Picnics – the loophole that makes drinking an acceptable outdoor activity, instead of public judgement. Whether your idea of the outdoor gathering is beer and chippies by the beach, a gourmet spread or an all-day adventure – Port Macquarie provides. We’ve rounded up our favourite spots to throw out a blanket and have a bite to eat.
With sweeping coastal views, Lighthouse Beach is the perfect spot for whale watching, or just to enjoy a feast. Up for a challenge? Get here on foot: the beautiful 9km Coastal Walk from town to Tacking Point Lighthouse is not for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely worth it.
With stunning views of Shelley Beach and the ocean, it’s no wonder that Harry’s Lookout is so popular with weddings. Not ready to get hitched? Fair enough, just grab the fam and a picnic spread and set up camp.
Take some snacks down to the picnic area and let the kids run wild in the neighbouring skate-park whilst you enjoy your gourmet spread. Bliss.
Romance in the air? Relax in the park with a picnic spread and watch the sunset before you head to your local for a cheeky sundowner or two. You’ll be engaged by the end of the week.
Worth the trek out of town, this pretty spot sits on the 4.4km Queens Lake walking trail, wrapping around the picturesque lake – the perfect place to walk off that lunch!
Thirty minutes out of Port Macquarie you’ll find Laurieton Lookout. With views over Queens Lake and the seaside, you’re sure to get some seriously insta-worthy snaps. With picnic tables and BBQ facilities, you’re set for a bangin’ day out.
Funny name, beautiful location, the aptly named 200-year-old Redwood towers over Burrawan State Forrest at the end of a 600m walk. It’s a great spot to take the fam for a walk and chill out on a hot day.
Grab the fam, your best mates, or that hot date – or even better, some takeaway beers and ciders before you head out. Picnics never tasted so good.