Port Macquarie is about 5 hours drive north of Sydney. It is a growing regional town with a beautiful coastline and idyllic, peaceful hinterland. It’s beaches are golden coves of sand and blue water, punctuated by amazing rock formations. Not all the beaches are safe for swimming although they all look inviting. Lighthouse Beach to the south is a lengthy open beach with dangerous rips and big seas. Town Beach close to the CBD is patrolled and mostly very safe for swimming. Flynn’s Beach is also patrolled and has safe swimming, surf schools and shaded park areas right on the beach. Shelley Beach has a natural lagoon area, perfect for snorkelling as well as a pretty unpatrolled beach. Swimming is not recommended here as there can be dangerous currents and there are no lifeguards. However at low tide the water is beautiful for a dip – just need to take care and have a good understanding of rips and currents.
The coastal walk takes you from the main town along the coves and headlands over rocky outcrops with stairs and raised platform walkways, through natural rainforest and over the sensational sandy beaches. It’s about 5-6km in total and can also be done in sections and looped walks.
The hinterland has much native bush as well as rolling hills, wineries, farms and escape from urbania.