Port Macquarie Beaches

Port Macquarie Beaches

New South Wales, Mid North Coast

From Town Beach (beside the Hastings River) to the many beaches south of town, there are several spots that can offer fun waves for practising surfing during small swells. Many of these beaches are small with rocky headlands with the longer Lighthouse Beach (10 minute drive south of town) offering the best protection from summer north east winds.

The safest spot for kids and beginner surfers is normally at Flynns Beach, where the local surf schools often run lessons. Short rides can be found here on the attached sandbar in the middle of the beach - avoid the rip currents that do exist here and on Port Macquarie's other beaches.

From here the closest good option for beginner surfers during moderate swells is down south at Diamond Head (40 minutes drive) or during big swells, the more sheltered and safer surf spots of Crowdy Head, or head north up to Crescent Head or Point Plomer.

Good Wind Direction
Port Macquarie beaches are best on South West to North West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
As all the beaches in Port Macquarie are exposed to most swell, small North to East to South swells are best for beginner surfers looking for a safe wave.

Rocks, rip currents and marine life.

Have fun surfing Port Macquarie by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Port Macquarie is a large regional centre and therefore most beaches are easy to access with car parks located behind the beaches.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Town Beach, Flynn's Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Bonny Hills Beach and North Haven Beach are patrolled from September to April - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

All of the lifeguard patrolled beaches listed above have amenities located behind the beach, as do Shelly Beach and Oxley Beach (Oxley Oval).

Closest Shops
Port Macquarie itself is a big regional centre offering all types of shops and services, and the beachside towns south of Port Macquarie are home to cafes, take away shops, restaurants, supermarkets and shops. Head to the CBD of Port Macquarie or south to North Haven for good surf shops.

Photos of Port Macquarie Beaches

The surf at Port Macquarie's Town Beach is tricky for beginners due to the rocks and deep water holes that exist along the beach.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

The beaches to the south of town are often better surf spots for learning, including Flynns Beach pictured here.
Photo: Kelly Ratclffe

More on Surfing the Mid North Coast


NSW Mid North Coast Surf & Weather Report

Crescent Head Overview

Surf Lessons


Nearby Surf Spots for Beginners & Kids


Crescent Head Beach 68km

Point Plomer Beach 19km

Dunbogan Beach - Diamond Head 41km

Crowdy Beach - Crowdy Head 80km