Nature's playground ... Crowdy Bay beaches are breathtaking by moonlight.

Ideas on canvas

Daniel Scott discovers Crowdy Bay is an inexpensive, charming site for first-time family camping.

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Port Macquarie.

Into the night gardens

Port Macquarie is a pretty seaside town by day but exploring its convict past after dark takes conviction, writes Lee Atkinson.

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The wharf at Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie
Large and attractive holiday destination on the Mid North Coast.
Port Macquarie must be one of the best tourist destinations on the NSW coast. It has everything: a history which dates back to convict times, superb nature reserves in the area, some interesting historical buildings, lovely beaches with good surfing and excellent fishing opportunities, a fine museum, beautiful walking tracks around the headlands and beaches, lots of amusements for the kids; even a koala hospital. And, of course, it has every kind of accommodation imaginable.

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