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.
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.
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
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.