Located near the northern end of Crowdy Bay National Park, just down from Dunbogan Beach, Blackbutt picnic area is a place full of surprises.Enter through a maze of sentry-like blackbutt and clumping banksia...
Memorable beachside escapes
With 18 beautiful beaches, the Greater Port Macquarie region is perfect for a memorable seaside holiday. Relax on soft white sand, enjoy water sports and cook delicious food on barbecues in beachside parks. Have fun horseriding and even ride a camel on the beach, too.
Great beaches in Greater Port Macquarie
Discover endless beachside fun in the Greater Port Macquarie region, only four hours’ drive north of Sydney on the NSW North Coast. From surfing and swimming to fishing and unwinding on gorgeous stretches of fine sand, you’ll find plenty of things to do and see on a beach holiday.
Many of the beaches have parks or reserves with barbecue facilities. You can learn to surf at accredited surf schools, try sailboarding or kiteboarding, ride horses on the beach with Port Macquarie Horse Riding Centre and even ride camels with Camel Safaris.
Accommodation options suit a range of budgets and include beachside holiday homes and holiday parks, such as Lighthouse Beach Holiday Park. Camping in national parks is popular, too. Meet kangaroos at beachside Diamond Head campground, near Laurieton, south of Port Macquarie.
The Port Macquarie coastal walk is a great way to experience breathtaking views, subtropical rainforest and a number of beautiful beaches. A short drive south of Port Macquarie you’ll find two popular beaches, the 9km-long Lighthouse Beach and Grants Beach, which stretches 3.5km.
Surfers can enjoy some good breaks at Lighthouse Beach, with the better waves found at the northern end of the beach. North of Watonga Rocks is an ideal location for a family day out, where you can swim, surf, have a picnic and visit the lighthouse.
A breakwall at Grants Beach, in North Haven, creates great right-handers for surfers. There are toilets, showers, a kiosk and picnic tables at the southern end. For an exhilarating walk, Grants Beach Coastal Walk runs from the mouth of the enchanting Camden Haven River to Grants Headland.