Positioned on the North Coast of New South Wales, approximately four hours drive north of Sydney and six and a half hours drive south of Brisbane, Port Macquarie rests on the Tasman Sea at the entrance of the Hastings River. Home to more than a dozen spectacular beaches, along with a multitude of attractions to explore, it’s the ideal holiday destination. Whether you’re visiting as part of a wider journey along the Legendary Pacific Coast, or are planning to make Port Macquarie your base from which to explore the region, you’ll be delighted by the fantastic accommodation on offer.
Mantra the Observatory is an impressive hotel that offers guests sophisticated accommodation in close proximity to the region’s favourite points of interest, along with great facilities including bike hire with free audio tours. Located across from Port Macquarie’s main beach, this seaside hotel boasts spectacular ocean and river views, along with an indoor pool, spa and sauna, onsite restaurant and cafe, and day spa. Our range of accommodation choices include the Hotel Room, 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Ocean, Garden and Park View Apartments, and the expansive 3 Bedroom Penthouse.
Another great choice in Port Macquarie accommodation is Mantra Quayside, situated just one block away from shopping, cinemas, restaurants and cafes, as well as nightclubs and public transport. While enjoying your leisure time at the hotel, relax in the sauna or take a dip in the heated rooftop pool to take in the striking seaside views. Featuring well-appointed Studio, 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments, you’ll be within a short stroll of the beach, along with the Hastings River where an array of tours depart including whale watching, jet boating, fishing tours and scenic river cruises.
The celebrated Billabong Zoo is a must-see while in Port Macquarie, housing over 200 animals including 80 species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Kids will love the opportunity to meet some of the animals personally, with one-on-one encounters allowing visitors to hold and feed these furry friends. Join a zoo tour or attend one of the many interesting shows that are held daily. Complete with a children’s playground, tranquil picnic areas along with an onsite café, it’s a great day out for the whole family.
Take in the panoramic views over the ocean and adjoining coastline from Tacking Point Lighthouse. Australia’s third oldest lighthouse it dates back to the 1800’s and features the original lighthouse keeper's cottage. The lookout provides an excellent vantage point to take in the coastal scenery and watch whales during May-September. Arrive by car in just five minutes from town, or if you’re feeling energetic you can follow the Coastal Walk to the lighthouse and be sure to pack a picnic to replenish your energy while watching the surf below.
Get adventurous with horse riding, camel riding, or skydiving. A region known for it’s fresh produce, a visit to a local strawberry farm or the producers markets is a must. Experience the wonder of stargazing at the Port Macquarie Observatory – a unique experience open to the public on Sunday and Wednesday nights, or call in at one of the region’s vineyards or breweries to sample the area’s finest ale.