Hastings River, Port Macquarie

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The Hastings River provides a handful of opportunities for recreation in Port Macquarie. The river starts 180 km (110 mi) north of the city in the Great Dividing Range and descends 1,040 m (3,410 ft) before emptying into the Tasman Sea. Spot dolphins and take in the history of the area on a cruise, paddle the river in a kayak, or enjoy a barbecue by the riverbank. If you angle, pick up a fishing license at a local bait-and-tackle shop and cast your line for bream, blackhead, tailor, whiting, and flathead. No matter how you spend your time on the river, make sure you apply insect repellent to keep the sandflies at bay. Plan to visit Hastings River during your Port Macquarie vacation using our convenient Port Macquarie holiday tool .
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  • Port Macquarie is a lovely town that has learnt to make best use of a magnificent river. I would recommend any visitors should take a stroll along the river to its mouth and just admire the scenery. S...  more »
  • Walks along the river pass through varied scenery inluding boat sheds, grassy reserves, beaches and a long sea wall. It is possible to cross the river by car ferry to explore the less developed Norths...  more »
  • What a way to end our day. Our kids played and ran around while we sat and watched the jet skis. Such a beautiful spot. Look forward to coming back for a picnic.  more »

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Where to stay in Port Macquarie

As a well-established holiday destination, Port Macquarie offers a good number of places to stay. Most accommodations cluster in the town's scenic areas--at the mouth of the Hastings River and along the coast, as well as close to the beaches. While the town does feature several larger hotels, rental apartments and guesthouses outnumber them by far. If you're looking to stay outside town and closer to the lush surrounding countryside, you can choose anything from luxurious cabins to campgrounds.
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