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As the whales linger, you can linger longer too

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Little Bay Cottage, Arakoon National Park. Photo: M.Van Ewijk/OEH

Port Macquarie on the mid north coast of NSW is known for its beautiful rainforest that meets the sea, with stunning coastlines, pretty villages and plenty of coastal vantage points from which to spot the whale migration.

The NSW national parks in the Port Macquarie region including Limeburners Creek National Park, Arakoon National Park and Hat Head National Park, provide some of the best spots from which to spot our favourite marine mammals.

As the whales head north along the NSW coast, and then head back south lingering longer with their calves in tow, you can linger longer too by enjoying whale watching in the day and staying overnight in one of the many accommodation options within these national parks. Options include both cottage style, as well as campgrounds.

Here’s just a few of the best in-park accommodation options in the Port Macquarie region that are ideal to stay in whilst you enjoy some land based whale watching action:

Plomer Beach House

Located in Limeburners Creek National Park, between Port Macquarie and Crescent Head, Plomer Beach House can be found amongst a bushland setting and only moments from the beach. With four bedrooms sleeping up to 10 guests, the beach house is a great option for a family holiday or group getaway. The cottage is fully furnished and includes a large deck, perfect to laze away the afternoon.

Little Bay Cottage

Again to the north of Port Macquarie, you’ll find Little Bay Cottage in Arakoon National Park. It's a bright and breezy two bedroom cottage right near Little Bay Beach and picnic area. With two bedrooms sleeping up to five people, the cottage is so close to the beach and also not far from Trial Bay Gaol where you can take in a bit of history. There’s also great whale watching to be had from the adjacent headlands.


The NSW National Parks of the Port Macquarie region also offer a range of camping sites located in areas prime for whale watching. At Limeburners Creek National Park you can head to Melaleuca Campground or Point Plomer Camping Ground. At Arakoon National Park you can camp at the Trial Bay Gaol Campground or head to nearby Hat Head National Park where you can set up camp at either the Smoky Cape Campground or Hungry Gate Campground.

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