The Port Macquarie-Hastings region (map) covers an area of 3,686 square kilometres and is located midway along the New South Wales’ Mid North Coast, only 260 kilometres north of Newcastle, 420 kilometres north of Sydney and 510 kilometres south of Brisbane. The area is bisected north to south by the North Coast Rail Line and the Pacific Highway which connects Sydney and Brisbane.
The township of Port Macquarie at the mouth of the Hastings River is the focal point of the region and has a diversified regional business centre. With its magnificent beaches, lush hinterland and moderate climate, Port Macquarie is also famous as a tourist destination. Camden Haven is the second most populated area, and includes the towns of Dunbogan, Kendall, Kew, Laurieton, North Haven and West Haven which surround the beautiful Camden Haven River. Another major township in the region is Wauchope which serves as a regional inland centre, particularly for rural communities and associated agricultural industries. With over 40,000 hectares of National Parks and State Forests, Wauchope serves as the gateway to the Hinterland.
Port Macquarie is a mature, long-established community with regional centre status. This status comes from its broad-based public and private business sectors, coupled with a dynamic retail and commercial district. Port Macquarie and surrounding areas has also been a thriving centre of tourism for many years.
Greater Port Macquarie has a $6 billion local economy and is a net exporter. We sell more products and services to customers outside of the LGA (approx. $2.09 billion) than we import ($1.67 billion). This is considered to be an outstanding performance for a regional economy.
For additional information regarding the Port Macquarie-Hasting economy or to discuss investment opportunities, please contact the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's Manager Tourism and Economic Development (02) 6581 8111.