We all need a break every now and again, so if you’re in the mood to escape the ritual of your everyday life and enjoy some relaxation in a new and exciting place, read on. Port Macquarie’s surroundings are home to fantastic nature and landscapes as well as an abundance of cafes that serve up the finest food and drink. Read below for some of the best places to visit in the area for a relaxing day trip.

Dooragan National Park

Stunning views - Dooragan National Park
Stunning views – Dooragan National Park

If you’re into your walking, take a trip to Dooragan National Park and explore the many walking trails and scenic views this location has to offer. If you’re looking for an easy trek take the Rainforest Loop; this relaxing walk guides you to a remote lookout platform with stunning views of Diamond Head. After your adventure, jump in the car and drive to Johns River where you’ll find the perfect cafe to relax at.
Where: North Brother NSW 2443
Rosie’s Cafe and Gallery
Tasty food, Rosie's Cafe and Gallery - Johns River
Tasty food, Rosie’s Cafe and Gallery – Johns River

Located in the heart of Johns River, you’ll find Rosie’s Cafe and Gallery. This quaint and friendly location is the ideal place to rest your legs, enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and grab a bite to eat after exploring the local area. Showcasing a range of locally grown and seasonally-based produce throughout their menu, you know that whatever you decide to enjoy at Rosie’s Cafe and Gallery will be both fresh and delicious.
This location serves up breakfast, morning tea and lunch and afternoon tea, allowing you to stop by any time of the day. If you’re visiting the local area with friends, head to Rosie’s Cafe and Gallery and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in their luscious setting. Whatever time you decide to visit, relax in this welcoming location and enjoy the fantastic service and food that is guaranteed at Rosie’s Cafe and Gallery.
Where: 48 Johns River Rd Johns River NSW 2443


Luscious greenery - Kendall
Luscious greenery – Kendall

If you’re after a day of nature, why not head to Kendall? Named after the famous Australian poet, Henry Kendall, this quaint location is a popular place to visit, near a number of national parks and state forests that are perfect to spend the day exploring in. Feeling peckish? We’ve found the ideal cafe to enjoy an afternoon treat!
Where: Kendall NSW 2439
Miss Nellies Cafe
Afternoon tea is served, Miss Nellies Cafe - Kendall
Afternoon tea is served, Miss Nellies Cafe – Kendall

After exploring the beauty of Kendall we highly recommend stopping off at Miss Nellies Cafe. This stunning location is well-known for its fantastic, friendly service and deliciously indulgent treats. If you’re searching for the ultimate place to spoil yourself with a slice of cake and a cup of tea, Miss Nellies Cafe is the perfect place for you.
Whether you’re feeling peckish and in the mood for something wholesome, or not too hungry but keen for a pick-me-up coffee, this fantastic location in the heart of Kendall will deliver. Take a seat in their country-style cafe and scan their delicious menu, that features a number of freshly baked cakes and tasty lunches which are served all day. Bringing along the little ones? Make sure you check out the kids menu that offers a number of perfect meals for young, picky tastebuds!
Where: 33 River Street Kendall NSW 2439
Where do you like to escape in Port Macquarie? We’d love to know!