Port Macquarie is located 397km northeast of Sydney on the banks of the Hastings River, fringed by a magnificent coastline offering a delightful hinterland drive along Oxley Hwy into National Park territory.
The city centre revolves around the Hastings River, Clarence St and Town Beach. The city foreshore on the river bank is Town Green. The grassy esplanade is a beautiful place to enjoy the scenery and take a walk along the Hastings River. Tours depart from the town wharf at the end of Clarence St and include river cruises, fishing charters, whale watching, jet boating and seaplane scenic flights.
The best way to explore the Port Macquarie coastline is the tourist route beginning from the Gaol Point Lookout over Town Beach off Stewart St in town. The breakwater and Hastings River mouth can be seen to the north and the main beach south.
Beautiful Town Beach
offers a grassy foreshore with benches and picnic shelters, kiosk, amenities and surf life saving club patrolling the beach for safe swimming and surfing. The picturesque headland of Green Mound, or Flagstaff Hill, looms to the south and offers a scenic lookout point.
Flagstaff Hill separates Town and Oxley Beaches. The prominent headland was once used by a shipping master to navigate vessels at the difficult harbour entrance and a commemorative flagpole remains. The views from atop the mound are superb.
Oxley Beach is a gorgeous patch of sand flanked by rocky headland on either side with a grassy foreshore on the hill. This is a great, quiet beach to enjoy a swim, picnic and the scenery. Pets are welcome here on leads.
Flynns Beach is a popular swim and surf beach patrolled by lifeguards. The scenery is stunning here and the rocky outcrops either side look like good fishing ground.
Nobby’s Beach is a nice secluded dog beach where pets are welcome to exercise. The car park is very small and is not suitable for caravans or trailers.
Nobby’s Hill Lookout provides views down to Nobby’s Hill and Nobby’s Beach. The lookout is at the carpark and picnic facilities are available here to stay a while and enjoy the view.
Shelley Beach is adjacent to the Sea Acres Nature Reserve. A coastal walk from here over the headland is 600m to Miners Beach and 2km to Tacking Point Lighthouse.
Tacking Point Lighthouse stands high on the headland and offers panoramic views of Miners Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Walk around the magnificent headland and enjoy the different viewing points, simply stunning. The lighthouse marks the end of the coastal tourist drive.
Port Macquarie has another recognised attraction other than its fabulous coastline and this one isn’t of the scenic kind. The Koala Hospital
on Lord St is a remarkable wildlife initiative supported by volunteers and generous donations. The hospital rescues and rehabilitates sick and injured koalas and releases them back into the wild when they have recuperated to good health. Entry to the facility is free, however gold coin donations are greatly appreciated to assist in the continual operation of this commendable environmental service. Feeding tours are held at 3pm daily or you can walk freely through the park at your leisure. If you see a sick or injured koala in the area please call the rescue hotline on 02 6584 1522
South of Port Macquarie is a pleasant coastal drive exploring beach and riverside villages. Ocean Drive stretches about 20km down the coast and passes through Lake Cathie, Bonnie Hills, North Haven and Laurieton.
If you happen to be heading to or leaving Port Macquarie from Oxley Hwy and national park country prepare yourself for some stunning scenery. The magnificent mountains, rolling hills and sweeping valleys are simply breathtaking, heading in or out of waterfall country.
Port Macquarie enjoys a beautiful piece of the New South Wales coastline and is an attractive holiday haven with all the luxuries on offer and accommodation to suit all budgets.
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Destinations in New South Wales
Bundjalung National Park
Mt Warning National Park
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Royal National Park
Yuraygir National Park
Return from Port Macquarie to New South Wales