Behind Town Beach and a park with a playground, Mantra The Observatory is a 4.5-star hotel with an indoor pool and one-, two- and three-bedroom ocean-view apartments, is convenience itself for families visiting Port Macquarie. There is the endota spa downstairs in which to unwind, the Milkbar cafe on street level for a convivial breakfast and a choice of protected beaches nearby. For the health conscious, a walking/jogging track threads behind the beaches and bikes with free iPod audio tours are available for hire. The top-floor penthouses are particularly stylish, spacious and well equipped.
40 William Street, Port Macquarie; (02) 6586 8000