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Enjoying the best of both worlds

Catarina is nestled amidst the amazing beauty of nature’s seaside and lush bushland playground, and yet conveniently located just 15 minutes from thriving Port Macquarie with all the facilities and choice of a major city.

A nature lover’s paradise

Fish, swim, surf or relax on untouched beach…Hike, wander or camp amidst coastal rainforest…

The Beach

17 pristine beaches with water warm enough to swim in for most of the year. Over 62 kilometres of unsurpassed Australian coastline, most patrolled, some pet-friendly. Learn to surf, experience excellent fishing, take in a sunset cruise, go jet boating or whale and dolphin watching, or simply lay on the sand with no one else around.

The Bush

40,000 hectares of national parks, forests, rivers and lakes to partake in bushwalking, camping and panoramic views. Hike or bike along the Goojik Heritage Trail. Wander the Sea Acres Rainforest Boardwalk. Chose a coastal trek and or the sweeping views of a Hinterland hike. Discover waterfalls, secluded swimming holes, and visit the world’s only Koala Hospital.

The Active Outdoors

Tennis, bowling, a camel safari on the beach, sky diving, horse riding treks, 18 sporting fields, 5 skate parks, 4 swimming pools, an international standard water-ski park, 4 championship golf courses. Visit the zoo, Timbertown or the Bago Maze. And the list goes on

Abundant city choice without the bustle

You’ll want for nothing. Dip into city life and convenience just minutes’ drive away, then leave it all behind to unwind when you choose.

Shopping and Retail

Enjoy all the major retail fashion and food shops you’ll ever need at Port Central and Settlement City shopping centres, as well as some unique independent book, toy, clothing and gift shops, and a host of beauty and day spas, including Endota Spa.

Dining and Cafes

Choose from sea views at coveted ‘hatted’ fine dining restaurant, The Stunned Mullet, or a relaxed coastal vibe at family friendly clubs and pubs. Explore quirky wine bars, sip good coffee everywhere, eat Japanese, Turkish, Tapas or burgers, graze a degustation menu at a vineyard, or a lash out on a cocktail over live music.

Culture and Entertainment

Revel in a Sydney Symphony Orchestra or Bell Shakespeare performance at the Glasshouse Theatre. Groove away at the famous Festival of the Sun, kick back to Jazz In The Vines, and international music artists. Learn glass blowing or oil painting, watch the kids embrace theatre class or art workshops. .

First class facilities and connections

Enjoy ease of travel, security in the best in health services and open up opportunity with a plethora of education choice.

Health Facilities

Feel the security of new multimillion-dollar upgrades at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital, with state-of-the-art cardiology, paediatric, ICU, operating and Emergency units. High level care can be expected in coronary care, obstetrics, oncology, high dependency care and mental health, among many others.

Schools and Education

The Catarina community will be well-served by over 30 nearby schools, both public and independent, and three University campuses. Tertiary facilities will cater for 5000 students by 2030.

Transport

Just 15 minutes drive to Port Macquarie from Catarina, you will access an extensive rail network to take you all over NSW and direct flights from Port Macquarie Airport to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Catarina is centrally located just 4 hour’s drive to Sydney or 6 to Brisbane.

A thriving arts and culinary region

From International theatre shows to boutique artisans; Exceptional local wine and produce, to hatted restaurants…

Regional Artists & Galleries

Join in with a thriving arts community – visit small and large art exhibitions, explore the Hastings Fine Art Association or embark on your own creative work-from-home lifestyle. Try glass blowing, weaving or just simply enjoy shopping for unique and beautiful pieces.

Food & Wine

Visit Cellar Doors with beautiful restaurants at Cassegrain and Innes Lake Vineyards, or sip while the kids are entertained by the animal farm at Roses Vineyard and the maze at Bago Vineyard. Don’t miss events such as Tastings at Hastings, Oysters in the Vines, and Slice of Heaven Food and Wine Festival. Pick your own strawberries or organic produce or learn to shuck oysters.

Local Markets

Stock up at the Port Macquarie Growers Markets with delicious fresh locally grown produce. Wander the Twilight Food Markets, The Wauchope Farmers Market, the Grown and Gathered Community Market or the Foreshore Market and The Artist Market.