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We are well known for our amazing beachside villages but there is so much more to explore. I invite you during your visit to support our drought-affected rural communities, take a trip and discover Wingham, the Upper Manning Valley or Gloucester. Apart from our rich natural beauty, we have amazing food trails, wineries and craft breweries that I encourage you to enjoy.

Stephen Bromhead MP

Whether you’re here for a short stayy or an extended break, Barrington Coast has it all.


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EAT & DRINK

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EXPLORE & STAY Explore the towns and villages that make up the beautiful Barrington Coast

From farm to fork, the region prides itself on its fresh produce, innovative cuisine, fascinating Food Trails and locally produced wines and beers

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Meet the locals – celebrate the talented folk of the region making their mark on everything from art and culture to surfing, education and community

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UNIQUE LOCALS

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PLAY

From swimming, fishing, boating and surfing to horseriding, beach driving and cycling, the Barrington Coast is a veritable playground, whatever your interests. Discover our Wellness culture and the natural wonders in our abundant national parks and forests


1st place (cover image) "KEL" By Jye Currie "I took this image of my Mum lazing around in the water at Booti Booti Sailing Club"

For details on how to enter our 2020 competition head to explorebarringtoncoast

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3rd place "Seal Rocks" By Jeffrey de Witte

2nd place "Mr Krabs of Seven Mile Beach" By Pete B

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Major retailers, boutiques and bric-a-brac … all of your retail therapy needs can be found across the Barrington Coast

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DOGS ON HOLIDAY If you want to include your dog on your Barrington Coast holiday, we have you covered – from accommodation options to dog-friendly beaches and doggie services

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CONFERENCES & WEDDINGS The Barrington Coast provides a range of exceptional settings for your special day, special occasion or conference, with beautiful venues, group accommodation options and fabulous local event suppliers

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Sea change or holiday home, investment or rental, the Barrington Coast’s easy lifestyle is a draw card for everyone. Choose from a boutique apartment, beachside cottage, rural retreat, luxury residence or funky abode, from the mountains to the ocean and everywhere in between. Let the local experts, who live in and love the area, help you find your perfect place


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From Sydney, it’s an easy 2.5 drive to the gateway to the beautiful Barrington Coast, at Tea Gardens. Add another hour and you’ll arrive at coastal Pacific Palms, via the scenic Lakes Way, or in Forster-Tuncurry or Gloucester via the M1/Pacific Highway A1. Just 2.5 hours’ drive from Tamworth or Armidale and you’re here, and it’s even closer from the Newcastle/Hunter and Central Coast areas.

Virgin Blue and Jetstar operate flights to Newcastle airport, less than 45 minutes from the Barrington Coast. FlyPelican operates return daily flights from Sydney to Taree. Flying time is approximately one hour.

Bus Busways provides daily services from Newcastle to the Barrington Coast towns of Hawks Nest, Tea Gardens, Pacific Palms, Forster Tuncurry and Taree. Busways also runs services daily via Newcastle and Pacific Palms to Forster. Greyhound Australia operates daily coach services from Brisbane and Sydney stopping in Bulahdelah and Taree.

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Train NSW Trainlink services run between Sydney and Newcastle, with connecting coaches from Newcastle to Tuncurry. The XPT train service between Sydney and Brisbane stops daily at Taree and Gloucester. 13 22 32 transportnsw.info/regional

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SALES

HOLIDAYS

BLUEYS BEACH 02 6554 0500 stay@thepalms.com.au SMITH LAKE 02 6554 4800 sales@thepalms.com.au

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Destination Barrington Coast including Manning Valley, Gloucester, the Great Lakes and Barrington Tops plateau – attracts holidaymakers from across Australia and around the globe. In 2018, the MidCoast region of NSW had the highest number of visitations on the North Coast with 2.1 million visits, and 3.8 million overnight stays. 1 1 SOURCE: Destination Barrington Coast – the destination brand of MidCoast Council

Dark Point Sacred site of the Worimi People

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We wish to acknowledge the Worimi, Gringi and Biripi people, the traditional custodians of this land, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise, and are committed to honouring, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continuing cultural and spiritual connection to the land, waters and seas.

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The Worimi nation extends from Maitland and the Hunter River in the south, to Forster in the north, and west to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia UNESCO World Heritagelisted Barrington Tops. The National Parks and Conservation Areas in the region, in particular, preserve the many sacred and ceremonial places and ancient campsites of the Worimi Clan, which are protected sites.


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Forest Bathing in Gondwana rainforest

Devil Ark’s ‘Devils in the Wild’

Whale & Dolphin watching

World class diving on the doorstep

A mind, body and soul experience, the Japanese art of shinrinyoku guides you to take in the rainforest through your senses.

Monthly tours allow visitors to see iconic Tasmanian Devils and their joeys in a wild, natural environment.

With a choice of spectacular viewing vantage points along the coast, including from Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse at Seal Rocks.

Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park extends from Cape Hawke near Forster, south to Birubi Beach and is brimming with marine life that includes many dolphins, turtles, fish and threatened species.

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rivers, including the only double delta in the southern hemisphere

Beach driving Purchase a Beach Vehicle Access Permit from a Visitor Information Centre and experience beach driving, from permitted access points to beautiful unspoilt beaches in the Manning and Great Lakes regions. See page 44 for more info about driving on beaches

200m The tallest single drop waterfall in New South Wales Ellenborough Falls (200m)

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Bestselling ice creams

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• Rainbow • Chocolate Obsession • Rum & Raisin • Strawberry • Vanilla • Rock Salt Caramel • Mango (dairy-free)

The energy-aware Barrington Coast region provides a number of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations with several at Diamond Beach and Taree, and stations at Tea Gardens, Seal Rocks, Forster, Stroud, Nabiac, Gloucester, Darawank, Coolongolook and Johns River.

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Elizabeth Beach, Booti Booti National Park Photo: Michael Hruby


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Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind, explore and discover or get involved in exciting outdoor activities, few destinations match the incredible Barrington Coast, New South Wales. From the pristine heritage-listed wilderness of the Barrington Tops, to the seemingly endless kilometres of sun-soaked Pacific coastline, the Worimi, Biripi and Grinigi people are the traditional owners of this region bound by four rivers – the Manning River to the north, the Hunter in the south, the Allyn and Paterson Rivers to the west – and, of course, the Pacific Ocean to the east. Enjoy a relaxing houseboat holiday on the expansive Great Lakes system or head to one of the countless beaches that stud the coastline for over 190 kilometres. From Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens in the south, through to Seal Rocks and Forster and then on to Diamond Beach, Old Bar, Manning Point and Crowdy Bay in the north, there are countless opportunities to enjoy sun, sand, surf … and every water sport imaginable. Make time to discover the unspoiled beauty of the many spectacular National Parks, just as untouched as they were hundreds of years ago. Wallingat, Booti Booti and Myall Lakes National Parks are easily accessible from all coastal areas, while a visit to the famous Barrington Tops is a journey that will leave you wondering why you haven’t done it before. Hike through subtropical rainforests, scale sub-alpine peaks and encounter an amazing diversity of plant and animal life, every step of the way. The only thing you’ll miss during a Barrington Coast holiday is more time to enjoy it! The Great Lakes region was named for its amazing freshwater lake system, comprising Myall Lake, Smiths Lake and Wallis Lake. Between them, these three immense lakes offer amazing natural beauty and a host of fantastic holiday opportunities – swimming, boating, fishing and camping, to name just a few. Continued over


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Tea Gardens Real Estate Open 7 days 83 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens Phone 02 4997 1300 Email mail@teagardensrealestate.com.au teagardensrealestate.com.au

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Tea Gardens Real Estate is the lead agency in the Hawks Nest, Tea Gardens area. Servicing areas from Karuah to the Hinterlands of Bulahdelah, the oďŹƒce not only has a vast knowledge of all types of properties in Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, but also has the ability to advise on rural subdivisions, broadacres, the non urban areas of Pindimar and North Arm Cove.

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Take in the spectacular views from Cape Hawke Lookout or join a whale-spotting cruise for an upclose look at these majestic creatures.

800 motorcycles on display. The twin towns The Myall Lakes National Park has been designated a Wetland of International of Forster-Tuncurry mark the turning point for Importance, which means that its the southward part of your journey. The heart protected environment hosts an of the Great Lakes region, there’s abundant incredible biodiversity, including accommodation and so much to do in this over 1,000 species of plants and vibrant area. Take in the spectacular views over 400 species of animals, such as from Cape Hawke Lookout or join a whalebowerbirds, spotting cruise for an the long-nosed up-close look at these bandicoot and majestic creatures. Blueys, Boomerang the iconic dingo. Try your luck at beach and Elizabeth beaches offer or deep sea fishing, While the lakes are famous surf breaks, before stretching out a great attraction, pristine sand and the on the warm sand of there’s much more to opportunity to swim, popular Main Beach. see in this amazing

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region. Why not If you love the beach, your heart’s content. begin your Great you’ll love what lies Lakes experience ahead! Head south with a trip to Stroud in the west? Established through Tiona to arrive in Pacific Palms. With in 1827, it boasts some excellent examples Myall, Booti Booti and Wallingat National of early colonial architecture and convict Parks to one side, the Pacific coast down the construction. Head east to Bulahdelah other and a raft of coffee shops, galleries on the Myall River, where you can pick and walks in between, Pacific Palms has its up a houseboat for a special Myall Lakes own special charm. Blueys, Boomerang and adventure. North along the Pacific Highway, Elizabeth beaches offer famous surf breaks, pause for a coffee in quaint Coolongolook pristine sand and the opportunity to swim, before heading to Nabiac, home of the fish or sunbake to your heart’s content. National Motorcycle Museum, with around Continued over Explore Barrington Coast 13

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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Photo: Michael Hruby

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Heading south on Lakes Way, take a detour to picturesque Smiths Lake and enjoy a coffee while taking in the view across the lake to the sand dunes that mark the ocean’s edge. Return to the coast via Seals Rocks Road to Seal Rocks, where the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse presides over the area’s many beautiful beaches.

