So you’ve arrived in Port Macquarie for your Summer holidays – expecting sunshine and endless days at the beach. Instead, you’ve been greeted with the type of set-in rain that just doesn’t seem to understand that it’s not welcome, and altogether unexpected. Port Macquarie gloats about its 300+ days of sunshine each year, so we really don’t blame you if you have no wet weather plans for your time off. This blog is here to help!
Tenpin bowling is always a good idea and can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike! Port Macquarie’s Wavebowl has heaps of lanes, specials most days of the week, live music and – for the adults in the group – is fully licenced! There’s no reason Wavebowl wouldn’t be a great way to while away a rainy day with the whole family.
There’s something comforting about a local club, especially when you’re trying to cheer up some disappointed kids! Join us at The Westport Club for Free Family Bingo in our Community Lounge on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 11am – all ages are welcome. The kids will be overjoyed with the prizes, and Bingo is such a simple game, it doesn’t take long for everyone to be an expert. Our friendly team will walk you through the game and ensure everyone has a fun time. Stay on for lunch in our restaurant or café after and avoid the weather for just a little longer!
There are two wonderful local options to see a movie while you are in Port Macquarie!
If the centre of town is getting a little busy for your liking, take a short drive out to Laurieton to visit the beautifully historical Plaza Theatre. The Plaza Theatre was built in 1959, before this date films were exhibited across the road in the School of Arts hall. Baz Luhrmann’s father was the projectionist in the early 70’s, inspiring his son’s interest in the film industry. The rest is history – how cool is that! The theatre shows both new releases and occasionally some classics. Check out showtimes here (https://www.plazatheatre.com.au/).
Majestic Cinemas has 5 screens and a multitude of session times every day. You’re sure to find something that suits your family. They are located within walking distance of undercover parking, making rainy days a little easier to deal with. Majestic Cinemas famously hand makes their choc tops – that’s a reason to visit just in itself!
The cinema screens the latest blockbusters from around the world and a range of alternate content. This includes filmed operas, plays and museum tours. They carefully curate their school holiday show programs, so from entertainment to education, they’ve got you covered!
Centre of Gravity
Port Macquarie’s only Indoor Rock Climbing and Dark Zone Laser Centre is a fantastic place for all ages. Climbers from beginners to advanced are sure to enjoy the routes set. There is also a pretty cool roof section to challenge the more experienced climber. Once you’ve enjoyed a climb you should try out Dark Zone! A state-of-the-art laser tag set up is waiting for you, and although sessions are just 15-20 minutes – it’s more than enough for this adrenaline pumping action. With fog, music and lighting effects all in air-conditioned comfort, this is the perfect way to top off your visit to Centre of Gravity.
Planet X Entertainment
Planet X features indoor, all-weather fun and activities for families and anyone else who is young at heart with energy to burn. They have a range of facilities including a recreational roller rink, roller hockey, skate ‘n’ gym, indoor paintball, bazooka ball, jumping castle & slide, air hockey and arcade games. Parents can sit back, relax and watch the fun unfold, or get involved and show the kids how it’s done! You can book online too!
Port Macquarie Museum
Port Macquarie Museum showcases the best of Port Macquarie’s history from its British settlement in 1821. The award-winning museum’s significant collection is displayed across several rooms and galleries, in a series of themed exhibits. Displays are regularly updated, and temporary exhibitions are held from time to time. Guided tours for schools and other groups can be arranged by appointment. There is also a free audio guide available. This is a great idea if you regularly holiday in Port Macquarie, and want to understand the history of our beautiful home!
Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries
Just a minute or so off the M1 roundabout, Ricardoes is the perfect way to while away a few hours or an ideal quick refreshment stopover along the highway. The vast rows of delicious strawberries are waiting to be picked, all in igloo style greenhouses for weather protection. A-framed lattice means no bending and straining your back! Once you’ve picked your fill, check out Café Red for some delicious refreshments. They can even provide you some cream to enjoy the fruits of your labour! Enjoy free tastings of Ricardoes’ Sydney Royal Easter Show and Fine Food Show award-winning sweet and savoury preserves. The shop is replenished daily with fresh farm produce and stocks essential supplies for recreation vehicles and campers.
The Westport Club
If you’re looking for delicious, warming food, great cocktails, local beers, lots of fun activities for both kids and adults, and undercover parking – The Westport Club has you covered! Our stunning waterfront views will make you feel like you’re still enjoying the beautiful landscape while you stay dry. Our team is committed to ensuring you make wonderful and lasting memories in Port Macquarie – no matter what is falling from the sky! We can’t wait to meet you.