Port Macquarie

The lovely seaside town of Port Macquarie is a memorable getaway. Discover beautiful beaches, a rainforest boardwalk, fascinating heritage, the Koala Hospital, acclaimed restaurants and more. The whale watching is incredible, too. And the beautiful Hastings River wine region is on your doorstep.

Port Macquarie is at the mouth of the Hastings River, on the mid NSW North Coast about four hours’ drive north of Sydney and six hours drive south of Brisbane. Oyster farms dot the pristine estuary and curious bottlenose dolphins frolic in the sparkling waterway alongside the river tour boats.

View from Gaol Point Lookout of Town Beach in Port Macquarie, NSW North Coast

The town began colonial life in 1821 as a penal settlement because of its distance from Sydney. Visit the Port Macquarie Museum for a journey from convict history to the present day. Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage offer walking tours by a multi-award-winning Heritage Consultant of the intriguing heritage.

Explore the spectacular coastline on the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk, which meanders into the Sea Acres National Park. At the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre you can join a guided Aboriginal cultural heritage tour and stroll along the enchanting Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk, an easy 1.3km walk.

Two more top attractions are the Koala Hospital and the Billabong Zoo: Koala and Wildlife Park, home to a giant saltwater crocodile Shrek. There is a daily tour of the hospital, which treats between 200 and 250 sick or injured koalas a year, and the zoo’s koala breeding program is world-renowned

 A couple stroll along the Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk in Port Macquarie

You’ll encounter giant koala sculptures, too. The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is more than 50 hand-painted koalas each a metre high resting around the town and Greater Port Macquarie. The koalas are all painted differently by artists, and you’ll find them in parks, by beaches and outside shops.

Check out the exciting events calendar of arts, sports and festivals. Exhibitions and performances are held at the Glasshouse, in the cultural heart of Port Macquarie. The architectural gem contains the regional public gallery and its engaging collection of mainly abstract and landscape works of art.

You’ll find accommodation options to suit various budgets, from holiday parks to luxury resorts. Enjoy delicious places to eat, with the Stunned Mullet and Bills Fishhouse featuring in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide. There is a vibrant bar scene and small craft breweries, too.

Port Macquarie Airport

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. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Brisbane to travel into Port Macquarie.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Archibald Prize Regional Tour

    Wednesday 26 September 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018 , Port Macquarie

    The annual Archibald Prize is eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike. Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize. Over the years it has become a who’s who of Australian culture …

    26 Sep - 07 Oct
  2. ArtExpress

    Wednesday 26 September 2018 to Sunday 04 November 2018 , Port Macquarie

    ArtExpress is a series of exhibitions of exemplary bodies of work developed by NSW Visual Arts students for the Higher School Certificate. The exhibitions are a high quality teaching and learning resource representing best practice in visua…

    26 Sep - 04 Nov
  3. Tidal Rhythms: art exhibition

    Wednesday 26 September 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Port Macquarie

    The latest exhibition at the Hastings Fine Art Gallery by members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association is on display from October 18 to January 17. The exhibition showcases woks in all mediums and styles as well as a collection of …

    26 Sep - 14 Oct