Return to the coast via Seals Rocks Road to Seal Rocks, where the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse presides over the area’s many beautiful beaches.

The finale to this Great Lakes odyssey is not to be missed. At the mouth of the Myall River sits pictureperfect Tea Gardens where you can enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants and cafés that line the river’s edge. Feast on fabulous local fare while the resident pelicans skim the river. Head over the Singing Bridge to visit Hawk’s Nest, a popular holiday destination that offers spectacular ocean beaches along with the tranquil bayside beaches that line the Karuah River as it meets the Pacific Ocean at panoramic Port Stephens. At the northern end of the Barrington Coast lies the beautiful Manning Valley, named after the Manning River, which rises in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Barrington Tops National Park, and wends its way to the Pacific Ocean. On its journey, the river passes many of the regions’ famous towns and places of interest. Like the English town in Kent, for which it was named, Wingham has a typically English town square and several heritagelisted buildings feature among the colonial architecture. Settled originally for the cedar forests, the town retains the unique charm of days gone by.

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Explore nature's playgrounds or hit the water for some kayaking

Further to the east, the river arcs through a wide bend that takes it by Taree’s western suburbs before passing Tinonee and then returning to visit Taree’s city centre. One of the earliest settlements in the valley, Tinonee is now home to indigenous arts and crafts, a historical museum and all

kinds of water-based activities, including

for any exploration of the region. Taree

thanks to its many shopping complexes, boutique gift and clothing shops, arts and craft centres and antiques and speciality stores. Alternatively, explore the paths and playgrounds that border the river, or hit the water for some boating and kayaking.

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boating, fishing and waterskiing. As the major commercial centre of the Manning Valley, Taree makes a great base

Your one stop holiday oasis offers Specialty villas and cabins for all budgets Large powered sites with astro turf, grass mats or concrete slab Pet friendly year round on sites and in selected cabins 2 heated pools, splash park and waterslide On site café open all day Absolute lake frontage with complimentary boat moorings Modern open plan camp kitchen Close to town with patrolled beaches, clubs, shops and restaurants

02 6554 6827 1 Baird Street, Tuncurry NSW 2428

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Barrington Falls, Barrington Tops National Park

The historic Gloucester region is the only part of the Barrington Coast without a coastline.

Thunderbolts lookout, Barrington Tops National Park

Just east of Taree, the Manning River divides the mouth of the Manning River’s southern to create the only double delta river system delta, for great boating, fishing and surfing. in Australia. The northern arm empties into Marking the southern boundary of the the Pacific Ocean between the small villages Manning Valley is the Halliday’s Point of Manning Point and Harrington. Located at region, including Diamond Beach, Black the southern end of the Crowdy Bay National Head and Tallwoods. Stroll through rare Park, Harrington’s tranquil riverside setting is coastal rainforest or maybe test your skills at delightfully relaxing, and a Tallwoods Country Club’s walk along the impressive 18-hole championship golf Nestled in a breakwater is a wonderful course. picturesque valley experience. Just 15 minutes at the foothills The historic Gloucester north of Harrington, you’ll of the Bucketts region is the only part find the small fishing village Range, Gloucester of the Barrington Coast of Crowdy Head, and the is known as the without a coastline. Rich iconic Crowdy Head ‘base camp of the in natural resources and Lighthouse. Barringtons’. blessed with remarkable With the river to natural beauty, the area one side, and the became known when gold ocean to the other, Manning Point prospectors and cedar cutters arrived in is a dream location for the water droves, during the early 1800s. enthusiast and the local boat ramp offers an easily accessible starting point for a day on the water. A short journey south will take you to relaxing Old Bar, at

Follow Bucketts Way north past beautiful scenery and classic country towns like Stratford, known for beef cattle, dairy and an open-cut coal mine. 15 minutes further

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Basin loop track, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area

north is the quintessential country town of Gloucester. Nestled in a picturesque valley at the foothills of the Bucketts Range, Gloucester is known as the ‘base camp of the Barringtons’. Pho tos : Jo hn Sp en ce r

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Enjoy a drink at the local pub, complete with wide country verandahs or discover the town’s quaint shops and timeless, colonial architecture to find a delicious, barista coffee the equal of any you find in more urban surrounds. The region is full of history and great stories, from the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, who used to lurk in the Bucketts Range to prey on the gold being transported from nearby Copeland to Sydney, to Linger and Die Hill, where legend has it that bullocks pulling the timber out of the valley would perish if they stopped to catch their breath, unable to get going again on the steep slope. The Barrington Tops National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and holds national significance. Located on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, the park is believed to be an extinct volcano. One of the largest temperate rainforests in Australia, it is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna. Take a hike along one of the many excellent walking tracks for a chance to encounter eastern grey kangaroos, flame robins or a regent bowerbird. You may spot an elusive quoll or platypus.

there’s a good time around every corner of the Barrington Tops National Park.

With beautiful picnic spots, charming campgrounds and amazing lookouts over the majestic park, there’s a good time around every corner of the Barrington Tops National Park.

Valley view, Barrington Tops National Park

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T h e G r e at L a k es l i f est y l e at lu x u r y

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e’re so familiar now with people talking about making a ‘sea change’. But that yearning to escape the everyday is something previous generations could only dream about. Today, more and more people are making it happen, trading in their unsatisfactory life-style for a rich and inspiring ‘lifestyle’.

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If you are old enough to remember when ‘life’ was just what was handed to you and you got on with it, you will appreciate the 21st Century transformation that gave us the term ‘lifestyle choices’. Quite revolutionary and evolutionary when you think about the impact of the addition of ‘style’ and ‘choices’ to the word ‘life’!

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The three Ls of Lifestyle, Leisure and Luxury converge in Tuncurry’s beautiful new residential apartment development, RockPool On Kent. Just over three hours’ drive from Sydney, and two hours from Newcastle, RockPool on Kent offers a lifestyle location with all local attractions and amenities only minutes away. Holidaymakers have been flocking to this area for well over a century, to relax and enjoy a level of leisure that obliterates all memory of the Monday-Friday grind. Swimming, boating, fishing – hallmarks of the iconic NSW Great Lakes region –are on the doorstep. RockPool on Kent apartments is a first for ForsterTuncurry in terms of residential standards for apartment living. Designed and developed by award-winning Leffler Simes Architects together

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with Wakefield Ashurst Developments, the two companies are also behind multiple, and separate, luxury apartment projects in Sydney’s Northwest. With a keen eye on its prime location, in the heart of the Great Lakes, RockPool on Kent marries the essence of the leisure lifestyle with luxury designer apartments. Each of RockPool’s spacious 35 apartments has been

meticulously outfitted and offers a spacious floorplan, and fabulous balconies capitalising on abundant fresh air and sensational lake or ocean views.

Just over three hours’ drive from Sydney, and two hours from Newcastle, RockPool on Kent offers a lifestyle location with all local attractions and amenities only minutes away.

The two and three bedroom (oversized) apartments feature plenty of indoor/outdoor living space, some of which covers 18 squares (the penthouse boasts almost 30 squares). Luxury, ergonomically designed creative kitchens feature clever storage solutions

and direct connection to the dining and living areas. An entertainer’s dream, Fisher and Paykel appliances – cooktop, oven, dishwasher, microwave oven, plumbed refrigerator and matching rangehood – complete the package. A fully equipped, large, separate laundry also features top quality Fisher and Paykel appliances – an 8.5kg front-loading washing machine and 5kg vented dryer. Most apartments have three stunning modern bathrooms (with ensuites to both the main and second bedrooms as well as a full bathroom), and up to two secure garages per apartment. Professionals Forster Tuncurry has a long association and relationship with Wakefield Akhurst Developments, and has been directly involved in the exciting RockPool On Kent development since its inception.

Visit the RockPool Apartments onsite display suite at: Kent Street (opposite Woolworths), Tuncurry. Open 7 days For more information on RockPool on Kent, contact Professionals Forster Tuncurry on 02 6555 6555. rockpoolapartments.com.au

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beers. The Farm to Fridge community initiative allows locals and visitors to benefit from an online ordering and delivery/pick up service of fresh local farm produce. farmtofridge.com.au With the Pacific Ocean, Great Lakes and rivers right on the doorstep, committed and creative folk have turned their talents to expanding on the region’s longstanding reputation for fabulous fresh fish and seafood, caught daily, to bring a bigger feast to our tables!

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Barrington Coast has made quite a name for itself as a foodies’ hotspot in recent years, thanks to abundant local produce and the enthusiasm of individuals, and community groups, in the area who recognised that abundance and wanted to share their plates!

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onna Carrier, from Bent On Food in Wingham; Renee Miller from Plunge Forster; Sue Williams of Topi Open Range farm in Mayers Flat; Emma Yeo of Yeo Farm in Bulahdelah, and Helen Black from the Coastal Brewing Company, are among the many dedicated food lovers making a difference, raising awareness and embracing the fresh ‘farm to fork’ philosophy. Local growers and food lovers have elevated the region’s food status, heartily promoting local produce across restaurants and other eateries. Food markets, including farmers’ markets dedicated to organic produce, flourish here thanks to the lush hinterland, pastures and fertile earth (plus plenty of TLC!) yielding everything from exceptional angus beef and fresh pasture-raised lamb, to artisan cheeses, locally-roasted coffee beans, and locally-produced wines and craft Explore Barrington Coast 20

The fantastic Great Lakes Food Trail, for locals and visitors alike, illustrates the popularity and growing interest in this burgeoning Barrington Coast world of food. In 2020, the fascinating and fun trail includes visits to local farms, breweries and vineyards, dropping in on the many producers and providores of the region for tastings and education, and tantalising taste buds with freshly grown produce, craft beer, fine wines, seafood, sweet treats and other Barrington Coast bounties. “We are looking at building on our success so far and encouraging people to stay on the trail overnight so they can take part in some great learning experiences run by our producers using their own produce like a cooking with lamb and beef master class, desserts to die for, making cheese at home and create-your-own wine blend,” says Sue Williams, President of the Great Lakes Food Trail and owner of Topi Open Range farm. “The array of awards amongst the producers together with increasing market demand locally and further afield for produce from the area highlights the strength of the region for its produce. “Through working together we’ve been able to improve accessibility for locals and visitors to the region to the very best in local produce and the Food Trail is at the very heart of this. As people become much more conscious around the food and drink that they consume, the Food Trail provides people with the opportunity to hear, see first-hand and ask questions.” thegreatlakesfoodtrailnsw.com.au

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Monin seafood

With over 70 years experience behind its well-respected name and business, it’s no surprise to learn than Monin Seafoods in Tuncurry supplies local seafood, dry goods and packaging to the hospitality industry between Newcastle and Port Macquarie six days a week! Monin sources its seafood locally or direct from the ďŹ shermen to ensure quality is a premium, and with boats unloading daily the variety of seafood available changes quite often. Matt and Kellie Monin, and their team at Monin Seafoods, can be found at Rodmay Street, Tuncurry, from 7am daily, providing all of your fresh seafood needs. A comprehensive Seafood Market is open to the public from Monday to Saturday.

