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Why visit Port Macquarie
With pristine beaches, rugged hinterlands, and patches of rainforest, Port Macquarie is a city meant for exploration. Situated supremely at the mouth of the Hastings River, this seaside town is ripe with adventure and exhilarating experiences.
Best time to visit Port Macquarie
Situated along the coast in Northern NSW, Port Macquarie is great to visit year round. However it still experiences a summer (December to February) and winter (June to August). For those wanting to hit the coast and visit beaches, summer is the best time to visit Port Macquarie. For those wanting to escape the crowds or hike amongst nature, winter is the best time to go.
Getting around Port Macquarie
Getting around the centre of Port Macquarie is easy enough by foot but there are public buses to get around the CBD and surrounds. If you're planning a day trip to something further out of town, you may be able to get there by train or coach. The most convenient way to get around, particularly if you're planning to travel around the coast, is by car.
What to do in Port Macquarie
Take a stroll along the famous breakwall to experience that exhilarating ocean air. From there, continue along the nine-kilometer coastal path, and you'll be rewarded with marine life encounters, breathtaking views, and you may even stumble upon Tacking Point Lighthouse. Find your Zen at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, and then soak up the sun at any of Port Macquarie's seventeen gorgeous beaches. With so much to see, you may have to extend your trip.
Free things to do in Port Macquarie
Beaches, beaches, beaches
Port Macquarie has beaches for days and they're well worth a visit. Even if you're visiting in winter, they offer a great space for picnics, walks or watching a sunrise. Town beach is one of Port Macquaries most popular beaches and is located right by the town centre to make getting there a breeze. Nobby's Beach is another popular beach and this one is dog-friendly so bring your pooch or simply enjoy watching someone else's.
Stretch your legs on a coastal walk
The Port Macquarie coastal walk is perfect for active nature and ocean lovers. 9 kilometres in length and about a three hour round trip, this walk offers stunning scenes along the shoreline which may prompt you to make many stops and snap some pics.
Fun things to do in Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie is known for its high koala population, and you can get to know some of these cuddly friends at the world-famous Koala Hospital. If that's still not enough wildlife for you, head over to Billabong Wildlife Park where you can feed kangaroos, pet a baby crocodile, and perhaps even cuddle more koalas.
Get lost and drink wine
Get lost and drink wine at Bago Maze and Winery. The maze is 2km long making it the largest hedge maze in NSW and all up it takes around 20-60 minutes to explore depending on how good you are at navigating mazes. Afterwards head over to the adjoining winery for a well earned glass of wine and a cheese board.
What to eat & drink in Port Macquarie
Start your morning with freshly baked goods and a steaming coffee at Urban Grain Bakery. Famous for their croissants and sourdough, everything at this cafe is made in house with organic and sustainable flour. Enjoy a spot of lunch at LV's on Clarence, a family run cafe and farm where you can get the very freshest eggs from the family's farm, home to 500 free-roaming hens. For dinner, you can't go past the stunned mullet. This one hatted restaurant sits opposite Town Beach for fine dining and wine.
Where to stay in Port Macquarie
Feel welcome at any of Accor's Port Macquarie accommodation. With accommodations spread throughout the city, you'll be within walking distance to multiple activities, restaurants, bars, and spectacular views. Make a booking at a Port Macquarie accommodation today and start planning your ultimate holiday adventure.