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Port Macquarie

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Port Macquarie featuring a bay or harbor, swimming and a beach

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

Rydges Port Macquarie
Rydges Port Macquarie
4 out of 5
1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is ¥12,446 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Located in the heart of Port Macquarie, this hotel is steps from Glasshouse Cultural Centre and Port Macquarie Museum. Port Macquarie Courthouse and Woregore ...
4/5Very Good! (981 reviews)
"Always love staying at The Rydges. Perfect location that is central to everything. Rooms are cozy, clean and quiet. Staff are always friendly & happy to assist."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

Rydges Port Macquarie
Mantra Quayside
Mantra Quayside
4 out of 5
Cnr William Street and Short St, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is ¥15,959 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,258 reviews)
"Fresh and clean. Great location"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Mantra Quayside
Mantra The Observatory
Mantra The Observatory
3.5 out of 5
Town Beach, 40 William Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
Fully refundable
The price is ¥16,202 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Situated in Port Macquarie, this beach aparthotel is steps from Port Macquarie Astronomical Association Observatory and Town Beach. Mid North Coast Maritime ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (702 reviews)
"Quiet location Nice walking paths and close to beaches Free undercover parking Close to city you could walk"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Mantra The Observatory
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.
The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
4 out of 5
9 Kangaloon Road, Heritage Park, Bowral, NSW
The price is ¥17,306 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Situated in Bowral, this golf apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Bowral Golf Course and Corbett Gardens. International Cricket Hall of Fame and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (221 reviews)
"Lovely gardens, autumn leaves and indoor heated pool and gym."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
1650 Alpine Way, Crackenback, NSW
Located near the slopes, this Crackenback aparthotel is in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kosciuszko National Park and Kosciuszko National Park, and close ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
"We stayed there last year when the kids gave us a couple of nights. Loved it so much we came back again this year for another treat (this time we paid for ourselves!). We love the lake and the walks along the river."

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2018

Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
Grey Pebbles
Grey Pebbles
Nowra, NSW
This family-friendly Nowra apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nowra Museum, Stockland Nowra, and Triplarina Nature Reserve. Meroogal and Worrigee Nature ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Neat as a pin!
"Very tidy and cosy accomodation. Plenty of blankets and heaters to stay warm on a winter night!"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Grey Pebbles
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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