Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

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Port Macquarie is a coastal city in the local government area of Port Macquarie-Hastings. It is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, about 390 km (242 mi) north of Sydney, and 570 km south of Brisbane. The city is located on the Tasman Sea and South Pacific Ocean coast, at the mouth of the Hastings River, and at the eastern end of the Oxley Highway. The city with its suburbs had a population of 45,698 in June 2016.  

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Port Macquarie is a coastal city in the local government area of Port Macquarie-Hastings. It is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, about 390 km (242 mi) north of Sydney, and 570 km south of Brisbane. The city is located on the Tasman Sea and South Pacific Ocean coast, at the mouth of the Hastings River, and at the eastern end of the Oxley Highway. The city with its suburbs had a population of 45,698 in June 2016.  

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Our region is home to a rich history of diverse heritage offerings waiting to be discovered. Step back in time and learn of the first inhabitants of our region the Birpai people, visit historical sites dating back to our British settlement in 1821, discover interpretive heritage walks or take a guided tour where our unique stories are shared. Our public artworks, artist galleries and studios scattered throughout the region will delight and inspire. Enjoy a diverse collection of exhibitions, artist talks, workshops and education programs to appeal for all. You can even take a trail throughout the region and discover 60 large scale koala sculptures hand painted by selected artists.  

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Port Macquarie was named by John Oxley after the governor of NSW, Lachlan Macquarie in 1818. The Hastings river was named after the governor general of India at around the same time. Although the area had been first noticed by Captain Cook on his voyage along the coast in 1770 and again later by Matthew Flinders in 1802, it was not explored in any detail until Oxley returned in 1819. Macquarie initiated Oxley's expedition as he was interested in the sites potential as a penal settlement. The penal settlement would be established in 1821 under Captain Francis Allman who landed at the ""town green"" at the top of what is now Clarence Street. Captain Allman immediately began directing the 60 convicts sent to establish the settlement, to clear the area of trees and begin farming in order to become self-sufficient. Timber supplies further south near Newcastle where dwindling providing further impetus to the clearing. Sugar Cane was first grown in Australia on the site by a prisoner from the West Indies and a sugar mill was established in 1824. The penal settlement endured into the early 1840's after the area was opened up to free settlers in 1830. After being hard hit by the depression in 1840 and the final relocation of the remaining convict labour in 1847, the settlement began declining. The town began to recover in the early 1860's upon the arrival of pastoralists and by the 1880's the town had a Catholic Church, a bank, a newspaper and local government was formed in 1887. The North Coast Railway passed by Port Macquarie in 1910 changing the way goods were transported marking the end of the town's harbour traffic. Throughout the 1960's the town experienced rapid growth and its popularity as a holiday spot was beginning to manifest. Today the town has more than 40,000 residents and is a popular tourist destination and the old buildings that remain are a testament to the towns colourful history.  

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A hydroponic farm growing strawberries and tomatoes. You can pick your own strawberries while the tomatoes can be bought inside the main shop. The shop also sells products made from these fruits including preserves, relish and sauces.  

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most of the amusement parks in Port Macquarie have now closed down, and show no signs of re-opening. Port Macquarie is still blessed with numerous great beaches: Flynns Beach. Located in the resort precinct of Flynns Beach, this is a great tourist beach. With good waves for surfing, commonly patrolled areas, lots of shady spots under the Norfolk Pines and a cafe, Flynns is an excellent family beach. Parking can be a major hassle during summer, so either arrive early or be prepared for a walk. Shelly Beach. Located right next to Sea Acres this beach has good waves on the northern end, and a semi-protected rock pool for snorkeling and children to the south. Barbecue areas are available, but no food stores are on the beach. Parking here is very hard at the best of times, so arrive very early, or park at the top of Shelly Beach Road and walk down. It's an easy 800 m or so walk. Town Beach. The most central beach in Port Macquarie. The southern end is the family end, and patrolled by life savers. It also has a great beach front cafe. The northern end is the surf end, and is NOT recommended for poor swimmers or families as it commonly has strong currents, and submerged rocks. Parking is not as bad as the other beaches, but if you're staying in town, simply follow the footpath from Town Green along the breakwater. A small skate-park is located nearby. A Walk Around Port Macquarie Nature Park Kooloonbung Nature Park. This is an interesting walk around a body of water rich in aquatic life. The walk takes you through mangroves, paperbark and eucalypt forest as well as sedge land and wet land. There is a wide variety of bird life and while you are looking up keep your eyes open for a koala. There are a lot of flying foxes roosting in the trees during the day so while looking up be careful you don't get something dropping in your eye. You'll know when you are in the flying fox area as you hear them squealing and squabbling all day long. Keep your eyes peeled for a water dragon, they are common near the water.  

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By air: QANTAS provides up to three flights per day from Kingsford Smith International Airport, on Dash aircraft. The flight to or from Sydney takes about an hour. Virgin Blue operates a low cost service, several flights daily, to and from both Sydney and Brisbane. Bookings for both can be handled online or at most Qantas offices. During the middle of the year and in holiday times, flights into and out of Port Macquarie are quite easy to get seats on, however, early bookings are highly recommended for flights in school holidays, especially the summer break. Flights to other regional or capital cities are not currently available directly from Port Macquarie, but connecting flights are very easy to get in Sydney. By bus: Both Greyhound and Premier Motor Service run multiple daily bus services to and from Port Macquarie to and from Sydney and Brisbane. Sydney buses arrive and depart Central Railway Station in Central Sydney and take approximately 8 h to travel between Port Macquarie and Sydney. Brisbane buses depart and arrive at the Roma St Transit Centre in Central Brisbane and take approximately 10 h to cover the distance. In Port Macquarie, all buses drop off at the Port Macquarie Coach Station on the southern side of the Central Business District.The main shopping area is located withing easy walking distance from this station, and some hostels, hotels and a caravan park are located within a distance that you could walk if have not too much luggage. Otherwise, the coach station has a public phone to call a taxi, or hotel for pick up, but most hotel owners and taxi drivers know when the buses arrive and will be waiting for you anyway. By train: Port Macquarie does not have a railway station, but approximately 20 min west of Port Macquarie is Wauchope, which is serviced by the North Coast Railway Line. Services to Wauchope originate at Central Station in Sydney and take around 7 h. Wauchope is serviced by three trains a day from Sydney. One train terminates at Grafton, another terminates at Casino, and a third continues to Brisbane. CountryLink Rail Services arriving or departing during the day and the early afternoon are connected to Port Macqaurie by bus, which must be booked at the same time as booking your rail ticket.Services departing or arriving early in the morning or late at night are more of a challenge, as this connection is not availble, and no public transport services Wauchope at this time. Then, you have to stay in Wauchope or get a taxi back to Port Macqaurie, which can be extremely expensive. For this reason, arrival by rail at these times is not recommended. By car: Port Macquarie is the eastern start point for the Oxley Highway which runs from there westwards through Wauchope to join up with the New England highway miles inland When travelling from the south (Sydney)via the Pacific Highway you need to take the exit ramp for Wauchope/Walcha/Port Macquarie on the left hand side of the road. Take this exit, turn RIGHT at the large roundabout,and follow this road into all the way into central Port Macquarie where it terminates. At the doughnut there is a new bypass road direct into the city and some GPS systems will still try to take you on the old road. Dont be confused, just go straight thrugh all roundabouts and you will get to the city. When travelling from the north you will enter an 80 km/h zone and cross the Hastings River over a bridge signposted as Dennis Bridge. After crossing the bridge, the exit is located immediately to the left. Follow this road all the way into town.  

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