7 stops on a road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour

By Australia / New South Wales /

A road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour is one of the most scenic routes in New South Wales. There are many stunning lookouts, beaches and rainforest areas along the way and that’s not to mention the many landmarks along the way.

Grab a cheap hire car deal from Sydney and begin your road trip today!

Surf at Boomerang Beach, Pacific Palms

Begin your road trip with a surfing adventure at Pacific Palms. The area is renowned for its excellent surfing waves. Boomerang Beach is popular with families, especially in the summer months. Boomerang Beach has crystal clear waters and white sand. It also plays host to major surfing competitions every year. Talk about a beach that has everything!

Visit the historic Crowdy Head Lighthouse

The next stopover on your road trip of the mid north coast is the historic Crowdy Head Lighthouse which has been standing since 1879. It’s also one of only five small lighthouses on the NSW coast. The panoramic views from the lighthouse are breathtaking. Tourists often spot whales and dolphins from the lighthouse at certain times of the year.

Complete the Newcastle Memorial Walk

This spectacular coastal walk has a personal connections for thousands of locals. It was built to commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 while it also marks the beginning of the steel making industry in Newcastle. The 450 metre long cliff top walkway joins Strzelecki Lookout and Bar Beach. The views of the coast, city and valley are amazing.

Glenrock State Conservation Area

Just 5km from Newcastle is Glenrock State Conservation Area which offers pristine beaches, rainforest walks and waterfalls. This coastal rainforest area is home to bats, bandicoots and many ancient Aboriginal sites. There are plenty of walks and mountain bike trails and furthermore the park is home to gorgeous beaches that you can relax at.

See the world from Perpendicular Point, Laurieton

The majestic Perpendicular Point offers spectacular views of the surrounding coast. The lookout is located above 40 metre high cliffs and is surrounded by rugged headlands and forest. It’s also the highlight of Kattang Nature Reserve. It’s worth visiting in spring because the walking tracks nearby feature many wildflowers.

Visit Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park

This park is one of Port Macquarie’s most popular attractions. It features a range of Australian animals, such as kangaroos, echidnas, snakes and Birds of Prey. You’ll also get up close with animals from across the world, including lions, snow pandas and red pandas. The zoo has also gained worldwide recognition for its koala breeding program.

Detour for Bindarri National Park

Detour inland for about and hour to explore some of the highlights of Bindarri National Park. There are scenic spots for picknicking, walking and swimming. You’ll drive through old, lush forest which is full of wildlife and hidden natural treasures. In addition, many people like to pack their mountain bike so they can explore the area. But most of all, no matter where you choose to go in the National Park, you’re likely to find peaceful scenes that you’ll have all to yourself.



5 quirky accommodation options in NSW

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

NEW South Wales has loads of quirky accommodation whether it’s camping out with bison or stretching out in a private treehouse, say the Destination NSW who know better than anyone where to go for .

From a selection of their recommendations, we’ve plucked out 5 accommodation hotspots that are much more than merely being a place to rest your weary bones.  Jump in your Sydney car rental and head for these quirky venues for a sleepover with a point of difference.

One… Camp Native American style with bison (pictured)

Believe it or not, but there’s an American bison farm on the NSW north coaast. Head for Aranyani Bison Adventure Park and camp in a Native American style teepee. These large teepees can fit up to a dozen. Besides the bison, the ranch has abundant native bird and animals. Enjoy spending your evenings around the campfire and your day exploring the farm.

Two… A yurt on the Murray River

Inspired by the traditional Mongolian yurt, Talo Retreat has transformed yurt accommodation into a luxurious couples-only experience on the mighty Murray River. From the canvas walls lined with Australian wood, to the domed skylight to allow stargazing from your bed and the private outdoor spa, this is a unique luxurious yurt experience.

Four… Adults-only treehouse

Shoot for the clouds in the canopy in the Blue Mountains known as Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse.With wall-to-wall windows, exposed native timber and perched on timber stilts, the Treehouse offers stunning views of Bowen’s Creek Gorge. This back-to-basics romantic escape includes a spa and wood fire.

