7.1 out of 10

Port Macquarie

Ranked 10th best suburb in Mid-North Coast
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  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Safe & Sound
  • Cost of Living
  • Peace & Quiet
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Nov 27, 2016

"Beach town with diversity"

Port Macquarie is truly a beauty ! So much natural environmental clean living with progress ! Families will love the ease to get around yet have a small city convenience to shop and enjoy the lifestyle ! Lighthouse beach is probably the best suburb here and attracts a lot of international visitors to the region ! Petrol is more but you can shop around ! The Dolphins and whales are awesome and you can see them easily I just woyidbt recommend port for single folk , families and couples definitely
Pros
  • Beaches
  • Schools
  • People
  • Walking Locations
  • Clean & Green
Cons
  • Internet Access
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
Aug 25, 2015

"I love Port Macquarie"

We moved here at the start of 2014. The fishing, crabbing is great, not to hot in summer and not to cold in winter, really nice beaches, good sporting facilities. It's very busy with school holidays and even busier at Xmas. If you are considering moving here make sure you have a job here or are in a needed profession, it's the old saying it's not what you no it's who you no. Iv never been out of work in my life but I was nearly 4 months without work so all the savings were gone by then. There are lots of things to do around the place just depends on what you like. Lake Cathie a 10 min drive from port is an unreal family spot. Don't go out much here but there is some really good taverns and pubs. The taverns are more of a working mans place(men just knocking off work). Over all it's a cracker of a place just make sure you have work before you move here.
Pros
  • Fishing
  • Crabbing
  • Beaches
  • Schools
  • Walking Locations
  • Clean & Green
Cons
  • Not what you no it's who you no
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
DorotaD1
DorotaD1 What do you think about shopping because I would open fashion shop in Port with high brands from Italy.
Port Macquarie need more fashion shops or its wide chose. I will be appreciate for any comments ideas
Apr 13, 2016
janeeneb
janeeneb I have been planning on moving to. Port for 9 yrs, hoping to do so next yeae, im very worried about ticks. As i have dogs
Sep 10, 2016
lidiar
lidiar You'd love port then very dog friendly . There are good s beaches just for your dogs lol , nobbys beach is great and lighthouse beach is huge with camel rides too .
Nov 27, 2016
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Five minutes to everywhere"

Been living here for five years. Find driving from one destination to another is only five to ten minutes drive. There are a lot of options for schools, mostly catholic schools. The place can get busy at Christmas time with a lot of traffic. Not much option for shopping, you do have two "major" shopping centres. The place has beautiful beaches and clean. Not much graffiti which is nice. There are more medical facilities now then there was a few years ago. You do have to be careful of ticks on your animals. The parking can be a pain especially during summer. The hospital is getting a much needed renovation. There are a few different eat outs but not a great deal to choose from. The cost of living can be expensive. There are a lot of public buses all around town and to Wauchope to the railway station. Not much for young adults, as in job wise.
Pros
  • Beaches
  • Schools
  • Walking Locations
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
Cons
  • Nightlife
  • Internet Access
  • Visiting Bands
  • Pest free
  • Shopping Options
  • Cost of living
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
TracieSanim
TracieSanim Thanks for the insights Kerrie - I am thinking of relocating my family there at the end of next year. We've moved around a lot - so I hope this is the last time and that Port Macquarie is the fit I am looking for.
2yrs+
KathU
KathU Hi Tracie,
Have you and your family moved there yet? How are you finding it? I am hoping to move there in 2017 with my family.
Thanks
2yrs+
TracieSanim
TracieSanim Hi Kath

Ended up moving last December - was offered a job here.

My youngest two are at (Catholic) school and child care at Wauchope - both great and i'm very happy with the standards and care.

Lifestyle is lovely. Winter is warmer than in South Australia. Summer has lovely tropical rains to keep everything green.

Midway between Brisbane and Sydney - so lots of options. Shopping is average (which is a good thing for me) .... so trips to Newcastle and Sydney are used to stock up on various bits and pieces.

There's a new university under construction which will have a flow on effect for employment and I'd say the town is on the brink of some significant growth.

Real estate is affordable - building a bit pricey. Kids' sports are fairly good and accessible ... and people are largely pleasant.

