Port Macquarie beaches

Town Beach

The Greater Port Macquarie region offers you a choice of 15 beautiful beaches stretching from Port Macquarie through to Dunbogan.

With 17 glorious beaches within the greater Port Macquarie area, you are spoiled for choice. Whether it's surf, a run on the sand or a spot to build sand castles with the kids, you're bound to find what you're after.

Find the best waves

In the local Port Macquarie area, the best surfing breaks can be found at Lighthouse, Flynns and Town beaches, although Shelly and the North Shore beaches have good waves to offer as well. Bear in mind the Middle at Town Beach is recommended for experienced surfers only. A bit further afield, Rainbow and North Haven beaches are the top picks, but Cathie, Grants and Dunbogan beaches are also great surfing spots.

Flynns Beach is one of Port Macquarie's best family beaches, and along with Town and Lighthouse Beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers during the school holidays. Shelly Beach is another favourite for families with a large natural rock pool on the south end that helps keep the water calm for little swimmers at mid to low tide. Keep in mind this beach is not patrolled by lifeguards.

Fish for your dinner

You'll find BBQs and picnic areas at Town, Oxley, Flynns and Shelly beaches, and if you're keen to catch your lunch yourself, great beach fishing spots can be found at the break wall, Rocky and South Lighthouse beaches. A little to the south, Wash House and Dunbogan beaches are also good spots to throw in a line. However, if you don't feel like dealing with the hassle of bringing your own lunch, let alone dealing with hooks and bait, don't despair! Town, Flynns and Lighthouse beaches all have cafes or kiosks where you can grab a drink, a bite to eat or an ice cream.

Dog-friendly beaches in Port Macquarie

And the pooches don't miss out either. Nobbys Beach is a favourite with dog owners, and dogs are also permitted on several other beaches in the Port Macquarie area, including North, Oxley (on leash only), Rocky beaches and south of Watonga rock on Lighthouse beach.

If you're in the Port Macquarie region between May and November and are keen to do some whale watching, there are a number of cruise providers to take you out on the water to catch the magnificent creatures in action.

Au naturel options available

Or simply keep your eyes peeled as you gaze upon the ocean views afforded by the many beautiful coastal walking tracks that can be found on and around nearly all of Port Macquarie's beaches. Just be aware that you might get a view of a little more than you expected if you go for a stroll on the walking track from Lighthouse Beach to Miners Beach - it's an unofficial nudist spot for those who prefer their ocean swimming 'au naturel'. The beaches of Port Macquarie certainly have something for everyone.

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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