Port Macquarie Beaches
With 17 beautiful beaches in Greater Port Macquarie, finding an uncrowded stretch for a perfect beach holiday is easy. Enjoy swimming, surfing and fishing. Unwind on the soft sand and marvel at the sparkling blue ocean - keep an eye out for the local bottlenose dolphins frolicking near the shore.
You can learn to surf at accredited surf schools such as Soul Surfing and the Port Macquarie Surf School. There are excellent beaches for kitesurfing - Lighthouse Beach curves 9km and is south of the heritage-listed Tacking Point Lighthouse, built in 1879. The point is a great spot for whale watching.
Lighthouse Beach is popular for camel riding, too. Join Camel Safaris and gently explore the sandy beach on the hump of an Australian camel. A fun activity for the whole family and a memorable way to spot bottlenose dolphins swimming in the waves, camel rides operate Sunday through Friday.
Surfers will enjoy good breaks at Lighthouse Beach, especially the northern end. Breakwalls at Town Beach in Port Macquarie and Grants Beach in North Haven create good waves as well. Other surfing spots include Flynns Beach, Shelly Beach, Lake Cathie Beach and Dunbogan Beach’s southern end.
For the breathtaking views, the Port Macquarie coastal walk is a wonderful walking trail that winds past a number of gorgeous beaches, including Town, Flynns and Shelly, and through the 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 in beachside reserves at a number of beaches, including:
- Flynns Beach
- Shelly Beach
- Lake Cathie Beach
- Rainbow Beach, south of Duchess Creek
- Grants Beach, near the breakwall
- Pilot Beach
Accommodation options suit a range of budgets, from beachside holiday parks to luxury resorts. Camping in national parks is popular. You’ll meet kangaroos at Diamond Head campground, south of Laurieton. There are also dog friendly beaches and 4WD vehicles are allowed on several beaches.