With 17 beaches in the region you are bound to find one that is just right for you! Whether you’re looking for the ideal spot for a leisurely family BBQ picnic, a dog friendly stretch of sand, somewhere to take your 4WD onto the sand, or an opportunity to learn how to surf - a day at the beach is just what you need.
Take a look at our Beach Guide for information on facilities at all of them.
Stay safe and always swim between the flags. Here are a few of our favourite beaches!
Lake Cathie Beach is patrolled during Christmas school holidays. 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.
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!
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. Salty Crew Kiosk is right on the beach front serving up fab food, smoothies and coffee, and our fantastic skate park can be found at the northern end (over the breakwall).
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. 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. Shady BBQ facilities and new amenities makes this a popular picnic spot.
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. 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.
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.