Port Macquarie Travel Guide

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Port Macquarie Things to Do

  • TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    New in town, wonder where the info centre is, then ask a local like we did!The Information centre is in the new Glasshouse, a building that has seen a bit of controversy!You can't miss this building as its huge and made of all glass. There is street parking surrounding the building.The building has doors that open and close for you, just be a bit...

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  • SEA ACRES

    I had already walked through quite a bit of Sea Acres National Park on my Beaches and Headlands walk. Now, we have come to the centre to see what is there. Watch for the brown tourist sign on Pacific drive to find the FREE CARPARK. This National Park contains one of the largest areas of coastal rainforest that includes many different types of...

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  • ROCKY BEACH LOOK-OUT

    Rocky Beach – as its name suggests, is quite rocky and not really swimmer friendly.I wasn't on the beach, but at the wonderful Rocky Beach lookout where the views are great! There was a garden seat [already taken by a couple], a picnic bench and a chain fence on which there were love locks.

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  • ST. THOMAS' ANGLICAN CHURCH

    By Australian standards, the St. Thomas Anglican Church is extremely old.The Church was actually built by convict labour in1824, during the reign of King George IV, when Port Macquarie was a penal settlement.IT IS THE OLDEST CHURCH OUTSIDE OF SYDNEY.The first service in 1828, was attended by the Chaplain, Camp Commandant, some English Infantry and...

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  • PORT MACQUARIE MARINA

    During our time at Port Macquarie, my husband had been to the Marina with friends. He wanted to show me what it was like, so that is how I came to be there. There are shops at the marina and a Café with outdoor tables overlooking the Boats, quite nice.Some lovely big boats docked here, AND in the water were a lot of Fish that were obviously waiting...

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  • ART SOCIETY MARKETS

    I always enjoy a Market, so when I saw one advertised near our Caravan Park, I just had to go!By the amount of cars here, it looked like everybody knew about it. We found a car-park and made for the market located at Hamilton House. There were quite a few stalls selling mainly handmade local arts and crafts, clothing, Leather ware & stock-whips,...

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  • HISTORIC CEMETERY

    Located at the end of Horton street, on the other side of the roundabout, is the Port Macquarie historic cemetery.Be careful crossing the road here as it's quite a busy roundabout.I had already picked up the FREE BOOKLET ON THE HISTORIC CEMETERY from the tourist information centre. This pointed out the most interesting graves and gave written...

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  • WESLEYAN CHAPEL

    Also located along Horton street, is the dear little Wesleyan Chapel that's been standing here since 1845. It was the first Methodist Church on the North Coast, and one of the first built by voluntary subscription and mainly voluntary labour. As Port Macquaries population fell, so did the Church congregation, so in 1848. it closed its doors. In...

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  • ST. AGNES ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

    One of the most prominent Churches in Port Macquarie is the Catholic St. Agnes Church which was built in 1940. Located high on the hill in Hay street, it was another church with closed doors! The Church has a high tower and several crosses, making it easy to use as a location finder!Look for the steps and notice to the Church as you walk along...

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  • WALK HORTON STREET.

    Leaving the River area behind, I decide to walk Horton street in the CBD, the tree lined divided main street of Port Macquarie.The street is lined with shops on either side, and it's also where some heritage listed buildings are located. If you need a Bank and ATM machine, then you will find them here.I began with the Ritz Centre and then made my...

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  • THE RITZ CENTRE

    Looking at the Ritz Centre immediately brought to mind Art Deco. I don't know when it was built, but it is a Port Macquarie landmark.It houses the Majestic Cinema if you wish to go to the Movies whilst on holiday. Other tenants were McDonalds, a fresh juice place, and a Ice-creamery.

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  • STATUE OF SIR EDMUND BARTON

    The larger then life size bronze statue of Sir Edmund Barton I came across near the Royal Hotel. Sir Edmund Barton became Australia's first Prime Minister at a grand ceremony in Centennial Park, Sydney, on 1 January 1901 In 1903, Barton resigned to become one of the three judges who founded Australia's High Court.He happened to be the member of...

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Port Macquarie Hotels

Port Macquarie Restaurants

  • Genuine Thai cooking

    We like our Thai food spicy and full of the strong flavours of authentic Thai cuisine, not the bland westernised version which some Thai restaurants serve up.Spicy Yahmor food is genuine Thai, full of the flavours and complexities, and the chilli, which make Thai cuisine unique.It's not a large restaurant, has a good atmosphere and good...

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  • Western-style Thai food

    A very popular restaurant, probably because the food is adapted to western tastes, less spicy with less flavours than authentic Thai cuisine.A good crowd makes a good atmosphere, which Beau Thai has. The service is friendly and informal, the menu offers some dishes which are unusual in Australian Thai restaurants. We tried two dishes which are not...

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  • Coffee & breakfast favourite

    The best place for coffee & breakfast, which is also an Italian restaurant, the first in Port Macquarie, owned and operated by an Italian family.Seating for over sixty outside on the pleasant covered terrace and for over forty inside.The coffee is top quality, beautifully made, the toast is thick and fresh, the big breakfast will set you up for the...

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Port Macquarie Transportation

  • HOW TO REACH PORT MACQUARIE

    Port Macquarie is quite an easy city to reach.CARWe 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...

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  • HASTINGS RIVER FERRY

    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...

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Port Macquarie Shopping

  • LARGE SHOPPING CENTRE

    Settlement City is a large shopping complex with many specialty stores. Inside are major retailers like Big W, Woolworths, Best & Less. Then there are many other stores that include Fashion, Electronics, Books, Homewares, Gifts, Shoes, Music, Hair, food and many more.The centre has a good food court with a variety of food outlets including Subway,...

