Port Macquarie lies on the mouth of the Hastings River and is a water lover's paradise where surfing, water skiing, sailing, deep sea fishing, dolphin and whale watching, scuba diving and great fishing are all available. Combine this with lots of fun activities like great shopping, good food and wine, spectacular scenery, fantastic bushwalking and opportunities to explore the local hinterland will all combine to make your Port Macquarie holiday the most memorable ever.
There are eight beaches in and around Port Macquarie, most of them life guard patrolled from October through to April. Spectacular coastal and river walking tracks provide easy access for exploring. Sea acres rainforest centre at Shelley Beach is a place of natural beauty protecting rare coastal rainforest and a stroll along a 1.3 km of boardwalk, often up in the tree canopy itself.
Lake Cathie is just 12 km south of Port Macquarie but it feels as if you are in another world. This is the second largest salt water lake system in New South Wales and is periodically open to the sea. Its warm waters are ideal for families and it provides a safe swimming and picnic area for those with young children. Rainbow beach stretches for 20 Kilometres south from Port Macquarie and provides the four wheel drive fraternity with the opportunity to get off road and explore the area. A permit is required and is available from the visitor information centre.
Camden Haven is just a half hour drive south of Port Macquarie with seaside villages strung out along the Camden Haven River. The river provides access to the Pacific Ocean through breakwater walls designed to keep the entrance open for the local fishing fleet and for yachts cruising along the coast. There are also a number of national parks in the area and the holidaymaker will find many opportunities to go bushwalking and exploring in spectacular surroundings.
A little further south is the Myall Lakes which are a favourite holiday destination for many New South Welshmen. The twin towns of Tuncurry and Forster lay either side of the entry to the lakes to the Pacific Ocean. In this area the holiday maker will enjoy the best there is to offer in water based activities. Swimming, surfing, fishing and boating can be enjoyed in an unprecedented maze of waterways liking Wallis, Smiths and Myall Lakes. The lakes are encircled by a number of national parks that bring the forests down to the waterline.
In this website you will find a range of information on Port Macquarie accommodation and to help you plan your holiday into the area. Should you need to talk to one of our helpful consultants please call our Australian freecall number 1800 815 378 or send an email request.