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Port Macquarie is located 17 metres above sea level at the mouth of the Hastings River. With over 40,000 residents, it's the largest town on the NSW coast between Newcastle and Tweed Heads. It is a rapidly expanding centre and tourism is obviously central spill in the local economy.
In historic terms, Port Macquarie is the most significant town between Newcastle and the Queensland border. Prior to European settlement, the area is thought to have been occupied by the Kattang Aborigines. Captain Cook sailed past this section of the coast in 1770, as did Matthew Flinders in 1802. However John Oxley followed the river during an overland trek in 1818. He named the site Port Macquarie after the governor of NSW, Lachlan Macquarie, who initiated the expedition.
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