With 2020 officially feeling like the longest year of our lives, we won’t blame you for thinking that Australia’s devastating bushfires happened an eternity ago. COVID-19 is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, so it can be easy to forget that small businesses are still feeling the effects of the catastrophic fires that raged through Australia earlier this year.
So to shine a spotlight on an area with local businesses in need, we’ve teamed up with Port Macquarie to serve up some of the areas best experiences, tastiest feeds, and most exceptional drops to help inspire your next regional trip.
Indulge In Surplus Seafood
Much to our delight, Port Macquarie is loaded full of fresh seafood. Laurieton Riverside Seafoods is your one-stop-shop in Camden Haven if you love fresh fish, crabs, prawns, and all other seafood for that matter. With most of their produce caught locally, their net to plate seafood is like no other, serving up traditional fish and chips in the alfresco dining area that overlooks the pristine Camden Haven River. If you want to cook up at home, head to the local, family-owned business, Port Fresh Seafoods. With a passion for providing fresh seafood sourced from local fisherman so that customers can create memorable and delicious dining experiences at home. Seafood pasta, anyone?
On the hunt for some more delectable crustaceans? Look no further than Rockin’ Oysters. Harvesting Sydney Rock Oysters from the pristine Camden Haven waters since 2009, these guys have perfected their farming technique creating only the highest quality, full-bodied oyster. These bad boys are sought after by some of Australia’s top chefs and restaurants, so make sure not to miss out. You can even arrange a tour and soak up the stunning estuary while you learn about oyster farming and enjoy tasting them fresh from the sea. If you're looking for the full dining experience, then make a beeline for The Stunned Mullet, where their amazing food, incredible wines, great service, and relaxed coastal ambience will have you in heaven. Holding a coveted Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide chefs hat and endless accolades, it's no wonder this is Port Macquarie's quintessential dining experience. And if the name hasn't given it away, you can expect some killer seafood on the menu. We’re sold.
Venture Through Vineyards And Breweries
When it comes to sipping your way through wineries and tasting your way through breweries, Port Macquarie has a loaded arsenal. Black Duck Brewery And Bar offers a friendly and relaxed venue, perfect for kicking back and trying their full range of in house-brewed beers amongst family and friends. Boasting eight ever-changing beers on tap and a gourmet selection of platters loaded with local produce this is a must-visit on a trip to Port Macquarie. Just make sure to squeeze in a tour and meet some of the brewers along the way.
Vino lovers, get ready because there’s some serious winery action incoming. Little Fish Cafe Restaurant and Vineyard are what dreams are made of, overlooking the lush vineyards of the Innes Lake Estates and serving up mouth-watering French cuisine and delicious drops. Head Chef Steve brings his passion for cooking all the way from his family’s vineyard and restaurant in France to beautiful Port Macquarie with an everchanging, seasonal menu and of course, an excellent range of local wine. Long Point Vineyard is also on our bucket list, renowned for its boutique wines, breathtaking views, and warm, friendly service. Prepare your tastebuds to taste fine wines, alcoholic Ginger Beer, and even liqueurs while perusing the stunning outdoor sculptures created by the region's talented artists. The perfect afternoon out.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
No road trip or vacay is complete without a generous serve of sugar. Whether it’s a post-dinner dessert or a mid-morning treat by the beach, Blue Cow Gelato is an essential initiation into any trip to Port Macquarie. With all of the products made on the premises using fresh and real ingredients, you know this stuff is going to taste delicious. Prepare yourself for some unreal flavours including New York Cheesecake, Jaffa, and Hazelnut Crunch.
If you’re all about the carby kinds of sweets, Pancake Place is about to be your new favourite hangout. Flipping up wholesome and delicious pancakes and crepes for more than 30 years it’s no wonder locals and visitors alike flock to this place like bees to honey. Sourcing only the freshest and best local produce, these guys also serve up delicious and healthy lunch and dinner options as well as mouth-watering desserts. Our list would not be complete without mention of Churrofondue, who serve up desserts that feel like a warm hug and Miss Nellie's Cafe, which specialises in freshly baked goodies and buttery flakey pastries. With everything from homemade cakes to gluten-free goodies, this place is just one big delicious adventure. For more foodie itinerary inspiration, head here.
An epic road trip to Port Macquarie that helps support bushfire-affected businesses along the way? We’re sold. It’s time to empty the Esky, fill up the tank, and get going.
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