13 Rodmay Street, Tuncurry 02 6555 9189 moninseafoods.com.au

Monin sources its seafood locally or direct from the fishermen to ensure quality is a premium...

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hen you drive from the beautiful coastal towns of Forster Tuncurry to the hinterland of the Barrington Coast, you will meet a variety of food producers, including beef farmers, cheesemakers and all types of growers. Farmers Markets are abundant with local produce and weekly markets include The Secret Farmers Market in Taree and Bent on Tuesday Farmers Market in Wingham. Monthly Farmers Markets are held at Wingham, Nabiac and Gloucester. Getting out in the country feeds the soul, and local cafes feed the belly with champions of local produce including our very own Bent on Food in Wingham. We have been working with local producers for almost 15 years and I believe that we do business in one of the best food bowls in NSW. The historical town of Wingham has become a bit of a foodie hub, where you can also taste local produce at Garden Grub Café. Wingham is also home to a yearly Beef Week Festival held in May, and Manning Valley Naturally Beef is a highly sought after product that can be found on many menus around the region. What I find so special about the hinterland is that many cafes are filled with displays of jams, pickles and chutneys that are handcrafted with love and made from produce picked off local farms. Nothing is wasted, as country folk have lived like this for decades, preserving food in these traditions. There is a quaint quality to the hinterland, and visitors often get the urge to

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food! move here after they meet the friendly locals! One of these locals, Rudi, owns Mentges Master Meats, a traditional German smokehouse located between Wingham and Taree, and a visit here is a must-do. It’s a little like going back in time, where as a child you would get to taste a little morsel of ham or sausage from the local deli owner. Take your esky as you won’t be able to resist the selection of smoked meats on offer. In the same shop, you can buy freshly baked German style sourdough, then pop in to Comboyne Culture Cheese next door, where a variety of glorious gooey soft cheeses are produced and sold. be tasted by appointment at the venue, or look for it in local cafes, pubs and restaurants. The The region is not shy when it comes to local Buckets Way is also home to many other quirky wines and spirits either, with Great Lakes outlets worth visiting. Paddocks in Wooton offering more than just wine –they also have grass fed beef and regular music events in the paddocks. Old Inn Road in Bulahdelah is value-adding to its wine production by offering homemade marmalades and spring water. The Farmer’s Wife Distillery is located on the Buckets Way near Stroud and they specialise in the most amazing gin that can Explore Barrington Coast 22

Donna Carrier is the proprietor of Bent on Food Cafe and Regional Produce Store, Bent on Food Cookery School and Bent on Life. Bent On Food 95 Isabella St, Wingham bentonfood.com.au

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ocal traditions are thriving and adapting to the change in food culture, as we are now seeking and finding a complete foodie experience in the Barrington Coast. As you drive into the small coastal towns you are hit with the nostalgic smell of salt air that rustles up memories of childhood sea holidays and restaurants by the water. Seafood in Tuncurry (Worimi place name for plenty of fish) is transported around the world to some of the finest restaurants and local fishermen work the coast from Harrington to Hawkes Nest for their catch. Wallis Lake glitters with oysters farmed for over three generations. Local oysters are widely regarded as one of the world’s premium seafood delicacies, and if you have tried a Sydney Rock Oyster, it has most likely come from these crystal clear waters! Local families all over the coast are producing cheese, organic sourdough, free range eggs and meat, fine wine and seafood that is shipped worldwide, this means dishes in local cafes and restaurants are exploding with creativity as the months go by. The best way to find them is to talk to the locals. Head to the markets and meet people like Joe and Fern from Guyung Farm – they are making an impact with a farm-based business producing an abundance of micro herbs and organic greens – and BYO container for a fresh batch.

gravitated towards the community hub which houses Plunge Forster, Flying Fish takeaway, Cakes by Candi B and the True Colour Market. A platter isn’t complete without tomato chutney made by Plunge cafe in Forster boasts a menu filled with Mumma Di, and her local produce to make up secret family recipe is now the vegan, vegetarian, dairy a part of the Plunge produce free and gluten free menu. Plunge cafe in arm. Candi’s classic cupcakes It is part of the new Fairways Forster boasts a have ooey gooey centres, Foodies movement, which menu filled with and bespoke wedding cakes local produce is fast becoming known are freshly baked topped with to make up the amongst locals who have local floral arrangements. vegan, vegetarian, dairy free and Two doors down you will find gluten free menu. Flying fish Takeaway where locals will tell you the wraps have healing properties. True story! The Goggerly family has been a big part of the fishing feasts delivered to our plates on the Barrington Coast for decades, and now produce a stunning Manuka-like honey. Whoota Ellerslie honey hives are found on a lakeside retreat at Coomba Park. Just down the road is Lara and Kieran’s Palms Artisan bakery. Their organic sourdough has the perfect balance of crunch and softness, and if you get

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along to Pacific Palms Markets you can take home a loaf or two and pick up a wheel of the divine DolceNina cheese from Burraduc Buffalo farm. The ethical dairy makes Buffalo Mozzarella, Buffalo Milk, artisan cheeses and, when the time is right, Buffalo meat. Stock your picnic basket at Blueys Cellars at Blueys Beach. The brilliant wine selection matches the deli section, fully stocked with cheese, a choice selection of meats and crackers – local and imported. Renee Miller is one of the owners of Plunge Forster, a cafe dedicated to good food sourced from producers on the Barrington Coast.

Plunge Forster 5/21 Boundary Street, Forster plungeforster.org


How does it work?

THE COFFEE TRAIL

Look for this coffee cup icon on the Explore Barrington Coast map

If your day can’t start without that morning ‘Mmmmm’ moment; if you like to sip a smooth cup or two throughout the day, to grab an afternoon pep-up, or to round out dinner with a blissful brew, the Barrington Coast has you covered. The region not only provides countless outlets serving delicious freshly brewed coffee, but also some of the most spectacular scenic spots where you can chill, sit and savour the views.

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he Explore Barrington Coast Coffee Trail features 25 participating locations, and it’s growing. Cafes across the region offer a wide array

of roasted bean goodness. Coffee-lovers are encouraged to take time out to sip and savour a cup of liquid gold at any of our friendly and ambient Coffee Trail partners, or to enjoy coffeeon-the-go with a side order of breathtaking vistas … and use swap or reusable cups that helps reduce waste – an environmental benefit for all! The Coffee Trail is a joint initiative between Explore Barrington Coast magazine and MidCoast Waste services to reimagine waste and, in particular, reducing single-use coffee cups. The project springs from a passion to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. "Midcoast Waste Services recognise the importance of working together to manage, reduce and avoid waste,” says local Education Officer Megan Griffiths. "The ultimate conclusion presented by the 2019

ABC documentary War On Waste, stated the1 billion disposable paper cups, used for take away coffee per year, are not recyclable and end up in landfill. The response from the Australian public has seen unprecedented demand for reusable cups and created a nationwide discussion about the sustainable practices of our daily grind." 1

Check out all of the Coffee Trail partners on the back of the map and pop the address into your GPS. Keep an eye out for the SIP Coffee, Swap or Rinse SAVE Waste poster displayed in the Coffee Trail partner window. Sit & Sip … if time permits, sit and sip. Most cafes serve coffee in china cups. Kick back, take some to relax and enjoy reading Explore Barrington Coast. Take- away … Re-imagine waste cups cost $4 + coffee order cost. Coffee Trail partners will either swap the base of the Re-Imagine waste cup or rinse the customer's cup for reuse. When you visit a Coffee Trail partner, give a shout-out from your location and tag #coffeetrail #explorebarringtoncoast #reimaginewaste #sipandsave

1Source: cremacoffeegarage.com.au/blog/truth-aboutdisposable-coffee-cups-abcs-war-on-waste

"The Coffee Trail project is a wonderful demonstration of how the region can come together, collaborating to help educate and promote best waste practices and reduce singleuse coffee cups, while coffee lovers explore and discover the region,” says El Rattray from Barrington Coast Publishing. For more information on recycling presentations and workshops and other waste practices head to Midcoast Waste Services To join the Coffee Trail program, message ExploreBarringtonCoast or hello@barringtoncoastpublishing Explore Barrington Coast 24

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Beach Bums Cafe - Forster OPEN Daily from 5:45am - 3:00pm Corner of North & Beach St, Forster Main Beach Phone 02 6555 2840 BeachBumsCafe


Water

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Looking to fill up your water bottle? There are bottle refill stations across our area in public spaces. See the list below and also find them through the Choose Tap app. Boomerang Beach, north Bulahdelah showground Forster, Boronia Park soccer club rooms Forster, Main Beach at the pool Forster, Little Street Baths Gloucester, outside Denison St public toilets Hawks Nest, Providence Park Old Bar, next to Main Beach toilets Pacific Palms Surf Club Taree, Recreation ground building Taree, River Walk at the old pool

Taree, River walk at Pultney St (just past the play equipment) Taree, Little Athletics sportsfield clubhouse (end of Bligh St) Tea Gardens, Marine Drive Tinonee Recreation Grounds, soccer clubhouse Tuncurry, John Wright Park Tuncurry, South Street sports complex

water refil

Tuncurry Memorial Park Tuncurry rock pool Wingham, Central Park playground Wingham sportsground

MidCoast Council has invested in installing over 30 bottle refill stations in public spaces across the region, to help our community and visitors access quality drinking water while out and about enjoying the beautiful Barrington Coast.

WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE? Dear holiday-makers, Welcome! We hope you love our pristine beaches and sparkling waterways as much as we do. We work hard to keep our waterways clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. Please help us protect our beaches, rivers, parks and reserves by disposing of your garbage responsibly. Find out about our waste-free approach, and how you can do your bit while you’re here, at www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/waste ¤ĚɠĿŞîijĿŠĚØîƙƥĚĿƙƎîƑƥūIJūƭƑČūŞŞĿƥŞĚŠƥƥūƑĚēƭČĿŠijƥĺĚîŞūƭŠƥūIJDžîƙƥĚijūĿŠijƥūŕîŠēǶŕŕɍ

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Plunge - Forster

Tartt Café - Forster

The Balcony - Forster

OPEN 6:30am - 2:30pm Mon-Fri. Sat 7:00am - 2:30pm Sun 7:00am -1:00pm 5/21 Boundary Street, Forster Phone 0400 553 378 Plunge Forster #plungeforster

OPEN Daily 7:00am - 4:00pm 12 Wharf Street, Forster Phone 02 6555 6690 tartt #tarttcafe

OPEN 8am - 2:00pm Wed -Thurs, 8:00am - 3:00pm Fri - Sat, 5:00pm to late Fri - Sat Level 1, 32 Wharf Street, Forster Phone 02 6555 9836 The Balcony

Wing man Espresso - Forster

Meze Forster - Forster

Country Palings Petals & Pots - Forster

OPEN 7 days 6:30am - 2:00pm 22 North St, Main Beach, Forster Phone 0421550354 Wing Man Espresso

OPEN 7:00am - 2:30pm Mon-Fri & 8:00am - 2:30pm Sat-Sun 26 Wallis Street, Forster Phone 0412 500 765 Meze at Foster #mezeforster

OPEN Daily 10:00am - 3:00pm (closed Tues) 44 Green Point Drive, Green Point Phone 02 65547483 Country Palings Petals & Pots Cafe & Gifts Green Point

Drift Food & Coffee - Blueys Beach

Jenz @ Blueys Beach

Tiona Holiday Park

OPEN daily 6:15am - 2:30pm, later in holidays 7/207 Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach Phone 02 6554 0003 #driftpalms

OPEN 9.30am - 4:00pm Wed-Sun. Holidays: Every day. 204 Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach Phone 02 65540582 #jenzatblueys

OPEN 7 days 8:30am – 10:30 & 3:00pm- 5:00pm 4451 The Lakes Way, Pacific Palms Phone 02 6554 0291 Tiona Palms

Moby’s on Red Gum - Boomerang Beach

The Rockpool Café - Tuncurry

Meze Hallidays - Hallidays Point

OPEN daily 6:30am - 4:00pm OPEN daily during peak season from 7:30am until late Rockpool Rd, Tuncurry 4 Red Gum Road, Boomerang Beach The Rockpool Cafe Phone 02 6555 8281home Phone 02 6591 0000 Mobys Retreat #mobysretreat Explore Barrington Coast 26 the of holidays

Shop 4a, 85 High Street, Black Head Phone 0400 872 078 Meze at Hallidays


Bent On Food - Wingham

Greenhouse Café - Nabiac

The Little Avon - Gloucester

OPEN 8:00am - 5:00pm Mon-Fri. 8:00am - 3:00pm Sat & 9:00am - 3:00pm Sun. 95 Isabella Street, Wingham Phone 02 6557 0727 Bent on Food#bentonfood

OPEN Daily 7.30am - 3.30pm 72 Clarkson St, Nabiac Phone 02 6554 1944 Greenhouse Café Nabiac

OPEN Daily 6:30am - 2:00pm 82 Church Street, Gloucester Phone 02 6558 1016 The Little Avon

Blueprint Kitchen - Gloucester

Frothy Coffee Boatshed - Smiths Lake

The Good Food Store - Smiths Lake

OPEN 7:00am – 2:00pm Mon-Fri 1/3 Britten St, Gloucester Phone 0438 421 523 Blueprint Kitchen

OPEN Daily 9:00am - 4:00pm 1 Amaroo Drive, Smiths Lake Phone 02 6554 4202 Frothy Coffee Boatshed #frothycoffeeboatshed

OPEN Daily 9:00am - 5:00pm (closed Tues) Shop 4. Lot 6 Macwood Rd, Smiths Lake Phone 02 65544884 Good Food Store

Alderley Creek General Store - Stroud OPEN 9:00am - 3:00pm Fri - Sun 2653 The Bucketts Way, Stroud Phone 0400 611 385 Alderley Creek General Store

Fiona’s Tea Garden Café - Tea Gardens OPEN 7 days 7:00am - 4:00pm Shop 4, Myall Quays Shopping Centre, Tea Gardens Phone 02 4997 2112 Fiona’s Tea Garden Cafe

The Deck - Tuncurry OPEN daily 7:30am - 3:00pm + dinner bookings Fri- Sat. 2 Ray Street, Tuncurry Phone 02 6555 6060 The Deck Tuncurry

Café Nosh - Taree

Harrigan’s Irish Pub - Harrington

Nates Pizzeria & Café - Harrington

OPEN Check web for more info Shop 26/102-128 Victoria St, Taree Phone 0422 486 742 Café Nosh Taree

OPEN 7 days 7:30am - 10:00pm & Sat-Sun 7:30pm -11:30pm 1 Josephine Blvd, Harrington Phone 02 6556 0555 Harrigan’s Irish Pub Waters Explore Barrington Coast 27 Harrington the home of holidays

OPEN 7 Days 8:30am - 9:00pm (last orders 8:45pm) Shop 13, Harrington Waters Shopping Village. Phone 02 5509 7756 natespizzeria


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Follow any of these six scenic touring routes to experience the coastal great lakes and beaches, lookouts with spectacular views, waterfalls, picnic and camping areas, mountain ranges and rainforest river valleys. All within a short drive of the Pacific Highway.


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Local fishermen unloading their haul at the Tuncurry Co-op. 1995 oil on canvas by Valerie Wright

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ver 40 active fishermen are now weighing in daily, each shareholders of the Co-Op. The voice of the fishermen

of the area, the Co-Op was formed as the central receiving depot to handle the catch and distribution daily. The Co-Op

Wallis Lake Fishermen’s Co-op has been in operation since 1947 and many of the fishermen today are the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of those first fishermen.

began supplying equipment, fuel and other

Not only do they save on transport costs, they can also ensure that the freshest and best quality product is kept here in their local community. Product is sent to Sydney five times per week and, on the auction floor, buyers consider the Wallis Lake Co-Op seafood as some of the best.

provides fuel, mooring, slipway, ice, fishing

The Co-Op shop gets the pick of the daily catches as it arrives in off the boats, guaranteeing that locals and tourists receive the freshest local seafood in the area every day of the year.

chandlery and a facility to handle to the local

The shop is open 7 days a week.

requirements of the fishermen, purchased in bulk and sold to its members. These services are still operational today. The Co-Op

catch to its members and the general public. It works in the Co-Op members’ best interests to supply the products locally through the retail shop and then send the remaining catch to the markets in Sydney.

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Wallis Lake Fishermen’s Co-Op 5 Ray Street, Tuncurry 02 6554 6402 wallislakefishco-op.com.au


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Kenny's Thai Kitchen

If you've travelled and discovered the tastes of Thailand, you'll love Kenny's Thai Kitchen located on the top floor at the rear of Club Forster overlooking Forster Golf Course.

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evisit your memories with the fragrance of Jasmine Rice, the richness and colours of Thai Curries, visit Satays, Coconut and Pad Thai, journey through Tom Yum and linger with the tantalising spices of Lemongrass, Coriander, Chilli and Kaffir Lime. Kenny’s Thai Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday each week and, for those on a budget, Kenny offers a very tantalising and affordable set lunch menu along with all those delicious traditional Thai dishes that we love.

weekend.

Situated on the coast in the beautiful Barrington Coast region, Club Forster has metamorphosed into one of the largest clubs in New South Wales.

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Renowned for its modern facilities and friendly atmosphere, the Club offers superb dining options including ‘242ate Café Bar & Grill’, ‘The Tanks’ Café Bar & Lounge, plus our multi award winning restaurant, Kenny’s Thai Kitchen.

courts, modern bar, gaming facilities, the

We are renowned for presenting regular first-class Australian and International entertainment, along with presenting free lounge entertainment featuring some of the East Coast’s most talented musicians every Explore Barrington Coast 31

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Club Forster boasts modern function rooms suitable for any occasion or corporate gathering – large or small. Each function room has state-of-the-art AV facilities plus a team of professional co-ordinators to assure that your event is a success. The club also has a child-minding facility, gameshows and promotions daily, full TAB and gaming services, free courtesy bus service, and many internal social clubs. Our sister club, the Sporties Tuncurry, is a brief 5-minute bridge, and offers a relaxing, country club style atmosphere which includes three championship bowling greens, tennis finest bistro in Tuncurry plus a new addition – an RV Friendly Park.

