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Port Macquarie coastal walk

Sea Acres National Park


The Port Macquarie Coastal walk takes in historic sites and stunning coastal scenery, beaches and rainforest. It can be enjoyed as a day walk or several short walks.

Sea Acres National Park
9km one-way
Time suggested
3 - 4hrs
Grade 4
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • The walk can be divided into four sections:
    • Westport to Town Beach (2km)
    • Town Beach to Flynns Beach (2.2km)
    • Flynns Beach to Shelly Beach (2.2km)
    • Shelly Beach to Tacking Point (2.7km)
  • Access to the 2.7 km long section of the coastal walk that goes through Sea Acres National Park is via Shelly Beach car park to the north, and Lighthouse Road to the south
  • Please note that the Port Macquarie coastal walk does not connect to the Sea Acres Rainforest Boardwalk

Take in the unique location of Sea Acres National Park along the coastal walk; the south end of the walk is one of the few places on the east coast where the forest meets the foam.

You can start the walk at Town Beach, winding along the coast via Flagstaff, Rocky Beach lookout, Nobby’s Beach and Harry's lookout to Sea Acres. You’ll see several historical sites along the way and enjoy stunning seaside scenery that surrounds Port Macquarie. Between May and November, you might spot a whale or two on their annual migration; don't forget to record your sighting.

The walk ends at Tacking Point lighthouse; however you can break it up into shorter sections if you feel like a short walk or are walking with kids. There are opportunities for barbecues and swimming along the way, including at Shelley Beach and a beachside café at Flynn’s Beach that serves up gourmet burgers.

You could also start the walk at Tacking Point; finishing up at the Royal Hotel in Port Macquarie.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken
Coastal Walk, Sea Acres National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary