. These include:

  • Landcare Community Nursery. 0432141605.
  • Port Macquarie Surfing Museum. 113 Horton Street, Port Macquarie.
  • Blokes Notes. MacAdams Music Centre, 33 Lord Street, Port Macquarie.

Whether it’s a local sports team, a conservation group, or a charity organisation, these groups provide platforms for residents to come together, collaborate, and make a positive impact on the community. Participating in volunteer work or joining a club not only helps individuals connect with like-minded people but also contributes to the overall well-being of Port Macquarie.

Port Macquarie also fosters connection through its regular community events. The town hosts various festivals, markets, and community gatherings that attract locals and visitors alike. These events create opportunities for people to socialise, celebrate, and strengthen their bonds. Whether it’s the annual River Festival, the vibrant farmers’ markets, or the community-organised street fairs, these events create a sense of unity and togetherness among the residents.

Furthermore, Port Macquarie is known for its strong emphasis on health and wellness. The town offers a range of fitness and recreational activities that encourage people to lead an active lifestyle and connect with others who share similar health goals. From yoga classes on the beach to group fitness sessions in the park, these activities not only promote physical well-being but also provide avenues for social interaction and connection.

In conclusion, Port Macquarie is a town that thrives on connection and community engagement. Its natural beauty, vibrant cultural scene, active community organisations, and regular events all contribute to the strong sense of togetherness among its residents. 

Whether it’s enjoying outdoor adventures, participating in cultural activities, volunteering, or attending community events, there are endless opportunities for individuals to connect with one another and foster a deep sense of belonging. Port Macquarie truly exemplifies the power of community and the importance of human connection.