Port Macquarie

A paradise of natural attractions and outdoor adventures, Port Macquarie is only four hours’ drive north of Sydney on the NSW North Coast. The city is home to a tempting range of delicious food at cafes and restaurants and an exciting events calendar of arts, sports and festivals.

Two top attractions are the Koala Hospital and the Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park, home to a giant saltwater crocodile called Shrek. Explore the beautiful Hastings River, where succulent oysters grow, and spot dolphins on a cruise with Port Venture Cruises and Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures.

Port Macquarie Breakwall, Port Macquarie

Whale-watching cruises depart the harbour at Port Macquarie between May and November, when thousands of whales migrate along the coast, including humpbacks, the stars of the annual journey. With the sparkling ocean teeming with fish, deep-sea fishing charters are popular all year.

Discover the spectacular coastline, including white sandy beaches, on the Port Macquarie coastal walk in the Sea Acres National Park. At the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre you can join a guided Aboriginal cultural heritage tour and amble along the enchanting Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk.

Sea Acres National Park, Port Macquarie

The main city of the Greater Port Macquarie region has a fascinating colonial past, too. Visit the Port Macquarie Museum for a journey from convict history to the present day. Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage and Port by Night Tours both offer walking tours of the city and its intriguing heritage.

At the Glasshouse in the city’s heart are performances and exhibitions, including engaging art in the Regional Gallery. Places to stay in Port Macquarie suit a range of budgets, from waterfront resorts to youth hostels. Visit nearby vineyards such as Cassegrain and Roses Vineyard for wine tasting.

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. A seasonal weekly QantasLink service to Lord Howe Island is also available from Port Macquarie during the months of February to June, and September to December. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Sydney to travel into Port Macquarie.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

    Tuesday 29 May 2018 to Saturday 25 May 2019 , Port Macquarie

    Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail celebrates one of Australia's iconic animals - the koala - and the outstanding work of the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital - the first facility in the world solely dedicated to care and conserve the koala. Estab…

    29 May - 25 May
  2. Tidal Rhythms: art exhibition

    Wednesday 30 May 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 …

    30 May - 14 Oct
  3. Grown and Gathered Community Market

    Sunday 03 June 2018 to Sunday 02 December 2018 , Port Macquarie

    This local community market is fast becoming known as the region's friendliest market. The premise of the market was originally based on the idea of "re-use, recycle, repurpose" with local valley residents bringing their farm produce exc…

    03 Jun - 02 Dec