Car Hire from Port Macquarie Airport
Port Macquarie Airport is a great starting point for an adventure in New South Wales, Australia. The area surrounding the airport boasts an abundance of beautiful beaches, spectacular national parks and an eclectic selection of towns and villages, each with their own unique character. Hiring a car from Port Macquarie Airport is a great way to get around as there are plenty of attractions to discover off the beaten track.
Where to hire a car at Port Macquarie Airport
There’s a good selection of car hire companies based at Port Macquarie Airport, including Avis, Budget, Thrifty, 1st Class Rentals and Hertz. All car hire desks are located within the airport’s small terminal building.
Petrol Stations near Port Macquarie Airport
The closest petrol station to Port Macquarie Airport is located on Hastings River Drive, a main road into Port Macquarie town. It’s a Caltex garage just five minutes’ drive from the airport.
Driving around Port Macquarie Airport
From the airport, it’s easy to join Hastings River Drive, a main road travelling southeast towards Port Macquarie town and northwest towards Fernbank Creek. Southbound it connects to the B56, a route heading west Wauchope, Long Flat and some incredible national parks. Northbound Hastings River Drive joins with the A1 (or the Pacific Highway) which travels north to Coffs Harbour and south towards Forster and Newcastle.
Road works and disruptions are details on the Port Macquarie Airport website so it’s worth checking there before setting out on your journey to or from the airport. Roads around Port Macquarie and the state of New South Wales are well-maintained and signposted and there are some well-established road trip routes with spectacular scenery.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Port Macquarie Airport, there are some incredible destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:
Port Macquarie is a large town with lots of attractions. There’s some great architecture including the Old Courthouse and the Roto House, a selection of local beaches and the town’s Maritime Museum. Visitors can also see koalas up close at the Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park or go on a whale watching boat trip along the coast.
It takes under ten minutes to drive from Port Macquarie Airport to Port Macquarie town. The most direct route takes Hasting River Drive southeast and then takes Buller Street into the town centre. Because Port Macquarie has such a compact town centre, it’s easy to get around on foot and wise to park up as soon as you can. Street parking spaces and designated car parks are plentiful and easy to find.
Wauchope was once a town based on the timber trade. These days, it offers a range of boutique shops, cosy bistros and a wealth of natural attractions. The town is located close to Bago Mountain and the sweeping New South Wales countryside so there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in the local area as well as some excellent wineries open for tours and tastings.
Wauchope is 20 minutes’ drive from Port Macquarie Airport, taking Hastings River Drive towards Port Macquarie and then picking up the B56 heading west. The B56 runs through the centre of the town, with northbound roads leading to the river and southbound roads leading to the mountain.
Crowdy Bay National Park
Crowdy Bay National Park is set along the New South Wales coast, south of Port Macquarie. It’s an idyllic place boasting great hiking trails, fishing spots, picnic areas and camping facilities. Swimming and surfing are both popular here and there’s lots of wildlife to see too.
Crowdy Bay National Park is just under an hour’s drive from Port Macquarie Airport, taking Hastings River Drive north and then the A1 south. It costs $8 per vehicle to enter the park and there are parking facilities at a number of picnic areas and campgrounds.