It is because of the beaches that Port Macquarie holidays remain popular among Australian and international visitors. Located on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, this area is home to beautiful scenery and amazing beaches. We look at the best beaches that the area has to offer and what you can do there.
If you want somewhere close to your Port Macquarie hotel then this is the beach for you. The beach is close to the town (as the name suggests) and has some great breaks courtesy of the out-flowing Hastings River at the end of the beach. This is a very popular beach for body-boarding and is great for families, as it is a patrolled beach. The southern end of the beach is best for swimming due to the protection from nearby Flagstaff Hill. The best surfing breaks are on the northern end of the beach.
A pretty beach in the middle of the Port Macquarie beach area. While there is some accommodation here, it is pretty rocky so it is not the best swimming area. This is more a great place to go for a walk and take some cool pictures.
This is a hugely popular beach in Port Macquarie and offers some of the best beach-going in the area. The beach has rocky headlands on both ends and so it is a wonderful beach for surfing. Here are some other quick facts about Flynns Beach:
- The beach is about half-a-kilometre long.
- The beach is great for learning how to surf.
- It has a surf club with meals and facilities.
- The beach is patrolled.
If you have already stopped off at Flynns then you will want to head a bit further south to Nobbys Beach. Because this beach juts out towards the south, this is a perfect photo opportunity. The southern point of the beach offers fantastic views of the nearby coastline.
There are also a lot of other beaches surrounding the town of Port Macquarie:
- Shelly Beach
- Miners Beach
- Lighthouse Beach
- North Beach
- Delicate Beach
Things to Do on the Beaches
Port Macquarie is home to a lot of great beach activities for you and your family to enjoy. Because of the variety of beaches and surf conditions it is a perfect place for all levels of swimmers. It is also a great place to learn how to surf or, if you are already a surfer, find some fantastic, challenging surf breaks. There is also some great fishing to do either from the beaches or around the outlet of the Hastings River. You can catch the usual coastal fare such as whiting, bream and flathead. Be sure to have a fishing licence though, as it is an offence to fish without one. The licence fees go towards maintaining fish stocks.