Port Macquarie, NSW 2444

3.5(32 reviews)

Ranked 12th best suburb by locals in Mid-North Coast Region, NSW

Great for

  • Parks and recreation
  • Safe and sound
  • Clean & green
  • Cost of living
  • Neighbourly spirit

Not great for

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Who lives here?

  • Families With Kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews of Port Macquarie, NSW

"Stunning beaches and great country regions to explore"

We moved to Port Macquarie 2 1/2 years ago and would never go back to Sydney. We moved from Avalon Beach which is a beautiful part of the Northern Beaches but needed a change. We now live on a small acrage 20 minutes outside of town. We have found our haven. People here are extremely friendly, shopping centres are good and I find I never need to leave the area to buy anything. We have boutique wineries in the area, great camping areas, amazing beaches and lots of things for people to do and explore from the very young to the very old. Climate is amazing. My son has been here with his family for 3 years and is a carpenter. He has never been out of work and said there is an abundance of work if you want it. Lots of restaurants to choose from, heaps of stunning, patrolled beaches for the kids and a massive dog beach at Lighthouse Beach.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
linda-pankhurstp
linda-pankhurstp

We are looking into building a small acreage close to PM and would like to find out more about building ... whether it is better to buy a ready built house or whether there are many builders arount PM?

linda-pankhurstp
linda-pankhurstp

buying a small acreage : )

victoriah6
victoriah6

Hi Maria! Could you tell me a little about Avalon Beach? I'm between jobs there and in Port Maquarie and was wondering what you though about them. I'm in my mid 20's, would you recommend any?

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jamesm5
jamesm5
25th July 2021

"A great place for all ages"

I can not believe that people are complaining about Port Macquarie.

Firstly, we have previously lived on Sydney's North Shore, Darling Harbour, The Blue Mountains and, Tasmania so we are well used to discovering new communities.

We first explored PMQ 30 years ago as an overnight stop while travelling from Sydney to Grafton and in that time we have certainly noticed the changes . It has morphed from a sleepy little, of the main route, coastal village to a delightful area that has grown significantly due to recent infrastructure that includes the Charles Sturt University and, medical facilities that now are up there with the best that capital cities offer, and a vibrant community.

Please do not listen to the harbingers of doom and gloom and if in doubt why not move here for 6 months and rent before you make that monumental decision to move.

We have 17 beaches to explore (Shelly Beach has some amazing rocks that pre-date the Jurassic age!), an array of different cuisines at various price points (including a 2 hatted restaurant that locals dub the "stunned wallet: because of the ridiculous prices they charge.

Take the plunge

Cheers

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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karenw45
karenw45
16th June 2021

"Number 1 unwelcoming award"

Our family moved here 4 years ago from ‘the city.’ We loved the beaches and beautiful nature all around us.
The people, not so much. We have decided to move on, as we have never felt so unwelcome anywhere- and we have lived everywhere.... All of our family members have put in great efforts in school, sports and work to become involved members of this town. Yet, all 5 of us still feel very excludes and unwelcome, even after 4 years of trying. People around here are exclusive, unfriendly at best and impolite at worst, negative about almost everything. A walhalla of Karens. The biggest mistake of our life was moving here.

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queeno
queeno
5th April 2021

"An exploding population"

I have lived here for 24+ years and in that time I have watched Port transform from a cute, quiet little fishing village to a very busy place with a population that is growing at an alarming rate! There are so many people here now!
The pros are:
If you are s self funded retiree with plenty of money, it's all at your feet
Great beaches and waterways for surfing, fishing, swimming and boating tours, as well as designated off the leash beaches for dogs
Great surrounding areas for camping, bush walking, exploring and wine
Eateries and restaurants everywhere!
A decent hospital and the ambos are awesome. Lots of GP's and specialists
2 main shopping centres and smaller ones dotted around the place
Universities and TAFE, which has brought cultural and ethnic diversity. Great to see!
Everything pretty much contained and central
A fairly safe place to live

