Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
The Observatory Port Macquarie
A friendly welcome is the norm at this excellent modern hotel opposite Town Beach. Rooms and apartments are comfortable and well equipped; many have balconies overlooking the water...
Bellingen Yha Backpackers
Once you enjoy the rainforest views from the broad verandah or listen to the flying foxes from a hammock, it’s easy to see why this hostel is always popular. A tranquil, engaging atmosphere pervades this renovated weatherboard house...
Samurai Beach Bungalows Port Stephens Yha
These attractively furnished, wooden-floored cabins are arranged around a swimming pool and set in koala-populated bushland dotted with Asian sculpture. There’s a bush kitchen with BBQs and a ramshackle games shed with pool table. Fabulous.
Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers
Architect-designed wooden cabins are set amid peaceful scrub inhabited by koalas and kookaburras at this friendly, well-run place. There’s a welcoming lounge area and kitchen and the owners offer dune surfing and other day trips. Equally fabulous.
Quality Inn Hw Boutique
The HW is a renovated older motel with lots of sharp 1970s angles. Many feature balconies with views over Town Beach; deluxe spa units are available.
Break Free Aanuka Beach Resort
It might be out of town, but this luxurious resort, set amid luscious foliage, has excellent studios and apartments, all with spa and dishy interior. It sits on a quiet neck of Diggers Beach and has tennis courts and an award-winning restaurant.
Quality Inn City Centre
Reliable rooms with wi-fi access and good facilities.
Rydges Port Macquarie
With a day spa and coffee bar to hand, this hotel is a home-away-from-home for folk used to the good things in life. It’s right on the water in the middle of town and the room rates increase with the better views...
Marcel Towers Holiday Apartments
The decor at these holiday apartments might be somewhat passé, but the balcony views over a restaurant-studded foreshore soon make up for it. Apartments are clean and available for overnight stays.
Shoal Bay Resort & Spa
Praise be to the gods of pampering: they surely had a hand in this classy number. A range of rooms treats fussy tushes and if you really want to impress, opt for a ‘heritage suite’ with ocean views.
Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort
Has all the features of a large resort: tennis courts, a golf course, walking trails, a kids’ club, a spa and a fitness centre. The grounds are large and the 180 rooms have balconies, many with kitchen. It’s 3km north of Coffs.
Tea Gardens Club Inn Motel
Behind the bowls club, this sturdy motel has good-sized rooms with creature comforts and spas. Some rooms have sliding doors right onto the bowling green – you can watch the greenkeepers battle with the birds in the morning.
El Paso Motor Inn
This kitsch Mexicana motel holds its own as a cheap and cheerful one-stop shop in the centre of town, complete with palm trees, terracotta decor and a swimming pool. It has beach access and does a penny-pincher dinner and B&B packages.
Beachside Holiday Apartments
This fun place is right across the road from Flynns Beach. The units are large, have balconies and face either the ocean or the enticing pool.
Rydges Hotel Port Macquarie
Much of Port Macquarie’s live music and nightlife happens in the bar downstairs making this a great option if you plan to stumble home to bed after a Bundy Rum or two. Expect a bit of noise and larrikinism on the weekends.
This low-rise condo-block has spiffy apartments with kitchenettes and bright, open living spaces. There’s a barbecue courtyard, and Town Beach is across the way.
Close to Coffs Creek and the jetty, this 24-unit motel has been tastefully renovated and features a breakfast buffet and tables outside by the pool...
Port Macquarie Backpackers
This heritage-listed house has pressed-tin walls, comfy bunks, a new shower/toilet block and an enthusiastic owner/manager who sometimes takes guests on three-day camping/surfing trips to Crowdy Bay National Park ($195)...
Don’t be put off by the exterior. This capacious brick house, with homely dorms and a shady courtyard, is a hub for backpackers of all shapes and sizes, codes and creeds. Diving specialists are on site (PADI courses from $295).
Hoey Moey Backpackers
You can hear the waves roll in from these motel-style backpacker rooms nicely located between the pub and the main beach. You can also hear your mates in the beer garden. Renovated rooms are slightly pricier.
Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park
With extensive facilities and a roomy feel, this quality place is right by the river mouth. There's a backpackers' area with a separate kitchen and lounge.
Port Macquarie Hostel
The sunflower-yellow weatherboard is starting to look a tiny bit tired but the orderly four- to six-bed dorms, lounge and open kitchen make this a friendly little place for quality downtime.