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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

Rydges Port Macquarie
Rydges Port Macquarie
4 out of 5
1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is AU$188 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

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

4/5Very Good! (952 reviews)

"Great location and very clean, modern hotel. Only issue was a lack of parking at the hotel when it is full"…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2020

Rydges Port Macquarie
Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
4 out of 5
20 Park Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$272 per night from 10 Nov. to 11 Nov.

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

4.2/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"Sails was a beautiful and peaceful resort staff were very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 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
The price is AU$159 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (973 reviews)

"The view qas lovely, the staff were lovely and the spa bath was awesome. I have been many times and would highly recommend it"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2020

ibis Styles Port Macquarie
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Port Macquarie

Mantra Quayside
Mantra Quayside
4 out of 5
Cnr William Street and Short St, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is AU$230 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

Located in the heart of Port Macquarie, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Pilot Boat Shed and St Thomas Anglican ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,232 reviews)

"Great location, right in town and a 5 minute walk to the water. Rooms are spacious, clean, beds mare comfortable and it also has a lovely heated pool on the roof."…"

Reviewed on 3 Oct. 2020

Mantra Quayside
Club Wyndham Flynns Beach
Club Wyndham Flynns Beach
4 out of 5
14-20 Flynn Street, Port Macquarie, NSW

This family-friendly Port Macquarie apartment building is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Macquarie Nature Reserve and Koala Hospital. Nobbys ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (108 reviews)

"Good location, clean rooms, swimming pool and spa. However No restaurants or cafe on site"…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2020

Club Wyndham Flynns Beach
NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park
NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park
3 out of 5
1 Munster Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is AU$140 per night from 16 Nov. to 17 Nov.

Situated near the beach, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Town Beach, Glasshouse Cultural Centre and Port Macquarie Museum. Port Macquarie Courthouse ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (135 reviews)

"Excellent view and central location. Fast check in and out. Clean and tidy cabin with fantastic front deck."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2020

NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Port Macquarie

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Andrew

6 Jun. 2020

Peaceful place and enjoy a lot of food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Jun. 2020

As a holiday destination or to live permanently it would be hard to be with the wonderful temperate climate and ease of travel.

4/5 - Good

Dan

3 Jun. 2020

Nice place will be back

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.

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