The Location
Port Macquarie and surrounds

Greater Port Macquarie

Greater Port Macquarie is located midway between Sydney and Brisbane on the North Coast of NSW, only 260km north of Newcastle, 420km from Sydney and 510km from Brisbane  and is easily accessible by road, rail and air.

The nearby Camden Haven area on the NSW Mid North Coast (Laurieton, North Haven, Dunbogan, Kendall, Kew, Bonny Hills and Lake Cathie) offers a great range of accommodation from tent sites in our great holiday parks to luxury tree houses and B & Bs. There are also motels, self-catering apartments and holiday houses. The beautiful Camden Haven is located thirty minutes south of Port Macquarie and forty minutes north of Taree. 
As one of Australia's first settlements outside of Sydney, Greater Port Macquarie is home to a number of historic buildings and sites that date back to our colonial and convict days. A stroll along the sign-posted heritage walking trail will take visitors to 13 of the town's most fascinating historic and archaeological sites. 
Wauchope is a natural wonderland with a diverse range of natural attractions and activities. Once a thriving timber town Wauchope offers a boutique shopping experience, food and wine to tease the taste buds and a passion for outdoor living set against the breathtaking backdrop of Bago Mountain.


Greater Port Macquarie extends from the mouth of the Hastings and Camden Haven Rivers west to the Great Dividing Range, with a coastline of 84kms. The total area of the region is 3693 sqkms. The topography of the area is very diverse including sand dunes, coastal wetlands, flood plains, forests and mountain regions.


The area enjoys the best climate in Australia, with the average temperature ranging from 7°C to 27°C.

Major Towns/Suburbs

The main towns within the Greater Port Macquarie region are Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Laurieton, North Haven, Dunbogan, Comboyne, Kendall, Kew, Bonny Hills and Lake Cathie.

Transport Access

The area can be accessed via air, rail, and interstate and local bus/coach services.

Surrounding Areas

The major hubs surrounding Greater Port Macquarie include Kempsey, Taree and Tamworth.


The 2014 population for people residing in the Greater Port Macquarie region is 76,563 persons.

Over the past five years, the population of the Greater Port Macquarie region has been growing at an average rate of 1.62% per annum. This rate is significantly higher than the growth rate for both the Mid North Coast (1.1%) and New South Wales (0.8%) over the same period.

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