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Port Macquarie
Travel Guide

Spot majestic whales from a historic lighthouse, explore the scenic coast and learn about the area’s convict history at this lovely seaside town in New South Wales.

Port Macquarie is a charming town on New South Wales’ Mid North Coast, at the mouth of the meandering Hastings River. Experience the town’s rich maritime heritage, historic architecture, exciting wildlife parks and diverse coastal landscapes. Try adventurous watersports, tour the waterfront by bike and relax with a local wine on a scenic cruise.

Explore the Port Macquarie township to find a range of historic buildings and relics from the area’s convict past. The Old Courthouse, the Port Macquarie Historic Cemetery and St. Thomas Anglican Church offer a glimpse of Port Macquarie’s European settlement as a penal colony. Learn about the area’s maritime history at the Mid North Coast Maritime Museum. Relax with a cup of coffee or collect fresh market produce at the Town Green, a public park with views of the town’s scenic wharf.

Embark on Port Macquarie’s breathtaking coastal walk, a hiking trail that leads south from the town to Flynn’s Beach and beyond. Head to Tacking Point Lighthouse to see a historic lighthouse with idyllic headland views. If you’re lucky, a pod of whales might breach in the ocean below.

Meet some of Australia’s unique animals at Port Macquarie’s fantastic wildlife parks. See native and exotic animals at the Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park or critters being nursed back to health at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Visit the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre on Shelly Beach to explore a lush rainforest national park. Wander along boardwalks and nature trails to see native flying foxes, wallabies and kangaroos.

Port Macquarie is 385 kilometres (239 miles) north of Sydney, New South Wales’ capital city. Catch regional flights from Sydney or Brisbane to Port Macquarie Airport. Buses connect Port Macquarie to other major cities on Australia’s east coast. Reach Port Macquarie by car or train to Wauchope, a stop on the North Coast Railway Line approximately 20 minutes’ drive away. Port Macquarie’s compact town centre and sunny, mild weather make it an ideal destination for walking tours.

Where to stay in Port Macquarie

Top hotels in Port Macquarie

Rydges Port Macquarie
Rydges Port Macquarie
4 out of 5
1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is Rs10,079 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar

Located in the heart of Port Macquarie, this hotel is steps away from Glasshouse Cultural Centre and Port Macquarie Museum. Port Macquarie Courthouse and Woregore ...

4/5Very Good! (974 reviews)

"It was great, staff were amazing, very accommodating, and the place was very clean. Will be staying here again!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2021

Rydges Port Macquarie
ibis Styles Port Macquarie
ibis Styles Port Macquarie
3.5 out of 5
1 Stewart Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is Rs9,787 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

Situated by the ocean, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Town Beach and Mid North Coast Maritime Museum. Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Pilot ...

4/5Very Good! (979 reviews)

"Incredible panoramic view!! Definitely worth the extra money for the water view suite! Amazing facilities super friendly stuff and perfect location"…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2021

ibis Styles Port Macquarie
Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
4 out of 5
20 Park Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs11,399 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Woregore Nature Reserve, Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Pilot Boat Shed and St Thomas Anglican ...

4.2/5Excellent! (983 reviews)

"Everythkng was good about the venue. Food & bevarage, accommodation and staff all good. My only negative comment would be the size of the swimming pool and lounge area next to the pool, being too small"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2021

Sails Port Macquarie - By Rydges
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Port Macquarie

Mantra Quayside
Mantra Quayside
4 out of 5
Cnr William Street and Short St, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is Rs12,360 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

Located in the heart of Port Macquarie, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Pilot Boat Shed and St Thomas Anglican ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,266 reviews)

"Location, friendly staff, clean spacious well equipped room and safe parking."…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2021

Mantra Quayside
Mantra The Observatory
Mantra The Observatory
3.5 out of 5
Town Beach, 40 William Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is Rs9,217 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Situated in Port Macquarie, this beach hotel is steps away from Port Macquarie Astronomical Association Observatory and Town Beach. Mid North Coast Maritime ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (698 reviews)

"Location was great, across the road from the beach and within walking distance to town centre. The apartment was very nice and great size. Would definitely stay again. Staff where very helpful and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2021

Mantra The Observatory
South Pacific Apartments Port Macquarie
South Pacific Apartments Port Macquarie
4 out of 5
37 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is Rs10,356 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Situated in Port Macquarie, this beach apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Macquarie Nature Reserve, Koala Hospital and Oxley Beach. Nobbys Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (309 reviews)

"Great place to stay ... close to most things in the area ( only a short drive away )"…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2021

South Pacific Apartments Port Macquarie
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Port Macquarie

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4/5 - Good

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5 Dec 2019

Short lunch opening hours.

4/5 - Good

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7 Oct 2019

Excellent tea shop next door to the Rydges hotel, tourists will be enjoy

4/5 - Good

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21 Sep 2019

Good stopping off point on road trip from Sydney to Byron Bay

3/5 - Okay

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19 Mar 2019

We didn't see much of the town,just went out for something to eat then an early night as were very tired from our journey.

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Mar 2019

Interesting to see the very wide streets

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