24 hours in Port Macquarie

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Welcome to my first travel post! I have been thinking about writing travel posts for awhile so this gets me very excited. Taylor and I have just got back from a quick 24 hour getaway to Port Macquarie, much needed after a few very busy weeks. Port Macquarie is a town on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. It is 390km from Sydney and around 220km from where we are in Newcastle. That makes it a comfortable 2.5 hour drive each way. Port Macquarie is surrounded by beautiful waterways, sandy beaches and a whole range of fun attractions. We have wanted to make a trip to Port Macquarie after passing through on the road trip we did to North Stradbroke Island last December.

We left at 10am on a Saturday morning after a GRIT class, breakfast and some packing. The drive to Port Macquarie is cruisey and pretty much straight most of the way. Our first stop was Ricardoes Tomatoes slightly past Port Macquarie, Ricardoes Tomatoes is a hydroponic strawberry and tomato farm where you get to pick your own strawberries. They have their own cafe which features lots of produce grown on site. We missed out on eating here the last time we dropped in so this time we planned ahead to have lunch here. We got the mushroom quiche and pumpkin soup, both of which were amazing. They also sell their produce and other gourmet food. Picking our own strawberries was the best part, especially since they were half priced. We now have a fridge full of strawberries and this makes me very happy. I imagine Ricardoes would be magical for children, although I am hitting 23 and even I love it!

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We then popped into Cassegrain Wines next door. I love visiting vineyards, unfortunately, not all provide the same experience. Some tend to be a little snobby and rush you through the process of wine tasting. However, the boys at Cassegrain were great. They took their time bringing us through their amazing range of wines. We had a good time and the cellar door itself is beautiful. We left with two bottles of their 2015 Edition Noir Durif.

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Next up, was the Koala Hospital, just in time for their 3pm Walk & Talk tours. The Koala Hospital is a not-for-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility and the only Koala Hospital in New South Wales. During the tour, we were brought through the external portion of the facility and told about the koalas at the hospital and the plight many koalas face.

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Taylor had a pre-birthday dinner that night at the Whalebone Wharf Seafood Restaurant. I only have one photo from the night but the food was great. The restaurant was on the river and we watched the moon rise through the sky as we ate. The seafood was good but, the desserts stole the show. We had the beautiful sticky date pudding and lemon tart.

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For breakfast the next day we walked from our hotel to Milkbar Town Beach. We got the acai bowl, french toast and coffee. It was all very affordable and delicious. I really enjoyed the granola that came with the acai bowl and the french toast was not too sweet, like many tend to be, and came with delicious cinnamon-ricotta cheese.

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We finished our trip off with a little walk down the beach. Apparently, the walk we did covered a portion of a 9km coastal walk. We passed the Salty Crew Kiosk along the way, it had the best views and looked like a pretty cool cafe. We left on Sunday morning and got home before noon. Thanks for a great 24 hours Port Macquarie!

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