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.

Mercure Centro Port Macquarie
Mercure Centro Port Macquarie
4.5 out of 5
103 William Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is ¥14,615 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in the heart of Port Macquarie, this luxury hotel is steps from St Thomas Anglican Church and Port Macquarie Courthouse. Port Macquarie Museum and Glasshouse ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"AAA"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

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Rydges Port Macquarie
Rydges Port Macquarie
4 out of 5
1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is ¥15,363 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in the heart of Port Macquarie, this hotel is steps from Glasshouse Cultural Centre and Port Macquarie Museum. Port Macquarie Courthouse and Woregore ...
4/5 Very Good! (972 reviews)
"Great staff: efficient and friendly. Lovely location. Close to all town facilities. Quiet, given this is a major seaside holiday town."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

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ibis Styles Port Macquarie
ibis Styles Port Macquarie
3.5 out of 5
1 Stewart Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is ¥15,497 per night from Feb 22 to Feb 23
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (986 reviews)
"Was lovely place to stay. Bed was comfortable. Staff was very polite and professional"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

ibis Styles Port Macquarie
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Flynns Beach Caravan Park
Flynns Beach Caravan Park
2.5 out of 5
22 Ocean Street, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is ¥8,527 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Situated near the beach, this cabin is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Flynns Beach and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Lighthouse Beach. Flynns Beach and Macquarie Nature Reserve ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (245 reviews)
"We were only there a night. But was good value."

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

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Mantra Quayside
Mantra Quayside
4 out of 5
Cnr William Street and Short St, Port Macquarie, NSW
The price is ¥18,515 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in the heart of Port Macquarie, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Pilot Boat Shed and St Thomas Anglican Church. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,293 reviews)
"It was great! Friendly staff, nice apartment. Pool was good."

Reviewed on Dec 15, 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 ¥18,463 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17
Situated in Port Macquarie, this beach aparthotel is steps from Port Macquarie Astronomical Association Observatory and Town Beach. Mid North Coast Maritime ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (729 reviews)
"I enjoyed being directly opposite the beach. The hotel is in walking distance to everything."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Mantra The Observatory
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