Greater Port Macquarie

The Port Macquarie region is a place of unspoiled beauty, with pristine secluded beaches, sparkling estuaries and stunning national parks crisscrossed with walking trails. The laidback region, which is known for its natural beauty, is also home to the famous Koala Hospital, Hastings River wine region and Bago Maze near Wauchope.

Sun setting over Town Beach, Port Macquarie, North Coast

Things to do

There are plenty of things to do in the Port Macquarie region – from whale watching to visiting Stoney Aqua Park and exploring the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre. Visit the acclaimed Billabong Zoo to see giant crocodile Shrek up close and take a stroll in the hinterland to find two of Australia’s biggest trees: Bird Tree and Benaroon.

The Greater Port Macquarie area is home to a population of proud locals who enjoy fishing and boating on Lake Cathie, Queens Lake and Watson Taylors Lake. It’s is also one of the best spots in NSW to take to the water: try a surfing lesson, snorkel in a protected bay, and hire a stand-up paddle board, kayak or boat.

You can gain insights into local indigenous history and convict heritage on walking tours, and visit the Glasshouse to get a glimpse of local arts and culture. Stroll near to the sand along the Port Macquarie coastal walk through Sea Acres National Park, hike the Laurieton track or visit World Heritage-listed Willi Willi National Park.

The interior of the Whalebone Wharf seafood restaurant with views across Hastings River, Port Macquarie, North Coast

Eat and drink

Port Macquarie also draws visitors for its bars, cafes and restaurants such as The Stunned Mullet.  There's a lot to love about the food scene in the surrounding countryside, too. The region is dotted with charming villages such as Laurieton and North Haven in the south and Wauchope and Kendall in the hinterland.

Resident koala at Billabong Zoo in Port Macquarie, North Coast

Getting there and where to stay

The Port Macquarie region is on the NSW mid North Coast, four hours’ drive north of Sydney and six hours' south of Brisbane. Trains stop daily at Kendall and Wauchope. You can also fly into Port Macquarie Airport. Accommodation in Greater Port Macquarie suits various budgets and ranges from camping to high-end seaside resorts.


Port Macquarie Airport

Fly into Port Macquarie Airport

Port Macquarie Airport is 4.5km from Port Macquarie’s town centre. Make the short trip into the city using the taxi services at the terminal or ride-sharing Uber. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

QantasLink operates daily direct flights from both Sydney and Brisbane to Port Macquarie. Fly Pelican flies direct between Canberra and Port Macquarie twice a week.

Things to Do and Places to Stay