Port Macquarie Beaches

With 17 beautiful beaches to choose from in the Port Macquarie region, finding an uncrowded stretch of sand is easy. You can do a little or a lot, from sitting on the soft sand watching the waves to swimming, surfing and fishing. And you may have some company – bottlenose dolphins are often found frolicking near the shore.

Scenic views of the Hastings River from Sails Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie, North Coast

Surf beaches

The beaches here are straight out of a surf mag: learn to surf at accredited schools such as Soul Surfing and Port Macquarie Surf School; or head to renowned kitesurfing spot Lighthouse Beach, which curls for 9km south of the heritage-listed Tacking Point Lighthouse, built in 1879. The point is a great spot for whale watching.

Lighthouse Beach is also popular with surfers who enjoy world-class breaks at the northern end. Breakwalls at Town Beach in Port Macquarie and Grants Beach in North Haven create consistent waves when there's a swell running. Other surfing spots include Flynns Beach, Shelly Beach, Lake Cathie Beach and Dunbogan Beach’s southern end.

Sun setting over Town Beach, Port Macquarie, North Coast

Coastal walks

For breathtaking views, the Port Macquarie coastal walk is a wonderful walking trail that winds past a number of stunning beaches, including Town, Flynns and Shelly, and through Sea Acres National Park. The walking track is 9km one-way and can be broken into four smaller sections. Picnic tables and barbecue facilities are located at:

  • Flynns Beach
  • Shelly Beach
  • Lake Cathie Beach
  • Rainbow Beach, south of Duchess Creek
  • Grants Beach, near the breakwall
  • Pilot Beach
Port Macquarie Camel Safaris - Port Macquarie

Beach activities and accommodation

Lighthouse Beach is popular for camel riding, too. Join Camel Safaris for a slow plodding trek through the rippled sands while astride these ships of the desert. A camel safari, which operates Sunday through Friday, is a fun activity for the whole family and a memorable way to spot bottlenose dolphins riding the waves. 

Take your four-legged friend to dog-friendly beaches like Nobbys Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Rainbow Beach and Lake Cathie Beach. You can also drive a 4WD along some beaches – just make sure you have a permit. Sleep by the sand at Diamond Head campground, NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park or Flynns Beach Resort.


NSW Beach Safety

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these safety tips

Always swim between the red and yellow flags; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention. Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.

Greater Port Macquarie Beaches