The pristine white sand beaches are a drawcard for visitors and residents alike.  Whether you’re looking for the ideal spot for a leisurely family picnic, a weekend BBQ with friends, a long lazy afternoon, the chance to get your 4WD off the highway and onto the sand, or an opportunity to learn how to surf - a day at the beach is just what you need.  

With 17 beaches in the region you are bound to find one that is just right for you! If you want an overview of all that's on offer take a look at our comprehensive Beach Guide, but for now here are a few of our favourites. 

Family Friendly

Lake Cathie Beach is patrolled during Christmas school holidays and a protected estuary perfect for kids, with inflatable slides and trampolines available in Summer.  With family friendly picnic facilities and playground, takeaway outlets and a bowling club across the road, it is the perfect place to set up for a fun day with the family.

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Flynns Beach is one of the iconic beaches of Port Macquarie and one that ticks all the boxes as a beach that will please all the family.  With a patrolled beach, shaded picnic areas, plenty of space to set up for the day under the big Pine Trees and a friendly kiosk serving up all your favourites on the timber decking, you are sure to make this one of your favourite beaches too!

Surfers Pick

Town Beach located within walking distance from Port Macquarie CBD, offers the best conditions to surf when the winds are from the south west to south and light to moderate north to north east winds as well.  Waves of up to 2.5 metres cater for all abilities and provide a variety of surfing options.  Car parking, shower and picnic facilities make this a popular beach to surf and relax at.

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Lighthouse Beach known as the summer saviour with protection from the north easterlies, the beach faces south and picks up all available swell so it’s great for the intermediate surfer and above, with short powerful rides.  Care must be taken however as it can be dangerous and strong rips and currents occur. Conditions are ideal when there are north west to north east winds with waves under 2 metres.

Rainbow Beach at Bonny Hills is at its best with an east or south swell of up to 3 metres and winds west to south west.  The beach offers a variety of breaks from the typical beach breaks to point breaks.  

Peace & Quiet

Oxley Beach is a short distance from Port Macquarie’s CBD and part of the coastal walk offering tracks to nearby lookouts.  A less crowded beach than others and with picturesque picnic facilities and views, it’s a beach to go to when looking for some extra space and solitude. 

Shelly Beach with a natural tidal lagoon, a long stretch of white sandy beach and surrounded by spectacular rainforests, you are guaranteed to find yourself the perfect spot to set up for some time on the beach with nature surrounding you everywhere. t powerful rides.  Care must be taken however as it can be dangerous and strong rips and currents occur. Conditions are ideal when there are north west to north east winds with waves under 2 metres.  

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Escape it all

North Beach, North Shore is a secluded open beach that you can only access via river ferry from Port Macquarie’s Settlement Point to the North Shore. The beach can be accessed by car at Queens Head where there is a car park and picnic area providing an excellent view south along the beach. This beach is popular for 4WD driving and beach fishing.

Wash House Beach south of Pilot Beach in the Camden Haven offers nature lovers the perfect opportunity to explore and discover rock pools from below and majestic birdlife such as soaring sea eagles from above.   t powerful rides.  Care must be taken however as it can be dangerous and strong rips and currents occur. Conditions are ideal when there are north west to north east winds with waves under 2 metres.

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Dog Friendly

Nobbys Beach is very popular with dog owners, it is one of 8 dog friendly beach areas in the region.  Whilst all of Nobbys Beach is dog friendly some longer stretches of beaches only have dog friendly sections.  Take a look at our Beach Guide to find out more.

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