If you're in Port Macquarie and you're after a fun day trip that will have you back home before nightfall, the Point Plomer trip is one to put on the todo list. Starting at Port Macquarie's northshore (accessable via a ferry) you can drive all the way to Point Plomer on a sandy off road track which has a number of beach highlights along the way.
The coastline along the northern shore of Port Macquarie is beautiful and pristine. Point Plomer is located between Port Macquarie and Crescent Head in northern NSW. It is a must see on anyone's list of beach camping destinations.
To access Point Plomer you need to travel on a well maintained sand/dirt road that hugs the coastline. Around each corner there are a number of untouched beaches where you will find no one else but yourselves enjoying the beautiful sand.
Be on the lookout for Wallabies, kangaroos and other wildlife on the roads. You may even spot the odd dingo in the area. As you head along the road it is your choice to stop at any number of headlands to surf at or take in the fantastic view.
After a short drive you will come across Queens Head picnic area. It is a great spot to spend the day. This headland towers over the beaches to the south. 4wd access to the beach is permitted here but check the local tide times. There are several walking tracks in the area.
When you enter Point Plomer camping area, after you pay your fees ( $10 per adult, $5 per child ), you have a great choice of spots where you can camp. There are no powered sites here, just clean grassy areas, where most have ocean views that are shaded as well.
Fire pits are provided, but you must either purchase your own wood or it is available at the office. Cold fresh water showers, rubbish bins and flushing toilets are available, nice comfort at the end of a long day.
After setting up camp, there are plenty of things to do around the area ranging from a short hike up to the top of Point Plomer where you can see the hi rise of Port Macquarie to the south, Crescent Head and South West Rocks to the north. The coast line here has many rocky out crops that are great for fishing, diving or great for a bit of beach combing. Several beaches hide amongst the out crops, and with the many formed paths along here access is pretty easy. Dolphin and whale spotting is almost a daily occurrence here as you can see for miles out to the vast blue ocean.
The main beach at the front of the camping area is available for boat launching, swimming or you can easily wander north along the beach for a great beach walk. The waves can be that perfect on some days that several local surfing competitions are held here each year. Around the campsite wildlife will freely scrounge around for scraps, so be wary of the odd dingo, resident goannas and birdlife that have made this area their home.