Port Macquarie

01 March
2024
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Port Macquarie

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 86,000, 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.

Hastings River

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.

Climate

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.

Discover the Mid North Coast

Once you’ve stepped off your boat, you’ll find an oasis of natural wonders, with golden beaches, lush rainforests and abundant wildlife. The adventure doesn’t stop there, because the Port Macquarie region also offers a variety of tourist attractions, outdoor activities, festivals and culinary experiences for you to enjoy.

Places of Interest

  • Flynn’s Beach – 5km (9 minutes)
  • Pilot Beach – 43km (40 minutes)
  • Town Beach Port Macquarie – 2.2km (4 minutes)
  • Port Macquarie Coastal Walk – 1.3km (4 minutes)
  • Sea Acres Rainforest Centre – 6.5km (10 minutes)
  • Long Point Vineyard – 21.8km (19 minutes)
  • Bago Maze and Wine – 34km (32 minutes)
  • Ricardoes Farm – 12km (13 minutes)
  • Billabong Zoo – 11km (12 minutes)
  • Koala Hospital – 3.7km (6 min)
  • Timbertown – 22km (22 minutes)
  • Port Macquarie Museum – 1.8km (4 minutes)
  • Port Macquarie Golf Club – 7.8km (10 minutes)
  • Skydive Port Macquarie – 4.6km (7 minutes)
  • Vanity Medi Spa – (1 minute)
  • Aqua Vitae Day Spa – (7 minutes)
  • Bonny Hills Body and Beauty – 23.4km (24 minutes)
  • Port Jet Cruise (5 minutes)

Transport & accommodation

To make the most of your stay, you’ll want to have easy access to everything on offer. You can hire a bike, a kayak, take a ride on a bus, catch a taxi, or get a rental car for as long as you need it.

There are also direct daily flights to and from Sydney and Brisbane from Port Macquarie Airport. To get cosy on dry land, Port Macquarie has a wide range of accommodation options to suit.

Beaches

Pristine beaches with white sands welcome visitors of all ages—whether you want to go paddling in a kayak, snorkel, swim, or just relax. With 18 sandy beaches in the region, you’re spoilt for choice, and you may never want to leave! The family will love Flynns Beach, a patrolled beach protected form the winds. For a more quiet escape, visit Pilot Beach at the mouth of Camden Haven River, and Town Beach offers great conditions for surfers. Click here for your beach guide.

National Parks & Wildlife

Surrounded by national parks and state forests, some of the best nature experiences of New South Wales are waiting for you.

Highlights are the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk and one of the largest remaining coastal rainforest reserves in New South Wales at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre.

Local Food & Produce

The North Coast hinterland boasts beautiful vineyards where you can savour the delicate flavours of local wines. Try Bago Vineyards for wine and jazz on the second Sunday of every month (as well as the Bago Maze) where the kids can be entertained at the animal farm. Enjoy freshly shucked Hastings River oysters and fine local cheeses at one of our eateries, or pick your own strawberries at Ricardoes Farm.

Major Attractions

Get up close and personal with Australia’s rare wildlife and exotic animals at Port Macquarie’s Billabong Zoo or visit the Koala Hospital. Families will love panning for gold and riding the steam train at Timbertown theme park. For history buffs, visit the Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage Centre and Port Macquarie Museum.

Sports & Adventure

Whether you want to waterski or ride in a jet boat, paraglide or skydive, go horseriding or canoeing, try rock climbing or abseiling, or go-karting—your Mid North Coast adventure awaits you. Or maybe you’d prefer to just cast a line or have a leisurely game of tennis. For golf by the sea, visit the 18-hole course at Port Macquarie Golf Club. Find what you’re looking for.

Health & Wellbeing

To treat your mind and body to some serious pampering, why not indulge in a luxury day spa? Try Vanity Medi Spa at the marina. The delightful Aqua Vitae Day Spa and Bonny Hills Body and Beauty are not far away, both of them located in Port Macquarie.