GREATER PORT MACQUARIE
Port Macquarie lies a 5 minute drive off the Pacific Highway on the mid north coast of New South Wales, and has many award winning tourism attractions and holiday activities for people of all ages. Telegraph Retreat Cottages are situated twenty minutes north of the centre of Port Macquarie. The Greater Port Macquarie info website is a great source of information. There are many art galleries and potteries, vineyards, cafes and tea houses, antique dealers, and garden centres in the local area. A 10km coastal walk can be done as a whole or in sections. Port Macquarie's most popular tourist attraction, Ricardoes Tomatoes and strawberry picking farm is a short ten minute trip from our cottages with an excellent cafe and tomato farm tour at 11am.
If adventure is your passion,we can assist you to book a package including canoeing, horse riding at Bellrowan Valley, four-wheel-drive tours, or indoor rock climbing.There are some excellent local mountain bike tracks both from your cottage and a short drive away. Please ask about our complimentary maps.
Stoney Aqua Park and Waterski school is also located in Telegraph Point and offers a new aqua park, wakeboarding, tubing and waterskiing for all levels.
BEACHES AND NATURE
Greater Port Macquarie has 17 beautiful beaches, water sports, fishing, golf courses, and enchanting bushwalks. The rainforest waterfalls at Ellensborough Falls and the famous Old Bottlebutt tree are amongst some of the North Coast's most beautiful and diverse hinterland.
Telegraph Retreat Cottages are a five minute drive to the waterways of the Wilson River offering boating and kayak enthusiasts excellent fishing and water skiing, as well as picturesque scenery for cruising. Using the waterways, visitors are able to cruise their way by boat to Port Macquarie, and further out to sea, for some spectacular ocean fishing, jet boat rides or river cruises.
WINERIES AND RESTAURANTS
Port Macquarie has a multitude of restaurants and cafes to choose from. A great guide to eating out in the area has been compiled by Gourmand and Gourmet.
The local area also has a number of wineries with added attractions for the kids. Check out Bago Maze and winery in the Wauchope hinterland with the added temptation of a delicious chocolate shop, or the horseriding at Cassegrain winery.
You may be lucky enough to spot a koala in the wild when you are visiting Port Macquarie but, if not, the Koala Hospital in town runs a guided tour every day at 3p.m. There is also an excellent wildlife park at Billabong Zoo with koalas, snow leopards and lions.
If live koalas are not your thing, the Hello Koalas sculpture trail is located throughout the Greater Port Macquarie area with 62 koalas painted by local artists.