Set between golden beaches and lush subtropical rainforest, Port Macquarie lures you in with its Pacific Ocean surf breaks, stunning coastal scenery and vibrant food and wine scene. It also boasts year-round sunshine and wildlife encounters, from swimming with dolphins to cuddling koalas.
Things to do in Port Macquarie
In Port Macquarie you're spoilt with some of the best beaches in New South Wales. Town Beach is an easy stroll from the main drag and features soft sand, calm water and a grassy foreshore. The rolling waves at nearby Flynn's Beach make it a great pick for surfers.
Kids and adults alike will love the Koala Hospital, where you can get up close with the adorable Australian marsupials. Wander around the open-air enclosures or sign up for the daily afternoon tour. If you want to cuddle a koala, head to the Billabong Koala & Wildlife Park to spot kangaroos, cassowaries and other iconic Aussie animals.
Port Macquarie is near three world-class national parks. Brimming with exotic birds, Sea Acres National Park protects an enormous pocket of lush coastal rainforest. Check out exhibits at the Rainforest Centre, then stroll under the canopy on one of the trails or boardwalks.
Port Macquarie is quickly earning its stripes on the New South Wales foodie circuit. For modern Australian fusion cuisine, book a table at Stunned Mullet. Expect chic decor, creative dishes and an impressive wine list.
Getting around Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie is easy to get around on foot or using a rental car. The city is a four-hour drive from Sydney and less than three hours from Newcastle. NSW TrainLink offers daily services to Kendall and Wauchope, while regional flights arrive at Port Macquarie Airport.