The cons:
People are flooding into this place with not enough infrastructure or housing to support the swell
It's an expensive place to live, with prices hiked during tourist seasons
Water is scarce during a drought. Water is for the tourists, while the locals suffer water restrictions for long periods to compensate
Renting is a nightmare, it's expensive, insecure and limited with a very strict criteria
If you own your home you will be paying very high rates for very little in return, a garbage service is the best you can hope for
The council is broke and it shows, you just have to look around to see how shabby this place is starting to look. Such a shame that the first thing a tourist sees when driving in is overgrown weeds everywhere and graffiti!
The traffic is a nightmare! There are times you would be forgiven for thinking you live in a Sydney suburb. It can take 15 minutes to drive 3km at certain times of the day, and other times in between
The old adage of 'there's work here if you want it' is just untrue! People who have full time work here have been in their jobs forever, and they aren't giving them up any time soon. There are shifts here and there in retail but it isn't enough to live on. Most youth that grow up here move away to find work because there is no future for them
There are a few dodgy areas like most places
The beaches here can be dangerous with many lives lost over the years. There needs to be more information available for tourists to stay safe
Public transport is expensive unless you are on a pension

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
joeb23
joeb23

How bad is the water supply in the summer ? Only lawn watering restrictions or more serious problems ?

adrianoneil9
adrianoneil9

It got pretty bad after the bushfires. The council left the beach showers on for tourists all summer and then locals had level 4 water restrictions straight after the tourists left.

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childsafety
childsafety
22nd February 2021

"Nice place to visit needs more attractions."

When visiting Port Macquarie hang on to something when driving on the roads, the roads must be the worst roads in the country, we moved to Port Macquarie in 1988 and the roads were so bad with potholes, patched up all over the place, moved out in 2008 so relieved when we moved out, went back for a visit Feb 2021, the council should be ashamed of themself being a holiday town as the roads have not changed except the new road in from the highway at the big donut roundabout.
Our daughter hit a pothole and cracked her alloy wheel, the council said they wouldn't replace the wheel.

So glad we moved out of PM.

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kylieking
kylieking
25th May 2020

"Beaches, Lifestyle & Services"

A great variety of beaches, whether you are after somewhere to fish, surf or swim is on offer in the Port Macquarie area. Large variety of shops including major chain stores and local boutiques and normally open most days. Big range of restaurants and cafes to cater for all tastes & budgets. University, TAFE, major medical facilities are all on offer as well.
Kylie King, Harcourts Real Estate 0429 184 303

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  • Families with kids
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nicoleh28
nicoleh28
22nd May 2020

"Perfect Location"

Beautiful location, great beaches, walking tracks and quiet.

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  • Families with kids
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AdamS3
AdamS3
26th August 2019

"Isolated, closes early, limited things to do, amazing beaches, modern, conservative."

This is not a bad suburb to raise a family. In fact it is also not an overly bad place to live. The things you need to consider though is that if you expect your children to live here as adults, you are really holding them back from achieving their true potential and having a chance to experience the world. What I mean is, that if this suburb were closer to a major city, it would be the perfect place to live. It has nice beaches, parks, good restaurants, big brand name universities with a limited range of courses on offer and that's about it. The employment is limited to the hospital which is modern, new and innovative by the way. Out side of the hospital, employment is limited to what ever is on offer. Yes you can get a job in the industrial area, retail or in a profession in town, but as the job market is limited, actually getting one of those jobs would be very difficult.
New people to this town rarely stay longer than five years, It is a difficult place to break into socially. I know people who have been living here 30 years and still feel socially isolated. The vast majority of the people I work with...their social group is limited to the people they work with.
Port Macquarie is very sports orientated, if you are into sports, this would be the place for you, if you are into academic things such as museums, art galleries or culture in general, these things do exist up here but are very limited.
Port Macquarie has been said to have the highest ratio of medical specialists per capita than anywhere else in the country, this together with the hospital provides world class healthcare.
The nearest major towns are Coffs Harbour two and a half hours to the north and New Castle about three hours to the south. apart from that, there are just country towns that lack major urban centres. If that is what you are looking for. There are some very happy people who live here, they believe it is an amazing place. But they are the people who's families and extended families are here so they have an established network.
If the best thing about a town is it's restaurants, then you know that that town does not have much else going for it. What I mean is if the most exciting thing to do in a place is eat, that is all you will be doing. Port Macquarie has some amazing restaurants with some of the best food around.
Most of the people I know who have adult children, their adult children have left this area to move to the cities.

