The award-winning Port Macquarie Historical Society and Museum is right in the CBD and is well worth a visit.
The museum, its collection and themed displays tell the stories of Port Macquarie's rich and unique history and heritage. From the first settlers, the Birpai people to British settlement in 1821 through to Port Macquarie's contemporary history as a tourist resort and sea-change town.
The collection includes a Raphael Clint sundial associated with the Port Macquarie penal settlement, a Wedgwood toilet bowl from Lake Innes House, a sugar crushing mill used to process sugar crops grown along the Hastings River, and Lionel Lindsay's watercolours of Port Macquarie in the early 1900s.
The museum regularly has coffee mornings with guest speakers and the next is scheduled for June 19. More on the museum here.