Port Macquarie


Discover wonderful adventures

Adventures begin in Port Macquarie. Discover curious dolphins in the Hastings River, watch majestic humpbacks on a cruise, enjoy swimming and surfing at gorgeous beaches, explore Aboriginal history on a rainforest walk, and taste sweet oysters and elegant wines.

  • Whale Watching, Port Macquarie
  • Town Beach, Port Macquarie

About Port Macquarie

A paradise of natural attractions and outdoor adventures, Port Macquarie is only four hours’ drive north of Sydney on the NSW North Coast. The city is home to a tempting range of delicious food at cafes and restaurants and an exciting events calendar of arts, sports and festivals.

Two top attractions are the Koala Hospital and the Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park, home to a giant saltwater crocodile called Shrek. Explore the beautiful Hastings River, where succulent oysters grow, and spot dolphins on a cruise with Port Venture Cruises and Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures.

Whale-watching cruises depart the harbour at Port Macquarie between May and November, when thousands of whales migrate along the coast, including humpbacks, the stars of the annual journey. With the sparkling ocean teeming with fish, deep-sea fishing charters are popular all year.

Scenic Coastal Walk Port Macquarie

Discover the spectacular coastline, including white sandy beaches, on the Port Macquarie coastal walk in the Sea Acres National Park. At the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre you can join a guided Aboriginal cultural heritage tour and amble along the enchanting Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk.

The main city of the Greater Port Macquarie region has a fascinating colonial past, too. Visit the Port Macquarie Museum for a journey from convict history to the present day. Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage and Port by Night Tours both offer walking tours of the city and its intriguing heritage.

At the Glasshouse in the city’s heart are performances and exhibitions, including engaging art in the Regional Gallery. Places to stay in Port Macquarie suit a range of budgets, from waterfront resorts to youth hostels. Visit nearby vineyards such as Cassegrain and Rose’s Vineyard for wine tasting.

  • Nature

    The Port Macquarie region is known for its beautiful beaches, scenic drives, ancient forests and snorkeling sites waiting to be explored. Travel along the pristine stretch of coastline and visit the area's national parks and reserves to observe native fauna and flora.

  • Beaches

    From peaceful coastal walks to high-energy water-based activities and camel rides on the beach, there are plenty of ways to spend a day by the sea in Port Macquarie. Take in panoramic views of the region on the Grants Beach Coastal Walk and see a diverse range of birdlife.

  • Food and Wine

    Taste fresh local produce, including cheeses and oysters, in Port Macquarie's many gourmet cafes and restaurants, or whip up your own creation with produce available direct from the farmgate. Many of the region's wineries also offer oustanding cellar door experiences.

Fly into Port Macquarie Airport

Port Macquarie Airport is 4.5km from Port Macquarie’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip west. 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 and Virgin Airlines. 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.


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