Five… African safari in Dubbo

Dubbo might seem like an unlikely place to enjoy an African safari escape, but at Taronga Western Plains you can sleep in luxury safari tents on the edge of the African savannah. From your private deck you will see giraffe, zebra and eland as they roam.

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5 of the hottest nearby beach destinations from Sydney

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney’s beach destinations are some of the best in New South Wales. On a hot summer’s day, people will head to the coast in droves just to soak up the sun and the atmosphere.

Grab a cheap car hire deal from DriveNow and travel a short distance to one of these incredible beach destinations.

Bondi Beach

It’s one of Sydney’s most iconic beach destinations. Bondi’s famous sandy shore can be explored all year round. Enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean as you relax in the sand on a summer’s day. You may even want to join thousands of other beachgoers in the middle of the day and hit the surf. Go for a nice stroll at sunrise or sunset. Socialise at one of the nearby cafes or restaurants at night. Whatever you decide to do, Bondi Beach is abuzz with energy.

Manly Beach

Only a short drive from the CBD you’ll discover the best of both worlds. On one side sits a peaceful inner-harbour beach which is lovely to walk along. On the other is one of the city’s most popular surf beaches. Throw in some fine dining restaurants and attractions such as Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary and you have everything you need in a coastal destination.

Cronulla Beach

It’s not often you’ll find a beach destination that caters perfectly for surfers and families, but this spot is ideal for both. On any given day you’ll see kids running around the place while thrill-seekers chase big waves. Look for some beautiful lookouts and ocean pools and it’s likely you’ll have found yourself somewhere along the ‘Cronulla Walk’. The two-hour stroll showcases some of the best scenery the area has to offer.

Terrigal Beach

Surfers unite! Drive just under one and a half hours north of Sydney. You’ll soon understand by Terrigal has earned a reputation for having fantastic surf beaches. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t experienced at riding waves. There are quite a few surf schools to choose from so you can learn to ride. There’s no shortage of surf up here. But if you do feel like doing something other than hitting the waves then you can also check out the area’s lively café scene and scenic walks.

Stanwell Park Beach

This is a peaceful family spot, located only an hour south of Sydney. There’s a large reserve with picnic and barbeque facilities. The beach is also surrounded by natural bushland. Take a walk up to Bald Hill Lookout to really appreciate the gorgeous views of Stanwell Tops and the famous Sea Cliff Bridge. The panorama view of this pretty coastal town is a sight not to forget.



Road trip Sydney and beyond – 5 great drives this summer

By Australia / Australian Capital Territory / New South Wales / Sydney /

If you are to Google Earth our beautiful country you would quickly realise we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to road trips throughout our enormous continent. Once you jump in a Sydney car rental every road leads to a great adventure. But where to start? Try these suggestions.

Sydney to Leura (pictured)

Set your sights in a westerly direction and head for Wentworth Falls via the M4 Motorway. Catch some gorgeous little towns along the way including Glenbrook, Faulconbridge, Hazelbrook and continue on to magnficient Wentworth Falls. The views over the Jamison Valley are hard to beat and there are some great opportunities for  a walk through the Blue Mountains National Park. After that take the 10 minute drive to Leura where you can take a stroll checking out the local shops, galleries and craft stores while having a bite in one of the gourmet cafes.

Grand Pacific Drive

This southerly sensation is arguably Australia’s best, a spectacular driving route that takes in ocean views, countless beaches and such hotspots as Stanwell Tops, Bald Hill Lookout and Sea Cliff Bridge, a sight to behold that swerves out from the cliffs over the sea. Heading off from Sydney, it all starts in Royal National Park before cruising through Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama (a stop off at Easts Beach Big4 Holiday Park is a must!).  Explore quaint seaside villages, drive through rainforests and enjoy a stellar coastline with an endless supply of views.