Kenny’s Thai Kitchen Club Forster 19 Strand Street, Forster 02 6591 6591 enquiries@clubforster.com.au clubforster.com.au


Tillermans Café & Restaurant

Kembali Café

Hamiltons Oysters

Hueys at Blueys

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Sampling delicious fare on the Barrington Coast is as easy as stepping into any one of the region’s diverse array of eateries – and wineries! Tea Gardens TEA GARDENS BOATSHED 110 Marine Drive Tea Gardens 02 4997 0307

KEMBALI CAFÉ 2/188 Boomerang Drive Blueys Beach 02 6554 0889

SUSHI BAY Stockland Mall 149 Breese Parade Forster 02 6557 2100

TILLERMANS CAFÉ & RESTAURANT 77 Marine Drive Tea Gardens 02 4997 0138

MACWOOD GRILL 8 Paradise Drive Smiths Lake 02 6554 4567

H a l l i day s P o i n t

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Forster Tuncurry

SUN BISTRO 1 Sanderling Ave Hawks Nest 02 4997 0145

GOOD GRUB SHACK 102 Manning Street Tuncurry 02 5591 7221

Stroud THE CREPE MYRTLE TEA & COFFEE ROOMS 63 Cowper Street (The Bucketts Way) Stroud 02 4024 5601 Bulahdelah HEALTHY ASIAN DELIGHT Recovery Road Bulahdelah 02 4997 4535 Pa c i f i c Pa l m s HUEYS @ BLUEYS 201 Boomerang Drive Blueys Beach 02 6554 0222

SPICE MONKEY Shop 4, Reef Apartments, 2-6 Wharf Street Forster 02 6554 8767 LAKES AND OCEAN HOTEL 10 Little Street Forster 02 6554 6005 HAMILTONS OYSTERS 1 Palm Street Tuncurry 02 6554 8245 THE REEF FORSTER Shop 1, Reef Apartments, 2-6 Wharf Street Forster 02 6555 7092

THE KRANKY GOAT Tallwoods Golf & Country Club in Halliday’s Point 02 6593 3256 THE GRILL ON MAIN Main Street Hallidays Point 02 6559 2923 Gloucester HEBBYS BAKERY 55 Church Street Gloucester 02 6558 1837 YIM THAI RESTAURANT 117 Church Street Gloucester 02 6558 9231 Ta r e e

Wineries GREAT LAKES PADDOCKS 115 Herivels Road Wootton 02 4997 7255 FAULLS RIDGE WINE 611 Bucketts Way Tugrabakh 0409 121 304 TUGWOOD WINES 450 Mograni Creek Road Gloucester 0447 450 833

DINEON19 AT CLUB TAREE 121 Wingham Road Taree 02 6539 4000

OLD INN ROAD VINEYARD 441 Old Inn Road Bulahdelah 0412 741 491

ROYAL HOTEL TAREE 202 Victoria Street Taree 02 6552 1242

GAP HILL VINEYARD 8 Gap Hill Road Stroud 02 4994 5137

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Fancy a breakfast, lunch or dinner, made from fresh Aussie seasonal produce, that comes with a soothing aural accompaniment of the crashing waves of Boomerang Beach, and views across a lagoon pool or tranquil garden?

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obys on Red Gum serves up all of this and more and, when it comes to the food itself, each menu pops with flavour across an array of dishes that tempt the tastebuds of the most discerning foodie – and delights younger palates with delicious eats from the Children’s Menu. The restaurant also caters for special dietary requirements – just ask! The contemporary, yet casual, setting offers a dining experience where the ambience and the food are in harmony! Chef Jesse Lemon sources the best local produce whenever it’s available, including the region’s outstanding seafood (fresh market fish at lunchtime, and squid or scampi for dinner), and a diverse range of flavourful local paddock to plate ingredients.

A broad selection of world-class wines, craft beer and tap beer, and cocktails are also available – which is why Mobys on Red Gum is the perfect spot to unwind at the daily happy hour! During peak season, Mobys on Red Gum is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7.30am until late. You can also kick back and enjoy fresh coffee, or a refreshing drink, any time.

Mobys on Red Gum Red Gum Road, Boomerang Beach 02 6591 0095 mobys.com.au/restaurant

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Beach Bums Café #goodmorningforster Whether you are on holidays or lucky enough to call yourself a local, there's something for everyone at Beach Bums. Embedded at the heart of the Forster Main Beach community, this meeting point and social hub is more than just great view. We have over 2 acres of garden supplying fresh produce for our seasonal menus and daily specials board. Open for breakfast and lunch daily from 5:45am, kick back with a coffee on sunrise and keep an eye out for dolphins and whales (in season). Check out the cabinet for sweet treats, more gluten free options and goodness-to-go.

Cnr of North & Beach Street, Forster, (Next to Forster S.L.S.C) 02 6555 2840 beachbumscafe.com.au

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Paddocks Family-friendly Great Lakes Paddocks is many things – a working farm producing grass-fed angus beef, a vineyard with cellar door, an event hub, a wedding venue, a destination for special occasions, a host for music and other events in the tranquil back paddock, and the place to try (and take home) delicious local produce. Nestled in the stunning hinterland of the Great Lakes region, Great Lakes Paddocks has evolved from Great Lakes Winery, reflecting the diversity of the region’s offerings for locals, visitors, tour groups, and families.

115 Herivels Road, Wootton 0419 618 211 greatlakespaddocks.com.au

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Coastal Beer The local beer on the Barrington Coast is brewed by The Coastal Brewing Company, based in Forster. You’ll find their beer in local bottleshops, bars and restaurants and you can also visit the Tasting Room in Forster and enjoy a tasting paddle, a drink, light food and a tour of the brewery.

Pacific Palms Seafood is sourced from the vast network of local fishermen in the region to ensure customers receive only the best quality, freshest seafood all day, every day! Offering a wide variety of fresh seafood – everything from whole snapper to calamari rings – you can pre-order a seafood platter ahead of your arrival, and Pacific Palms Seafood will even pack the finest and freshest seafood on ice for you to take home with you at the end of your holiday!

210 Charlotte Bay Street, Pacific Palms, just off The Lakes Way. 0438 6311 83

identified that Forster was the ideal location for a brewery.

The concept of ‘L.I.F.E’ is core to the brewery’s operations, Local, Independent, The Coastal Brewing Company was Fresh, Everytime. The names of the beers established in 2017 by husband and wife are inspired by the local Barrington Coast team David and Helen area. For example you will Black, who founded find Cellito IPA, Diamond the brewery to meet There’s a big focus Beach Pilsner, Treachery an increasing demand on innovation at XPA and Wallis Weizen in for local, fresh, the brewery and its beer range. independently-brewed throughout the The brewery brews its beer beer. The brewery is part year you will find using natural ingredients of The Great Lakes Food new beers added on a 1200 litre brewhouse. to the line up. Trail as well as a pick-up In its first two years of hub for the online local operation the brewery produce store – Farm to brewed over 20 diff erent beers. There’s a Fridge. big focus on innovation at the brewery and In addition to being available locally, Coastal throughout the year you will find new beers Brewing Company beer is sold in bottleshops, added to the line up. In the Tap Room you bars and restaurants across NSW and as well can sample the beers on a tasting paddle, as nationally through select online retailers. in a 200 mL or in a schooner glass. As well Prior to establishing the brewery David as cans and cases you can also fill ‘growlers’ and Helen had both enjoyed over 20 and ‘squealers’ for take-away from the Tasting years of corporate life, and after David Room. completed a brewing qualification from Federation University they moved full steam 3 Dalman Street, Forster ahead in finding a location in the area for a 02 6554 7886 microbrewery. David and Helen had been coming to the area for a number of years and thecoastalbrewingcompany.com Explore Barrington Coast 35

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Education Fund local people supporting local kids Offering financial support via grants and In 2018, Pacific Palms Real Estate and Pacific scholarships, as well as other services and Coast Property Network joined a growing list of support, GLEF Major Partners Major Partners of the Great subscribe to the organisation’s Lakes Education Fund (GLEF) From just $20 ethos of ‘local people program, helping local per week, you supporting local kids’. students make their career can give local dreams come true. Mia and Ethan are two of the

young people a brighter, better educated future.

“We are delighted to support GLEF,” said Kim Jeffress, Pacific Palms Real Estate. “The students’ stories are inspiring and it makes us extremely pleased to be able to see local kids strive to achieve such great goals.”

young locals currently being supported by Pacific Palms Real Estate and Pacific Coast Property Network. Mia is training at Taree TAFE to complete a Diploma of Nursing, with plans to continue to a Bachelor of Nursing at Newcastle University; and Ethan is at

the University of Sydney, undertaking a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience) as a pathway to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. “I am extremely and utterly grateful,” Ethan said of his Pacific Palms GLEF Grant. “The assistance provided has contributed to my rent and textbook and device costs, lifting a financial burden off my shoulders.”

0413 328 373 Great Lakes Education Fund cef.org.au

Boob Loob helping to save lives

With a past history of breast cancer and a sister who more recently trod the same devastating path, Elizabeth Beach woman, Jo Niall, was acutely aware of how many younger women are now being diagnosed with this terrible disease. At the time when Jo was first diagnosed 30 years ago when she was only 28, it was very unusual to see women that age with this disease. It occurred to her that now more than ever better breast cancer awareness is crucial. And so the idea for ‘BOOB LOOB’, a self-check shower gel, was born. Designed and branded to encourage women to regularly check their breasts and stay on top of their breast health. After much trial and error, the final product came to life. With no experience in this industry it was a steep learning curve for Jo, and there were many dead ends and failures, but she was determined to see it through. BOOB LOOB supports the McGrath Foundation. $1.00 from the sale of each bottle will go to their Breast Care Nurses program. For more information and to purchase a bottle of BOOB LOOB

boob-loob.com @boobloob_bigmessageinabottle

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Local 15-year old, Charlize Everitt, from Boomerang Beach, is a rising surf star, who has been competing since she was just six years old.

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s she paddles her way to a professional career in surfing, Charlize has her eye on fulfilling her personal wishlist – to surf the big waves of the world famous (Banzai) Pipeline in Oahu, Jaws on Maui (both in Hawaii) and Supertubes in South Africa!

become a pro surfer one day. I know it isn't going to be easy and it will involve a lot of hard work but I like the challenges.”

