Dotted with shops, restaurants and high-rise apartments, it’s hard to imagine the centre of Port Macquarie’s CBD on the New South Wales Mid North Coast is where the first commercial sugarcane crops were grown in Australia.
- The first sugarcane crops were grown in what is now Port Macquarie’s CBD
- The area was believed to have the ideal climate for the plant, but subsequent crops proved otherwise
- A penal settlement sugar plantation was established west of Port Macquarie at Rollands Plains
President of the Port Macquarie Historical Society Clive Smith said before the plant found its home in Northern New South Wales and Queensland, European settlers believed Port Macquarie could be the perfect area for sugarcane production…