Discover the Poachers Way

It may be a three hour journey (no stops) from Sydney, but it’s both the journey and the destination that provide loads of highlights with this one. The journey south will take you through such touristy treats like Bowral and Goulburn before you reach the region surrounding Canberra. Welcome to the Poachers Way, a tourist route where you can sample the fine food, wine and art produced by local chefs, winemakers and artists. Visit the towns of Yass, Hall and gorgeous Murrumbatemen along the way and enjoy the high quality produce and discover the handcrafts and local produce of local businesses and artisans.

Hunter Valley

Wine country, yes, but you don’t necessarily need to be a big fan of the grape! Hunter Valley is a two and a half hour drive from the heart of Sydney and while it has a smorgasbord of beautiful rolling vineyards, wineries and great cellar doors, there are also such attractions as Hunter Valley Gardens (with 10 stunning storybook feature gardens), luxury retreats like the Chateau Elan at The Vintage, a splendid golf and spa resort, restaurants galore, and national parks with great walks on offer.

Port Stephens

Head north and hug the coast for a couple of hours and providing you can avoid beautiful distractions like the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle you will stumble upon Port Stephens. There’s a lot to do here, from enjoying “blue water paradise” with 30km of pristine coastline for a swim, fish, whale watching expedition or a dolphin cruise, otherwise hit the sand dunes at Stockton Beach on a quad bike or discover national parks and a superb marina at Nelson Bay for a shop or bite to eat.

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6 summer sensations in Sydney

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney is the perfect destination in the summer. It’s the time of year where you can spend pretty much your entire trip outdoors as you explore each attraction the city has to offer. Whether that’s a stroll along the beach, an adrenaline-filled activity or an evening of fine dining, Sydney has everything. But one of the best things about Sydney is its food scene.

Hire a car from Sydney Airport and choose from these six summer sensations.

Visit a dining precinct
This city is bursting with fantastic places to eat and drink. There are plenty of lively and emerging dining hubs, including Surry Hills and Chatswood. In Chippendale you’ll find a chic restaurant called Ester. It’s tucked away with its arched openings and dimly lit space. Sweet tooths should consider heading to Black Star Pastry in Newtown. A mouthful of one of these delicious sensations will change the way you think about dessert forever.

Explore a produce market
Fill your weekend with markets! There’s plenty to choose from. One of the most reputable is Carriageworks Farmers Market. This award-winning authentic farmers market is held every Saturday. Fresh, seasonal produce from more than 70 stalls fills the site, located in the heart of the CBD. These delights are picked and packed with love.

Chill on a rooftop
Sometimes where you’re dining is almost just as important as the tastes filling your mouth. Welcome to Glenmore at the Rocks, where you’re treated to 180-degree views of the harbour and CBD from a rooftop. Enjoy these sensational views as you enjoy scrumptious, high-end pub food. It’s the perfect place to enjoy dinner and sunset on a summer’s night.

Go on a gourmet safari tour
Food lovers unite for a gourmet safari adventure! Your guide whisks you to some of the most exotic food precincts in the city. You’ll learn about culinary food and customs while feasting on some of the most flavoursome dishes. Gourmet safari tours give visitors a taste of China, Greece, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Africa, to name a few cuisines.

Chinatown night market
Chinatown is one of Sydney’s most popular international food scenes. Walk just a few metres and you’ll feel like you’ve entered an entirely different country. Here, you’ll receive a good taste of Chinese culture. At certain times of the year there’s even food stalls that line the streets, giving you ample opportunity to sample several dishes. Think Hong Kong, Hanoi, Tokyo, and more!

Dine on the water
Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful stretches of water in Australia. At night the water lights up with reflections of the city’s main attractions, such as the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. How else better to spend a romantic evening then on board a luxury dinner cruise with million dollar views on the water?

ALSO try 5 Short Road Trips From Sydney



Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney events in the summer…

It’s the best and busiest time of year to visit. 

After hiring a car from Sydney Airport make sure you start checking out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. If you need more convincing, then here are five reasons why you have to be in Sydney this summer!