Charlize’s passion and determination saw her placed 5th in the 2019 Rip Curl National Final in Wollongong, and first in the Under 16s Regional Surfing Titles in Newcastle. She Cutting her baby teeth trains every day and “I am so lucky on the Farnborough works hard on having to surf at lots of Beach break in central a positive attitude. beautiful uncrowded Queensland, she “My main motto is ‘surf beaches around joined the local board eat sleep repeat’ but I Pacific Palms riders club when she also say ‘the ocean is with sea life like was just four years old. my happy place’ and dolphins, whales, ‘good vibes only’. To “Mum and dad took turtles, stingrays get myself motivated I us to the beach and fish every day.” usually do some warmnearly every day and ups or stretches and encouraged us to say to myself ‘if in doubt paddle out’. swim and surf. Dad always pushed us on to waves until I was strong enough to paddle. I was a very determined child and wanted to do it myself.” Working with a coach from Surfing Australia’s high-performance centre in Casuarina, Charlize hopes to go all the way to becoming an elite athlete – even planning to enter the World Surf League Pro Juniors in 2020. “It’s always been a dream of mine to

An enthusiastic advocate of keeping our oceans clean, Charlize supports Take 3 for the Sea and the World Surfing League’s initiative #stoptrashingwaves. “I live in one of Australia's hidden coastal gems. The beaches, lakes, and environment are pristine and we need to keep them that way.” charlize.everitt

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Charlize loves surfing locally with the Boomerang Beach Boardriders – alongside Pacific Palms champion surfer and mentor, Mel Bartz, who claimed her fourth State Title at North Boomerang Beach, taking out the women’s over-35s division of the 2019 NSW Surfmasters Titles. Check out upcoming surf events

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repurposing. “I left my accounting admin role to embark on a new adventure. The more I learnt, the more I wanted to share … and I have come to believe, that even the smallest of efforts, can make a big impact,” Megan says. Over the past two years the JR Richards Midcoast Waste Take3 program has engaged 12 local schools to reduce canteen waste and participate in clean-ups within the grounds and the community. “I am always thrilled to support new programs like SIP SWAP SAVE, that not only encourage reuse, but make us stop, to slow down, and enjoy our time.

Megan Griffiths E n v i r o n m e n ta l e d u c ato r She was raised on the land, and spent her heady twenties living and working in bustling Sydney, but when the time came to start a family, Megan Griffiths was adamant that she wanted her children to know where their food came from, and have a sense of connectedness with both community and nature. From a personal catalyst to a career choice, Megan is now the Waste Education Officer

for JR Richards & Sons in Tuncurry, sharing her own environmental education journey with community groups, schools and businesses to educate and consult in opportunities to minimise waste, avoid single use items and recycle better. Working alongside Midcoast Library, Megan leads the charge, on behalf of JR Richards, to share knowledge and resources to reinvigorate lost skills in upcycling and

“Start small - be consistent,” she says of SIP SWAP SAVE. ”Find one thing that you know you can swap/avoid and commit for 30 days. Then choose your next item. When we rally together with our individual actions, we will find ourselves in a much better place!”

92-94 Manning St, Tuncurry NSW 2428 1300 579 278 jrrichards.com.au education@jrrichards.com.au

Chris Tippett T h e at r e M a n ag e r , M a n n i n g E n t e r ta i n m e n t C e n t r e The 505-seat Manning Entertainment Centre (MEC) in Taree has a new Manager, with the appointment of Chris Tippett, an experienced member of the MEC team for over 15 years. Chris brings to his new role a vision to foster a culturally enriching performing arts program that entertains and inspires the local community, and will focus on bringing the best touring acts to the MidCoast, while also building a strong local performing arts culture which is accessible to all. Manning Entertainment Centre is a proscenium-arched theatre that serves the residents of the Manning Valley, Great Lakes, Gloucester and Camden Haven regions. Built as a bicentennial project in 1987, the theatre has a long history of attracting the highest quality performers to

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the region including The Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bangarra Dance, Bell Shakespeare Company and Circus Oz. Equally as important, the theatre is a valuable asset for local performers, with regular use by local schools, dance schools and groups including the Taree Arts Council, Manning Valley Choral Society and Taree & District Eisteddfod. "I feel extremely privileged to have been granted this opportunity and look forward to leading the wonderful team of staff and volunteers we have here at the MEC into the future," says Chris.

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Award-winning Pacific Palms-based architect, Ian Sercombe, likes to create ‘healthy and responsive’ buildings, and designs both residential and commercial buildings that mesh character with energy efficient design and low toxicity materials. Ian says his designs begin with solid planning, with a focus on key elements like maximising solar gain, natural light and ventilation, colour, form, and finishing materials. He also specialises in the use of rammed earth, which provides thermal mass, helping to moderate internal temperatures in summer and winter. Ian is the recent winner of the Australian Institute of Architects 2019 NSW Country Division Awards for Architectural Excellence in the category of ‘Public Architecture’ for his work on the Tuncurry Resource Recovery Centre. The jury of experts was led by architecture@altitude’s Virginia Wong-See, who said of Ian’s work: “The centre addressed the ideas of sustainability and recycling, both during construction and through education, helping the Mid Coast Council work towards a zero waste target.”

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With a mission to nurture established and emerging artists, from both urban and regional areas, to deliver beautiful and unique exhibitions, proud Murrawarri woman and Manning Regional Art Gallery I am so proud to work with our dedicated Director, Rachel Piercy, team of volunteers, believes that delivering those the Friends of creative programs and events the Gallery and is only possible through the professional wonderful collaboration with Gallery staff, to likeminded people.

Program provides the local community in Manning, Great support artists and “I am so proud to work Lakes and Gloucester creatives to produce with our dedicated team of amazing work for our regions, and their volunteers, the Friends of the community visitors, with access Gallery and the professional to international, Gallery staff, to support national, established artists and creatives to and emerging artists. The Gallery exhibition produce amazing work for our community,” and associated public programs also enable says Rachel, who works and lives on Biripi people to get involved, reflect on current Country. issues, learn something new and have a bit of fun. The Manning Regional Art Gallery Exhibition

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The Gallery has several exhibition spaces, featuring curated and touring exhibitions from around Australia, including the Archibald Prize, Moran Portrait Prize, and the Hinton Collection. The Manning Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of MidCoast Council. The annual program is supported by the NSW Government, through Create NSW.

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Not only in and around Forster, but also throughout the Barrington Coast, Little Street Roasters is the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to premium, locally roasted liquid gold.

The funky and friendly Tartt Café is open

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The man behind the business, Michael Tartt, and his partner and barista, Jack Yeates, firmly believe in supporting and sustaining their local community, even roasting coffee beans locally in Forster. Beans can be purchased for home use at Tartt Café on Wharf Street, Forster and Wingman Espresso, providing coffee-togo directly opposite Forster Main Beach.

muesli? For lunch, try one of the many

for breakfast and lunch, offering not only premium and delicious coffee brews but also premium and delicious eats! Start at breakfast with warm waffles, or perhaps a

special surprise dishes Tartt Café serves up on special occasions, the smashed avo, or the roast pumpkin, bacon and rosemary fritters. Tartt’s cheeseburgers are legendary – pile on the patties to make a stack to match your appetite! Tartt Café serves coffee all day. Bookings and walk-ins welcome.

You might even spot the unmissable Little Street Roasters Sandman panel van at local events and sporting fixtures – taking the liquid gold coffees straight to the locals at leisure! That’s service.

12 Wharf Street, Forster 02 6555 6690 ilovetartt

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A fifth generation local, born and raised in the Great Lakes area, artist Nicole Bramble’s passion for this beautiful part of NSW, and for creating colourful and vibrant art, combine to inform her modern contemporary style of illustration. You will see Nicole’s distinctive work displayed in around Blueys Beach, including at Blueys Motel, and for sale at her stall at Pacific Palms Market. Her new tea towel design is resplendent with fun, colourful and iconic representations of the region in her unmistakable style. Nicole’s art captures the landscape she lives in – from its stunning coastline and beaches to iconic experiences and details – to weave a tapestry of animated colour that provides a visual narrative of her local environment that can be shared and enjoyed. “I want the viewers to imagine themselves as part of that story,” she says. “I love bringing a little bit of happiness and to touch people’s heart with my art.”

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Valerie Wright Selected art works by the late Valerie Wright, who called Tuncurry home since 1946, have now been reproduced in a series of limited edition Giclee prints. Working largely, but not exclusively, in mixed media and oils, the artist is renowned for the vibrant colour, skilful

composition, and strong sense of rhythm and movement in her paintings, across diverse subject matter captured in still life and portraits. Many of her works evidence her love of the Great Lakes area, inspired by the maritime activities and crystal clear waters of the region, rainforests, birdlife and people.

valeriewright.com.au

ABOUT GICLEE A specialised printing process for ďŹ ne art, the Giclee method provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction. Prints are on high-quality etching paper and museum-grade canvas.

limitedprints@valeriewright.com.au

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the New look

Blueys

Frequent visitors to Pacific Palms never fail to notice the familiar face of Blueys Motel, perched on the gentle crest of Boomerang Drive at Blueys Beach. Just 200 metres over the undulating hill is the motel’s namesake – iconic Blueys Beach.

the motel. The renovation has left its mark both inside and out, with 4-star accommodation across 10 stylish rooms, transformed with new furniture, décor and amenities that reflect the motel’s location and coastal chic. Guest rooms are airy and spacious, with a palette of neutral, warm colours and vibrant pops, while the pool surrounds are both relaxing and inviting. The new-look Blueys Motel includes unique finishing touches – from fabulous art to bespoke furnishings – that will make your stay even more enjoyable. Eleanor Rattray, who oversaw the transformation of Blueys Motel, says: “The vision for Blueys lueys Motel has been a feature of Motel was to maintain the very high standards the Blueys Beach village for several for which it is renowned, while incorporating decades, offering visitors the comfort, new elements to showcase a contemporary crisp cleanliness and cool vibes style and feel that resonate with our location. befitting this casual beachside destination. Coastal chic is an important part of Blueys Beach and the renovation of the motel reflects those Under new ownership since February 2018, most stylish, yet comfortable, elements that Blueys Motel began a significant revamp of ensure our guests really relax and enjoy their both the property and its rooms that winter, stay with us. incorporating 21st Century beachside chic into the already established warm and welcoming “The teams who have been working on this ambience of the motel. renovation since its inception have done an

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Blueys Motel is ideal for group bookings too – centrally located in the Blueys Beach village, just a stone’s throw from all the exciting activities and attractions the Pacific Palms and Barrington Coast regions have to offer. The friendly ambience of Blueys Motel, established by previous owners Mick and Gayle Hayne, has been retained with Guest Services team Kerrie Lydon, Anna Rowston and Kathy Shaw on hand to ensure that the motel’s regular 10 out of 10 reviews are undiminished! Artwork by local artist, Nicole Bramble, adorns every room, while local identity Jada Stanley has her sensational surfboard art showcased in the executive Blueys Motel rooms.

