australia's surfing coast

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie - // Australia's surfing coast //

Port Macquarie is a water lovers’ paradise. Situated at the mouth of the Hastings River and the Pacific Ocean, it encompasses 15 pristine beaches. Enjoy the coastal walks, surfing, sail boarding, swimming, fishing, whale watching, and even camel rides. Many beaches feature barbecue facilities and playgrounds. The area has plenty of choice in accommodation, dining and amenities.

Flynn's Beach

Flynn’s Beach, situated 3km south of Port Macquarie, is almost 500 metres long and nestled between a pair of rocky headlands to the north and south. It has good protection from westerly and southerly winds and suits learn-to-surfers most of the year. The Surf Club has a kiosk that serves meals or just a coffee along with an absolute ocean-front view. Apartment-style accommodation is available at nearby Flynn’s Beach Resort.

Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach is 7km south of Port Macquarie, its 9km stretch of southeast-facing sand home to a series of hospitable beach breaks. The best waves can be found at the more sheltered northern end, which, unusually, loves a northeast swell and northeast breeze. Lighthouse Beach Holiday Village has beach bungalows, cabins and camping/caravan sites plus a pool, café and camp kitchen. This is the place to stay for golfers too, with Port Macquarie Golf Club’s 18-hole championship course situated close by.

Town Beach

Town Beach has three main breaks along its 800m, beginning with the break-wall which can work in swell from the south right through to the north east. The Middle has some powerful lefts and is generally best left to experienced surfers. On a postcard day, the wave here will be about three metres and stays smooth in winds from the west right around to the south-east. Flagstaff is the protected southern headland of Town Beach, which creates a sort of mini point-break with clean right-handers when the swell direction is anywhere from the south through to east, ideally with an offshore breeze. With favourable sandbanks, Flagstaff can hold good wave shape up to about three metres. Nearby to Town Beach is the affordable, cosmopolitan and modern Mecrure Centro Hotel which offers top rate accommodation for all.

Getting there:
Port Macquarie is 384km north of Sydney, about five hours’ drive. You can also fly Sydney to Port Macquarie.

Learn to surf school:
Port Macquarie Surf School

Things to see and do in Port Macquarie