Port Macquarie Info Port Macquarie is a medium sized coastal town with a population at last count of 71,407 residents. It is located approx 4.5 hours,420 kms (260 miles) north of Sydney or approx 7 hours, 510km (314 miles) south of Brisbane. Port Macquarie has it all as a holiday destination. Fabulous surfing beaches and cool lakes are set against a backdrop of mountains and rainforest, creating the perfect holiday environment. You can do everything - fishing, golf, tennis, water sports or choose to do nothing but relax. The Port Macquarie Hastings area provides a treasure trove of things to do, for both visitors and locals. • River cruises and water sports • Whale watching cruises and dolphin spotting • Excellent river, beach and ocean fishing • Wineries, restaurants and cafes • Several golf courses • Local arts and crafts • Regional art gallery • Cinemas, theatre and live music • Film festivals • Beautiful hinterland rainforest and national parks for scenic bushwalks • A range of sporting events and competitions We have put together some websites and information to assist you planning your trip to the Boss Nationals 2010. For visitor information including dinning, activities, maps, shopping and more visit www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au. They also have some great downloadable ‘ebrochures’ to help you plan your trip and other activities, the brochures can be downloaded from www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au/pages/ebrochures/ Weather October in Port Macquarie is the second month of Spring and generally the weather is mild. With temperatures not usually dropping below 12 degrees (53F) and maximum temperatures not over 24 degree (75F) it is the perfect time to enjoy the area. For more information, www.weatherzone.com.au can provide all the technical data you could dream of. Getting There By Road From Sydney, follow the Pacific Highway north. It is a 4.5 hour drive to Port Macquarie. From Brisbane, it is a 7 hour drive south. The Oxley Highway, over the Great Dividing Range, provides access from Tamworth and Western New South Wales. If you don’t want drive yourself, but would prefer to go by coach have a look at the following sites. For Greyhound Australia coach information and bookings:www.greyhound.com.au For Premier Motor Service coach information and bookings:www.premierms.com.au Rail CountryLink operates three XPT train services daily between Sydney and the Mid North Coast and return (stopping at Wauchope station). One service is supplied with a connecting coach service from Wauchope station to Port Macquarie. For further information and on line bookings: www.countrylink.com.au or call 13 22 32 (within Australia). Port Macquarie Airport Port Macquarie Airport is developed, owned, operated and managed by Port Macquarie- Hastings Council. Port Macquarie Airport also supports a general aviation sector including charter, training and maintenance facilities. The airport is operational 24 hours a day and handles approximately 30,000 aircraft movements each year. Port Macquarie Airport is conveniently located just five kilometres west of Port Macquarie's CBD. The airport services the Port Macquarie-Hastings and wider Mid North Coast region of NSW, being located approximately midway between Sydney and Brisbane. Port Macquarie is serviced by regular Qantas, Brindabella Airlines and Virgin Blue flights. Regular services between Sydney and Port Macquarie operate daily with flying time up to one hour on Qantas and Virgin Blue, and 1.5 hours from Brisbane on Brindabella. Contact the airlines directly or book through an agent such as the Flight Centre www.flightcentre.com.au/fcweb/flights/domestic/ Qantas has four return flights every weekday to Sydney and two daily on the weekends, utilising the DASH 8 400 (up to 72 seats) and 300 series. The new Q-400 was introduced to Port Macquarie Airport on 25 August 2008. Contact QantasLink 13 13 13 for bookings (within Australia). Virgin Blue flies twice daily to/from Sydney using the new 78- seat Embraer jets. Contact Virgin Blue 13 67 89 (within Australia). Brindabella Airlines flies to Coffs Harbour and Brisbane twice a day on either the J-41 or Metro III (up to 30 seats). Contact Brindabella Airlines 1300 668 824 (within Australia). Getting Around Local Buses Buses operate from the railway station, shopping centres and most beaches, and travel to most towns and areas around the Greater Port Macquarie region. Busways is the local bus company that services the Greater Port Macquarie region. A full range of local bus timetables is available at the Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Centre or on-line at www.busways.com.au. Car Hire Some car hire companies that operate within Australia are: Hertz – www.hertz.com.au Avis - www.avis.com.au Thrifty -www.thrifty.com.au Budget - www.budget.com.au Europcar- www.europcar.com.au Maui RV Hire- www.maui.com.au Others are available, so have a look at what suits your needs. Port Macquarie also have some local car hire companies, their information is available from www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au click on their “getting there” page and you will see a link for the local car hire companies. Attractions Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park - This Park houses a range of native animals including koalas, wombats, kangaroos and a variety of birds. Historic Court House - Built in 1869, this court house is the only 19th century government building still standing in Port Macquarie. Historic Museum - Contains memorabilia reflecting the social history of the region. Immerse yourself in the history of the Port Macquarie area. Kooloonbung Creek Nature Reserve - A great place for bird watching and walking. Also home to thousands of fruit bats who create a spectacular aerial display at dusk. Macquarie Nature Reserve - Home to the Koala Hospital and Research Centre. Mid-North Coast Maritime Museum - A comprehensive record of Australia’s maritime history with displays of model ships, relics of shipwrecks and photographs. Sunset Gallery - Display of local and regional artists including pottery, glassware, silk scarves and wood turning. Port Macquarie Observatory - Observe our wonderful solar system with the help of this telescope and planetarium. Tacking Point Lighthouse - The third oldest lighthouse on the Australian coast. A walking track begins at the Lighthouse and leads to Flynn’s Beach, taking in magnificent views of the beaches along the way. Roto House - A prime example of a pioneering country house that is easily seen from the grounds of the nature reserve. St Thomas’ Church - Built by convicts in 1824-1828, the church now contains many local artifacts. Sea Acres Rainforest Centre - Set in one of the last remaining areas of coastal rainforest in Australia, the reserve contains a number of endangered species of flora and fauna. Take a guided tour along the boardwalk. Everglades Art Gallery - A display of Australian art and pottery. Camel tours - Ride a camel along Lighthouse Beach. Sightseeing - Take a tour around Port Macquarie which takes in beautiful rivers, waterfalls and spectacular views of the mountains. Wine tasting - Be sure to visit Bago Vineyards, the Holiday Coast's most picturesque vineyard nestled amidst National Park and State Forests. Open daily for tasting and cellar door sales, local produce and cheese, picnic and BBQ facilities. Jazz concerts held monthly. Other notable wineries in the area include Cassegrain's and Lake Innes. **Please note – this information is provided as a guide only and has been put together using information available at the time, we recommend that you complete your own enquires regarding your plans to ensure that that your expectations are met**.