I have been living here for almost six years now. I moved here when I was 23years old, 29 now. This has been a tough city to break into socially. I moved here from the Blue Mountains. I love the people I work with but my job would be the only thing keeping me here. That being said it is now time for me to go home.

I seriously think if you do consider moving up here, you really need to come here with an escape plan, even if that means keeping your house and renting here. If you go here thinking the move is permanent than this can really be a suffocating place to live. As soon as I planned on leaving I have become the happiest I have been in years.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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elizabethm20
elizabethm20
24th August 2019

"Sleepy fishing town to cafe style city"

Returned to Port Mac after many years for health and work reasons. Very expensive realestate near the beaches. Best area is Shelly Beach and Lighthouse for living. Building many new homes out to the highway resulting in traffic issues into the town centre.
Lots of quality cafes and the water ways are beautiful which I am fortunate to see on a daily basis working nearby. My saving grace.
Think about living out of Port Mac if you would like waterside living like Bonny Hills, North Haven and Laurieton. Beautiful blue water and clean sands, more relaxed lifestyle.
We will move on again, prob further south in a few years to find the forever home.

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  • Families with kids
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zaramunro
zaramunro
25th June 2019

"It’s a good town with some bad perks"

I’ve lived in Port Macquarie all my life. It’s an alright town. Look wise we have some really beautiful beaches and reserves! We have two big shopping centres and you can pretty much get everywhere on foot easily. There’s only one nightclub, which is pretty average but still busy on Saturday! But there’s still plenty of pubs and bars. Personally I think there needs to be more activities for tweens/young adults and more nightclubs. It can get abit boring here sometimes. If your moving to port make sure you pick a safe area. Robbery’s do happen and I recommend you locking your pets up at night. Also if you have a new nice car, someone will dint it. It happens all the time, the parking is terrible and people don’t know how to drive. Port is a growing town and I’m hoping it will get bigger and better, cause rents pretty expensive and jobs are hard to find. I know so many people aged 17-24 that are on centerlink because they can’t get jobs. Port is dog friendly and has amazing weather and wildlife.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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"Beautiful and safe but isolated and boring"

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
bellab3
bellab3

Couldn't agree more further with you on all fronts. Positives peaceful, beautiful beaches, getting around town is a breeze. Moved from Sydney 2 years ago for a full time job at Tafe. Though due the restructure and massive changes Tafe is going under as you mentioned as well, changes in courses, less courses being offered , etc. As a Teacher I became unemployed 6 months ago. I have applied for numerous miscellaneous jobs (at least 50) though no success. I have had to get in a border to assist with rent. Many businesses especially in retail, hospitality and community services have casual limited hours offered per week and also employ young workers so they can pay a lot less. I am in my 40s and so keen to work and am in the prime of my working life to make decent $$. I may have to return to Sydney soon as it's becoming unbearable. I have met many people here since my arrival and everyone knows someone or has a relative in the same position as me. Unemployed!!! Looking for work. So yes, Skyeb4, and agree it's missing any culture especially in The Arts.
So if your looking at moving to live here , warning don't come looking for work. Get a job first. But if your looking for a beach side surfy town and can afford not to be employed than it is beautiful place to live. :(

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"Sub tropical city"

Walkability of the city is a huge plus. Restaurants, cafe's, kids parks, river walks, river boat tours, safe swimming, shopping, best fish and chips, fishing and so much more. It is so safe and welcoming.

