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Port Macquarie is a vigorous family oriented tourist resort and fishing port at the mouth of the Hastings River. Recreational activities available to holiday-makers are many and varied. A string of attractive beaches edge the city with the best surfing conditions found at Town, Flynns, Shelly and Lighthouse beaches. Boating is popular and a number of operators hire out boats for use on the waterways of the Hastings.
Away from the water, visitors may explore the rare strip of coastal rainforest preserved at Sea Acres Nature Reserve on Pacific Drive. Nature trails wind through 30ha of tropical rainforest with a boardwalk allowing a close look at the tree canopy. The Sea Acres Rainforest Centre features an ecology display and cafe.