coastal walks in port macquarie

Putting your best foot forward - a definite 'must do' activity when in Port Macquarie is the Coastal Walk - a 9km easy-grade walk that follows one of the most dramatic and inspiring coastlines in NSW. This walk features beaches, headlands, historic sites, rainforests and fantastic views.

Starting at Westport Park in town, all the way to Tacking Point Lighthouse, the walk takes approx 3.5 hours. Nearly 3kms runs along the coastal boundary of the beautiful Sea Acres National Park.

The Coastal Walk hugs the coastline and features boardwalks, steps for easier access to the headlands, viewing platforms and picnic shelters. Opportunities abound for viewing dolphins plus there is a variety of birdlife and the annual whale migration from May to November.

The Coastal Walk is the result of a partnership between Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) with both organisations contributing infrastructure along the walk.

For your convenience, Council and the NPWS have installed quality signage on topics such as local history, whale watching and underwater ecology. Maps are also featured to make it easy for locals and visitors to enjoy and use the walk.

The Coastal Walk is mostly easy grade and can be divided into four sections:
  1. Westport Park to Town Beach - 2 km (flat)
  2. Town Beach to Flynns Beach - 2.2 km
  3. Flynns Beach to Shelly Beach - 2.2 km
  4. Shelly Beach to Tacking Point Lighthouse - 2.7 km
A few tips will help to make your walk more enjoyable for you and others:
  • Keep to the track and keep away from cliff edges.
  • Beware of traffic when close to the road.
  • Please take rubbish with you or use bins provided.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the Sea Acres section anywhere south of Shelly Beach. For more information about Dog Friendly areas, please visit Port Macquarie-Hastings' Council's website
  • Remember to take water and have adequate sun protection.

Pram friendly sections include Westport Park to Oxley Beach (south), and Kenny Walk (Nobbys Beach to south Shelly Beach).

Coastal Walks Map

Port Macquarie Galleries and Exhibitions

Port Macquarie celebrates its artists in a variety of ways. It has galleries, art trails, and hosts art exhibitions as some of the ways of celebrating its artists. You will see beautiful sculptures and captivating artworks while having a drink of some old beer. Here are few places you can visit to see how Port Macquarie celebrates its local artists.

Hello Koala Sculpture Trail

If you go across the Port Macquarie Hastings area - you can get a fantastic view of Koala statues scattered in the space. The artist trail project won Gold at the NSW Tourism awards of 2017. It also featured in the 2018 Australian Tourism Finals in February representing NSW. The sculpture trail is much acclaimed as Trip Advisor ranks it third amongst the list of things to do when in Macquarie. There are 12 Koala statues right in the middle of town, and 19 others a few minutes' drive away from the city centre.

Long Point Vineyard and Gallery

A few minutes from the Port is Long Point. Here, there is an art gallery with a beautiful collection of art made by local artists as well as sculptures that are permanently placed outdoors. This art gallery is a must visit. Here there is also a charming vineyard, where you can indulge in excellent wines and spirits.

Arthouse Industries

Glass studio features appealing artwork, clothing and handmade gifts. Here you can go for workshops as well as attend Lampwork glass demonstrations. In this industry, you will find an award-winning glass artist, Skye, who makes jewellery. She demonstrates from the studio how she moulds molten glass to create her wearable pieces. You can indulge your creative self here.

Glasshouse Regional Gallery

This is an art gallery at Port Macquarie which is the regional creative premier hub for culture, and the arts. An art exhibition at the gallery features sculptural, design, historical, traditional, indigenous, and contemporary pieces. There is no fee charged to go into the gallery.

Stitched 'n' Framed

This is the biggest patchwork shop in Port Macquarie. Fabrics can be purchased at the store or online. The staff at the store have years of experience doing patchwork. They mainly deal with modern, pretty and reproduction patchwork. They are the most recent Quilt Guild of Port Macquarie. They have a dealership for Handy Quilter, Baby Lock, Janome and Bernina machines. Famous and visiting tutors hold social sewing groups and classes in two workshop areas at the shop. When you are in Port Macquarie, be sure to indulge in the art available in the area.

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