On the mid north coast of NSW you'll find the holiday town of Port Macquarie, with its golden beaches, lush rainforests, abundant wildlife and more.
If you love the water then Port Macquarie is the place for you. As well as the 16 kilometres of coastline between Port Macquarie Beach and Town Beach, there's the Hastings River, canals, creeks and bays to explore. A temperate climate, parks, gardens and walking trails make it a great place to explore, and don't miss a visit to the State's only koala hospital. You'll also find a range of dining and shopping options plus several wineries well worth visiting.
Rich in history, buzzing with art and alive with culture - just some of the reasons why people keep coming back to Port Macquarie.
- Try the Tacking Point Lighthouse walk taking you to significant landmarks and lookouts with a meditative stretch of eight beaches. You can look for tell-tale signs of whales passing from May to November, and dolphins all year round.
- Visit the Glasshouse Regional Gallery that showcases a rich and varied program of high quality exhibitions inspired by local, national and international sources
- Visit the Foreshore Market and The Artist Market in the Vines and taste some of the region's freshest produce alongside the work of local artists.
Making the most of its position at the entrance to the subtropical coast, Port Macquarie is overwhelmingly holiday focused with a string of beautiful beaches and activities all focused around having fun.
Around Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie is a diverse region packed with a range of attractions from Kendall to North Haven and Wauchope to Laurieton.
Take a drive around and you’ll discover an area where touring routes become cultural adventures; gentle drives twist through natural reserves filled with Aboriginal heritage. A few highlights not to be missed include Lighthouse Beach - a nine km stretch of south-east facing sand, home to a series of hospitable beach breaks only seven kms south of Port Macquarie, the Cedar Creek Goldfield with its unique wooden water wheel where you can still pan for gold, and Burrawan State Forest, where you'll find the over 200 year old Red Bloodwood tree known as 'Old Bottlebutt'.
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In summer, Port Macquarie weather rarely goes above 30°C. In winter, the weather remains mild and is sunny and dry for most of the time. February is the hottest month of the year, July is the coldest. You can expect the greatest rainfall to occur over summer, normally in February, with August generally the driest month.
From the airport
Port Macquarie Airport is 4.5km from the town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Fly direct daily to and from Sydney and Brisbane with QantasLink. A seasonal weekly QantasLink service to Lord Howe Island is also available from Port Macquarie during the months of February to June, and September to December. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Sydney to travel into Port Macquarie.
Getting around Port Macquarie is best done on foot or in your (hire) car. Having a car also gives you the freedom to get out and explore the surrounding area and enjoy the best of the region. For a more unique way to see the town you can hire bikes and all the equipment. A simple search online will point you in the right direction.
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