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Why get married in Port Macquarie?

Choosing a destination for your wedding is one of the most important wedding decisions you will make! Here we have tried to capture some of the most enticing reasons why you should choose Port Macquarie for your special day. 



Situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, Port Macquarie is quickly becoming the wedding destination of choice on the east coast of NSW. With its idyllic climate, beautiful beaches, lush rolling hinterland, laid-back vibe, and sophisticated food and dining scene, Port Macquarie is the perfect location for your wedding! Advantageously sitting halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and with one of the largest regional airports in NSW as well as major rail networks just 15 minutes away your guests will have no issues traveling to attend your wedding.  

Nestled at the entrance of the majestic Hastings River, Port Macquarie is a natures playground where dolphins frolic, whales linger during their migration, and koalas doze in the branches of the many eucalyptus trees.


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Port Macquarie has some of the most unique and stunning ceremony locations be it indoors or out and regardless of what time of year you decide to marry!  Our local council maintains a number of parks and reserves that overlook our spectacular beaches, rivers, and waterways, you will however need to complete an application to hold your wedding in these locations.  Please click here to find out more.

If you are looking for something a bit more private or all-inclusive a number of our wedding venues have dedicated ceremony spaces for you to use or will help you create a unique ceremony space of your own.

The beauty of holding your wedding in Port Macquarie is that you have the ability to hold unique or bespoke ceremony setups that not only reflect your theme or style but create a special place that you can visit time and time again.

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It goes without saying that Port Macquarie is a wedding photographer's dream.  With an abundance of photo locations to choose from our local photographers know exactly where to take you to capture unforgettable wedding photos.  

Due to the proximity, your wedding photos can be taken amongst the ripening grapes of one of the gorgeous vineyards and then walking along the white sands of one of our beautiful beaches or for something different in one of our historical churches or manicured gardens.

The perfect year-round weather conditions create soft romantic afternoon light or clear crisp morning skies that make the most memorable photographs of your special day.



From the crystal blue waters and white sands of our beautiful beaches to the majestic, rolling hills of our gorgeous hinterlands, Port Macquarie has all that you need to create the wedding of your dreams!  From 5-star hotels and resorts to award-winning restaurants and clubs,  the Port Macquarie region has the right mix of arts, culture, and vibe to make your wedding an experience to remember. You and your guests can get amongst our vibrant community by visiting our local markets, shopping our boutique fashion and lifestyle stores, dine at one of our many award-winning restaurants, take a tour around our local wineries and boutique breweries, or just chill out and enjoy live music at one of popular local pubs or clubs! Port Macquarie also has a thriving art scene that you can experience by visiting local galleries and museums. 

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Port Macquarie is renowned for having one of the best climates in NSW.  Known as one of the most reliably sunny destinations Port Macquarie is the perfect choice for weddings year-round. Summer is hot with a mild water temperature, but winter is warm during the day and cool enough at night to enjoy a cozy campfire and appreciate the winter change.

Spring and summer are the most popular times for weddings and the weather doesn't disappoint with warm afternoons producing spectacular sunsets perfect for any ceremony backdrop and wedding photographs.

Autumn and winter are fast becoming popular times to wed in Port Macquarie with mild sunny days and clear, crisp evenings weddings can be themed around romantic candlelit venues or the sound of a crackling fire. 

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Pre and post-wedding events and activities contribute to the entire wedding experience not just for yourself but your guests as well!  Port Macquarie is the perfect location for engagement parties, bridal showers, bucks nights, rehearsal dinners, and special family time.

Take advantage of some of our local experiences such as winery and food tours, high-teas, and race days, or for the more thrill-seeking try whale-watching tours, fishing charters, jet boating, or skydiving. Or if you are after something a bit more chilled sip cocktails overlooking the gorgeous marina, shop our boutique retail precinct, or pamper yourself in one of our superior day spas.

Whatever the event Port Macquarie has something to cater for it.

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Port Macquarie is lucky to have a diverse range of wedding venues available to suit any budget or theme.  From 5-star high-end resort-style venues to a DIY rural wedding festival our region offers a plethora of friendly, professionally run venues.  We have the top 10 venues featured on our website click here to find out more.

What would be the ultimate wedding venue without the ultimate wedding team?  We are lucky to have some of the most creative and forward-thinking wedding suppliers here in Port Macquarie!  Wedding suppliers who are across the latest wedding trends and styles.  They know what works and what doesn't at each of the venues and work closely together to make wedding dreams come true!  We proudly feature the best wedding vendors in the region on our website so click here to see more!

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Port Macquarie Airport is 4.5km from Port Macquarie’s town centre. Port Macquarie is approximately one hour flying time from Sydney or Brisbane. ​Port Macquarie Airport offers direct flights to four destinations:

  • Sydney (QantasLink and Rex)

  • Brisbane (QantasLink)

  • Lord Howe Island (Eastern Air Services)

  • Sunshine Coast (Bonza Airlines)

  • Melbourne (Bonza Airlines)

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Holding your wedding in the gorgeous Port Macquarie region means that you can really make a weekend out of your wedding day. It is the perfect place to have a couple of days away from the hustle and bustle of suburban or city life – and not just for you and your partner, but your guests as well! There are plenty of gorgeous hotels and B&Bs that are suitable for a couple of nights' stay. There is also plenty to do in the region, from breathtaking beach and bushwalks to wine tours and whale watching. Port Macquarie is also known for its award-winning restaurants and food scene as well as music and arts culture, there will be no shortage of things to do or see making it the perfect destination for a weekend-long wedding experience.

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