Living in Greater Port Macquarie

Greater Port Macquarie is located midway between Sydney and Brisbane on the North Coast of NSW, only 260km north of Newcastle, 420km from Sydney and 510km from Brisbane.



Greater Port Macquarie extends from the mouth of the Hastings and Camden Haven Rivers west to the Great Dividing Range, with a coastline of 84kms. The total area of the region is 3693 sqkms. The topography of the area is very diverse including sand dunes, coastal wetlands, flood plains, forests and mountain regions.


The area enjoys the best climate in Australia, with the average temperature ranging from 7°C to 27°C.

Major Towns/Suburbs

The main towns within the Greater Port Macquarie region are Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Laurieton, North Haven, Dunbogan, Comboyne, Kendall, Kew, Bonny Hills and Lake Cathie.

Transport Access

The area can be accessed via air, rail, and interstate and local bus/coach services.

Surrounding Areas

The major hubs surrounding Greater Port Macquarie include Kempsey, Taree and Tamworth.


The 2010 population forecast for people residing in the Greater Port Macquarie region is 74,601 persons.

Over the past five years, the population of the Greater Port Macquarie region has been growing at an average rate of 1.62% per annum. This rate is significantly higher than the growth rate for both the Mid North Coast (1.1%) and New South Wales (0.8%) over the same period.