MOST people would probably think of Port Macquarie as a summer holiday destination, but the region offers plenty to see and do in winter too.
As we enter the coldest time of year, Port Macquarie is boasting an amazing line up of events and experiences, with great flight deals on offer.
One of the highlights of the region's winter program is ArtWalk - one of the biggest cultural events of the year, which will take place on July 18.
The starlit evening festival will see museums and galleries opening their doors, pop up performances, street art, light installations, music and food stalls.
Winter is also a great time to spot whales during their annual migration and PortJet is offering tours which offer great opportunities for close encounters.
It is also the perfect time of year to enjoy Port Macquarie's finest restaurants and famous beaches in relative solitude and quiet.
Culture buffs may want to explore some great art galleries, or to check out a show at the Glasshouse Theatre by night.
There are some great wineries to explore on the winery trail, and incredible views on offer along the Coastal Walk, North Brother Mountain and Rawson Falls.
Camel rides on Lighthouse Beach, baby animals at Billabong Zoo and tours of the Koala Hospital offer great chances to interact with animals.
It is also an ideal opportunity to enjoy the luxury accommodation on offer at the recently renovated Sails Resort.
Port Macquarie sits halfway between Brisbane and Sydney.
It boasts 17 beaches, a lush hinterland, a diverse range of attractions and range of accommodation options.
Virgin Australia is currently offering return flights from Brisbane to Port Macquarie for $199 for tickets booked before August 30 for travel up until March next year.
Port Macquarie Council's economic development officer Liesa Davies said Port Macquarie was different to other north coast towns.
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