Port Macquarie is your fully commercialised tourist resort and waterways recreational mecca. To the credit of the planners, the balance and integration developments have maintained holiday and lifestyle character. Port Macquarie is also a nice place to live. Having a number of beaches Port Macquarie is known as the Boogie Board Capitol of Australia.


The site of Port Macquarie was first visited by Europeans in 1818 when John Oxley reached the Pacific Ocean from the interior, after his journey to explore inland New South Wales. He named the location after the Governor of NSW.

Oxley noted that 'the port abounds with fish, the sharks were larger and more numerous than I have ever before observed. The forest hills and rising grounds abounded with large kangaroos and the marshes afford shelter and support to innumerable wild fowl. Independent of the Hastings River, the area is generally well watered, there is a fine spring at the very entrance to the Port'.

In 1821, Port Macquarie was founded as the first Penal Settlement, replacing Newcastle as the destination for convicts that had committed secondary crimes in NSW.

St Thomas’ Anglican Church is a Georgian building designed by Lieutenant T Owen and was built by convicts under military supervision during 1824-1828. This church is among the oldest in Australia and one of the few remaining convict built churches. Be sure to visit and do the staircase to the top of the bell tower. The now United Church is also over 100 years old. The Catholic though has the commanding presence in the city.

They’re very few other ‘old’ originals left.

The Port Macquarie War Memorial is located at the ‘town waterfront park’. So too the tribute to Arthur Fadden

The Royal Hotel is a fully restored original. The Port Macquarie Hotel a-mid thirties offer.

The Port Macquarie Museum is housed in an original building. Likewise the Court House has survived and a few others.

When visiting allow a few days or better still have a bit of a holiday.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course