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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Hastings River and other Port Macquarie attractions using our handy Port Macquarie vacation trip planner.
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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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  • We spent a lovely morning travelling up the Hastings River although it is very flat so the scenery was nothing particular to write home about. The skipper detoured through obviously a very expensive h...  more »
  • I was here last year and ate lunch over looking the River and it was honestly beautiful and so tranquil. Not a piece of litter in site. Was fantastic!  more »
  • The extent of the water that flows from mountains to sea is huge.. We visited after the heavy March rains and extent of water over that period was amazing. Heading to the mouth of the river watching p...  more »