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Things to Do

Discover plenty of things to do in Port Macquarie when staying at our hotel

Rydges Port Macquarie is the ideal halfway stopover between Sydney and Brisbane. Guests will find plenty of things to do in Port Macquarie with magnificent beaches, pristine rainforest, inland waterways, premier shopping, fabulous cafes and restaurants and world-class theatres and art galleries all nearby.

Our prime location affords guests plenty of things to do in Port Macquarie. Among the options are:

Port Macquarie Whale Watching

Chinese Junk

Enjoy Port Macquarie River Cruises aboard our beautiful and interesting authentic Chinese Junk with a friendly, experienced and knowledgeable Captain. We strive to make your river cruising experience a memorable occasion.

Be lulled on one of our two hour trips, either one of our tasty fish & chip lunch cruises or a yummy morning tea while taking in the picturesque Hastings River with our informative commentary.

Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures

Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures operate two whale watching boats which allows you to watch humpbacks passing close to Port Macquarie on their migration from May to November each year. Venture out onto the open ocean and see the all of the wonderment that it has to offer while Whale Watching with the Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures.

Port Macquarie Wineries

Bago Vineyards And Maze

Located in New South Wales, about half way between Sydney and Brisbane, Bago Vineyards and Maze is an easy drive from either capital on the Pacific Highway. Drive through towering eucalypt forest, which opens out to rolling countryside and acres of vines. Perched high on the hill, the Winery and Cellar Door overlook the Bago Vineyards and Maze, making it the ideal spot to sit and take in the scenery.

We are a family friendly venue with plenty of room for the kids to run around on the grass- or you can lost them in the Bago Maze. The region is renowned for its beautiful weather and scenery, while facilities and accommodation for tourists is plentiful. Bago Vineyards and Maze is open from 9.30am – 5pm, 7 days a week (closed Christmas Day).  Last entry to the Maze is at 4pm each day. 

Cassegrain Winery

Cassegrain Wines is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful scenery and some of the best wine that NSW has to offer. The Cassegrain Winery features extensive grounds, a formal ground with picnic areas, and over 2,000 rose bushes lining the entrance to the winery making it an ideal picnicking spot. 

Douglas Vale Vineyard

In the centre of Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, a unique historic tourist attraction has been developed by the local community to bring back and interpret the last remaining fabric of a successful wine industry of the 1800’s.

In 1863 the Vineyard was planted with Isabella Vines by George Francis and family. The Isabella Vine has a long history and questionable origin. There are various accounts of it having originated in the United States in the North and South Carolinas, New England, and the region around New York. It was introduced into Europe before 1830, where it was extensively cultivated for the production of wine. Today in Australia the Isabella vine is rare. Douglas Vale is one of only a handful of vineyards producing port from this grape.

Inneslake Vineyards & Little Fish Cafe

Set in the truly beautiful surroundings of Inneslake Vineyards, Little Fish Cafe is a most popular destination for lunch as well as morning teas. The menu is contemporary and changes regularly.

Located Only eight minutes west of Port Macquarie. It is a fabulous destination for a wonderful, unforgettable experience, with plenty of parking and lots of space for large group bookings and for the kids to run around on the open lawn areas.

Planted in 1988, Inneslake wines were immediately well received, winning medals at the Hunter Valley Wine Show. The Charley family have owned the property known as Inneslake for nearly 100 years and have been engaged in timber milling and fruit growing activities in that time. On this land Major Innes planted vines over 160 years ago. The range includes: Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot, Mist & Tawny Port, as well as two wines bottled under the Little Fish label – Summer White and Summer Red.


Want to visit any of these great vineyard and wineries and need somewhere nearby to stay? Why not try one of our conveniently located Standard King Rooms? Alternatively, you can view the full range and book now.

Port Macquarie Markets

Port Macquarie has a number of different markets for you to explore and bargain hunt. There are small and large markets held all over the area of Port Macquarie every day of the week, so there’s something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the culture at Port Macquarie markets.


8:00am to 1:00pm Port Macquarie Art Society Market Bazaar Hamilton House, 198 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie.

1st SATURDAY of the Month

8:00am to 11:30am Uniting Church Markets Uniting Church, Corner Oxley Highway & Sherwood Road, Port Macquarie.
8:00am to 1:00pm Wauchope Community Markets and Arts Bazaar Uniting Church, Hastings Street, Wauchope.

1st SUNDAY of the Month

8:00am to 1:00pm Kendall Showground Markets Kendall Showground, Batar Creek Road, Kendall.

