Location: Town Green to Lighthouse Beach, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
This 9km walk takes you along the beautiful Hastings River, iconic landmarks and stunning coastline. For more information and a map on this walk download the Port Macquarie Coastal Walking Trail Map
It begins at the Town Green foreshore and continues all the way to Lighthouse Beach. Used by locals and visitors alike, the coastal walk is one of the town's most popular activities. Follow the foreshore pathway out to the rocky breakwall, which is popular with anglers, and connects to Town Beach, the first of Port Macquarie's series of beautiful beaches.
Take in eight beautiful beaches along the way, most of them lifeguard patrolled from October to April. Wind your way down to Flynns Beach, a popular beach for families with its grassy area, picnic facilities and BBQ's.
Continue your walk to Lighthouse Beach via Nobbys Beach, Shelly Beach and the secluded Miners Beach. A steeper walk up through the coastal bush ends at Tacking Point, named in 1802 by Matthew Flinders as he circumnavigated Australia. The lighthouse, which stands on this point, is the third oldest in the country (1879). From here, extensive views over Lighthouse Beach and beyond can be seen, and it is an easy walk down to Lighthouse Beach where you can enjoy the surf, a coffee at the café, or even go on a camel ride.
During the course of your walk you may be lucky enough to view bottlenose dolphins feeding in the Hastings River estuary or off the rocks at Shelly Beach. During early winter through to spring, you may also see the migrating humpback and southern right whales pass by the coastline on their annual migration between the Antarctic and the Great Barrier Reef. Head to your nearest headland vantage point and look for the tell tale signs of their passing - water spouts formed when the whales blow; splashes caused by tail slapping; and even spectacular leaps out of the water when they breach. A number of whale watching and dolphin cruises are available from the marina at Town Wharf, providing visitors with an unforgettable experience.