The town is on the located Tasman Sea coast at the mouth. Port Macquarie was declared a municipality in the 1887 town, is a retirement destination, has a humid, subtropical climate with warm, humid summers and was founded as a penal settlement. The tower permits excellent views of the coastline. Church is classified by the National Trust of Australia. Archibald Clunes Innes built Lake Innes House in 1830. Population estimated the urban population of Port Macquarie. The suburbs stretch to Lighthouse Beach in the south. Sea Acres National Park is to adjacent Shelly Beach contains a Visitor Centre. Courses are offered by the University of Newcastle. Charles Sturt University set up a campus with a small number in 2012. Transport links Port Macquarie Airport has regular flights, Sydney. Projects are from the AusLink funding on a joint basis.