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A town like Port Macquarie

Europeans first visited the site of Port Macquarie in 1818, when John Oxley reached the Pacific Ocean from the interior, after an inland exploration. He named the location after the Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie.


Port Macquarie is linked by daily air services to both Sydney and Brisbane. Road access is via the Pacific and Oxley Highways. The Pacific Highway lies between Port Macquarie and Wauchope, and is the main road for tourists travelling from coastal areas.


For businesses wanting to make smart investment and location decisions, Port Macquarie-Hastings has:

  •  more than 70,000 people currently and a projected 100,000 by 2021;
  •  an educated and entrepreneurial workforce of more than 28,000 people;
  •  a cost-competitive business environment;
  •  annual Gross Domestic Product of more than 1.7 billion;
  •  presence of University of Newcastle, Southern Cross University, University of NSW and two TAFE colleges;
  •  a diverse, affordable quality of life, top-rated health care, fantastic recreational and cultural amenities.


Port Macquarie-Hastings Economic Development team strives to increase the level of sustainable business activity in the region.


They do so through a program dedicated to supporting and growing local business and industry.


Online resources:
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Wikipedia on Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie Tertiary Education


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