Port Macquarie Tourism & Travel
Port Macquarie Australia
Port Macquarie, population 33 700, in Biripi country, was founded in 1821 as a remote convict settlement and lock-up for Sydneys worst convicts. As the population spread northwards from Sydney the penal settlement was closed, the worst criminals sent to Moreton Bay, Brisbane or Norfolk Island and free settlers were invited in. Located on the coast, 423 kilometres, 264.4 miles north of Sydney, the town is now a major seaside holiday resort.
Port Macquarie Beaches
To the north of the Port Macquarie town is Town Beach, situated at the mouth of the Hastings River. The rocks beneath Flagstaff Hill shelter the southern part of the beach so it offers safe swimming and the northern end is ideal for surfing. Seven other beaches extend southwards from Town Beach.
Port Marina has a boat ramp, a restaurant, a fishing wharf, bicycle hire and a boat-hire service, as well as the usual berths, moorings, slipway and bait shops.
Port Macquarie Museum
The Museum contains numerous historical documents and artefacts. In the courtyard are recreations of 19th-century shopfronts. Other features are a Victorian parlour, colonial farm equipment and sugar mill crushing machinery from the mid-19th-century.
Visit the historic Roto House, a timber home built in 1891 showcasing a beautiful example of fine Victorian architecture and craftsmanship. Experience life as it was 100 years ago and take in the 19th century atmosphere.
Historic Graves at Allman Hill
Walk westwards along Stewart St then turn right into Clarence St. In the grass, adjacent to the road, there are a few headstones, which mark the site of the settlement's first cemetery 1821-1824.
Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
Wander through 30 ha of tranquil rainforest on a 1.3 km multi-level boardwalk at the Sea Acres and take in the therapeutic surroundings.
Port Macquarie Nature Reserve
The Macquarie Nature Reserves main feature is the koala hospital, providing shelter and support for one of Australias most beloved native animals.
Koalas can be seen in the natural bushland and landscaped gardens of Kingfisher Park. There are also farmyard pets, kangaroos, wallabies and Australian birds. Kingfisher Park is open daily.
Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park
Flower beds, expansive lawns and shady trees form part of Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park as well as 50 ha of redeveloped bushland. There are 3 km of walking trails and several bird watching platforms.
Lighthouse Beach Camel Rides
Take a camel ride along the beach near Port Macquarie and experience the landscape from a unique point of view.