- The Hastings River flows into the sea at Port Macquarie
- Coastal towns from Wallabi Point to Old Bar near Taree and Crowdy Head, adventure attractions and heritage buildings
- Between three and a half and five hours’ drive north of Sydney. Fly from Sydney or Brisbane with QantasLink to Port Macquarie Airport or Rex Airlines to Taree Airport. Virgin Blue has regular flights from Sydney or a weekly flight direct from Melbourne to Port Macquarie Airport.
Why go there
This region is proud of its coastal towns, national parks, surf beaches and heritage areas. Here you can enjoy wildlife spotting – whales, dolphins and koalas – or just hit the beach for a paddle or surf before sampling one of the award-winning local wines.
Thanks to its idyllic climate and setting, the area attracts artists who contribute to a thriving arts scene. Kempsey is the birthplace of both the Akubra hat and country music star Slim Dusty, who’s commemorated in the Slim Dusty Way.
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