186 Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach 02 6554 0665 or 0428 400 805 blueysmotel.com.au

The new management team at Blueys Motel, spearheaded by Mark Delagarde and Carys Adams, brings an extensive background in hospitality and real estate, with a wealth of expertise managing high end restaurants and hotels throughout Sydney and surrounds as well as, most recently, working in property management in Sydney. Mark and Carys look forward to welcoming you to the newly renovated Blueys Motel and will ensure your stay is memorable. Blueys Motel is located in the heart of relaxing and friendly Blueys Beach village, just a short drive to a variety of function venues and only a five- minute walk to iconic Blueys Beach. Blueys Motel provides convenient quality 4-star accommodation for individual and group stays.

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Blueys Motel’s innovative and exciting art initiative – 01sqm – showcases artists’ 1sqm artwork on the Blueys Motel exterior wall on Boomerang Drive, facing the Blueys Beach Village. Artists’ 1sqm submissions are on 5mm aluminium composite or weatherproof 5-10mm board, with each piece including the artist’s Instagram, plus #01sqm and #Blueys Beach. For further information on Blueys Motel art installation - 01sqm hello@barringtoncoastpublishing.com.au Artwork by: Michael Adams

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The towns and villages that comprise the vast Barrington Coast region invite locals and visitors to play – and, most importantly, to relax and have fun – in their playground all year round.

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While its credentials as a natural attraction are undisputed, the friendly and casual lifestyle that permeates the Barrington Coast has fostered a whole host of diverse and exciting activities and experiences to meet a host of different interests – and budgets. So … let’s play!

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How could you resist? The multitude of beautiful beaches range from tranquil coves to epic waves, with many patrolled from April to October, among them Forster Main Beach, One Mile Beach South, Bennetts Beach and Elizabeth Beach.

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Blueys, Elizabeth and Boomerang Beaches in Pacific Palms are favourites among surfers of all levels, and you can take your first steps towards riding the waves at Surface Surf School at Blueys Beach, or with Great Lakes Surf School at both Forster and Seal Rocks.

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The Great Lakes are absolutely perfect for all kinds of aqua activities including kayaking, fishing from a boat, houseboat holidays, sailboarding, SUP and water skiing. The triple lakes system here – made up of Myall, Wallis and Smith – is unique, and the waters are crystal clear. In fact, Wallis Lake is one of the cleanest lakes in Australia. Photo: Shane Chalker

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Wherever you find water on the Barrington Coast, you’re bound to find a tranquil recreation spot nearby, perfect for a picnic or bbq, with many parks also featuring children’s playgrounds. Let the kids try Palmgrove Park at One Mile Beach, Jimmys Beach Day Area at Hawks Nest and Tuncurry Rockpool for starters.

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THE BIG BUZZ FUN PARK Located at Diamond Beach – thrills and spills, games, karts, waterpark, and special Toddlers Area for little ones bigbuzz.com.au

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Meet some of the approximately 300 resident inshore Bottle-Nosed Dolphins in the waters of Forster Tuncurry with Amaroo Cruises amaroocruise.com.au

Rev up at The National Motorcycle Museum at Nabiac, with over 800 exhibits including vintage and contemporary motorcycles and motorcycle memorabilia nationalmotorcyclemuseum.com.au

Play 18 rounds at one of the many fantastic Golf Clubs in the area including Hawks Nest Golf Club and Forster Tuncurry Golf Club Delve into history at Tinonee Museum. @TinoneeHistoricalMuseum Ride horses in the bush or on the beach with Horseabout Tours’ guided rides, departing from Tuncurry. horseabouttours.com.au

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FORSTER ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE Laser skirmish, tenpin and Jurassic Putt Putt. Find it in Townsend Street TAREE TENPIN Muldoon Street WATER GOLF & PUTT PUTT Forster Tuncurry Driving Range in Chapmans Road SKATE PARKS Smiths Lake, Tuncurry, Nabiac, Buladelah, Green Point and Tea Gardens


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Take it easy and go off the grid – at least for a moment – and enjoy the regenerating, rejuvenating, relaxing and reconnecting Barrington Coast experiences that promote wellness – from yoga and soul-satisfying meditation and workshops, to all manner of pampering spa and massage treatments and remedial therapies.

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choose your happiness and bliss hree years ago, Forster Yoga Studio’s space was a derelict Indian restaurant full of dirt and grime, albeit with lake views. Owner and yoga teacher, Mia Tycehurst, began a transformation, ultimately creating a serene studio, and a welcoming atmosphere for those who seek refuge from the demands of modern day living.

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was constantly chasing approval from others, it was draining. Yoga taught me not just to love and accept myself, but also how to attract more of the stuff I want.”

“I started the studio up, because yoga changed my life”, Mia says. “I used to have really low self-esteem and did not understand how my own thoughts … I

If you’re curious to try yoga, the studio has a special introductory rate for a month of unlimited classes, and also runs beginners workshops regularly.

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Yoga Heart and Healing Join Vickie Gerken at Yoga Heart and Healing at The Rainforest Studio and Spa at Elizabeth Beach. Classes are also held at Cape Hawke Surf Club in Forster. yogaheartandhealing.com.au

0422 390 570

Blueys Natural Health Combining eastern and western therapies, qualified nutritionist and herbalist with over 20 years’ experience, Deanne Allen, uses acupressure, meridian massage, medical Qigong, meditation, cupping and the wisdom of Chinese Medicine at Blueys Beach Natural Health Centre. Rusty Jones focuses on muscles, tendons and fascia structures to relieve tension and rehabilitate the body. blueysnaturalhealth.com

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Forster Yoga Studio is the only place in the Great Lakes area offering yoga 7 days per week and, from March 2020 the studio will commence its first teacher training course.

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Nourished Soul Sanctum When Megan Jones and Sarah Wilton collaborated over a shared love of good food, good humour and yoga, the result was Nourished Soul Sanctum. With a focus on whole foods, yoga, health and healing, and spiritual wellness, Nourish holds regular retreats, workshops and intensives. nourishedsoulsanctum.com.au


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GreenX7 Finding personal, and collective, time-out away from the daily stresses of work, life and play habits is often easier dreamt than done.

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and connecting us with the natural world, hese days, sadly, play for not the electronic world. many of us involves sitting and engaging with screen In depth scientific research, and the tireless time on electronic devices, work of individuals and organisations or streaming and binge-watching our across a range of fields, has resulted in the favourite tv series. Once identified as a GreenX7 ‘7 Core Elements’ which, when very active, outdoor-oriented culture, embraced daily, help Australians are now reduce stress and anxiety, keeping up with other ...the opportunity increase productivity and parts of the first world in to take time creativity, improve selfthese modern, sedentary out to recharge esteem and mood, reduce and reconnect pastimes. obesity and depression,

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and strengthen As a society we are more surrounds of relationships to others and aware than ever before Tiona. to oneself. of our own, and others’, mental health; more On the Barrington Coast, aware of our physical Tiona Camp Retreats, hosted by Tim Jack frailty; and more aware of life getting in the Adams from GreenX7, give people of all way of living. So many of us realise it’s really ages the opportunity to take time out to time to get back to nature, and nurture. recharge and reconnect in the beautiful Coined by Professor Jules Pretty OBE from the University of Essex, UK, ‘Green Exercise’ is the result of a dedicated research team discovering the benefits of nature-based activity, bringing health and wellbeing benefits to all of us. GreenX7 is founded on the ‘Green Exercise’ principle, and delivers a program of wellness for re-energising and recalibrating our minds, bodies and spirits

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surrounds of Tiona. Guests can choose to stay in a cabin, camp or book into the lake or beach house onsite at Tiona Holiday Park.

For more details on your next wellness getaway contact the Tiona Holiday Park 02 6554 0291. tionapalmsholidaypark.com.au greenx7.com


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If there is one thing you can find plenty of in the Barrington Coast, it’s nature!

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eaches, rivers and lakes provide abundant choices for water activities; while forests, reserves and parks offer up a diverse range of experiences like camping in national parks, hiking and biking, strolling and absorbing strikingly different, and beautiful, natural environments – from the ocean to the mountains.

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Getting active in nature here is as easy as swimming, surfing and snorkelling; picking up a fishing rod; leisurely navigating waterways by boat, kayak or even on waterskis; bushwalking, hiking to a lookout, mountain biking and bird watching.

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Bountiful waterways make boating big business on the Barrington Coast – and by that we mean ‘get boating’! Big boats, little boats, even houseboats … the Myall Lakes, in particular, are made for enjoyment on the water. Try Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) or paddle out in a kayak. Surf the big beach waves, body board through gentler ripples, play in warm and shallow rockpools, or cool down in a natural, clear stream or river while bushwalking.

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Fishing is superb in the region – from beach angling to deep sea charter fishing. Drop a line in the lakes and (hopefully!)

