Port Macquarie Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is a coastal town located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, which makes it an ideal stop for scenic drives along the Eastern Australian coast. The nearest airport is about 4 km away from the town center and serves domestic destinations within Australia. International connections are available at Newcastle Airport, which is a 2.5-hour drive from Port Macquarie. For convenience, you can pre-book an Enterprise Rent-A-Car and then pick it up at the airport when you land.

What to do and see in Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie (or the Port, as the locals call it) is a popular travel destination due to the town's vibrant character and exceptional seaside location. The Port is the right place for a relaxing break or an active vacation.

Port Macquarie's beaches are the town's star attraction. Sprawling for kilometers on end along the South Pacific Ocean are dozens of picture-perfect beaches. Some, like Flynns Beach or Town Beach, are great for a family day out. And if you venture further, you'll come across hidden gems like Back Beach or One Palm Beach, located an hour's drive north of the Port.

To explore the local food and drink scene, head to the area between Gordon Street and Hastings River. Here you'll find anything from fish and seafood restaurants to Irish taverns, breweries, juice bars and joints selling pizza, burgers, Asian cuisine and organic food. For an outdoor meal with views, you can check out the kiosks and shacks located along the town's beaches.

If traveling with children, a visit to the town's Koala Hospital is a must. This wildlife rescue center has a central location near Flynns Beach and offers an educational and moving experience to visitors of all ages.

Other suggestions for families with young children include Billabong Zoo, which can be combined with a trip to the nearby WildNets Adventure Park Cowarra. There are also the Sea Acres Rainforest Center, the town's astronomical observatory, and mini golf and Putt Putt on Boundary Street.

For an all-in-one-place shopping experience, head to Port Central, the town's mall, which also organizes a weekly locally grown organic food market.

Behind Port Central is The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie's theater, which has a well-stocked gift store where you'll surely find something interesting to take home with you. For a boutique shopping experience, the best bets are the independent shops in Wauchope and the lifestyle mall at Sovereign Hills.

Port Macquarie has an active cultural scene. One of the most well-known events at The Port is the annual edition of Ironman, which usually takes place in May.

Alternatively, the ArtWalk creative festival brings live performances, workshops and art exhibitions to the Port's CBD, while music lovers will have a blast at Festival of the Sun. One of the top music events in the region, it's held at the start of the Australian summer (December).

Driving in Port Macquarie

With a car rental in Port Macquarie, you're only about 9 km east of the A1 road. Also known as Highway 1 or the Pacific Highway, it runs parallel to the coast for the entire length of New South Wales state. Speed limits vary along this highway, ranging from 60 km/h to 110 km/h. You should also bear in mind that during the rainy season, flooding may affect sections of the A1.

Other important access roads in and out of Port Macquarie are Lake Road (B56 road), which connects the beaches and the downtown area with Highway 1, Hastings River Drive, which offers access to Port Macquarie airport and Pacific Drive, which runs south from Town Beach until it merges with Ocean Drive, one of the region's most scenic roads.

Once you've got the keys to your car or van rental in Port Macquarie, there are a few things to keep in mind when driving around. First, rush hour is from 08:00 to 09:00, and again in the afternoon from 15:00 to 16:00. At these times, it's best to avoid the busiest roads, which are: Oxley Highway at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital circle, Ocean Drive at the intersections with Lake Road and Koala Street and Gordon Street between Hollingworth Street and Horton Street in the CBD.

You may also want to avoid the area near Port Macquarie Football Club. Although the team doesn't play in the professional league, traffic can be heavy on weekends at the end of August and beginning of September, when parents and locals flock to the stadium to see the semi-finals and the grand final. This area is easily bypassed via Kennedy Drive.

As for parking, there are several parking areas spread around the CBD. These can be found at Port Central mall, on the river side of Short Street, at the Plaza parking lot and also on Short Street, near the Hayward Street traffic circle.

Car and van rental in Australia with Enterprise

Enterprise Australia offers a range of car and van rental services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle rental. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car rental in Port Macquarie

If you are traveling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van rental in Port Macquarie

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Port Macquarie, all our vans can be driven on a standard license and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your rental van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.