With the Hastings River on one side and white sandy beaches on the other, Port Macquarie is the ultimate coastal town. Shaking its sleepy town vibe, Port Macquarie has been busy redefining itself, and people are noticing.
Located on the Mid North Coast, Port Macquarie is known for its picturesque surrounds. It boasts a string of beaches, including Town Beach, Shelly Beach, Flynn’s Beach and Lighthouse Beach, which also has dog-friendly areas. It’s a haven for watersport lovers, and locals never tire of all the places to swim, surf, kayak, dive, fish and dolphin and whale watch. The coastal trails will get your heart rate pumping, but you will be well-rewarded with incredible views, Sea Acres National Park comes complete with a Rainforest Café and the Koala Hospital is a sanctuary for local koala’s in need of care.
As a commercial hub, Port Macquarie caters to the regions shopping, dining and entertainment needs. There are two main shopping centres – Settlement City and Port Central – as well as specialty stores, markets, galleries, theatres, and a burgeoning food and wine scene. Port Macquarie also hosts a range of lifestyle and sporting events every year, including the highly anticipated Tastings on Hastings and the Ironman Competition.
Port Macquarie is well-serviced by public transport, with regular buses and railway stations in the neighbouring towns of Kendall, Pembrooke and Wauchope. It also has its own airport that operates over 100 flights a week to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. For drivers, it is easily accessible via the Pacific Highway and Oxley Highway.
Heritage Christian School
Hastings Public School
Newman Senior Technical College
Port Macquarie Adventist School
Port Macquarie High School
Port Macquarie Public School
St Agnes’ Primary School
St Columba Anglican School
St Joseph’s Primary School
St Peter’s Primary School
Tacking Point Public School
Westport High School
Buses service the Port Macquarie region
Train stations in nearby Kendall, Pembrooke, and Wauchope.
Port Macquarie Airport operates services to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Port Macquarie Private Hospital
Town Beach and Park
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Port Macquarie Golf Club
Town Green Park
Sea Acres National Park
Tastings on Hastings
Big Band Blast – an annual music festival that brings together 30 bands from around the world
Festival of the Sun – a boutique live music festival held over the summer holidays
Ironman – the Australian instalment of the global triathlon event
Mountain Bike Festival of Australia – a two-day event made up of professional, novelty and kids races
Pacific Coast Slam – a showcase of the best basketball teams across Australia and New Zealand
Slice of Haven – an annual food and wine festival celebrating local producers
The Foreshore Market - monthly markets selling gourmet food, produce, clothing and jewellery