Destination guide

Any port in a storm – but this one's the best

Set within driving distance of Sydney at the mouth of the Hastings River, Port Macquarie is one of the country's favourite vacation destinations. It's fun for families, with plenty of friendly beaches and animals on display. It's a no-brainer for nature enthusiasts, thanks to its lush national parks. And it's a safe bet for surfers, who have 17 beautiful beaches to choose from. That's not even counting a fascinating colonial past, art exhibits, vineyards and good eats. Port Macquarie vacation rentals are popular all year long, so what are you waiting for?

Things to do

Commune with a recuperating koala in Port Macquarie

If ever there was a cute place to take your kids, it's the Koala Hospital. It's the world's first hospital dedicated solely to koala care, and staff conduct tours every day, as well as occasional educational programs and lectures. Then, head to Billabong Zoo to get a closer look at a variety of Australian and exotic animals. You can pet, hold and feed a lot of the cute, cuddly, scaly or feathered critters. For a selection of cultural events focused more on 2-legged mammals, check out the Glasshouse for theatre and art exhibits.

Activities

Ride the waves or pluck a fishy dinner from the deep

The soft sandy beaches of Port Macquarie are the kind that are kind to everyone. Surfers love Lighthouse Beach, but kids do, too. There are great spots to swim and picnic, plus a lighthouse to visit, of course. Grants Beach is another good one for hang-ten-ers, and the Port Macquarie coastal walk features views of the rainforest, and even more beaches. Whale-watching cruises launch from the harbour from May to November, when thousands of whales migrate along the coast. Deep-sea fishing charters are available all year.

Weather

A comfy climate that leaves little to complain about

The humid subtropical climate in Port Macquarie provides visiting beach bums with warm, humid summers and mild winters. Rain can happen any time, so bring an umbrella just in case. Mid-summer is the most popular time to stop by, when temps range from 18° to 28°C and school is out. You'll likely be able to score a bargain on Port Macquarie vacation rentals if you come in winter. The water might be too cold for swimming, but it's not too cold for a sunny outdoor stroll. Low temps rarely sink below 7°C.

Natural highlights

Watery exploration, rainbow birds and airy thrills

Port Macquarie vacation rentals are popular for their proximity to stunning natural landscapes, and that includes those below the water's surface. A diving tour will allow you to explore the world of endangered grey nurse sharks in Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve. Dooragan National Park is close by, and its North Brother Mountain is your chance to experience a higher-altitude habitat. The Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk is closer to Port Macquarie's city centre and the ideal spot to feast your eyes (or your binoculars) on brightly coloured birds.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Port Macquarie

Fly into Port Macquarie, NSW (PQQ), the closest airport, located 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from the city centre.

Where to stay near Port Macquarie?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 326 holiday rentals near Port Macquarie. From 144 Condos/Apartments to 146 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Port Macquarie is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Port Macquarie?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Port Macquarie. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Pilot Boat Shed: 417 holiday rentals
  • Port Macquarie Museum: 416 holiday rentals
  • Mid North Coast Maritime Museum: 416 holiday rentals
  • Tacking Point Lighthouse: 367 holiday rentals
  • Douglas Vale Historic Homestead & Vineyard: 417 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Port Macquarie listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Port Macquarie?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 144 Condos/Apartments in Port Macquarie. Our other popular types of Port Macquarie holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 146 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 6 holiday houses
  • Villas: 5 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Port Macquarie?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 90 holiday homes with pool available in Port Macquarie. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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