With its world-famous beaches, striking natural beauty and burgeoning hospitality scene, it’s easy to see why so travellers are flocking to Port Macquarie.
We’ve put together a guide of the best things to do in Port Macquarie to help you plan your next seaside escape to this beautiful coastal town.
If you are travelling to Port Macquarie on business, flying is the best mode of transport. Port Macquarie has its own airport with daily services from major airlines to capital cities. Visit the Port Macquarie Airport website to look up flight departure and arrival times.
While there is no train station in Port Macquarie, the closest station in nearby town of Wauchope provides a short shuttle bus ride to Port Macquarie.
Port Macquarie’s bus services provide an affordable method of transport. If you are travelling from Sydney, the bus is faster than the train and also cheaper. When travelling from Brisbane the bus will take you longer than a train but is still the cheaper option.
The drive from Brisbane to Port Macquarie takes around 7 hours, while the drive from Sydney will take approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes depending on traffic.
Treat yourself to a luxurious, waterfront room at the newly renovated Sails Resort. You will be provided with beautiful views and access to a range of facilities including swimming pools surrounded by cabanas where you can relax in style.
The Port Macquarie Hotel is the area’s most iconic and longstanding pub. When visiting Port Macquarie you have the opportunity to experience something truly unique by staying in this historic venue. The hotel provides affordable pub style accommodation upstairs with 16 comfortable single, double, twin or triple rooms.
If you are looking for a wholesome and satisfying breakfast in Port Macquarie, you can’t go past LV’s on Clarence. Not only does this place focus on fresh organic produce, they actually have their own farm with 500 chickens to directly supply the café. The eggs are collected and arrive on your plate within 24 hours.
Zebu Bar & Grill is an establishment in the coastal town and always lives up to its reputation. The menu focuses on fresh ingredients including steaks and market seafood.
You can’t travel to Port Macquarie without a visit to one of the town’s famous beaches. Flynns Beach is a great option for families as it is patrolled and often has ideal swimming conditions. For those looking for a surf break, Lighthouse Beach is the place to be.
The view from the Port Macquarie Tacking Point Lighthouse is iconic to the region. Visit this landmark just before daybreak to catch a stunning view of the sunrise over the ocean.
Port Macquarie is surrounded by national parks and rainforests making it a wonderful place to reconnect with nature. Whether you are an active hiker or you are just looking to take a casual stroll, Port Macquarie has something for everyone.
Nothing is better than enjoying a couple of cheeky drinks after a relaxing day at the beach. The Beach House is a quintessential Aussie pub and provides the perfect waterfront location to enjoy a delicious craft beer or refreshing cocktail.
Dine like a local at the Town Green Inn situated right at the mouth of the beautiful Hastings River where you can relax with a delicious meal in coastal style. The menu champions fresh and local ingredients with a focus on grilled meats and fresh market seafood.