Port Macquarie Guide: Spend Less, Do More
Welcome to Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie is right at the mouth of the Hastings River and just 407 kilometres north of Sydney. This coastal resort city boasts some awesome extreme adventures, one-of-a-kind theme parks, and fabulous five-star beaches. Port Macquarie really does have it all!
Beach and water sports!
Your trip won't be complete without getting some sun on one of Port Macquarie's five-star beaches. Be sure to try Town Beach at the front of the city centre, or North Beach on the far side of Hastings River. Either way, you won't be disappointed!
For some adventure, take a tour on a camel! Camel safaris travel along Lighthouse Beach. You may even see dolphins in the distance while you ride on these "ships of the desert."
Since it's at the mouth of the river, Port Macquarie is a water sports haven. Try deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, parasailing, and river cruising.
Events and things to do
Around in April or May? That's usually when more than 1,500 competitors from around the world converge on Port Macquarie for the Ironman Australia Triathlon.
Or check out the Camden Haven music festival, usually held in April. Now called the Camden Haven Music Festival Inc, the organisation presents a small number of music events throughout the year, usually aligned with local, national and international occasions.
Bringing the kids along? Stop by Billabong Koala Wildlife Park. Check out the world renowned Koala Breeding Centre. Stop by Reptopia and have a look at the most venomous land snake on the planet.
Need some extreme adventure? Extreme Velocity is where you want to be. It's Australia's only outdoor vertical wind tunnel. Go skydiving without ever having to jump from a plane!
Port Macquarie Hotels and Accommodation
Hotels in Port Macquarie 's William Street offer some extravagant waterfront rooms - many rated five-star.
For a little less luxury, try a one of the Port Macquarie motels on Hastings River Drive or Clarence Street. There are several smaller motels that'll offer lots of comfort at a lower rate.
For larger groups or a family stay, consider one of several serviced apartments in Port Macquarie. Most of them are less than 10 minutes walk from the centre of town and usually have free parking available. Booking ahead for school holidays , Easter and Christmas to avoid disappointment is highly recommended.
If you're willing to stay a little further away from the beach, try Francis Street or Hill Street for more privacy at a cosy bed & breakfast retreat.
Sydney to Port Macquarie: 4 h 21 min (385.6 km) via Pacific Motorway and Pacific Hwy/A1
Brisbane to Port Macquarie: 6 h 45 min (550.5 km) via Pacific Motorway and Pacific Hwy/A1
Accommodation, driving and car rental
At Cheaperthanhotels and Cheaperthancars we have a wide range of car rental discounts at convenient locations and accommodation to meet all budgets and taste. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you will have to do when you get there.
Your Cheaperthanhotels Team
16A-1&2 Portside Crescent, Port Macquarie NSW
1/36 William Street
3 School Street
103 William Street
1 Hay St
67 William Street
25 Surf Street
29 Clarence Street
20 Park St
Cnr William & Short Street (Main entry via Short St)
156 Pacific Drive
15 Mort Street
48 Pacific Drive
54 William Street
138 William Street