Hastings River, Port Macquarie

4.6
#5 of 17 in Parks in Port Macquarie
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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  • Walking along the river until reaching its merging point with the ocean is a lovely walk. Despite the river not having a real WOW effect, it's still lovely and easy on the eye.  more »
  • Had a nice walk a long the Coastal Walk, But Just did not get the Rock Art. More Graffiti to me, just made no Sense? No Real Meaning? People just Graffiting Rocks with Names ETC  more »
  • How do you review a river? For us it is from the point of view of choosing restaurants that overlook it (like rivermark and the Whalebone) and walking along it (such as out to Settlement Point ferry)....  more »
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