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  • BEAUTIFUL GIFTS

    Sea Acres Rainforest Centre has a wonderful gift shop you can browse around. Most of the gifts represent Australia in some way, making it the best place I found in Port Macquarie for international visitors to buy unique Aussie gifts.The shop catered for every age group. Just inside the door were what I and a French couple liked.The hand painted...

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  • BRITISH SWEETS

    A walk across the paved square from the Glasshouse brought me to the British Lolly shop. I couldn't miss it, for out the front was the wooden toy soldier!I didn't count the lolly jars, but read they have 400 full of lollies. Now, what to choose is a problem, not for me though, I knew what I wanted when I saw them, the candy lolly watch bracelets...

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Port Macquarie Local Customs

  • CANAL ESTATES

    Port Macquarie is another seaside town that has man made Canal Estates for residential living. This kind of real estate is not cheap, it is top of the range prices, for every home in the estate has its own mooring and small beach. It is resort style living.You can drive in and around the estate viewing the large expensive homes often hidden by a...

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  • Living On The Canals - Luxury Homes

    On our return ferry trip from Timbertown the ferrymaster took us into the canals of Port Macquarie to see the luxury homes. The homes were large and beautiful, most having a jetty for the family runabout or luxury boat. It was a nice gesture as the canal tour was not on the itinery.

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  • Painting & Graffiti on Sea Wall

    A walk along the riverfront near the river mouth you will see the rock seawall which has been very colourfully decorated by potential artists and graffitti talents. An amusing distraction from the beauty of the Hastings River. Having this area for graffiti expression helps restrict damage to the town buildings.

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Port Macquarie Warnings and Dangers

  • POOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    Unfortunately, I found out Port Macquarie does not have a very useful public transport. After I had completed a long 9km walk, I decided to catch a bus. I saw the stop, went over and had a look and found they only ran hourly and I would have just missed one - So much for giving my feet a rest! Buses run to most places and I found they quite often...

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  • DEAD SHEARWATERS / MUTTON BIRDS

    A very sad sight along Miners Beach were all the dead birds that had been washed up. Nothing can be done about this, as it is nature taking its course. The Mutton Birds or Shearwaters as they are known, are dying from exhaustion. Hundreds of younger, non-breeding adults are dying over the sea after failing to complete their gruelling 15,000km...

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  • NUDE BATHING

    Port Macquarie DOES NOT HAVE AN OFFICIAL NUDE BATHING BEACH.Miners Beach, which is now on the coastal walking trail is the UNOFFICIAL NUDE BATHING BEACH.When the nudists first moved in, this beach was hard to reach and secluded, NOT NOW. The council has made the new walking track that passes through Miners Beach, making this beach easily accessible...

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Port Macquarie Off The Beaten Path

  • A FULL DAY TRIP FROM PT. MACQUARIE

    This review is the start of a day trip we did from Port Macquarie. I will take you as my "virtual passenger" in my car, showing you the sights that are close by that we can see in one day.As we depart Port Macquarie along Ocean drive to Laurieton, we catch glimpses of beaches and the Tasman sea, and lots of new housing estates. Looks like this area...

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  • LAKE CATHIE

    Back in the car and following the road around a bend, we find another nice area. The tide has gone out and left behind some nice shallow pools for the little ones to have a splash in. For the older ones, there is deeper water, just be careful with the currents, and the surf beach where the waves were rolling in. Nice near white sand, a beautiful...

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  • Cruise The Hastings River to Timbertown...

    We took a day trip to Timbertown Heritage Park at Wauhope approximately an hour by ferry from Port Macquarie. Our 40 seat ferry left the town wharf at 10am and we had an enjoyable cruise on the wide waters of the Hastings River, at times reaching a speed of 12 knots, at other times moving very slowly as we negotiated a shallow channel between sand...

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Port Macquarie Sports & Outdoors

  • JET BOAT RIDE

    As I was doing the Beaches and Headlands walk, I saw a Jet boat out in the Ocean. Next thing, the boat was in a 360°spin, not once, but several times. It brought back memories of my ride in one on a river in New Zealand. Out in the Ocean would be different to that!The companys name was "Port Jet."There are three different rides you can choose from...

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  • Lake Cathie Bowling Club

    For those looking for a social game of lawn bowls the Lake Cathie club is worth a visit. Not far from Port Macquarie visitors are always welcome.

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  • Port Macquarie Golf Club

    For those who wish to enjoy a game of golf there is a great club nearby providing social golf everyday. The pro shop can provide you with hire clubs and any other necessary equipment with the cafe open for lunch every day.

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Port Macquarie Favorites

  • INTERNET & WI-FI

    Perhaps your accommodation doesn't have either free internet or wi-fi, where to go for access.Port Macquarie has quite a few places.FREE WIFI IS AVAILABLE AT:Port Central Shopping Centre, Hay street, Port MacquariePort Macquarie Library, Corner of Grant & Gordon street, Port MacquarieFOR A FEE:Port Internet Hub, Short street [Internet...

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  • FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

    As it happened, we were here when the "Tastings on Hastings" festival was on. We were told by a local to go, which we didn't as we had other plans. We did get caught in the big traffic jams early in the morning, and the heaps of people heading to the festival and trying to cross the roads. There were over 100 stalls, serving different types of...

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  • A HISTORY LESSON!

    What I liked about many of the walking trails in Port Macquarie, were the information boards with the history about the people of the Aboriginals that once lived here. Take the time to read and learn about their lives, where they hunted and gathered their food, some were at the beaches on my Beaches & Headlands walk.

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