Hastings River

Railway bridge over the Hastings River, Wauchope

Hastings River at high water west of Ellenborough

The Hastings River is a river in the northeast of the Australian state of New South Wales.

The river was first charted by European explorers in 1818, after John Oxley discovered him and after the then Governor-General and Viceroy of India, Francis Rawdon -Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings, had named.

After the Hastings River and the wine region is named on its banks, as well as an endangered mammal, the Hastings River Mouse ( Pseudomys oralis ).


The river rises 7 km south-west of Kemps Pinnacle in Werrikimbe National Park on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range. The river then flows Fernleigh, where he turns his course to the east and is accompanied on its south bank of the Oxley Highway. Just north of Port Macquarie it reaches the Tasman Sea.

Tributaries with muzzle heights

Major cities

  • Ellenborough
  • Long Flat
  • Port Macquarie - at the mouth
  • Wauchope


At the headwaters of the Hastings River you can fish cod perch and catfish, estuarine species such as sea bream, flatheads and Ludericks ( family Kyphoside ).