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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"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

Great for

  • Beaches
  • Schools
  • People
  • Walking Locations
  • Clean & Green

Not great for

  • Internet Access

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
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"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.

Great for

  • Fishing
  • Crabbing
  • Beaches
  • Schools
  • Walking Locations
  • Clean & Green

Not great for

  • Not what you no it's who you no

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • 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

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

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 .

linda-pankhurstp
linda-pankhurstp

yes, I have been researching how "dog friendly" and it sure does sound like PM is good in that way : )

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"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.

Great for

  • Beaches
  • Schools
  • Walking Locations
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green

Not great for

  • Nightlife
  • Internet Access
  • Visiting Bands
  • Pest free
  • Shopping Options
  • Cost of living

Who lives here?

  • 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.

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

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.

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 .

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"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.

Great for

  • Beaches

Not great for

  • Career opportunities
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Tertiary Education options
  • Internet Access
  • Visiting Bands

Who lives here?

  • 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.

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!

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.

linda-pankhurstp
linda-pankhurstp

Wow! I'm a bit concerned about the "unfriendly" mind set as we are investigating moving to PM in the not too distant future
Could it possibly be that people have lived in and around PM for a long time and are so established, that they do not need to go out of their way to make new friends?
I am from South Africa (been in Aus 17 years and stayed on the GC for the first 13 years, and the rest of the time in the Blue Mountains. Have moved around a lot over my 63 years and visited many countries). Each move, I had to make a concerted effort to make friends and there are pockets everywhere in any Country where people may appear less friendly than in other areas. I guess we "movers" just need to make that conserted effort, to become established in a place : )

hollyr12
hollyr12

Agreed Sharon. Have lived/travelled all over NSW & Port is one of the worst places i've ever been to, because of it's people. It's a mix. Half the people here are absolute angels, the friendliest people you'll ever meet. But the other half are extremely cliquey, mean, and irrationally exclusive. The only friendly people around here are those who temporarily stay in Port but are not locals, instead reside hours away from the town. I have lived in both country, mountain, beach-side, and urban areas of NSW, and have never experienced a town so cold and inhumane towards its residents/visitors. Although, what else do you expect from a small, isolated, non-community oriented town. Will never return to Port & would not recommend it to anyone.

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"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.

Great for

  • Beaches
  • People
  • Schools
  • Walking Locations

Not great for

  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
linda-pankhurstp
linda-pankhurstp

Thank you for your comment : )

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"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.

Great for

  • People
  • Schools
  • Walking Locations

Not great for

  • Tertiary Education options
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Visiting Bands

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Retirees
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"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.

Great for

  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Parking
  • Beaches

Not great for

  • Nightlife
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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"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.

Great for

  • Beaches
  • People
  • Schools
  • Walking Locations
  • Parks
  • Recreational Persuits

Not great for

  • Tertiary Education options
  • Visiting Bands

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
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Great for

  • Schools
  • Beaches

Not great for

  • Tertiary Education options

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
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"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.

Great for

  • Beaches
  • People

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
elizagrace
elizagrace

Where are the excellent schools in Port macquarie?

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

KristinaV
KristinaV

what are names of good public school?

tobyn
tobyn

One without a Priest

linda-pankhurstp
linda-pankhurstp

: ) : ) : )

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Great for

  • Beaches

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
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"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.

Great for

  • Beaches
  • People

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
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"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

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"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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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...

DorotaD1
DorotaD1

Lighthouse Beach is very good suburb. Can you tell me if the St Agnes Catholic school is it very good school.

rickl1
rickl1

Im looking in an area where there is a road called Clifton Drive , is this a good area ???

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"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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"Good for a holiday"

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"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

condog
condog

Only very select tiny pockets. 99% of Port Is fantastic..especially compared to the city that is

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

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"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.

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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 :)

markworthington1
markworthington1

Currently we pay 28.47c per KWH peak with 141cents per day supply fee after the recent price rise with Origin energy in Port.

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"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

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