Parking over summer in town is terrible - however it's easy to walk around the CBD as its not miles long!! Beaches are beautiful - but watch out for the jellyfish.

Tics - my son had one embed itself into his neck on our first day here. Make sure your kids wear hats out and be careful around trees.
2yrs+
DorotaD1
DorotaD1 Hi Kerrie
I am planing open the fashion store in Port with good quality and high brands stock most from made in Italy and UK. Do you think Port need some good glamorous shop for example with brands like Versace Calvin Klein Irregular Choice Ted Baker Nike and other. Any comments ideas will be appreciate .
Apr 13, 2016
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Very Insular"

I've lived in Port for a few years and can't stand the place. It's extremely cliquey and insular, most locals think that you need a passport to travel to Coffs. It seems friendly on the surface, but to be honest even Sydney is more welcoming.
There's very little to do beyond taking your kids to the park or beach. I think even the retirees are bored!
If you're prepared to spend your time making friends with the right people so your kids can have a smooth time at school, then this is the place for you.
Pros
  • Beaches
Cons
  • Career opportunities
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Tertiary Education options
  • Internet Access
  • Visiting Bands
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
JoW2
JoW2 Hi Sharon, hope things have improved for you as far as making new friends up there. My partner and I are planning to move to acreage and its my concern that we will be isolated/friendless.
Sep 19, 2015
LiiphingLimL
LiiphingLimL Hi JoW2, i just mvd fr Sg to Port Macquarie last aug. My husband is auzzie. I took the iniative to go look for community work to immerse myself. Found Hope Ctr. Its run by Honour Christian church. Pple r lovely. They made me feel so welcome! N if anyone has a problem with me being asian, well,then, I'll deal with it. But pple, especially drivers have been absolutely lovely here! I'm too busy to feel friendless!
Jan 20, 2016
SylviaJ
SylviaJ Hi,
We are about to move there in 3 wks! I have lived there before and your right it is very hard to make friends. People are not too friendly.
Jul 11, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live and raise a family"

Have lived in Newcastle and all over Sydney. Port Macquarie is the best place to live in NSW.
Pros
  • Beaches
  • People
  • Schools
  • Walking Locations
Cons
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Select your area carefully"

Friendly retirement place with narrow streets FEW FOOTPATHS and FEW BUS SHELTERS. During school holidays its impossible to find a park. Absolutely nothing in the way of nightlife. Internet acess is frequently oops servers down again.Medical facilities are on the improve. Certain areas will cost extra in insurance ie Clifton area including all of the Bulkhead Newmarket Grove side possibly due to the high rate of breakins (check at the local police station for best info). If you have a dog or cat this is a high risk area for paralysis ticks BE WARNED dont miss the tick drops every fortnight. The vets have a thriving bussiness in tick antitoxin treatment. VERY EXPENSIVE and can be fatal. Schools are pretty good, professionals ie Doctors and Dentists send children to St Columba,others choose either catholic or public. Eating outs not bad some places are overpriced for what they offer. THE WEATHER IS USUALLY FANTASTIC.thats why I stay oh and the roses flower year round.
Pros
  • People
  • Schools
  • Walking Locations
Cons
  • Tertiary Education options
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Visiting Bands
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Very nice joint to live"

Have lived here for 5 years after living at a number of different places around the state and grew up down on the Central Coast. Good place for bringing up kids, plenty of excellent schools to choose from. Great beaches and are always clean. Top fishing to be had in and around the area. Love living here and will not move from here.
Pros
  • Beaches
  • People
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
elizagrace
elizagrace Where are the excellent schools in Port macquarie?
2yrs+
condog
condog St Pauls and McKillop College off Ocean Drive
The massive new St Josephs Regional out near the Southern entrance to PMQ
The Anglican off Ocean Drive
And two really good public high schools
2yrs+
KristinaV
KristinaV what are names of good public school?
Mar 19, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to retire to"

Hello One and All -
I moved up from Sydney over 15 years ago - and Im not going back! (will include Brisbane & Gold Coast while I'm at it!)
Ok, nothing can beat the retail therapy or night life. But you dont have to worry about being mugged or bashed or robbed whilst minding your own business whilst out! And its an area that embraces multiculturism! Sure, there are a couple (and I mean only a couple!)of streets that are pretty 'exciting, but overall its a A1 place to move to (and check out Laurieton area whilst you are at it!) ..oh, and no I am not a real estate agent!
Happy area hunting
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A wonderful place for families"

