With the autumn holidays in Australia fast approaching, parents in Port Macquarie are rushing to figure out how to make the most of their children’s time off school. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of things to do in this vibrant coastal city; you and your family can soak up the natural beauty of New South Wales while also learning and experiencing new things at the five family-attractions below:
If you have older children, a day spent horseback riding through the coastal regions and picturesque hinterland surrounding Port Macquarie is sure to create memories that last a lifetime. Explore Bellrowan Valley’s shady rainforest trails, fully absorbing the peace and quiet that comes with traversing pathways on horseback. Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding are renowned for having gentle, well-trained horses, giving children a chance to appreciate both nature and experience the joys of equine companionship.
Another attraction which will surely instill ecological awareness and appreciation in children of all ages, the Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park is famous for its house of reptiles, known as “Reptopia”, which boasts an impressive collection of snakes. The park is also known for its excellent cafe, which serves up healthy home made treats and fresh ground coffee.
If you have younger children (under ten years of age), there’s no better place to watch them play than Jumbo’s Playland. The mid north coast’s largest indoor soft play centre, the Playland is safe and delightful for children while also offering a comfortable relaxation area for adults.
As parents grow more and more aware of the value of eating fresh locally-grown food, they’re constantly trying to instill healthy eating habits in their children—a job which is sometimes a bit of an uphill climb. Fortunately, at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries, you can make eating better into a fun outing for the whole family by picking your own plump, delicious strawberries together. Children are sure to taste the difference that fresh food offers when they sink their teeth into these ruby delights, famous across New South Wales for their flavour.
Timbertown is much more than just a Park—it’s a true trip back in time, complete with retailers selling historically-themed goods, such as vintage wine and country crafts, and an entire village nestled deep within 87 acres of natural forest. When you go to Timbertown, you leave bustling city life behind and return to a simpler era when daily leisurely strolls and stopping to chat with the neighbours was business-as-usual.
While you’re planning your itinerary, don’t forget that the autumn holidays are also a great time to get your children’s teeth looked after; our family-friendly team at Star Dental Care can help to ensure that you and your children have a happy, healthy holiday.
My name is Jeremy Rourke. I’m part of a family of dentists with my father, brother, cousin and nephew also being dentists. I won a University of Sydney Dental Alumni prize for being the top student in my year and graduated with Honours in 1971. I have been a Registered dentist for over 40 years. In that time I have created a few “firsts” in my efforts to stay ahead.