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Fast facts

  • The Hastings River flows into the sea at Port Macquarie
  • Coastal towns from Wallabi Point to Old Bar near Taree and Crowdy Head, adventure attractions and heritage buildings 
  • Between three and a half and five hours’ drive north of Sydney. Fly from Sydney or Brisbane with QantasLink to Port Macquarie Airport or Rex Airlines to Taree Airport. Virgin Blue has regular flights from Sydney or a weekly flight direct from Melbourne to Port Macquarie Airport.

Why go there

This region is proud of its coastal towns, national parks, surf beaches and heritage areas. Here you can enjoy wildlife spotting – whales, dolphins and koalas – or just hit the beach for a paddle or surf before sampling one of the award-winning local wines.

Thanks to its idyllic climate and setting, the area attracts artists who contribute to a thriving arts scene. Kempsey is the birthplace of both the Akubra hat and country music star Slim Dusty, who’s commemorated in the Slim Dusty Way.

Things to do

  • Go scuba diving at South West Rocks.
  • Admire the 360° view from the lighthouse at Crowdy Head.
  • Explore Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park’s wetlands, the oasis at the heart of Port Macquarie.
  • Scenic tourist drives in the hinterland - such as between Taree and Port Macquarie to see the dramatic Ellenborough Falls

Don’t miss


  • Port Macquarie at dusk, Mid-North Coast

    Port Macquarie at dusk, Mid-North Coast

Towns within

Crescent Head Beach Crescent Head A hot spot for local and international surfers alike, this quiet village is located on a protected coastline...


Akubra Hat Factory, KempseyKempsey – A historic town on the Macleay River, bordered by national parks and beaches...


Flynns Beach, Port MacquariePort Macquarie Once a penal settlement, now one of NSW's favourite holiday destinations.


Smoky Cape Lighthouse, South West Rocks South West Rocks A sleepy coastal retreat at its barefoot best – with great diving thrown in.


Sunset on the Manning, near Taree Taree Superb beaches, rolling hills, charming villages and the Manning River...


Timbertown, Wauchope Wauchope Thriving rural town with a timber-cutting past, at the heart of the Hastings River Valley.


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