Sydney NYE
Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia. From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each more than one million people come to the various vantage points around the harbour to watch the colourful show and celebrate the end of the year in style.

Mardi Gras
Coming up in early March is the most colourful LGBTIQ celebration. Held in the heart of the city, the Sydney Mardi Gras draws 70,000 people from across the world. The parade is the highlight of the event, with epic costumes, loud music and colourful floats taking up Oxford and Flinders streets. It’s like a non-stop party that celebrates everything LGBTIQ while making a political and cultural statement.

Chinese New Year
From January 28 to February 12 is New Year on the Chinese calendar. More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese New Year this year, as they were treated to more than 22 hours of live performances. The festival’s highlight is Lunar Lanterns, which features giant, colourful lanterns that represent the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

Australia Day
People from across the country come together every year on January 26 to celebrate what it means to be Australian. The national day commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet, which changed the course of the nation forever. Sydney is Australia’s oldest city, making it the ideal location for several key events across the city.

Australian Open of Surfing
Kicking off in late February, the Australian Open of Surfing is one of the most exciting sporting events on Sydney’s calendar. Manly Beach becomes the home of Australia’s largest (and best) surf, skate and music festival for 10 days. World-class athletes and artists come together to celebrate surf and skate culture at what’s considered to be the birthplace of modern surfing.

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Sydney to the Blue Mountains: 5 ways to play

By Australia / New South Wales /

The beautiful Blue Mountains are known for dramatic cliffs, lush forests and pristine waterfalls. The national park sits one hour west of Sydney. This World Heritage Site is ten times older than the Grand Canyon. It also has more than 300 walking tracks which span hundreds of kilometres.

Hire a car from Sydney airport, and discover these five highlights.

This picturesque region is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful waterfalls. One of the most popular is Katoomba Falls. It sits in a rainforest gully surrounded by ancient trees. Spectacular views of Bridal Veil Falls await if you walk from Govetts Leap to Evans Lookout. Then there’s the impressive Kanangra Falls.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
This attraction is home to more than 1700 animals. Featherdale has more than 280 species, from echidnas and kookaburras to crocodiles. Watch little penguins play, cuddle a cute koala and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies. Then there’s the Reptilian Pavilion, where you can come face to face with lizards and snakes.

The Three Sisters
The view of the Three Sisters is picture perfect. Standing nearly one kilometre above sea level, the Three Sisters have a fascinating dreamtime story that gives insight into their existence, according to local Aborigines. Take an easy walk from the Echo Point Visitor Centre to Lady Game Lookout for a superb view of this special rock formation. On the way back, detour with one of many walking trails.

Katoomba Heritage Walk
The lovely township of Katoomba offers cosy cafes and traditional shopping. Walk through town and stop by art shops to buy locally-made creations. Throughout the shop-front windows are historical photos and information. Admire the town’s variety of old architecture. You’ll find miners cottages of the 1800s and Federation style buildings.

Blackheath Lookouts
Drive through the highest point of the Blue Mountains between Katoomba and Mount Victoria. These are known as the Blackheath lookouts. They offer some of the most awe-inspiring views of dramatic mountain scenery of the national park. Anvil Rock and Evans lookouts are some of the most popular. Blackheath is heaven for photographers!

Also check out Seven of Australia’s best waterfalls and 5 Amazing Things To Do With The Family 1 Hour From Sydney



Whales are all the rage along the NSW coastline this winter

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

FROM full breaches like this photo supplied by the Wild About Whales crew to tail, chin and peck slaps, there’s a lot of action in the waters along the NSW and Queensland coastline with more than 20,000 migrating Humpback whales carving a path in the ocean. Where to spot them? There’s plenty of options along the east coast.