Port is a relaxed town. Many friendly people, many that have moved from the big smoke. Everyone seems to enjoy living in Port. Port has wonderful schools, both public, catholic or private. Tacking point school although very big, is a wonderful school, and offers so much opportunity. it also sits well above the state average in naplan tests. as does hastings public school. the catholic schools have high attendance, but this is more so in high school years. many public school students go to the Catholic high schools in port, and the schools do reach national standards on naplan. many activities are offered in port for children to do, with 2 local league teams, a number of soccer clubs in the area, and a wonderful friday night school rugby union comp, held in the one spot each week. 3 awesome dance schools, where the standard from all is extremely high. my daughter attends extreme dance studios and, is in love with the place.
such beautiful weather, such beautiful beaches. lots of community service/nurse work available. a wonderful tafe, where the teachers get to know students well, and a branch of newcastle uni, offering teaching and nursing.
life express is the biggest gym in town, and is a wonderful place to go to get fit and healthy, the staff are so friendly and the equipment is first class.
on the down side, there are not many rental vacancies, which does push the price of rent up a little. and in the last yr the price of houses has jumped a little. however these prices are still much cheaper than sydney prices.
i would recommend port for any family
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hayr
hayr What are the private schools like in the area?
Jul 19, 2017
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4/5
2yrs+

"Nice convenient town"

Port Macquarie is a six hours' drive from Sydney. It is a decent sized town with plenty to do for the whole family. You can fish, sail, whale watch, dolphin watch, swim at the many beaches, wine and dine, bushwalk and the list goes on. There are even golf courses around the area for the golfing fanatics.

There are many high-rise units located within the town centre. However, if you venture a couple of minutes out of the city centre, you will see many beautiful and well kept houses. The majority of people who live here are retirees who have moved away from Sydney.
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condog
condog Its more like a 4.5 hour drive with one 20 min break from Port To Sydney Central
Demographics available at http://myboot.com.au/2444/Port%20Macquarie/demographics.aspx
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Surf Street, Wouldnt Recommend To Anyone.."

Surf street is one of the worst streets in Port Macquarie PERIOD. It is full of the cheapest rentals available other than Community Housing which has a list so long most people are forced to wait for community options..

Cars are stolen quite regularly and theft and drug dealing is quite frequent in this area.
Not a good place for a family or kids but if you don't mind keeping all your items locked up at night (like i have too less then 600m away) and listening to yahoo's all night then i suppose the cheap rent and closeness to the beach is a positive.

For cheap rent and a much safer, calmer area i would certainly recommend East Port or Lighthouse Beach if the price isn't as much of a issue.
De1
De1 Hey Davo, this review was very interesting as I'm thinking of relocating to Port Macquarie later in the year. Is it only that particular area that's bad? Other reviews I've read on http://money.ninemsn.com.au/suburb.aspx?suburbID=35892 say really positive things about Port Macquarie.....

Any other information you can provide would be really helpful.

Many thanks,
De
2yrs+
condog
condog Only very select tiny pockets. 99% of Port Is fantastic..especially compared to the city that is
2yrs+
lidiar
lidiar I moved up here from sydney 5 years ago and wow has it grown !! Lighthouse beach is the best suburb here in port , it's like the Watson bay of port lol . I didn't know that it was until I settled and explored the town but now I know why . My street alone had had 8 new families move up with easy access too everything you need . Beautiful beaches walking tracks cafes resteraunts . Coles etc , new pet store dog friendly beach a bus , golf club tavern chemist bottle shop , camel rides on the beach , 4 wheel driving . Fantastic for kids n very safe . It's got Kmart opening soon and most of everything you need . Ironically Sh pub n there's nightlife n clubs with views . Not a lot of choice as a major city but it's booming big time . I'd personally suggest lighthouse beach . Schools, preschools abd yoyr trivia lol ! My neighbours are great ! There is a sense of community here though it's really a family and couple place . I wouldn't recommend it for single folk ! The Uni is another addition and there's plenty of beautiful spots for the family
Nov 27, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Absolutely beautiful, feels like Queensland"

