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Port MacquarieAustralia

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.

Top hotels in Port Macquarie

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
4 out of 5
20 Park Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
AU$164
per night
3 Apr. - 4 Apr.

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,047 reviews)

"All the staff were fabulous. Breakfast buffet was delicious and the drinks were great."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
ibis Styles Port Macquarie
ibis Styles Port Macquarie
3.5 out of 5
1 Stewart Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
AU$119
per night
3 Apr. - 4 Apr.

Situated by the ocean, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Town Beach and Mid North Coast Maritime Museum. Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Pilot ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,042 reviews)

"Ease of access, plenty of parking and accessibility"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2020

ibis Styles Port Macquarie
Rydges Port Macquarie
Rydges Port Macquarie
4 out of 5
1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
AU$164
per night
3 Apr. - 4 Apr.

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

4.2/5Excellent! (1,559 reviews)

"The pool said unit was a heated pool, it was not and the pool and even the spa was quite cold. The location was amazing and beautiful."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Rydges Port Macquarie

Top activities in Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie Scavenger Hunt: From Penal Colony to Paradise
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Port Macquarie Scavenger Hunt: From Penal Colony to Paradise

AU$35
Per adult

Reviews of Port Macquarie

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 41.075794621026894%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.134474327628362%
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4/5 - Good

Anne

8 Mar. 2020

Lots of dining options, beaches and a great holiday feeling about it

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

1 Mar. 2020

Not really much to do other than swim or eat. Unless you have plenty of money to do all the tourist things.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Mar. 2020

I just love the laid back life.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Mar. 2020

Very nice place with pleasant ambience

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Feb. 2020

Port use to have fun parks like Peppermint Park, Big Bull etc and it needs it. Most things to do are for adults.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Feb. 2020

Had breakfast at ground cafe and can't say enough good things about it. The food was incredible. Also went to a meditation course run by Losang Dragpa kadampa Buddhist Centre and it was excellent. Also had dinner at The Balconey and loved that.

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