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Hastings River, Port Macquarie
(4.7/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Very pretty location and great for a picnic. Lots of wildlife. Watch out for the Pelicans, they like to share your picnics. 
  • This is one beautiful river! There are boat options for lovely trips up and down, but just sitting on the grass by the side of this river is a treat. It makes you thankful for nature and all it provid...  more »
  • At only $15 per adult for a 2-hour informative cruise up the Hastings River was great value and an enjoyable experience. The boat driver was able to point out local wildlife and give us a little under...  more »