A gorgeous beachside town.The people are friendly, genuine and relaxed. I hope to come back here often. The only downside is limited number of dining options.
Pros
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Parking
  • Beaches
Cons
  • Nightlife
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Really Nice Place To Live"

Mort Street and Walters Street. We have lived in 15 locations from Canberra, To Lismore, Ballina, Sydney etc and this is the nicest by so far its not funny. Near Settlement City. So beautiful, with walks along the foreshores and river. Beautiful parks everywhere, excellent retail and cafe's and reseraunts. Choices of public, Catholic and Anglican schools. Very good traffic flow except the CBD in xmas holidays. Great health facilities with public and private hospitals and lots of local and visiting specialists. Busses provide pretty regular public transport. Plenty of recreational facilities with Go Kart track, moto cross track, stron cycling MTB and Triathlon presence. Strong competition across all the ball sports. Just needs a university. Feels very safe to walk around bot day and night and you rarely hear of antisocial behaviour or crime.
Pros
  • Beaches
  • People
  • Schools
  • Walking Locations
  • Parks
  • Recreational Persuits
Cons
  • Tertiary Education options
  • Visiting Bands
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Pros
  • Schools
  • Beaches
Cons
  • Tertiary Education options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+
Pros
  • Beaches
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5/5
2yrs+

"Pick of the NSW North Coast"

Port is a great family destination for holidays and seemingly a growing permanent destination for Sydney siders. Great beach options,natural areas and wines.Some quality apartments have been developed in William St.
Pros
  • Beaches
  • People
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A quiet, picturesque place for people of all ages"

I have lived here for over a year (ex Surfers Paradise) and just love it. The beaches are just so beautiful and clean. Surfing opportunities of all types abound. Many people say it is the best coastline in the country (my kids adore Shelley Beach - every Sunday). Most of the schools are good, especially the Catholic one where my 3 kids attend. I am an avid golfer and love Port Macquarie and South West Rocks golf clubs, while the others (Emerald Downs, Kempsey and Wauchope) have good layouts - just need better maintenance. Camden Haven is a real challenge. The streets are quiet but need work and expansion (what city doesn't?), but given the limited population (limited rates revenue), I bought a 4WD to help rather than wait. Crime, for the most part, is non-existent. I leave windows, doors, garage and car unlocked (and often open) and not a problem in over a year. Many police officers live here from neighboring areas. 20 minutes drive from Port and you are in Laurieton, Camden Haven, Kew, Kendall, Wauchope or Kempsey. Always places to see and things to do, especially if you appreciate the great outdoors. Wineries, esp. Cassegrain and Little Fish are great for lunch and counter sales. I love the history of the place as well - St Thomas Church was convict built in 1824. Port Macquarie is one of Australia's oldest cities having been settled in about 1814. Looking to live here - check Innes Lake/Brierley Hill or Settlement Shores.
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
BernadetteO
BernadetteO we are an older couple and thinking of moving there could you recommend a good suburb that is safe and friendly to live in...
2yrs+
DorotaD1
DorotaD1 Lighthouse Beach is very good suburb. Can you tell me if the St Agnes Catholic school is it very good school.
Apr 13, 2016
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Good for a holiday"

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  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Port Macquarie - Plenty of beaches and water sports."

Port Macquarie is 4.5 hours from Sydney or 7 hours from Brisbane and is right on the coast. Naturally this means there is an abundance or water sports including diving, surfing, swimming, canoe and kayaking. Other pass times such as paragliding, fishing tours and visiting historical sites, galleries and lookouts. There are some great wineries and cruises to be had. Accommodation options include caravan and camping parks, guest houses, motel and hotels as well as cabins and holiday apartments. Port Macquarie has many restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine as well as Steak Houses, bistros and cafes. There are many markets in the area some are weekly whilst other operate on a fortnightly or monthly basis.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
paulinef2
paulinef2 Hi My partner and I are thinking of moving to Port next year and ive heard that you pay for more kws per hour for electricity than other areas surrounding port. Is this true? Any comments most welcome :)
Jul 26, 2017
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