Port Macquarie is quite an easy city to reach.
We came here by car, and you can too, just look for the signs on the Pacific Highway that say to Port Macquarie, then follow the road for 8kms and your there!
Another route is from the Pacific Highway at Kew that takes you along the scenic coast through pretty seaside towns to Port Macquarie.
Qantas and Virgin Blue have flights to or from Sydney & Brisbane
Bookings for both are recommended for flights in school holidays, especially the summer break.
Both Greyhound and Premier Motor Service run multiple daily bus services
Port Macquarie - Sydney 8hrs travel time
Port Macquarie - Brisbane. 10 hrs travel time
Sydney buses arrive and depart Central Railway Station in Central Sydney.
Brisbane buses depart and arrive at the Roma St Transit Centre in Central Brisbane.
In Port Macquarie, all buses drop off at the Port Macquarie Coach Station on the southern side of the CBD.
Port Macquarie does not have a railway station.
At nearby Wauchope, the Sydney train stops, a 7hr trip.
Your then picked up by bus, which you would have booked at the same time as booking your rail ticket. (This bus drops off at Port Macquarie Coach Station).
Port Macquarie has two vehicle ferries that cross the Hastings River.
The Settlement Point ferry operates between Settlement Point Road and North Shore Drive, right in the city. Ferry operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week and provides a service for residents who live on the north shore.
SETTLEMENT POINT FERRY DOES NOT RUN ON...
4th Wednesday of each month when the ferry is serviced between 9.30am and 3.00pm.
The other is the Hibbard ferry which operates between Boundary Street and Riverside Drive.
OPERATES....Monday - Friday: 6.30am-9.50am (mornings) & 2.45pm-6.50pm (afternoons)
HIBBARD FERRY DOES NOT RUN ON...
4th Thursday of each month when the ferry is serviced between 10.00am and 2.45pm.
Ferry times may vary on weekends.
THE FERRIES ARE NOT FREE, they cost approx. $3.40 per trip.
The ferry leaves when it's full or when a vehicle is waiting. The trip across the river is quick as the ferry is pulled across with a cable.
If you take the Ferry across and head north from Port Macquarie, you come upon North Beach, where a 4WD track covers the 16 kms to Queens Head and Point Plomer.