Do you want to get out and experience the beauty of the Greater Port Macquarie area, we have put our walking shoes on and scoped out the best walking trail for you to take in the fresh Port Macquarie sea air.
9.1km of stunning coastline awaits you on this iconic walking trail, loved by locals. Starting at our Town Green foreshore (a 5-minute walk from Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel) you will be mesmerized by the tranquil Hastings River, here you will spot the Lady Nelson Wharf which acquired its name from one of the first ships to arrive here in Port Macquarie in 1821. As you head along the rocky break wall you can check out the great ‘outdoor art gallery’ that locals and tourists alike have put their personal touch too with paintwork on the many rocks bordering the Hastings River. Be sure to keep your eye out for dolphins swimming along this area.
You will now find yourself at Town Beach the first of 8 beaches you will discover along this walking trail, be sure to stop by Salty Crew Kiosk and have a yummy coffee while overlooking this favourite beach of ours. From here you will go past the Flagstaff Hill (for those who are brave enough to tackle the stairs, you will be rewarded with spanning views out towards the Pacific Ocean) and head down to the quiet Oxley Beach and onto the Windmill Hill Reserve, along here is a great please to spot migrating whales from May-November yearly. As you walk along Pacific Drive you will turn into Flynns beach, one of Port Macquarie’s patrolled beaches and a great place to learn how to surf.
Make your way along the sand to the stairs that take you to Nobby’s Beach, a popular beach for dogs and their owners. Once you have made your way across the beach you will start heading to Shelly Beach, a favourite for families. If you are feeling extra energetic, make your way up the stairs to Harry’s Lookout, a popular spot for weddings and you will see why once you see the stunning views. Once you have taken a dip in the Shelly Beach lagoon continue on to Miners Beach, this beach is reserved for nude bathers so don’t be too shy! Once you are at the end of this beach take the path through the Sea Acres Rainforest (keep your eye out for native wildlife along this area – goannas, koalas and bush turkeys) and you will now find yourself towards the end of your adventure.
Ahead you will find some steeper steps that lead past Little Bay (a beautiful photo spot) and once you have conquered these you will see the town's iconic Taking Point Lighthouse, which is one of Port Macquarie’s most loved lookouts and the third oldest in Australia. This is another great place to view whales playing off the shoreline or if timed right a perfect place to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean, otherwise you have earned another dip in the waves at Lighthouse beach and from here you can make your way to the kiosk for a cold drink and wait for the bus to take you back into town.
For guests that find 9.1km a bit excessive (believe us, we get it!) this coastal walk has been split up into 4 separate stages and you can turn around at any time and make your way back.
For a detailed map of this beautiful Port Macquarie walking tracks, please follow this link and start planning your walk along Port Macquarie’s famous coastline!