Your Port Macquarie destination
Port Macquarie Marina is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, mid-way between Sydney and Brisbane.
240nm south of Brisbane and 170nm north of Sydney, Port Macquarie Marina is sheltered from the South Pacific Ocean by a peninsula, providing a safe haven in bad weather.
Located on the estuary of the Hastings River, an area of 30km2, you will find unique and ecologically significant coastal environments.
Port Macquarie is a rapidly growing and vibrant coastal community with a population of more than 45,000, located about 390km (242m) north of Sydney and 570km (354m) south of Brisbane.
Founded as a penal settlement in 1821 and with a sugar mill operating from 1824, it was opened to early settlers in 1830. However, the township declined with the Great Depression and subsequent relocation of remaining convict labour in 1847.
In the 1860s it was revived with the arrival of pastoralists and by 1887 a local government was formed. Later, in the 1960s, it became a popular tourist destination and choice for sea-changers and enthusiasm for the area has continued.
Today many old buildings remain, adding to the attractiveness of the urban landscape, while expenditure on new public amenities and infrastructure supports the growing population.
The Hastings River is an iconic waterway within the region. Beginning its journey in the Great Diving Range, it is joined by seven tributaries before reaching the ocean at Port Macquarie. The river descends 1,040m (3,410ft) over its 180km (110m) course.
The Hastings River supports a prized wine region and offers fishing opportunities for freshwater bass and catfish in the upper reaches through to estuarine species such as bream, flathead and luderick.
The region is known for its delightfully warm climate—locals would say it’s the best climate in Australia.
The mean maximum temperature ranges from 27.5ºC in summer to 18.6ºC in winter, while average minimum temperatures range between 18.4ºC in summer and 6.6ºC in winter.