Port Macquarie's Best Beaches

Port Macquarie BeachesWith eight beaches to choose from Port Macquarie is the ideal vacation destination for swimming, surfing, fishing, walking, picnicking or just relaxing. (Deals on Port Macquarie Accommodation)

Town Beach, as the name suggests is closest to Port Macquarie's centre of town, located off Stewarts Street, near the breakwater at the mouth of the Hastings River. This is a popular beach for body boarding, it is patrolled in summer and has a kiosk.

Strolling along the boardwalk or driving south along the coast from Port Macquarie on Pacific Drive will take you past Flagstaff Hill to Oxley Beach, a good spot for a picnic on the grass. The next headland is Windmill Hill, named for a windmill built there in the mid 1800s.

From the lookout you can view Rocky Beach, then south to Flynns point and beyond to Flynns Beach, which is the most popular surfing and swimming beach in the area. There is a kiosk and shady areas where you can have a picnic or barbeque. Take Tuppenny Road from Pacific Drive to reach Flynns Beach.

Continuing south from Flynn's Beach is Nobby's Beach, Nobby Hill and then Shelly Beach with its protected swimming area. Shelly Beach road provides access to the boat ramp from Pacific Drive. Those preferring land-based adventures can climb Harry's Lookout to enjoy the view.

The next beach to the south is Miners Beach, a quiet spot along the scenic coastal walking trail that extends from Nobby's Beach to Tacking Point. If you are driving you'll find that the Pacific Drive turns inland here, but you can continue along the coast by taking Lighthouse Road. To reach Miners Beach take one of the walking trails from Lighthouse Road.

The next headland is Tacking Point, which is eight kilometers south of Port Macquarie. It was named by Mathew Flinders in 1802 while sailing and tacking his way up the coast. The Tacking Point Lighthouse is the third oldest in the country and has been in operation since 1879. Visitors can tour the lighthouse and take in the spectacular views of the coast, sometimes spotting whales and dolphins amid the waves. Lighthouse Beach stretches to the south of Tacking Point and is patrolled by lifeguards in the summer.

Heading north from Port Macquarie, you can take the car ferry across the Hastings River, to North Beach, where a 4WD track covers the 16 kilometres to Queens Head and Point Plomer.

Heading 40 kilometres north from Port Macquarie will bring you to Crescent Head, and out to Delicate Beach, where fishing is a popular pastime. While in the area you can visit Hat Head and South West Rocks at the mouth of the Macleay River. The sandy beaches, historic buildings and great fishing make it a favourite holiday spot. It is also close to the Arakoon State Recreation Area and Hat Head National Park for those who enjoy walking.