Port MacquarieAustralia

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Spot majestic whales from a historic lighthouse, explore the scenic coast and learn about the area’s convict history at this lovely seaside town in New South Wales.

Port Macquarie is a charming town on New South Wales’ Mid North Coast, at the mouth of the meandering Hastings River. Experience the town’s rich maritime heritage, historic architecture, exciting wildlife parks and diverse coastal landscapes. Try adventurous watersports, tour the waterfront by bike and relax with a local wine on a scenic cruise.

Explore the Port Macquarie township to find a range of historic buildings and relics from the area’s convict past. The Old Courthouse, the Port Macquarie Historic Cemetery and St. Thomas Anglican Church offer a glimpse of Port Macquarie’s European settlement as a penal colony. Learn about the area’s maritime history at the Mid North Coast Maritime Museum. Relax with a cup of coffee or collect fresh market produce at the Town Green, a public park with views of the town’s scenic wharf.

Embark on Port Macquarie’s breathtaking coastal walk, a hiking trail that leads south from the town to Flynn’s Beach and beyond. Head to Tacking Point Lighthouse to see a historic lighthouse with idyllic headland views. If you’re lucky, a pod of whales might breach in the ocean below.

Meet some of Australia’s unique animals at Port Macquarie’s fantastic wildlife parks. See native and exotic animals at the Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park or critters being nursed back to health at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Visit the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre on Shelly Beach to explore a lush rainforest national park. Wander along boardwalks and nature trails to see native flying foxes, wallabies and kangaroos.

Port Macquarie is 385 kilometres (239 miles) north of Sydney, New South Wales’ capital city. Catch regional flights from Sydney or Brisbane to Port Macquarie Airport. Buses connect Port Macquarie to other major cities on Australia’s east coast. Reach Port Macquarie by car or train to Wauchope, a stop on the North Coast Railway Line approximately 20 minutes’ drive away. Port Macquarie’s compact town centre and sunny, mild weather make it an ideal destination for walking tours.

Where to stay in Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie featuring rocky coastline and a sandy beach

Flynns Beach

Flynns Beach is popular for its beaches, and you can check out Nobbys Beach, a top attraction in the neighborhood.

Flynns Beach

Top Hotels in Port Macquarie

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rydges Port Macquarie
Rydges Port Macquarie
4 out of 5
1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$2,944
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Located in the heart of Port Macquarie, this hotel is steps from Glasshouse Cultural Centre and Port Macquarie Museum. Port Macquarie Courthouse and Mid North ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,548 reviews)

"location was prime. The view was gorgeous. Staff very impressive with service. If we need to stay in Port again we will stay here."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/3

Rydges Port Macquarie
Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
4 out of 5
20 Park Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
NT$3,095
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Pilot Boat Shed, St Thomas Anglican Church, and Kooloonbung Creek ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,023 reviews)

"Didnt like the pool straight outside with lots of noisy kids in it Nothing special really would rate 4star ."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/17

Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
THE MID PACIFIC
THE MID PACIFIC
4 out of 5
71 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
NT$2,383
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated on the riverwalk, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Pilot Boat Shed, Glasshouse Cultural Centre, and Port Macquarie ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (986 reviews)

"Great views and location. Quality of futures and fittings were very good. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Parking right next to the building."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/10

THE MID PACIFIC

Popular things to do in Port Macquarie

Tacking Point Lighthouse
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Tacking Point Lighthouse

4.5/5(8 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Port Macquarie with a trip to Tacking Point Lighthouse. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area, or check out its charming cafés.

Town Beach
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Town Beach

4/5(7 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Town Beach during your travels in Port Macquarie? Wander the waterfront in this family-friendly area.

Pilot Beach
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Pilot Beach

4.5/5(3 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Pilot Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Camden Head. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Reviews of Port Macquarie

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Nov 12, 2019

It is a beautiful seaside city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2019

Lovely beaches

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 11, 2018

L9vely place n8ce beaches

4/5 - Good

Larry

Oct 11, 2018

We were just passing through this time but would stay to visit another time

4/5 - Good

Sheila

Oct 10, 2018

People friendly, lots to do, good cafes, and shops

4/5 - Good

Lee

Oct 4, 2018

A few nice restaurants coffee shops and boutiques are popping up which make it more appealing

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