Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is a growing coastal hub in a picturesque setting. There is plenty for people of all ages to do, whether a high-speed boat or a scenic river cruise is your scene. There are beaches, rainforests and wildlife, as well as a huge range of festivals and cultural events, shopping and caf├ęs.

General Enquiries:

Phone: (02) 658 29300

Campus postal address:
Locked Bag 5000,
Port Macquarie
NSW 2444

Campus Courier and parcel post deliveries:
7 Major Innes Road,
Port Macquarie
NSW 2444

Facts and figures
City population 74,949
Temperature Temperature: Average between 7-27 degrees Celsius
Public transport
Sydney to Port Macquarie plane icon

1 hr

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5 hrs

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7.5 hrs

Brisbane to Port Macquarie plane icon

1 hr

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7 hrs


Local transport
  • Busways provides local bus services
  • Porttaxis provides local taxi services (phone 131 008)
Campus information

Charles Sturt has just completed Stage 1 of its multimillion-dollar Campus at Port Macquarie. The three-level campus is located at Innes Lake, about five kilometres from Port Macquarie's city centre. The Campus incorporates indoor and outdoor teaching spaces with a mix of natural materials and colours to compliment the Mid North Coast surroundings.

  • Student Learning Commons and library access 24 hours, 7 days per week
  • Student Central and Academic Support services
  • Full library services
  • State of the art laboratories and teaching facilities
  • Located opposite the Lake Innes shopping complex which houses, Coles, ANZ Bank, Chemist, medical and dental centre, various food outlets and the Co-op Book Shop.

Port Macquarie Campus location

7 Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444

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Experience living and learning in a relaxed coastal community.

Hastings Village Residence Life is conveniently located on the doorstep of the Charles Sturt campus and nearby shopping centre. Opening early 2018 the village offers modern accommodation. A large communal space within the central student hub is thoughtfully designed to foster student interaction, social gatherings and study spaces. The village has individual ensuite rooms, a friendly supportive environment set amongst the trees and only minutes to the beach. Offering the added comfort of 24 hour security.

Everything you need to live and succeed at Charles Sturt is located within the accommodation village.

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Port Macquarie the City

Port Macquarie on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, is one of the State's largest towns and a popular holiday destination. 'Port' as the locals refer to it, is truly a town that has something special to offer students and academic staff considering their choice of campus location. Being a lifestyle-friendly town, featuring the surfing beaches, amenities, coastal rainforest and climate that have drawn tourists to the region since European settlement. Port Macquarie provides the ideal environment to nurture a healthy mind and healthy body that is conducive to learning.

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History of Charles Sturt in Port Macquarie

The first intake of students at Charles Sturt Port Macquarie campus occurred in March 2012 with the official opening on May 1, 2012. This represents a new chapter for Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie and the Hastings region as this is Charles Sturt's first coastal, regional campus. It provides opportunities for students with the desire to study close to the beach, as well as options for local students to access the resources of a world-class university close to home. On April 18, 2016, staff and students moved into Stage One of their purpose built campus. There are another two stages expected to be complete over the coming years with an expected student intake of 5000 by the year 2030.

The next few years will see continued growth of courses offered at the Port Macquarie campus, as well as the growth of the campus itself. Charles Sturt representatives are building relationships with the local community, in business, government and other educational institutions, to ensure that the Campus is a significant contributor to the future of the entire region.