As the Destination NSW gang says, this winter is all about following a do-it-yourself whale trail along 2000km of scenic coastline between the Tweed and Eden offering a multitude of vantage points and experiences to spot these majestic beasts of the deep. Here are just some of their suggestions:

Option 1

In the Camden Haven area south of Port Macquarie, walk through Kattang Nature Reserve to Perpendicular Point to spot the passing whales. Wander along the 9km Port Macquarie Coastal Walk, where boardwalks and viewing platforms hug the coastline to the historic Tacking Point Lighthouse, looking for tell-tale signs of whales passing – breeching, tale splashing and water spouts. Closer to Coffs Harbour, the 10-metre catamaran Pacific Explorer makes daily whale watching trips to the nearby Solitary Islands Marine Park, one of the places where humpback whales converge on their annual migration to and from Antarctic waters.

Option 2

The Central Coast is buzzing with whale watching vantage points. Captain Cook Lookout, Copacabana is a great place to take the kids with two viewing decks, interpretative signage and a fully accessible path. The Skillion is the iconic tall outcrop at Terrigal with amazing views of North Avoca and Avoca beaches to the south, and Wamberal and Forresters beaches to the north. Set up a picnic blanket and enjoy expansive views over The Entrance and Shelly Beach at Crackneck Point in Wyrrabalong National Park. Norah Head Lighthouse also offers stunning views out to the Pacific Ocean and is home to the annual Whale Dreamers Festival in July.

Option 3

The Legendary Pacific Coast’s Whale Watching Trail features 71 of the best places to spot a whale between Avoca Beach and Tweed Heads. Plan a whale watching day-trip or week long whale watching mission with information on the website detailing best vantage points and experiences. A must-do is a cruise with Tamboi Queen, Imagine or Moonshadow in Port Stephens who all offer memorable experiences with whales.

Option 4

Grab a pair of binoculars and make the short climb to Newcastle’s iconic Nobbys Lighthouse, a popular place to spot whales with 360 degree views of the city, beach, coastline and ocean. Nova Cruises operate 2.5 to 3 hour ocean cruises from Newcastle including a bonus harbour and outer beach cruise.

Option 5

See whales from the air in Sydney with Blue Sky Helicopters on a 60 minute flight over Botany Bay and Cape Banks, heading north up the coast towards Palm Beach and Broken Bay. Be sure to visit the aptly named Whale Beach, which is said to have been named after the shape of its northern headland. Closer to town the viewing platform at Cape Solander in Botany Bay National Park is popular with whales often spotted only 200 metres from the coast. The site is is also part of a long-running whale-counting volunteer program running each June and July. The stunning cliff-top walking trail from Bondi to Coogee beach also offers fantastic opportunities for whale watching as do headlands at Clovelly Beach and North Maroubra. Plus get up close to these majestic animals on a whale-watching cruise departing from Circular Quay or Manly with Fantasea, Captain Cook, Manly Whale Watching, Oz Whale Watching or Whale Watching Sydney.

Option 6

Jervis Bay boasts a huge array of land and sea based whale watching options. Find a vantage point on the headland overlooking the bay, and head to Penguin Head at Culburra or the viewing platform in Booderee National Park located at Cape St George Lighthouse. Enjoy a seafood platter at Portside Cafe before boarding a Whale Eco-Cruise with Jervis Bay WildDolphin Watch Cruises specialise in calm water whale watching staying close to shore to view the “Humpback Highway” as it passes by. They also offer special event cruises including sunsets with the whales, BBQ with whales and even weddings with the whales.

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5 ways to play in Sydney this winter

By Australia / Sydney /

In winter when you’re in need of a holiday, look no further than Sydney! While the coastal city comes to life in summer, it’s also an exciting destination full of things to do in winter.

Hire a car through DriveNow, chuck on some warmer layers and check out this list of five ways to play in Sydney during the cold weather.

Sydney Opera House

The Opera House caused a controversial stir when it first opened in 1973. However, with time it became one of the twentieth century’s most iconic manmade attractions. It’s highly recommended that you get your hands on some tickets to see a show one night. You can also book a tour to gain VIP backstage access to the Opera House and learn about its fascinating history.

