Moving To Port Macquarie
So you’re thinking of moving to Port Macquarie.
Well, you couldn’t have made a better decision. From its 17 gorgeous beaches to its lush country landscapes, it’s easy to see why Port Macquarie has become such a popular destination.
Though the town has a population of just under 50,000 currently, it’s one of the fastest-growing places in New South Wales, and Frontline Removals is proud to call this stunning beachside oasis home.
Whether you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life in Sydney, remove yourself from the COVID-19 madness in Melbourne, or relocate to a more affordable place to buy your first home, Port Macquarie is the place.
Why You Should Move to Port Macquarie
There’s not a single person who ever said there’s nothing to do in Port Macquarie. Whether you’re looking for lazy beach days, a stroll through nature, or a bit of action and adrenaline, it’s all.
Here are a few of our favourite things to do here:
You probably heard a thing or two about the amazing work these guys did while half of Australia was on fire earlier this year.
The hospital not only takes care of koala in need, but they also operate daily tours for the public!
Bago Maze and Winery
Bago Maze and Winery has just that, an epic maze to get lost in and a luscious vineyard and winery.
Bago makes for a great day outing with the kids, a cheeky girls’ day out, or an afternoon catching up with family and friends. You might want to do the maze before getting on the wines though, or you might not find your way out!
Adventure, Action, and Adrenaline
There’s plenty to do here for you adrenaline junkies. Check out Port Jet for whale watching tours or jet boat joyrides, visit Stoney Aqua Park for a spot of waterskiing or wakeboarding, or head over to Jolly Nose mountain bike park for a little downhill action.
Billabong Zoo is a wildlife park featuring pretty much every native Australian animal (yes, they have koala too).
You’ll also meet lions, lizards, panda, monkeys, and penguins, among others. You can even book personal encounters with animals like meerkats and snow leopards!
The Great Outdoors
With 17 beaches and many waterways, Port Macquarie has a lot to offer fo you water babies.
You won’t have too hard a time finding your way around either, as they’re pretty aptly named. Town Beach is closest to the Port Macquarie township, Lighthouse Beach has a Tacking Point Lighthouse at the northern end, and Shelly Beach is, well, shelly.
You can even go on a camel safari at Lighthouse beach!
But it’s not all about the seaside life here at Port Macquarie.
We’ve got it all, from lush rainforests to rolling country hills. Check out The Fernery at Diamond Waters for some beautiful native greenery, grab some fish and chips at Queens Lake picnic area, or dig your trainers out and take a nice stroll through one of Port Macquarie’s many nature reserves and walking tracks.
Try Diamond Head Loop Walk for some gorgeous coastal scenery.
Moving House Checklist
If you’ve decided to take the plunge and move to Port Macquarie, first of all, welcome!
You’ve got a fair bit of work ahead of you - moving house is no small feat. This is especially true when you’re moving cities, and even more true when moving interstate.
To help make things a little easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of all the things you’ll need to get sorted before moving to Port Macquarie.
Choose A Removalist
If you’re just moving down the street with a couple of boxes and a bed, then moving house on your own is fairly achievable.
But when you’ve got a whole home to move, and you’re relocating hours away from your current residence, you don’t want to be doing 52 car and trailer loads.
That’s why you should be looking to a quality, experienced removalist to help make the transition as smooth and as simple as possible.
Frontline Removals are your local Port Macquarie removalists, and we know these streets better than anyone. Whether you’re moving interstate to Port Macquarie, or just jumping over from Sydney or another nearby region, give us a call to find out how we can assist you.
Once you’ve signed the deed on your new home, you’ll want to be organising insurance from the minute it’s yours.
If you’re renting, you’ll need to let your contents insurance provider know when you’re moving so they can have your details updated.
The last thing you want is for something to go wrong at the new place only to have your insurer to give you the old “sorry, you didn’t tell us”.
Start Clearing Out Your Old Junk
Chances are over the years you’ve collected a lot of stuff you just don’t need or use.
Now is the time to clear out the garage, under the house, and inside ‘that one drawer’.
If you’ve got a lot of stuff to throw out, it might be worth hiring a skip bin. But you should also consider what might be able to be donated to charity, or handed down to a friend or a family member.
You might even decide to throw a garage sale, which can go a long way to buying a few beers for your housewarming party!
A good rule of thumb is this: if you haven’t used it in the last 12 months, you don’t need it!
Grab Some Packing Boxes And Get Started
It’s never too early to start packing, and the last thing you want to do is leave it to the last minute.
Packing up an entire home can take hours or even days, so we’d recommend spreading the load over a course of a few weeks.
Once you’ve cleared out some space in the garage, you’ve got the perfect spot to start storing packing boxes as you get yourself prepared for the big move.
Just make sure you label your boxes clearly, as it makes settling into your new home and unpacking much easier.
Organise A Mail Redirection
Once you’ve got a move-in date, then it’s time to organise a mail redirection.
These can be organised in advance, so you don’t have to leave it until the last minute. We’d advise setting the changeover date a few days before you actually move, that way nothing will be out with the postie on the day that you move.
Plus, it could mean you get a nice little welcome surprise at the new place!
Transfer Your Power and Internet Services
There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new home and having no power, and if you want to keep the young ones entertained while you’re setting everything up, then you’re going to need internet access.
Now is a good time to call your power and internet services providers, as well as any other bills and subscriptions you might require. They can generally arrange to have the service activated the day before you leave and turn your power offer at your old home the day after, so you have a little overlap and are never left without.
If you’re moving interstate or from a city more than half an hour away, then it probably isn’t worth going back to clean your old home after the move.
That’s why many people who are moving to Port Macquarie find it easier to simply hire a cleaner to come in and do the dirty work for them.
You’ll want to arrange that at least a few weeks in advance, so you don’t get left in the lurch.
Update Address Details With The Relevant Authorities
You’ve probably got a lot of authorities and companies to update, so it’s never too early to start letting them know.
From car registration and drivers licenses to mobile phone bills to magazine subscriptions and banks, there’s a lot to think about.
Consider starting a list of all the people you need to update before you move to Port Macquarie, that way you can add to it whenever you think of a new one.
Just remember to actually let them all know a few weeks before the move.
Update Electoral Roll
If you’re moving interstate, you’ll need to update your details on the electoral roll to ensure you receive all relevant updates, mail-outs, and information that’s relevant to your new residence in Port Macquarie.
Whether you’re a young millennial couple looking for the perfect place to call home and buy your first house, a family seeking a seachange, or it’s simply time to say goodbye to the big city, Port Macquarie is the perfect place to move to.
From glorious beaches to heart-pumping adventure to sun-soaked vineyards, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, and plenty to keep you here for the long term. Need a hand with moving to Port Macquarie? Give us a shout.