A Port Macquarie holiday will deliver an endless supply of natural and man-made attractions to keep you coming back for more.
Beaches & Walks
If it’s sun, sand and saltwater you crave you’ll be well catered for in Port Macquarie with 17 pristine beaches to choose from. For the best surfing beaches visit Town Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Grants Beach or Rainbow Beach. Families looking to make a day of it should visit Lake Cathie Beach which is equipped with picnic facilities, a playground and takeaway shops; alternatively, Flynns Beach is patrolled and has plenty of shaded picnic areas and a kiosk.
Explore Port Macquarie’s coastline, national parks and lush rainforests on foot with our guide to the best hikes. The famous Town Beach Breakwall walk starts at the Town Green, ends at the skate park and offers views of the Hastings River, but it’s the graffiti messages and artworks painted onto the walls of rocks that line the trail that make this walk so memorable. It also forms part of the nine-kilometre Port Macquarie Coastal Walk out to Tacking Point Lighthouse. The full trail will take you around the coast past Town, Flynns and Shelly Beach and the Sea Acres National Park before ending at Lighthouse Beach.
For a short but rewarding option take the Old Bottlebutt 600-metre loop walk through the Burrawan State Forest to see the biggest ancient Red Bloodwood tree on record. For something a little more strenuous take the Diamond Head Loop Walk through Crowdy Bay National Park. The 4.3-kilometre loop begins at the campground and will guide you through dense forest and out onto dramatic headlands to reveal panoramic views of Crowdy Bay.
Looking for the best things for kids to do in Port Macquarie? As the home of the famous Koala Hospital, the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail and the Billabong Zoo, getting up close and personal with our eucalypt-loving koala bears should be at the top of every visitor’s activity list, not just the kids. Adventurous adults and older kids should visit Port Macquarie’s outdoor go karting centre, or for a completely different experience, head to Lighthouse Beach to find the famous Port Macquarie Camel Safaris and climb atop these curious creatures for a meander along the shore.
Markets & Wineries
The Hastings River Wine region has plenty of top notch cellar doors worthy of a visit. Stop by Cassegrain Wines for a winery tour and tasting of their award-winning wines. Enjoy a local cheese platter at Bago Vineyards while the kids get lost in Bago Maze. Or dine on French-inspired cuisine overlooking the vibrant vineyards of Innes Lake Estate at Little Fish Restaurant and Vineyard.
If it is fresh local produce you seek, take a drive to Wauchope Farmers Markets (every fourth Saturday of the month). If you prefer to stay in town you can collect a new treasure at The Artist Markets (every fourth Sunday), or soak up the ambience at The Foreshore Market every second Saturday.