Whale watching

From April to November each year, thousands of whales migrate between New South Wales and Queensland to give birth. While on their journey to and from the warmer northern waters, the humpback whales pass Sydney. Grab a pair of binoculars and make your way to North Head Lookout and Cape Solander. These are some of the best vantage points to spot humpback whales.

Roller skating

It can be hard to get motivated to exercise during the cooler months. So why not make it fun? Head to Sydney’s Rollerhouse, where you’ll experience the ultimate roller disco! Sing along to your all-time-favourite tunes, grab your leg warmers and dress up in neon gear for the night. All while improving your skating skills with your friends!

Sydney Observatory

Visit the Sydney Observatory to learn about the stars and planets that fill our night sky. It’s set inside a beautiful sandstone building, which is the highest point that overlooks the harbour. Guides will teach you about the universe while you explore the exhibitions on display. During the daytime, you can also put on special lenses to observe the sun. The observatory is open 10am to 5pm daily.

Vivid Sydney

Every year Vivid Sydney warms up the city with its incredible light displays. Taronga Zoo, The Royal Botanic Garden and the Sydney Opera House are among the iconic sites that will light up with moving projections of magical colours and patterns. In 2016, the festival runs from May 27 to June 18. This year’s theme is heavily focused on flora and fauna.

Also … 5 short road trips from Sydney and 7 top spots for a sunrise or sunset in Sydney


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Five things to do in Newcastle

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There’s so much to do in Newcastle,  from surfing the waves at the beach, to chilling out at a trendy bar or café, to exploring the city’s great surrounds.

Hire a car from Sydney Airport, drive two hours north and explore the incredible surrounds of Newcastle.

Knobbys Lighthouse (pictured)
A local icon since it was established in 1858, Knobbys Lighthouse is a must-see for anybody visiting Newcastle. Visitors walk 800m from the car park up a steep climb to marvel at the beautiful 360 degree views of the city and the Pacific Ocean. The Knobbys Lighthouse grounds are open every Sunday from 10am to 4pm and entry is free.

Hunter Valley Zoo
Get the family together for a day out at the Hunter Valley Zoo. There are popular daily shows, such as Wombat Talk and Patting and the Lion Lock Down and Meet the Keeper shows, which will keep you busy for hours. While your there you can also get up close with cheeky meerkats and dingoes, take a photo with a koala or learn more about our famous Tasmanian devils.

Treetop Adventure Park
With nearly 100 challenges high up in the tree tops, this adventure park will have you sliding down 20 different flying foxes, crossing suspension bridges and much more. From 20m high you’ll also be able to take in the stunning Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. The experience is suitable for people of all ages, with each course having different grades of difficulty and each participant able to go at their own pace.

Myall Lakes National Park
This national park is one of New South Wales’ largest coastal lake systems and it’s also one of the states most visited parks. It’s also home to a 76m high flooded gum, known as The Grandis – one of the tallest trees in the states. The stunning beaches and lakes within the national park are perfect for swimming, while on land you can go hiking.

Sea kayaking
Head out and explore the stunning ocean off Newcastle’s coast. There are many tour companies that will take you in a small group and keep you safe as you glide through the waves. Operating a kayak requires no previous experience, as your instructor will teach you all you need to know. The activity is suitable for the whole family. Whether you want to paddle along as fast as you can or at your own leisure, the choice is yours!


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Port Macquarie for BBQs, bands and billycarts!

