Port Macquarie Marina: Use the Free Visitor Moorings instead.
Reviewed Jul 2018
I am a Port Macquarie local, also, a, “boatee” with varying degrees of engagement with the Port Macquarie Marina over 30 years, and have just read the two very different reviews of the Port Macquarie Marina.
While not disparaging it, Greg Harding’s review is of Port Macquarie, rather than the Port Macquarie Marina as such, and, were it written by the local tourist promotions board, they would doubtless be rather pleased with the result.
The brief mention he makes regarding his experience at the local Marina would indicate he had little communication with other than Marina staff, doing their jobs, as I believe many long-term Marina birth occupants likely would not have provided such a glowing assessment of the Marina as is given in his review.
I found the second, shorter review of the Marina closer to my own experience. Certainly, in terms of berthing facilities, the Marina has been greatly improved by its current owners, however, it still lacks decent boat haul out and repair facilities and tradespeople, although the local marine trimmer and electrician are well regarded by locals.
The Marina owners are out of town, somewhat hands off owners, with the Marina manager also being manager of the Batemans Bay Marina, and commuting between the two. Money has certainly been spent smartening up the appearance, although the boat haul out and repair facilities appear to have missed the cash splash.
While the second review to my mind seems a little harsh, it gives a more realistic assessment of the local Port Macquarie Marina than the somewhat gushing review it follows.
Port Macquarie township has many attractions,
There are 3 visitor moorings at the head of th main channel