Port Macquarie Beaches

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.

View from lookout, Redhead Beach, Lake Macquarie

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.

Coastal views of Town Beach from Gaol Point Lookout, Port Macquarie

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.

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.

Great beach experiences in Port Macquarie Area

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