Port Macquarie sits on the east coast of Australia, roughly between Sydney and Brisbane. Port Macquarie was first settled when explorers noted that the area was abundant in fish and surrounding land had plenty of water that could be used for agriculture. Port Macquarie was briefly used as a penal colony however, this was soon abandoned and instead focused on farming, timber, and fishing industries. It was also the site of the first sugar cane plantation in Australia, which to this day is still cultivated here.
These days Port Macquarie has established itself as a small city, highly popular with holidaymakers and retirees, who come to enjoy the excellent weather and natural beauty. Auto Europe offers several car hire pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Port Macquarie is both easy and economical.
Those who visit Port Macquarie will soon realise why it is not only a popular travel destination but also a popular place to live and retire. The area is lucky enough to have what is thought to be the best weather conditions in Australia, with daytime temperatures between 15-30 degrees Celsius almost all year round. Port Macquarie can lack public transport, especially at night time, so a hire car is the ultimate way to get around and see the city, as well as the surrounding attractions.
To this day, the area is well known for plentiful wildlife, both on land and in the water. Drive your hire car just outside the city, and near the junction of the highways, you will find the Billabong Koala Wildlife Park. Here you can feed kangaroos, pat koalas, and get close to a variety of other animals. A little further west, in the town of Wauchope, you will find Timbertown, a re-created logging village, showing how timber was harvested by early settlers.
Back in the city of Port Macquarie there is plenty to do also, both on land and in the water. Jump in your hire car and take the short drive out to the headland, on which the lighthouse stands. From here you can see right out across the waters where large numbers of whales migrate past, mainly during summer and winter. There are often several sightings a day, and there are cruise operators specialising in whale watching also. Getting out on the water is great fun, with water skiing, kayaking, fishing and surfing all very popular.
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