PORT MACQUARIE

About Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is a major service centre and important holiday destination on the New South Wales Mid North Coast. It is a town steeped in a history which dates back to convict times.

There are superb nature reserves with lovely beaches known for their excellent surfing and fishing. There are also beautiful walking tracks with panoramic views around the headlands and beaches. Tourism is obviously central to the local economy, although fishing, oyster farming, manufacturing and mineral processing are also important. In historic terms, Port Macquarie is the most significant town between Newcastle and the Queensland border. In recent times it was the northern limit of the expressway which traversed the coastal hinterland from Sydney. Read more on the Aussie Towns website

A walk along the iconic breakwall beside the caravan park, provides you with stunning views of the Hastings River towards Town Beach. The colourful graffiti rocks that lead you along the breakwall are a collage of messages, tributes and memories from visitors and locals. Sunrises and Sunsets are magical from the breakwall and the sight of dolphins playing in the river are a very regular occurrence.
Read more on the Port Macquarie Tourism website

Find out more about Port Macquarie area from these links…

Accommodation

Staying at:NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday ParkWikiCamps Link
Address:1 Munster Street Port MacquarieTel: 1800 636 452
Google Maps route:Approx 83kms & 1hr 4mins from South West Rocks
Arrival date:Wednesday 19th May 2021
Staying for:2 nights
Departure date:Friday 21st May 2021
Accom notes:There are 2 dump points in the park
NO fire pits or open flames are allowed within the park

Places of interest in the area

Tourist Info

The nearest tourist info centre is the Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Centre, located at 30-42 Clarence St, Port Macquarie - a short 650m walk west of the CP. Tel: 1300 303 155

Here’s some suggestions of places to visit and things to do around Port Macquarie:

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

The Koala Hospital is in the grounds of the historic and beautiful Roto House. It is the world’s first hospital dedicated solely to the care and preservation of koalas. The hospital has a treatment room, eight Intensive Care Units, a 24 Hour Rescue and Treatment operation and multiple recovery yards. The hospital has a research affiliation with the University of Sydney, Australia.

The Koala Society of NSW Inc is a voluntary organisation and your support will help save the koalas of the Port Macquarie Area.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions you are now required to make a booking online if you wish to visit the Koala Hospital.

Located in the Roto House Historic Site, Lord St Port Macquarie2.4km from the CP.

Entry is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

Contact (02) 6584 1522 or visit their website for further details.

Breakwall Art

A walk along this iconic breakwall, provides you with stunning views of the Hastings River towards Town Beach.

The colourful graffiti rocks that lead you along the breakwall are a collage of messages, tributes and memories from visitors and locals. Sunrises and Sunsets are magical from the breakwall and the sight of dolphins playing in the river are a very regular occurrence.

Starting from Town Green, the breakwall is a popular starting point of the 9km Coastal Walk out to Tacking Point Lighthouse at Lighthouse Beach.

It is a favourite spot for locals and visitors to take a leisurely stroll and spot marine life, marvel at watercraft coming in over the bar of Town Beach, chat with people who are casting their fishing lines and just take in the beauty of this picturesque location.

  • Located right next to the caravan park – see if you can locate the “Wombat Tours” rock.

Billabong Zoo Koala & Wildlife Park

Want to pat a koala or dingo, stroke a baby croc, or hand-feed a kangaroo? Head to the fun-filled family-run Billabong Zoo. This favourite Port Macquarie attraction puts animal lovers up close to the species they love.

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre & National Park

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre is the gateway to your rainforest experience. Friendly staff provide information, and there is a café where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch. Sea Acres Rainforest Centre is the ideal place to begin your fascinating journey through Sea Acres National Park, near Port Macquarie.

Eco-displays provide a wealth of information about local Aboriginal culture and the surrounding rainforest environment. There are also regular exhibitions of works by local artists, and a gift shop stocking a range of unique environmental products, gifts, crafts, educational toys and games.

Port Macquarie Fishing Charters

Locally owned and operated since 1996, John and the crew would like to welcome you aboard the Ocean Star, a 40 foot custom Randel charter fishing boat superbly equipped with the latest electronics and safe platform for an enjoyable cruise.

Port Macquarie Fishing Charters regularly catch snapper, pearl, perch, kingfish, jewfish, dolphinfish. Your charter includes quality rods and reels, bait and tackle, food and drinks, and expert help and advice. Your catch is cleaned, iced and packed to take home.

With free pick up and return, or free parking, all you need to bring is your hat (no bananas). The Ocean Star is superbly equipped with comfortable seating and private toilet.

Port Macquarie Camel Safaris on Lighthouse Beach

Hop aboard one of Australia’s own camels and be delighted with stories, amazing facts and history of this incredible “ship of the desert”.

  • They do not take bookings just come down to the beach and they will get you on the next available ride.
  • All rides are weather permitting and PAYMENT IS CASH ONLY – $40.00/adult (no concessions).
  • It’s a 30 minute ride and hours are between 9.30am & 1pm Sunday to Friday (not Saturday).
  • Located on Lighthouse Beach at 161-163 Matthew Flinders Dr, Port Macquarie8.5km (13min) from CP
  • Contact 0437 672 080 or visit this website for further details.

Tacking Point Lighthouse

Perched high atop a rocky point, picturesque Tacking Point Lighthouse, presides over Lighthouse Beach with spectacular views along the coast. In the early 19th century, the explorer Matthew Flinders tacked off the coast here, giving the point its name. The lighthouse was built in 1879 to the design of the New South Wales colonial architect, James Barnet, and is still in use today.

Whale Watching Cruises

Witnessing a whale launching out of the water is an unforgettable experience.

At Port Macquarie you have the chance to glimpse this incredible sight – from land or sea. From May through November, tens of thousands of whales migrate along the coast. Humpback whales are the most common and entertaining species – they often breach out of the water. But you might also see southern right whales, which have been known to enter shallow bays. Bottle-nose dolphins are often spotted cavorting in the estuary of the Hastings River and along the shoreline. The best way to get up close to these gentle creatures is aboard a whale watching and dolphin spotting cruise.

Port Jet Cruise Adventures whisks you out on 90-minute cruises during the season in a choice of two different boats, one with underwater viewing windows. Located at 1 Short St, Port Macquarie1.2km from the CP. Contact (02) 6583 8811 or visit their website for costs and bookings.

If you prefer to stay on land, you still have a chance to see these lovable marine mammals. Vantage points pepper the coast, including the lookout at Tacking Point Lighthouse and along the Port Macquarie coastal walk.

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