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Wine and dine in Port Macquarie

The Stunned Mullet Restaurant & Bar, Port MacquarieCREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoying oysters at The Stunned Mullet Restaurant & Bar, Port Macquarie.

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Wine and dine in
Port Macquarie

The Stunned Mullet Restaurant & Bar, Port Macquarie CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoying oysters at The Stunned Mullet Restaurant & Bar, Port Macquarie.

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The seaside town of Port Macquarie and surrounds on the Mid North Coast, a four-hour drive north of Sydney, offer the chance to make some remarkable food and wine discoveries. Here’s how to explore the area’s boutique wineries, craft breweries and fine-dining seafood restaurants. 

Discover Hastings Valley wine 

The Hastings Valley wine industry had been dormant for about 60 years when John and Eve Cassegrain brought it back to life in 1980. Combining the family’s French winemaking heritage with modern Australian techniques, Cassegrain produces wines including chambourcin, chardonnay and semillon, and specialises in the traditional French method for making sparkling wine. Drop in for a tasting at the cellar door, 15 minutes’ west of Port Macquarie, and visit the winery’s restaurant, Twotriplefour, which offers a farm-to-table menu championing local produce. Then explore the estate on foot or horseback. with the Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre

In the town of Port Macquarie, Douglas Vale Historic Homestead & Vineyard produces varietals such as villard blanc and chambourcin. Call in for wine tastings, cheese platters and self-guided tours.  

Get lost in a maze 

Made from native lilly pilly trees, the architect-designed maze at Bago Maze & Wine, near the country town of Wauchope, half an hour south-west of Port Macquarie, offers 2km of hedges, paths and hidden walkways in which to lose yourself. If anything can inspire you to find the exit it’s the prospect of a tasting at the Bago cellar door, overlooking the maze and vineyards. The winery produces sparkling, fortified and varietal wines including chambourcin and chardonnay — try a tasting paddle and enjoy a cheese or charcuterie platter. While you’re in the Wauchope area, call in on The Byabarra café and bar, 30 minutes west of town, for hearty lamb shanks or a beef and Guinness pie with hinterland views.

Cassegrain Wines, Port Macquarie CREDIT: Destination NSW

Paddock-to-plate dining at Twotriplefour Restaurant located onsite at Cassegrain Wines, Port Macquarie.

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Cassegrain Wines, Port Macquarie CREDIT: Destination NSW

Paddock-to-plate dining at Twotriplefour Restaurant located onsite at Cassegrain Wines, Port Macquarie.

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Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope.

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Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a visit to Bago Maze and Winery, Wauchope.

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Pair great seafood and wine 

You’re never far from a great seafood meal in Port Macquarie. Head to Whalebone Wharf for some of the best views in town, right on the Hastings River. Established in 1971, the restaurant serves high-end seafood — choose a local eastern rock lobster from the tank, or share a platter paired with something from the Australian and international wine list.  

Speaking of wine lists, another Port Macquarie standout restaurant, Bills Fishhouse, offers an impressive selection of the best wines that New South Wales has to offer, to accompany its seafood menu that specialises in local, sustainable ingredients.  

And you should also make time for a visit to The Stunned Mullet, which offers an extensive, award-winning wine list alongside specialties such as Glacier 51 toothfish, sourced from a sustainable Australian fishery in Antarctica. You’ll find it across the road from Town Beach. 

Say cheers to craft beer 

After sampling your share of wine, check out Port Macquarie’s thriving craft beer scene. Wicked Elf opened its new taproom and beer garden in January 2021, offering its range of beers from pale ales to pilsners, as well as limited-release and seasonal brews, plus live music, and food from the Botanic at Wicked Elf restaurant.  

Around the corner is the Moorebeer Brewing Co, with a taproom that offers not just beers from the existing Moorebeer range (including Hipster IPA and Copy Cat Pale Ale) but pilot batches too. Grab a burger, and listen to some live tunes while you’re there.  

Meanwhile, at Black Duck Brewery and Bar you’ll find an eclectic range including Platypus Aussie Pale Ale and Black Bird Traditional Dark Ale, and non-beer alternatives such as Gingerhol Alcoholic Ginger Beer — as well as brewery tours, wood-fired pizzas and more live music.  

Enjoy breakfast in bed 

Enjoy a grazing platter on arrival and a breakfast hamper in the morning when you book a pamper package or family farm-stay adventure at Telegraph Retreat, a sprawling property offering Australian Federation-style cottages on native bushland a 20-minute drive north of Port Macquarie. Keep an eye out for passing kangaroos and wallabies as you enjoy your food and wine.  

In town, Sails Port Macquarie, refurbished in 2018, is a 4.5-star resort perched on the edge of the water. The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant has a deck overlooking the bay, and there’s a poolside bar and terrace for cocktails and snacks. 

Whalebone Wharf, Port Macquarie CREDIT: Destination NSW

The interior of the Whalebone Wharf seafood restaurant with views across Hastings River, Port Macquarie.

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Whalebone Wharf, Port Macquarie CREDIT: Destination NSW

The interior of the Whalebone Wharf seafood restaurant with views across Hastings River, Port Macquarie.

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Telegraph Retreat Cottages, Cooperabung CREDIT: Destination NSW

Children greeting the miniature farm animals during their stay at Telegraph Retreat Cottages, Cooperabung.

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Telegraph Retreat Cottages, Cooperabung CREDIT: Destination NSW

Children greeting the miniature farm animals during their stay at Telegraph Retreat Cottages, Cooperabung.

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