Perched at the mouth of the Hastings River, lined with beautiful beaches, and backed by sprawling hinterland, this captivating coastal city has ‘memorable break’ written all over it.
Port Macquarie is 390km northeast of Sydney (4hr 30m drive) or 240km northeast of Newcastle (3hr 40min drive) in the North Coast NSW region.
For the weather! CSIRO meteorologists claim Port Macquarie has the best climate in Australia: not too hot in summer and not too cold in winter. This means the perfect conditions for exploring the city’s many attractions.
Port Macquarie beaches
The city and its surrounds have a bounty of beautiful beaches. Highlights include:
This important rehabilitation centre has been running since 1973 and doubles as one of Port Macquarie’s most popular attractions. It allows visitors to witness and learn all about koalas as well as the role the hospital plays in preserving these iconic animals.
Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
Continue to embrace the city’s love for the cute creatures by viewing 60-plus koala sculptures that are dotted around the district. There’s a dedicated trail map to help spot the brightly coloured, 1m-tall creations.
Sea Acres National Park
Found just 5km south of the CBD, the park protects an important patch of coastal rainforest that’s best admired along an elevated boardwalk. Start at the rainforest centre to learn more or join a fascinating guided tour to discover the rich Indigenous connection to the area.
Port Macquarie coastal walk
Historical sites, brilliant beaches, and sections of rainforest all combine along this 9km one-way path. Various hop-on, hop-off points mean visitors can enjoy the stunning scenery without having to commit to the entire journey.
Gliding along the Hastings River is a magical experience, and there is ample opportunity to get on board. Tour companies provide various options, headlined by sunset cruises.
It seems Port Macquarie really loves its animals! Billabong Zoo houses a world-renowned koala breeding centre and is home to various native and exotic creatures. Informative talks and exciting up-close encounters provide further reason to visit.
Port Macquarie Museum
Delve into the city’s compelling past. Various themes are covered with thousands of items of interest aiding the virtual journey back in time.
Mid North Coast Maritime Museum
Soak up more exciting tales from decades gone by. Two buildings, originally pilot cottages, house a huge collection of memorabilia that details the region’s mighty maritime history.
Elegant, French-inspired wines with an Australian influence are the focus of this popular place. Picturesque grounds amplify the tasting experience.
Lake Innes Nature Reserve
Located on the outskirts of Port Macquarie, these scenic surrounds suit various leisure activities that include fishing, kayaking, and swimming. There’s also the chance to uncover the city’s convict-settlement past via historical ruins.
Revealing an eye-catching façade, this first-rate theatre is Port Macquarie’s premier arts and entertainment facility. It hosts a wide range of shows and events and includes a top-class regional art gallery.
Explore the hinterland town’s extensive logging past in fascinating fashion. Timbertown features dozens of pioneer village-style buildings and plenty of fun activities that include miniature train rides and gold panning.
Distance: 20km west of Port Macquarie.
Bago Maze and Winery
This family-friendly attraction boasts one of the world’s largest hedge mazes, filled with intricate elements. The adjoining winery overlooks the maze and has a wide assortment of vino available for tastings.
Distance: 30km southwest of Port Macquarie.
Crowdy Bay National Park
More epic coastline is revealed at this treasure-rich park, with untouched beaches and craggy creations leading the treats for the eyes. Ample wildlife, wildflowers, and bird species add to the allure.
Distance: 70km southwest of Port Macquarie.
Port Macquarie was founded as a penal settlement in 1821.
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