Port Macquarie has long been one of the country’s most popular family holiday spots. However, in terms of living there in the past, options for jobs, shopping and services certainly weren’t comparable to the city, which was much of the appeal. Fast forward to now and the town still boasts a relaxed coastal lifestyle and affordable housing, with upgrades set to enhance livability.
Port Macquarie offers seaside living at its best.
If you’ve been looking for a sea change, this town is pretty hard to beat.
1. Seaside lifestyle
Port Macquarie offers no less than 17 beaches for weekend leisure pursuits. Lake Cathie Beach is great for kids, with a protected estuary, slides and picnic options. Iconic Flynns Beach is flanked by shady pine trees and Town Beach serves up the waves for surfers. It’s possible to escape the crowds at Oxley Beach, the tidal lagoon at Shelly Beach and secluded North Beach. If you’ve been looking for a sea change, this town is pretty hard to beat.
2. Recreation options
Recreation takes centre stage in Port Macquarie, with attractions to suit tourists and locals of all ages. Fish for snapper and perch, venture into the hinterland for stunning views and wine tastings or hike in Middle Brother National Park. Then, there’s heritage to explore at the Port Macquarie Museum, Tacking Point Lighthouse and Timbertown Heritage Theme Park. That’s not all though, with horse riding, golf, yoga, tennis and jet cruise adventures within easy access.
Tacking Point Lighthouse is just one of many heritage attractions in Port Macquarie.
3. Convenient living
From art galleries to boutique fashion shops and big brands, Port Macquarie already offers all the shopping you need, with so much more to come. Schools, services, the beach and attractions are all within easy distance of each other. In fact, in just 15 to 20 minutes you’ll get to almost anywhere you need to, without city traffic jams. Better yet, walkability in Port Macquarie is exceptional, so you can leave the car in the garage on the weekends.
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4. Community spirit
The general feel of Port Macquarie is relaxed, laidback and safe, with a palpable community spirit. It’s long been a favourite of retirees and now attracts families to its welcoming shores. At any given time of year, there’s no shortage of community events, including workshops, markets, exhibitions and events such as Festival of the Sun and Oysters in the Vines.
5. Job growth and expanding infrastructure
Charles University is expanding, inviting students, young families and investors to Port Macquarie. Retail options are increasing with Sovereign Hills Estate Town Centre under construction and the Port Macquarie Airport is about to receive a substantial facelift. It’s little wonder then, that the current population of 82,370 is projected to increase to about 104,000 by 2036, with job growth and infrastructure booming now and into the future.