2nd SATURDAY of the Month

9:00am to 1:30pm John’s River Country Markets Johns River Community Hall & Recreation Reserve, Johns River Road.
8:00am to 12:00pm Mums and Bubs Market St Paul’s High School, Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie.
8:00am to 1:00pm The Foreshore Market (Port Macquarie Hastings Farmers & Artists) Westport Park, Corner Buller & Park Streets, Port Macquarie.

2nd SUNDAY of the Month

8:00am to 1:00pm Port Macquarie Sunday Markets Westport High School, Findlay Avenue, Port Macquarie.

3rd SATURDAY of the Month

9:30am to 2:00pm St James Cottage Crafts Opposite the Blue Poles Café and Gallery, Byabarra.

3rd SUNDAY of the Month

8:00am to 1:00pm Laurieton Riverwalk Market Corner Tunis & Short Streets, Laurieton.

4th SATURDAY of the Month

8:00am to 12:00pm Wauchope Hastings Farmers’ Markets Wauchope Showground, High Street, Wauchope.

4th SUNDAY of the Month

8:00am to 1:00pm Port Macquarie Sunday Markets Westport High School, Findlay Ave, Port Macquarie.


Want to visit the Port Macquarie Markets? Why not try one of our Standard Twin Rooms with a convenient location and stylish interior for two? Alternatively, you can view the full range and book now.

Port Macquarie Camel Safari

If you’ve ever wanted to ride a camel, the Port Macquarie Camel Safari is here to make it happen. Journey on down to Port Macquarie’s Lighthouse Beach and take a camel ride across the sands whilst the team from the Port Macquarie Camel Safari tell you about the history associated with the area. You might even spot a dolphin!

Want to take a camel ride and want to stay in the area? Our conveniently located Standard Twin Room fits up to four people and is affordable. Alternatively, you can view the full range and book now.

The Glasshouse Theatre

The Glasshouse is one of Port Macquarie’s foremost theatres and hosts on a variety of celebrated live acts every year. Whether you’re after cabaret, intense drama or even a spot of stand up comedy, the Glasshouse is a unique theatre sure to promise you a good night out. To book a ticket to see a show at the Glasshouse, visit the website.

Planning on seeing a show at the Glasshouse and need somewhere nearby to stay? Our conveniently located Standard King Room offers comfort at an affordable price. Alternatively, you can view the full range and book now.

Port Macquarie Beaches

Our Beautiful Beaches

Greater Port Macquarie has 18 different beaches to choose from, of which 6 are lifeguard patrolled, 8 are dog friendly and almost all of them suitable for swimming and surfing.

Port Macquarie's clean and uncrowned beaches are the perfect spot for visitors of all ages and interests. For a relaxing family picnic, game of beach cricket with friends, 4WD adventure or the chance to try your hand at surfing, the perfect beach is just waiting to be found.

  • Flynns Beach
  • Lake Cathie
  • Lighthouse Beach
  • Oxley Beach
  • Rainbow Beach
  • Northshore Beach
  • Town Beach


Port Macquarie Surf School is locally owned and operated by the “Huddos”; the well-known father and sons team of Peter, Wayne and Grant Hudson. All born and bred in Port Macquarie, the Huddos are accomplished surfers in their own right with over 90 years of surfing and just on 50 years of coaching experience between them. They know the local beaches like nobody else are more than ready to pass on their experience and knowledge to all surfers, from beginner through to the high performance surfer.

Port Macquarie boasts some of the most picturesque beaches on the East Coast of Australia and with a little help from Port Macquarie Surf School, it’s the perfect environment to quickly master all the skills you need to confidently take on the waves. The thrill of riding a wave is an experience you’ll never forget and remember, you don’t have to be young to enjoy this great Aussie experience. We cater for all ages and abilities.

Peter, Wayne and Grant are all Level 2 accredited coaches.

Fish Charters

The Deep Sea Fishing Charters Sydney allows you to spend a relaxing day out at sea fishing while the team takes care of the details. The team at Deep Sea Fishing Charters supplies everything from fishing tackle to bait so that you’ll have a breeze catching some snapper, trevally, morwong, flathead, kingfish and much more. To make a booking with Deep Sea Fishing Charters Sydney, visit the website.

Want to spend a day with Deep Sea Fishing Charters and need somewhere nearby to stay? Our conveniently located Queen Room has everything you’ll need at an affordable price. Alternatively, you can view the full range and book now.

Watersports in Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is the perfect location to enjoy water sports in abundance.  The Hasting River is perfect for enjoying canoeing, and you can borrow the canoes from the hotel and launch from the hotels pontoon dock.
Jet Skiing, Paddle boarding, Windsurfing, Water-skiing, surfing are on offer in Port Macquarie so bring your own or rent them from a host of local outlets.
There is a boat ramp located next door to the hotel, in Westport Park.