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Port Macquarie
Travel Guide

Port Macquarie showing a beach, rocky coastline and swimming

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.

Rydges Port Macquarie
Rydges Port Macquarie
4 out of 5
1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$249 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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! (979 reviews)
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Reviewed on 4 Apr. 2021

Rydges Port Macquarie
ibis Styles Port Macquarie
ibis Styles Port Macquarie
3.5 out of 5
1 Stewart Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is AU$169 per night from 3 May to 4 May
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! (979 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay here at ibis. Beautiful views and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2021

ibis Styles 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$259 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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! (976 reviews)
"Everythkng was good about the venue. Food & bevarage, accommodation and staff all good. My only negative comment would be the size of the swimming pool and lounge area next to the pool, being too small"

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2021

Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
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Mantra Quayside
Mantra Quayside
4 out of 5
Cnr William Street and Short St, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is AU$215 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.
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! (1,238 reviews)
"Location, friendly staff, clean spacious well equipped room and safe parking."

Reviewed on 2 Feb. 2021

Mantra Quayside
Mantra The Observatory
Mantra The Observatory
3.5 out of 5
Town Beach, 40 William Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is AU$163 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.
Situated in Port Macquarie, this beach aparthotel is steps away from Port Macquarie Astronomical Association Observatory and Town Beach. Mid North Coast Maritime ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (686 reviews)
"Location was great, across the road from the beach and within walking distance to town centre. The apartment was very nice and great size. Would definitely stay again. Staff where very helpful and friendly."

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2021

Mantra The Observatory
Flynns Beach Resort
Flynns Beach Resort
4 out of 5
68 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie, NSW
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Flynns Beach, Nobbys Beach and Macquarie Nature Reserve. Koala Hospital and Flynns ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (757 reviews)
"Very clean unit with beautiful views of the ocean & sunrises. Well maintained property with plenty of gardens and an abundance of wildlife. Plenty of fun for the little ones with 2 pools, tennis court and play area. Awesome restaurant next door means u'll never go hungry. Will be back"

Reviewed on 4 Apr. 2021

Flynns Beach Resort
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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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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