The six beaches around Port Macquarie face different directions providing beach goers with some options depending on the conditions.
Town Beach is at the northern end of town, just before the river mouth. The southern end of Town beach is good for sheltered swimming due to the protection offered by the rocky outcrop of Flagstaff Hill, the northern end of the beach has some good waves and the current strengthens as you approach the river mouth.
Going south, the next beach is Oxley's Beach, a plaesant spot for a picnic.
Further south is Rocky Beach which, as its name suggests, pretty rocky and not very swimmer friendly.
Continuing south, the next beach is Flynn's. Flynn's Beach is one of Port Macquarie's more popular beaches with good surf conditions, barbecue facilities and a surf club that regularly patrols the beach. Nobby's Beach is just south of Flynn's and offers some spectacular views of the coastline from the southern end. Shelley Beach is the next beach south from Nobby's. Shelley Beach offers protected swimming and is home to Harry's lookout which was named after a local legend who's been squatting there since the 60's.