Times have changed and pets are now part of the travelling family. With record numbers of people expected to holiday with their pets this year, Greater Port Macquarie is the ultimate destination to take your pooch for a short-break. Here you will find half of the region’s beaches, walking tracks and a range of accommodation welcome your four-legged friends.
“As accommodation becomes more upmarket and town-centric along the coast, we want to remind families that Greater Port Macquarie offers a choice of affordable places to stay and a wonderful outdoor playground that welcomes pets,” said Linda Hall, Acting Tourism Manager at Greater Port Macquarie Tourism.
“For many people a family holiday by the beach isn’t complete without their pets. We offer something very unique, as 50 per cent of our beaches are dog-friendly. So a walk along the ocean with man’s best friend followed by coffee at a beach-side café can be the way to start a day,” said Linda.
To assist visitors, a pet-friendly accommodation listing is available from the Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Service. They will also provide tips on walks, beaches, parks and cafés that welcome pets.
Pet-Friendly Beaches and Walks
Choose from eight of Greater Port Macquarie’s beaches and walks including:
· Oxley Beach – named after the founder of Port Macquarie, with a walking track through to historic Windmill Hill Lookout (leash required)
· Nobbys Beach – very popular with dog owners; take a steep climb to the Obelisk and along the walking track through to Shelly Beach (leash free*)
· Lighthouse Beach – south of 4WD access is ideal for long walks with a 6 km walk to Lake Cathie (leash free*)
· Rocky Beach
· Cathie Beach
· Rainbow Beach (north of Duchess Creek)
· Grants Beach (north of the surf club)
· Dunbogan Beach (southern end)
Choose from 10 places to stay include Stony Park Watersports and Recreation Caravan Park, Leisure Motor Village Tourist Park, Flynns Beach Caravan Park, Jordan’s Holiday Park, Marina Holiday Park, Diamond Waters Caravan Park, Jacaranda Caravan Park, Bonny Hills Caravan Park, Beachfront Holiday Park and Strathmore Lodge.
Pet-Friendly Places to Eat
Surfside Café at Lighthouse Beach is popular with the locals and will even welcome your pets by name. For panoramic views and an alfresco lunch at an outdoor table overlooking the vineyards, head to Little Fish Café at Innes Lake Vineyards.
*Visitors to the region should comply with local Council requirements when dogs are leash-free, this includes keeping them under control and supervised. The Visitor Information Centre can provide this information.