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Cheap flights to Port Macquarie, Australia

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Are there currently restrictions on travel to Port Macquarie related to COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Port Macquarie along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew. Travelers who are not Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members need to apply for an exemption to enter Australia. Australia has enacted temporary travel restrictions for flights to Melbourne due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases. All international travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry, unless they're granted an exemption upon request. Quarantines take place in state-designated facilities and fees depend on the state, ranging from $2500 for one adult in the Northern Territory to $3000 for one adult in New South Wales. International flights are currently being diverted away from Victoria. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next scheduled flight. For more information on quarantine rules in the Australian states, check the following websites: New South Wales The Northern Territory Western Australia Foreign nationals may transit through Australia if the connecting flight is within 72 hours of the arriving flight. They must either have a transit visa or be nationals of a visa-exempt country. Transit passengers don’t need to apply for an exemption to travel restrictions if they are booked to depart on a connecting flight from the same airport within 72 hours and they are not going to leave the airport. Travelers who plan to leave the airport before boarding their connecting flight or who will be at the airport for longer than 72 hours need to apply for a travel exemption here and will be subject to quarantine until their departing flight. Travelers from New Zealand and Pacific Islanders may not need a travel exemption. More information on transiting Australia is available here. Travelers planning to travel across Australian state borders should note that some Australian states also have domestic travel restrictions, border restrictions, and quarantine requirements in place. In the case of onward travel within Australia, travelers are advised to check in advance with their travel/accommodation provider.. If you are looking to book a trip to Port Macquarie and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.

Port Macquarie lies on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, a beautiful town with a rich history that stretches back to convict times. The beaches are superb, the climate is perfect, development has been low-key and the town has retained its laid-back charm.

In the 1800s, John Oxley, the navigator, sailed along the Hastings River and named the spot where it flows into the Pacific Ocean after Lachlan Macquarie, the Governor of New South Wales. A penal settlement was founded for those who committed secondary crimes in NSW. Some buildings from that time still stand such as St Thomas’s Anglican Church and the museum.

Port Macquarie has stunning beaches, some with rainforest as a backdrop. Town Beach is the most popular, just minutes from the Town Center, and Flynns Beach is the best family beach, kitted out with shaded areas, playground and picnic spots. Shelly Beach is also great for families while Lighthouse Beach is perfect for surfing and visiting the historic lighthouse that dates from 1879.

One of Port Macquarie’s most popular attractions is the Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park, where visitors can pet the koalas. Meanwhile at the Koala Hospital there are daily “Feed, Walk and Talk” tours where visitors can learn about the history of each resident koala.

Timbertown Heritage Theme Park is just a 20-minute drive west of Port Macquarie. It’s one of the main attractions on the Mid North Coast.

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Port Macquarie climate

Port Macquarie’s climate is known to be among Australia’s best. The coast is sub-tropical. Summer (December to February) temperatures range between 68 and 90 F, while winter (June to August) temperatures range between 45 and 70 F.

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Best Time to Fly to Port Macquarie

Peak Season: 

January to July and September to December are high season times when most visitors come to Port Macquarie. Whale-watching season (humpback whales) runs from May to November, the Formula Powerboat Grand Prix takes place at the end of July and the Festival of the Sun is in mid-December. 

Off Season: 

The first half of May and August to early September are low season months in Port Macquarie.

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Getting around Port Macquarie

There are taxis, rental car companies and shuttle services available at the airport

Busways operates about 30 services in the North Coast area. The Central Business District is compact and the 322 bus route (Shelly Beach to Town Center) takes in Rocky Beach, Flynns Beach, Nobbys Beach and Lighthouse Beach is not too far from Shelly Beach. For maximum independence or getting into the countryside, a car is recommended.

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Port Macquarie Travel Information

• Miners Beach is the nudist beach. It is situated on the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk, a 5.5-mile trail through part of Sea Acres Reserve to Lighthouse Beach. 

•  Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park is a 125-acre site with walking trails and several bird-watching platforms (the reserve is home to about 130 species). The Friends of Kooloonbung Nature Park offer guided tours for a small fee. 

•  Sea Acres Rainforest Centre covers 178 acres beside Shelly Beach and Miners Beach. There is a boardwalk and ecology display and in October/November a Bush Tucker tour, which gives participants the opportunity to sample native bush foods and spices. 

•  For scuba-diving and snorkeling, Nobby’s Head, Point Palmer and Racecourse head are popular spots. Divers: The Ballina and John Penn have been declared Historic Shipwrecks. 

•  A camel safari along Lighthouse Beach is a wonderful experience. From the shore you may even spot dolphins frolicking in the waves.

 

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