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Economic and Community Profile

Economic and Community Profile

Economic Profile

Port Macquarie is a regional city experiencing very strong economic growth. Our region boasts a highly diversified and resilient local economy, with a range of industries delivering some of the highest rates of employment growth in regional Australia. The Port Macquarie-Hastings region is also well-known for our significant tourism industry – attracting more than 1.6 million visitors per year, and driving significant interest in individual and business relocation to our region. 

The Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA has a $6 billion local economy and is a net exporter. We sell more products and services to customers outside of the LGA (approx. $2.09 billion) than we import ($1.67 billion) - outstanding performance for a regional economy. [REMPLAN]

If you would like more information to support your decision to relocate to our region, please contact us at economic@pmhc.nsw.gov.au, or view our full economic profile.

About our Community 

The Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, about 420 kilometres north of the Sydney CBD, and 510 kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD. It consists of primary townships and vibrant villages linked by stunning waterways and beautiful hinterland. 

Port Macquarie-Hastings has an estimated resident population of over 83,000, which is forecast to grow to 103,993 people by 2036 - making our local government area one of the fasted growing regions in NSW. 

The community profile provides current and forecasted information about our demography, drawn from current ABS data. This can be useful when planning your move or generating documentation to support funding or other applications. 

For more information, visit our community profile or contact us at economic@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.

Tourism Profile and Visitor Economy


Located on the Mid North Coast of NSW, boasting 17 gorgeous beaches, a lush hinterland, a diverse variety of attractions including the Koala Hospital, Billabong Zoo, river cruises, and a choice of accommodation from 4.5 star luxury hotels to camping by the beach. Top it off with one of the best year-round climates and a busy events calendar, it's no wonder Greater Port Macquarie is one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations, and the friendly locals will welcome you with open arms.


Our region welcomes over 1.6 million visitors a year - what a great opportunity for business and holiday makers alike.


For resources and links to data relevant to our tourism industry head to our destination website here.


This page was last updated on: 30 April 2020