A beautiful coastal destination with stunning natural attractions and the world’s largest urban population of koalas, Port Macquarie is a must-do for nature lovers.
Places to visit in Port Macquarie
With 17 gorgeous beaches, a diverse array of attractions and wildlife encounters, and great weather all year ‘round, it’s no surprise Port Macquarie is one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations.
Step back in time to Timbertown, a replica 1880s village. Set amongst 87 acres of natural forest, you can ride the steam train, pan for gold in the stream, observe timber craftsmen and blacksmiths at work, and travel in a horse-drawn carriage.
Located within the grounds of the historic Roto House, this is the first hospital in the world dedicated solely to the care and preservation of koalas. Staffed by volunteers, it cares for up to 250 sick and injured koalas each year.
This 72-hectare pocket of wilderness contains New South Wales’ most diverse stretch of coastal rainforest. You can travel along the 1.3km elevated boardwalk that winds through the forest, and spot water dragons and rare birdlife!
One of the oldest lighthouses in Australia, the Tacking Point Lighthouse offers panoramic views of the coast and is a popular destination for whale watchers. From here, you can take a scenic walk to explore Port Macquarie’s beaches!
How to get to Port Macquarie
With more than 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Here are our most popular routes to Port Macquarie!
How to get around Port Macquarie
Your Greyhound bus to Port Macquarie will drop you at the coach terminal on Gordon Street next to the Irish Pub.
From there, you can begin exploring this subtropical coastal paradise. With Port Macquarie’s compact CBD, it’s an easy walk from the centre of town to most beaches and attractions.
The Port Macquarie Coastal Walking Trail, taking in nine kilometres of dramatic coastline and local landmarks, is one of New South Wales’ most stunning coastal walks. Starting at the Town Green foreshore, you’ll pass through Town Beach, Flynns Beach, Nobbys Beach, Shellys Beach and Miners Beach on your way to Lighthouse Beach and the historic Tacking Point Lighthouse.
You can also get to know the area by embarking on the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, which encompasses more than 60 fibreglass koala sculptures, each hand-painted with unique designs. The koala sculptures have been strategically placed throughout the Port Macquarie region to lead visitors to interesting landmarks and historical sites, from the mountains to the sea.
Those looking to explore Port Macquarie by bicycle can use Boomerang Bike Hire Port Macquarie. A credit card is required to unlock a bike from the station at Port Central Shopping Centre (26 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie), next to the Glasshouse Theatre and the Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre.
Port Macquarie does not have an extensive public transport network, although Busways does run daily services throughout the CBD and surrounding towns. Timetables are available from the Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre at the Glasshouse, on the corner of Clarence and Hay Streets.
A number of national hire car companies operate throughout Port Macquarie, as well as the locally owned Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Port Macquarie Taxi Cabs can be hailed on the street and at taxi ranks and pre-booked online or over the phone (131 008).
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