For some, a holiday is about rest and relaxation, and for others it’s also about tearing up the surf, getting out there on a paddle board, paragliding, hiking, horse riding, indoor rock climbing and other activities. We have plenty in Port Macquarie to keep you fit, and to work up an appetite for all that seafood you will be eating later on. Below are some of the top picks for having an Active Holiday in Port Macquarie
Stand Up Paddle Boarding- Port Macquarie Sup Fun
Tony Begg of Port Macquarie Sup Fun is a born and bred Port Macquarie local who prides himself in offering a unique Stand Up Paddling experience upon the Hastings river with his vast knowledge of the Port Macquarie area and its waterways. Located at the Settlement Point Reserve, Port Macquarie Sup Fun has plenty of hire boards and offers a mobile service for them as well.
So come out to Settlement Point and enjoy a Stand Up Paddling session for either one on one, a group get together, birthday celebrations or just to learn some new skills. Stand Up Paddling is a fantastic way to get outside, have fun and build your fitness and core strength. They now have a new JUMBO sup which is heaps of fun for a group paddle.
Bookings are essential, contact Tony on 0408 288 086.
Beach Horse Riding
Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre offers exhilarating beach horse rides. Join them in a small group on one of their safe and well-mannered horses and ride on Port Macquarie's picturesque North Shore Beach. Beach Horse Rides depart from Port Macquarie’s north shore picnic reserve, just a short ferry ride across the Hastings River.
The ride is 1hr in length, and they offer separate rides for both beginners and experienced riders. Make sure to book a ride suited to your skill level to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. They also offer a beginner trail ride at Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre located at Cassegrain Winery. Other services at the winery include pony rides and lessons.
For more information contact 0487 004 483.
High Adventure Paragliding
High Adventure has been owned and operated by David Wainwright in Laurieton on the beautiful Mid North Coast of Australia since 2012. Known globally for his patient, cool, calm and collected demeanour, Dave is considered to be one of Australia’s most highly regarded instructors. As well as instructing, High Adventure also run Tandem Paragliding joy flights.
Tandem flights are a great way to enjoy the full paragliding aerial experience, without having to first learn how to launch and control the paraglider yourself. They fly coastal and mountain tandems at a variety of locations depending on the conditions. Each person has their own harness, and the passenger and instructor are connected together. The Tandem instructor sits in the back and the passenger sits in front.
When the wind is right you build energy by running together as the wing comes overhead into the flying position. Then you are lifted off the ground, up, up, and away! The flight will last at least twenty minutes, maybe more depending on the conditions. The views are spectacular!
For more information contact Dave on 0429 844 961
Indoor Rock climbing & Laser Tag – Centre of Gravity
Centre of Gravity indoor rock climbing and dark zone laser centre is a fabulous place for all ages. Climbers are sure to enjoy the roofs set with an amazing roof section to challenge the more experienced climber. Rock Climbing requires a combination of balance, co-ordination and more importantly it is immensely fun! The kids section is bright, fun and has things like snakes and ladders for them to climb. They are sure to love the experience.
Once you've enjoyed a climb you should try out Dark Zone, it's great fun. For laser tag, you are equipped with a state of the art laser vest and after your mission briefing you enter a double storey labyrinth for 15-20 minutes of adrenaline pumping action with fog, music and lighting affects.
There are often deals available to do both climbing and laser tag. To book or find out more contact 02 6581 3899.
Kayak Adventures Port Macquarie
Another great activity to do in Port Macquarie is to go kayaking. With Port Macquarie Kayak Adventures you can choose from a 2 hour guided tour, or simply hire a Kayak and make your own way. Tours run daily, subject to numbers and the weather conditions. Tours start at 10am daily, the meeting point is Buller Street in the Waters Edge car park at the kayak trailer. This is walking distance from Macquarie Waters or a quick drive. Fresh water rapid tours are available subject to numbers, and groups welcome up to a max of 22 people. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Contact Mark 0409 776 566 to discuss tours or kayak hire.
Beach Yoga by The Yoga Shala
During the warmer months Beach Yoga classes are held by The Yoga Shala in one of the most beautiful settings in Port Macquarie - Town Beach. Beach Yoga meeting point near the lifesavers tower is just a stroll from Macquarie Waters along the break wall and around to Town Beach. Start your day with a one-hour yoga class, which includes gentle stretches, breathing exercises and relaxation.
Beach Yoga classes are suitable for all ages - beginners and advanced alike. Please bring your own mat or large beach towel, hat & sunscreen.
- From October to mid-April Yoga is on Sundays at 8 am
- In peak summer holiday time from mid-December to late January Yoga is daily at 8 am
You can attend a 1 off class, or purchase a 10-class pass. To book, contact (02) 6583 7730.