Port Macquarie is a coastal town in northern New South Wales. It is nestled on a stretch of coastline that’s famous for having beautiful, quiet beaches that extend for kilometres in each direction. Taking advantage of car hire in Port Macquarie is the ideal way to take in everything the region has to offer. Hiring a car also opens up many great road trip options in the area, allowing you to head north and visit Crescent Head, venture south to Forster or drive inland to Tamworth.
Port Macquarie Airport (PQQ) is a small regional airport with just one terminal building that houses all arrivals and departures. In the arrivals area, you will find Port Macquarie car hire kiosks near the baggage-claim carousels. There are usually cars available at the airport for you to hire on the day of your arrival; however, if you’re after a specific type of vehicle, it’s a good idea to book online ahead of time. You can find cheap car hire in Port Macquarie through KAYAK.
Port Macquarie has a compact CBD, so many people walk and ride bikes around the town centre. This means you will encounter a lot of pedestrian traffic while driving around town, so it’s essential to keep your focus on the road and drive with caution. It’s also worth brushing up on the road rules for sharing the road with bicycles. If you head out of the town centre to explore the nearby beaches, it’s the local wildlife you’ll need to look out for, especially if you’re driving around sunrise/sunset or after dark.
There are only two roads leading into and out of Port Macquarie from the Pacific Highway: Oxley Highway and Hastings River Road. Flooding can be an issue in the region, particularly from December to March, and it’s not uncommon for sections of the Pacific Highway, Oxley Highway and Hastings Road to be closed. If you’re travelling during a time of heavy rainfall, it’s important to follow the announcements from Live Traffic NSW to ensure you avoid flooded roads and take the recommended routes.
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Intermediate car hires in Port Macquarie are around -17% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Port Macquarie
Some car hire companies in Port Macquarie which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Thrifty and Enterprise
On average a hire car in Port Macquarie costs $70 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Hertz ($59/day) and Avis ($84/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz 7 Jindalee Rd 2444 (2 kilometres from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Port Macquarie is $6.36 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $76 and $102, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Port Macquarie.
A Intermediate car hire in Port Macquarie costs $53 per day, on average.
A Compact car hire in Port Macquarie costs $45 per day, on average.
In Port Macquarie, cars are most frequently hired at Alamo Airport Terminal Oliver Drive (3 km from city centre ).
On average hiring a car in Port Macquarie costs $490 per week ($70 per day).
On average a car hire in Port Macquarie costs $2,099 per month ($70 per day).
Couples and travellers on a budget will do well to select a compact vehicle for their car hire in Port Macquarie. Small cars are light on fuel and are all you need to explore this small town and the beautiful beaches and national parks surrounding it. Families and large groups may wish to consider an SUV, as this will provide much needed extra room, both for passengers and luggage.
In central Port Macquarie, the speed limit is generally 50 km/h, so if you’re in a built-up area and you haven’t spotted a speed sign, it’s best to default to 50 km/h. The Oxley Highway connects to the Pacific Highway, and its speed limit is generally 80 km/h. However, it’s important to look out for speed signs in case reduced limits apply in certain areas. Out on the Pacific Highway, the speed limit generally varies between 100 and 110 km/h. As always, however, it’s important to look out for both permanent and temporary speed signs.
Fuel prices can vary greatly in Port Macquarie, usually falling somewhere between A$ 1.28 and A$ 1.49. The variance is to do with local competition between service stations, so you may find a price of A$ 1.36 at one service station and then, on the same day, discover another service station offering a price of A$ 1.28. It’s a good idea to download a fuel price app or simply take a look online to ensure you head to the best service station.
Port Macquarie offers free parking all throughout the town, even in the CBD. However, parking spaces are timed and monitored by the local council. To avoid fines, it’s essential to check the parking signs and take note of the allowable time for the space you’ve chosen. Port Macquarie has 15min, 30min, 1h, 2h, 3h and all-day parking spaces. Council rangers do spot-checks all throughout Port Macquarie, and in the CBD, many parking spaces are electronically monitored, so it’s well worth the effort to follow the rules.