Port Macquarie City Guide

Located on the mid-north coast of NSW, Port Macquarie has long been a popular weekend getaway for the people of Sydney. Now, it’s home to some of the most expensive property in the state and has grown to become a large coastal centre offering an abundance of things to do and places to see. Here’s our guide to experiencing the best of Port Macquarie on your one-day stopover.

Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie

Getting around

Port Macquire is located a four-hour drive north of Sydney along the M1 – Pacific Motorway. It’s also accessible via bus, train or plane. Getting around Port Macquarie is very easy in a car, but there are also buses around town.

Port Macquarie
Watonga Rocks


If you’re driving to Port Macquarie from Sydney or the Central Coast, there are a number of stops along the way, notably Forster-Tuncurry and Old Bottlebutt Tree in Burrawan State Forest.

Once you’re in Port Macquarie itself, your first port of call should be the breakwall to stretch your legs. From here, walk to Flagstaff Lookout and into town through the stores, cafes and restaurants. Then it’s on to Lighthouse Beach and Watonga Rocks. From the rocks to the south is dog friendly beach which is perfect if you’re travelling with your dog like we were.

Get your refreshments from The Little Brewing Company and Moorebeer Brewing Co. before leaving town.


Driving to Port Macquarie makes it much easier to get around and see more on the journey there and back with the Central Coast and Mid-North Coast having much to offer on the route to and from.

When are you planning your trip to Port Macquarie? Let me know in the comments below!



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