Mid North Coast Domain Profile | Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is one of the fastest growing areas in NSW. No longer just attracting retirees, families are flocking here for the great schools and friendly communities.

Across Australia, it is the fourth most searched for town on domain.com.au.

Demand is not just from home-buyers but those looking for a great investment. Most price ranges are selling fast and occasionally sight-unseen. It’s certainly a seller’s market.

The Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area population is forecasted to grow to 102,926 by 2036, over 28% increase. 

To meet demand, new homes are springing up, including some beautifully planned new communities at Sovereign Hills, Crestwood and Ascot Park.

Port Macquarie’s housing prices are continuing to increase despite national regional prices easing.

Domain Chief Economist, Dr Andrew Wilson, said that while house prices in regional Australia had eased in the September quarter, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour were notable exceptions, bucking the trend.

“There have been some big movements in regional Australian property this quarter, with local economic strength continuing to impact price growth and deliver mixed results across the nation,” Dr Wilson said.

The Port Macquarie housing market continued with strong results for sellers, with the median house price $520,000 up by 11.8 percent or $55,000, with Dr Wilson attributing that to the town’s location.

“Port Macquarie has long been an appealing location for investors and buyers alike. Another strong quarter, in line with a healthy year, makes this market a promising prospect for the remainder of the year,” he said.

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The locals love it here:  Wonderful beaches, temperate climate, great schools and medical facilities all contribute to making this town one of the fastest growing in NSW.

The locals love it here: Wonderful beaches, temperate climate, great schools and medical facilities all contribute to making this town one of the fastest growing in NSW.

High-speed broadband will be key for future economic growth. Presently, access varies greatly. However, the need for speed will be satisfied by the end of the year, with the National Broadband Network officially beginning its construction and roll-out of high-speed broadband in the area. 

Around 21,000 premises in Port Macquarie and surrounding areas including Thrumster, North Shore and Fernbank Creek will receive fixed line by the middle of the year, while another 7,000 homes in Port will be connected by the end of the year.

Exclusive homes with acres can be found at Rawdon Island and Sancrox. Luxury homes with great views can be found at Lighthouse Beach and the Canals.


Shopping: There are two shopping centres, most major chain stores and many specialty stores.

The second and fourth Sunday of every month there are the Port Macquarie Sunday Markets from 8.00am to 1.00pm at Westport High School. 

The Foreshore Market is the second Saturday of every month, 8.00am to 1.00pm on Park Street. 

Nature: Watch a koala pottering around or take a stroll through beautiful rainforest at Sea Acres and enjoy nature at its very finest.

Entertainment: The Glasshouse is a world class venue. With a wide range of quality shows and state of the art technology.


Local produce is abundant, look out for Holy Goat’s boutique coffee and Black Duck Brewery for a great beer.


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