When I decided to go to Sydney for my studies, deep inside I knew that I would never, ever, spend all my months there in the busy city alone. Australia has oh so much more to offer!! Eager to see more of the country, the first weekend away got planned in the first four days there. We rented a car and drove 386 km to the north: off to Port Macquarie! Now I must say that driving on the left for the first time was a challenge for all of us, but after 5 hours of driving we finally arrived safe at our little hippie hostel in the city! The days that followed were filled with whale watching, camel riding, exploring the east coast, wandering in a forest full of bats, eating the best breakfasts, hanging out at the beach and seeing koala’s – AND I LOVED IT! If you’re going to Australia, definitely stop here and explore!
I thought I’d share some of the places we visited and the pictures I took during this trip:
Milkbar Town Beach
This is by far the best place to have breakfast at in Port Macquarie! It’s a coffee place that offers homemade sweets and a good wholesome range of food. The meals are cheap and – for the instagrammers out there – look really good. We came here multiple times for our morning coffees and breakfast! You can find Milkbar in William Street.
Next to kangaroos (of course) koalas were one of the animals I really wanted to see whilst in Australia. I FINALLY SAW THEM – and they were the cutest thing ever! Some were sleeping and others were moving in the trees. At the Koala Hospital you can not only see the koalas up close (for free) and wander around. You can even ADOPT a koala. In the hospital you can see koalas who have injuries from for example fires and are recovering. Each koala has a name and you kind read their story on the posters outside the enclosure where they are in. The volunteers who care for the koalas in this hospital do an amazing job – so please do leave a donation if you can!
Just driving around
Would recommend! If you have a car just take it, drive around and explore. With just driving around (and a little bit of help from Google maps) we found most places. We saw the most gorgeous views around the coast line of the town, dolphins and the most fancy houses/neighbourhood I’ve ever seen! I think a car is a must for exploring Port Macquarie.
Whale-watching cruises depart daily when the whales are migrating (most chance to see them between May and November). Unfortunately, there was a bit of a storm and we didn’t really see the whales (only their tails and some water splashing around). But, that’s the “risk” you take when seeing the whales in their natural habitat! Going on the boat was great fun anyway.
Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park
In this park, one minute you’ll feel like you’re in a desert in Africa, a couple meters away from that it’s like autumn in the Netherlands and a couple more meters away it feels like a tropical paradise! We felt like we saw literally every type of landscape in this park and it was the weirdest thing ever. It’s a great place to escape town life and get lost. But that’s not all: there are also BATS. A lot of them. That’s the only thing I didn’t like – especially when they were flying around like crazy.
Camel Safari on Lighthouse Beach
All I can say about this is that riding these funny animals on the beach was great fun! Camels seriously make the strangest noises in the world. I only wish the ride was longer.. ghehe! The guys doing the safari took good care of the animals, so you don’t have to worry about that. And you got all the time in the world to take pictures with them. Conclusion: definitely do a camel safari if you’re in the area.
Have you been in Port Macquarie?