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Stay & Play: Port Macquarie

Ditch the screens and get back to nature with a fun-filled holiday in Port Macquarie. Around four hours’ drive north of Sydney, the popular holiday destination boasts beautiful beaches, animal experiences and adventure activities galore. Here’s where to stay and play.

Club Wyndham Flynns Beach pool
Bago Maze & Club Wyndham Flynns Beach pool

Play in Port Macquarie

Begin your holiday with a walk or scooter ride along the Port Macquarie Breakwall, which runs along the Hastings River to Town Beach, admiring the colourfully painted rocks that line the walkway. In winter, Port Macquarie is a great place to spot humpback whales as they make their way along the coast during their annual migration. PortJet’s whale-watching Ocean Blast cruise offers some of the best up-close sightings in NSW.

Little animal lovers will enjoy visiting The Koala Hospital, the world’s first hospital dedicated solely to koalas. Join the Feed, Walk and Talk tour, and learn about the adopt-a-koala scheme that saves around 300 koalas annually. The renovated Billabong Zoo Koala & Wildlife Park is another great spot to see rare animals like snow leopards, red pandas, and Shrek the 5-metre crocodile.

Meeting the wildlife at Billabong Zoo in Port Macquarie. Image Destination NSW
Meeting the wildlife at Billabong Zoo. Image: Destination NSW

At heritage theme park Timbertown in Wauchope, just a 20-minute drive from Port Macquarie, you can see farmyard animals, Clydesdale horses, and bullock demonstrations. Nearby, the Burrawan State Forest picnic area is home to Old Bottlebutt, the largest Red Bloodwood tree in the southern hemisphere, which stands 54 metres high.

Meander along the boardwalk at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre and join Discovery Tours to learn about bush-tucker, flora, and fauna. The centre also offers monthly meditation walks and has a Rainforest Café and interactive exhibits. Kids can play in ball pits at WildNets Adventure Park and pick fresh fruit at Ricardoe’s Tomatoes and Strawberries.

Get lost in the largest hedge maze in NSW at Bago Maze, which features 2,000 metres of pathways, lookout towers, and musical instruments. A mountain bike park loops around the vineyard and maze, with trails for all skill levels. For experienced riders, Jolly Nose Mountain Bike Park in the state forest offers 50 kilometres of tracks and four enduro hills.

Strawberry picking at Ricardoes near Port Macquarie. Image Lindsay Moller
Strawberry picking at Ricardoes. Image: Lindsay Moller

Where to stay in Port Macquarie

Club Wyndham Flynns Beach is the ideal place for a family holiday, with a large pool and dedicated kids’ pool, a games area, barbecue facilities, a gym and an on-site café, Henry’s Restaurant and Bar, which also offers a click-and-collect service.

This resort provides a variety of accommodation options suitable for families and groups of all sizes, from studio rooms to spacious two, three, and four-bedroom self-contained apartments. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, allowing families to save on dining out and enjoy the convenience of home-like amenities.

Club Wyndham Flynns Beach Presidential Main Bedroom
Club Wyndham Flynns Beach Presidential Main Bedroom

Stay as a guest or join the club!

The resort is part of Club Wyndham South Pacific, a vacation club with more than 50 resorts in ten countries– Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Indonesia, Thailand, US (Hawaii), Japan, Germany, Italy and France. Club members enjoy free activities across the portfolio.

At Flynns Beach they can hop on free bikes and e-bikes to explore the area, and borrow beach equipment such as boogie boards, fishing rods and a beach cricket set. More fun activities are offered during the school holidays, and you can also borrow board games and play giant chess.

Club Wyndham Flynns Beach Presidential Suite upstairs balcony
Club Wyndham Flynns Beach Presidential Suite upstairs balcony

How does it work?

Apartments are booked with credits, which Club Wyndham members receive year after year as part of their membership. A significant advantage of holiday ownership, compared to paying for a hotel, is that while hotel rates increase annually due to inflation, credit exchange values remain unchanged. This means members can book the same apartment at the same time each year for the same number of credits, whether they book now or in 2080, when the club’s term ends.

It’s a different way to holiday that is gaining popularity with families seeking some relief from the rising cost of holidays. A globally recognised name like Club Wyndham also offers a consistently high standard of service and accommodation across the club collection.

Packages and memberships

The only ongoing fee is an annual levy – for club members with the most common level of ownership, that works out to about $800 a year in 2024 – like a body corporate fee, it covers housekeeping, property maintenance, resort staff and the club’s cycle of refurbishments across the 50 plus properties.

Packages and memberships which open up thousands of locations across the world in places like the USA, Canada and Hawaii, are also available.

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