Port Macquarie, New South Wales

Port Macquarie
New South Wales

Location of Port Macquarie in New South Wales (red)
Population:38,598 (2006)[1]
Postcode:2444
Elevation:5 m
Location:
LGA:Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
State District:Port Macquarie
Federal Division:Lyne
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Apartments in Port Macquarie at twilight - Hollingworth Street, Westport.
Port Macquarie is a large town on the mid-North Coast, New South Wales, Australia, located about 390 km north of Sydney, and 570km south of Brisbane. The town is located on the coast, south of the mouth of the Hastings River. The site of Port Macquarie was first visited by Europeans in 1820 when John Oxley reached the Pacific Ocean coast from the interior after his journey to explore inland New South Wales. He named the location after the Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie. Later the town was developed, initially as a penal settlement.

General

Much of the land used to build the town's shopping centres and other structures in recent years was originally owned by the Roman Catholic Church, who many claim are in large part responsible for the town's growth and development.

Port Macquarie is a popular retirement location and popular tourist destination. It is known for its extensive pristine beaches and untouched waterways. The town is also known for its koala population, with many tourists referring to it as the Koala Capital of the world. Port Macquarie is the home of the Koala Preservation Society's Koala Hospital. The Koala Hospital cares for koalas injured through bushfire, dog attacks and collisions with vehicles.

In recent times, Port Macquarie has become more commercialised despite protest from residents, in particular the Rydges Hotel (formerly Four Points by Sheraton) built opposite the Town Green attracted much opposition. The historical Port Macquarie Post Office on the Town Green was torn down to make way for a new high rise apartment block. Town Beach also has high rise apartment complexes.

The residential suburbs stretch as far as Lighthouse Beach to the south, Thrumster to the west and Settlement Point to the north. Settlement Point now also has new canal development, being one of the most expensive real estate developments in the town. More recently, Sovereign Hills (Area 13) has begun development in the west. It will include a new school, shopping facilities and residential areas.

Beaches

Beaches include (in order from north to south): North Shore, Town Beach, Oxley Beach, Rocky Beach, Flynns Beach, Nobbys Beach, Shelly Beach, Miners Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Only Town, Flynns and Lighthouse Beaches are manned by Surf Life Saving Clubs, and Lighthouse is only watched at the north end. There is also an active surf culture with the beaches being one of the main tourist attractions.

Educational facilities

Primary schools

Public schools

Catholic schools

Other private schools

High schools

Public schools

Private schools

Other educational facilities

There is also a TAFE campus for further qualifications. Courses are also offered by the University of Newcastle through the TAFE campus.

Transport links

Port Macquarie is linked by daily air services to both Sydney and Brisbane.

Road access is via the Pacific and Oxley Highways. The Pacific Highway lies between Port Macquarie and Wauchope, and is the main road for tourists travelling from coastal areas.

Improvements to the Oxley and Pacific Highway has seen steady improvements in travel times between Sydney and the region;

The four proposed or in-construction road projects that are underway: [1] [2] [3] . The Bulahdelah bypass will fill the only missing link between Hexham and Port Macquarie once the Karuah to Bulahdelah section(s) 2 and 3 and the Coopernook to Herons Creek upgrades are open in 2009.[3]
  • Coopernook to Herons Creek - Detailed design for construction being prepared/Under construction. [4][5]
  • The Oxley Highway upgrade, from a 2 lane undivided road to a 4-lane divided carriageway, from Wrights Road to the Pacific Highway, stage 1 - Detailed design for construction being prepared/Under construction.[6]
These four projects are all from the AusLink funding on a 50/50 "joint basis" from the Commonwealth and the state of NSW (50% from Commonwealth Government and the other 50% from the NSW Government [7].

Rail access to Port Macquarie is via bus transfer from the North Coast Railway Line which stops at Wauchope (19 km inland).

Annual events

Radio Stations

  • 2MC FM 100.7 & 90.3 (commercial)- Charles Wooley in the morning 9am to 12 midday then classic hits all day
  • Star FM 102.3 (commercial)- local breakfast then networked with a Hot AC format.
  • Raw FM 87.6 (narrowcast) - Computerised networked from Frenches Forrest. Featuring Dance and Rave Music.
  • Radio 531 AM & 93.5FM (commercial) Relays 2SM's program format all day except John Laws 9am to 11am
  • Triple J 96.3 FM
  • ABC Radio National 97.1 FM
  • ABC Mid North Coast 648 AM/95.5 FM
  • Classic FM 98.7 FM
  • Racing Radio 92.7 FM
  • Rhema FM 99.9 (Christian)
  • 2-Way FM 103.9 (Community)

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Population: 6002 (2006)[1]

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Location of Port Macquarie in New South Wales (red)

Population: 68,430[1]

Area: 3687 km

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