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

BBQs, bands and billycarts all feature in a bumper line-up of eclectic events in Port Macquarie this year. Plan your visit around one of the many foodie, cultural and sporting fixtures that will spice up any weekend in this gorgeous coastal town. Here are 7 to ponder:
1. Slice of Haven (29 May) – spend your day by the Camden Haven River and meet over 80 local producers of nuts, cheese, wine, beer, vegetables and bush-foods. This year’s ‘Magic beyond the plate’ theme will feature cooking demonstrations, workshops, dancing, quirky stilt walkers and games. 10am-4pm. Entry via gold coin donation.
2. Hastings Landcare Farm Gate Tour (11-13 June, long weekend, pictured) – learn where your food comes from at this unique event run by Landcare that visits around 12 farms that aren’t normally open to the public. From the oyster farms of the Hastings River to the lush grazing valleys of the Wauchope hinterland, see cows being milked, chickens free ranging and baby animals being fed.
3. Jazz in the Vineyards at Bago Vineyards (monthly, every second Sunday) – a fixture now for 15 years, Jazz in the Vineyards is the best way to experience the magic of this hinterland winery. Live jazz, cuisine from XS Foods and great wine combine for a relaxing afternoon outdoors, while the kids can get lost in Bago Maze.
4. Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival (24 September) – enjoy tastings from around 50 beer and cider makers, live music, a beer garden and fun games including the Beer Keg Toss competition, inspired by the long tradition of the Highland Games. Westport Park.
5. Ekam Yoga Festival Port Macquarie (18 September) – a day of music, play and connection, this event features talks by some of the most senior yoga teachers in Australia, plus classes, workshops and a sustainable living and natural health expo. Ekam, meaning one, is about coming together as one for the day. It is held at the Glasshouse.
6. Beechwood Billycart Classic (5 November) – the gorgeous town of Beechwood, just 7km from Wauchope, is home to this hilarious and fun day out. Watch the thrills and spills as kids and adults race down Mt Pappinbarra with speeds of up to 100km/hr, finishing at the Beechwood Hotel, a great landing place for post-race festivities.
7. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail (daily) – now a permanent event, this free, tourist trail features 50 one-metre high hand-painted koala sculptures set up at various locations including attractions, wineries, beaches, parks and hotels.
8. Ironman Australia (1 May) – one of IRONMAN’s original events steeped in triathlon history and a must-do for sport-lovers. This year the inspirational Turia Pitt will make her debut return to the field at one of the most scenic Ironman circuits in the world.

Port Macquarie is a 4-hour drive North of Sydney or a 1-hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane with connections to the rest of Australia. 


5 great foodie events to look forward to around Sydney

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney has a great reputation for its food and wine festivals, with many people travelling from across the country just to experience these top food events every year.

Here are five Sydney foodie festivals to look forward to.

Merivale Food and Wine Festival
Merivale Food and Wine Festival is a month-long extravaganza of food and drink events – could you ask for anything better? Throughout March, you can attend exquisite lunches, dinners, wine tastings, food markets and cooking classes. There are also chef competitions to entertain, with each event offering a quirky theme.

Thailand Grand Festival
This incredible event started off as a small, simple food fair 20 years ago. It’s since morphed into a Grand Festival, held for a couple of days every March, to give Sydney residents a taste of Thailand. You’ll get to discover all of the delicious flavours used in Thai cuisine and attend cooking demos, while admiring traditional Thai performances. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve travelled to Thailand for the day!

Taste of Sydney
Taste of Sydney is the main event on Sydney’s dining calendar. This year’s festival returns at Centennial Park between March 10 and 13. Choose from more than 60 tasting dishes created by Sydney’s best restaurants and mingle with award-winning chefs (see if you can figure out some of their secret tricks!) You can also attend masterclasses and enjoy some live entertainment in the beautiful park.

Taste of Orange Food and Wine Festival
This wonderful festival merges the country with the coast to showcase the high quality wine and produce coming out of the Orange and Cabbone regions. It’s part of the Watsons Bay Food and Wine Festival in Robertson Park, which is held in May. There’s no doubt you’ll discover unforgettable flavours of wine and food at this festival.

Bankstown Bites
With its reputation as one of Sydney’s most loved food festivals, Bankstown Bites should be marked on every foodies calendar. Its guided food tours, cooking demos and diverse food stalls attract more than 10,000 people each year. Aromas of spices fill the air and dishes come from all corners of the globe, including Africa, Asia and the Middle East.