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tailor, bream or whiting. The Pacific Ocean might yield yellowtail kingfish, while estuaries and inshore reefs are home to mackerel. For land lubbers, cycle paths, bush trails and walking paths have been designed to maximise natural and scenic environment. Go 4WD beach driving for a totally different, and exhilarating, perspective of the coast. There are important beach rules keen beach drivers must observe, including purchasing permits. Find out more about access and what you need to know for an unforgettable Barrington Coast experience. midcoastnsw.

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gov.au/Recreation/Beaches/Drivingon-Beaches Don’t forget to rise early at least one

morning so you don’t miss the magnificent sunrises in these parts; and slow down at the end of a satisfyingly fabulous wonderland, to take in some of the most glorious sunsets you will ever witness!

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Explore the natural beauty of our national parks, from a spectacular coastline to forests 1500m above sea level. Visit for the day or stay for a few nights to immerse yourself in this incredible region. Stroll along sandy beaches or bushwalk in Booti Booti National Park, enjoy boating or 4WD touring in Myall Lakes National Park, discover the historic Mountain Maid gold mine in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area or explore World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park, home to incredible Gondwana Rainforests.

For more information visit nationalparks.nsw.gov.au or download the NPWS app

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Enjoy the region for longer by camping at one of multiple campsites, staying in a cottage or experiencing a unique getaway at Seal Rocks Lighthouse Cottages.

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Parks The National Parks in the Barrington Coast region are as unique as they are plentiful. Each offers more than just a handful of special experiences – from the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park and its ancient Gondwana Rainforests to the boating adventures of Myall Lakes National Park. Photo: Michael Hruby

National Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters work alongside Rural Fire Service, Forestry Corporation and Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters. To these heroes of our community we say a BIG and heartfelt, THANK YOU!

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boriginal cultural sites nestle in mountains, under forest canopies, along bush tracks and beside beaches; fabulous flora and fauna can be discovered, and history can be uncovered at places like the Mountain Maid gold mine in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. Here is just a taste … Myall Lakes National Park … has beautiful lakes, beaches and coastal dune systems that provide wonderful opportunities for visitors, and conserve important natural and cultural heritage. It is one of the most visited national parks in northern NSW, with 22 camping areas, holiday accommodation at Seals Rock Lighthouse Cottages and Cutlers Cottage, boating access, and over 20kms of beaches for 4WD touring. Since 1999, this internationally recognised wetlands site, has been listed under the Ramsar Convention due to its diverse mosaic of near-natural wetlands, within a relatively unmodified coastal lake system. This wetland site houses a complex variety of habitats with rich biodiversity, including threatened species and migratory birds protected under international agreements. The Myall Lakes wetlands also have a high cultural and social value as they occur within the traditional lands of the Worimi Aboriginal people, where the varied wetlands, environments and abundant resources provided Explore Barrington Coast 50

an ideal living environment. Right next to Forster, Booti Booti National Park … is comprised of an 8km peninsula between the ocean and a lake, complete with pristine beaches and rainforests. Explore the landscape on a day trip or stay at The Ruins campground, which is well equipped and a convenient base to explore nearby beaches, swimming, walking and whale watching activities. Just five minutes from Forster, the Cape Hawke lookout offers spectacular 360-degree views along the coast from the top of a dedicated tower, perfect for whale watching. At Saltwater National Park … located east of Taree, you can bushwalk, canoe, kayak, swim, fish, surf, picnic, and even whale watch from August through November. The headland at Saltwater Beach is a highly popular surfing point break used for recreational surfing, as well as club and competition surf events. Saltwater Beach and its surrounds are a cultural landscape of great importance to the local Aboriginal Biripi tribe. There are several sites related to the Dreamtime within the park, and the area is declared an Aboriginal Place. Joint management with Aboriginal people and local residents, in association with Saltwater Tribal Council and NPWS, gives this park special local importance. Wingham Brush Nature Reserve … makes a great family day trip. Wingham Brush is an endangered rainforest community and one

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of the few remnants of subtropical lowland rainforest in Manning Valley. It has at least 195 species of native plants, including 76 species of trees and 32 different vines. Wander along the boardwalk and you'll see impressive trees like the gigantic Moreton Bay figs, giant stinging tree and shiny-leaved stinging tree. See flying foxes, enjoy birdwatching and easy walking in the rainforest. Wingham Brush boardwalk connects several walking tracks for a wheelchair friendly experience in the rainforest. Enjoy birdwatching and see a grey-headed flying fox roosting site. Wingham Brush is the only known continuously occupied roosting and maternity site for the vulnerable grey-headed flying fox between Bellingen and the Hunter Valley, peaking at over 200,000 flying foxes in the warmer months. They roost by day and fly out at night to feed. Sit by the banks of the river at sunset and you'll see this spectacular sight as they fly out in search of food. Inland from the coast, immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park … carved out of ancient volcanic flows, Barrington Tops National Park protects one of the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia. It hosts diverse habitats and a wide range of birds and other animals. Easy walks, overnight hikes, great picnic, fishing and camping spots await. The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, a UNESCO World Heritage Area, and is a direct window into the past and the future, providing a link to the ancient pre-human world and a stunning and irreplaceable record of life on our planet. You can explore the rainforest on one of the park's many walking tracks, like the Honeysuckle Forest track, the Rocky Crossing walk or the Antarctic Beech Forest track. Listen out for the lyrebird whose mimicking calls ring out through the rainforest.

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birdwatching and guided tours at a historic mine. It was the red cedar cutters who, battling to log 'red gold' in this unforgiving terrain from the early 1800s, first discovered gold here in 1875. The area soon became known as Copeland and over the next 60 years more than 50 gold mines were dug in the area. According to the records, over 1800kg of the valuable metal were extracted during that time. Many relics of this mining heritage remain in the form of historic sites and derelict equipment. However, the bushland and rainforest now dominate once again. Only one hour from Gloucester, stay at Karamea Homestead for a secluded rural getaway by the Barnard River, in Curracabundi National Park … tucked away on an old grazing property, this federation-style timber homestead is ideal for mountain biking and water activities at your door.

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For more information visit nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Photo: John Spencer/DPIE Saltwater picnic area, Saltwater National Park

Most of Barrington Tops National Park is declared wilderness; large, natural areas of land that, together with their native plants and animal communities, remain essentially unchanged by modern human activity. The edges of the wilderness area of Barrington Tops are easily accessible; some of the most spectacular views in the park are from Careys Peak and Devils Hole and Thunderbolts lookouts. Escape to the Polblue campground, set high up in subalpine woodland. It’s a spacious campground centred around a grassy picnic area. In the foothills of Barrington Tops, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area … offers rainforest walking tracks, picnic areas, Explore Barrington Coast 51

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The Barrington Coast plays host to fantastic and fun events and festivals throughout the year, with something to float everyone’s boat – including the monster iconic annual Battle of the Boats, at Pacific Palms, celebrating its 21st year in 2020! pacificpalmsslsc.org.au/battle-of-the-boats Niche festivals and events appeal to a wide range of interests, and familyfriendly festivals are plentiful. Arts, writing, wellness, swimming, surfing, nature and music & arts festivals are featured throughout the year. Check in with the Destination Barrington Coast Events calendar to be sure you don’t miss a festival or event that’s just right for you! barringtoncoast.com.au/events m a r k e t s y o u w o n ' t wa n t t o m i s s ! BENT ON TUESDAY Isabella St, Wingham When Every Tuesday

HALLIDAYS POINT CAR BOOT SALE Hallidays Point Shopping Village, Black Head When 1st Sun of month

BLACK HEAD BAZAR Wylie Breckenridge Park, Black Head When 1st Sun of month

HARRINGTON Beach St, Harrington When BarringtonCoast.com.au/events

BURRELL CREEK Burrel Creek Hall, Burrell Creek When 2nd Sun of even month

JOHN RIVERS COMMUNITY John Rivers Rd, Johns River When 2nd Sat of month

CUNDLETOWN Main St, Cundletown When 2nd Sun of odd month

KRAMBACH School of Arts Hall, Krambach When 3rd Sun of month

ELANDS Bulga Soldiers Memorial Hall, Glenwarrin Rd When 2nd Sun of the 3rd month FORSTER FARMERS Visitor Information Centre, Forster When 3rd Sat of month FORSTER TOWN Town Park, Forster When 2nd Sun of month GLOUCESTER COMMUNITY Billabong Park, Gloucester More info BarringtonCoast.com.au/events

MONDROOK 587 Tinonee Rd, Mondrook More info BarringtonCoast.com.au/events

RUDI'S Cnr Bushland and Kanangra Dr, Taree When Every Friday TEA GARDENS VILLAGE Myall Quays Shopping Centre, Tea Gardens When 3rd Sat of Month THE HUB Showground, Taree When 3rd Sat of month THE SECRET FARMERS Cnr Wynter & Macquarie St, Taree When Every Thursday

MOUNT GEORGE VILLAGE Mount George Hall, Mount George When 4th Sat of month

THREE BROTHERS FARM PRODUCE 56 Johns River Rd, Johns River When 2nd & 4th Sat of month

NABIAC FARMERS Showground, Nabiac When Last Sat of month

TUCKER PATCH 62 Cemetery Rd, Gloucester When Every Friday morning

OLD BAR Old Bar Reserve, Old Bar When 4th Sun of month

TUNCURRY John Wright Park, Wingham When 4th Sat of month + More info Barringtoncoast.com.au/events

GLOUCESTER FARMERS Billabong Park, Gloucester When 2nd Sat of month

PACIFIC PALMS Community Centre, Pacific Palms When Last Sun of month More info Barringtoncoast.com.au/events

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A scenic 3.5 hours drive north of Sydney, Seal Rocks is a coastal haven perched on a peninsula of Myall Lakes National Park, and this was where my husband Barry and I headed, only a few days in from returning home after a six month Pacific sailing adventure.

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tching for another adventure, this time in our own backyard, and with a van packed with surfboard, freediving fins, wetsuits, mountain bikes, kayaks, tents, snacks and three mates – we headed north – destination Seal Rocks Adventure Festival at Treachery Camp, for a three-day weekend of activities for young and old. Long sandy beaches flank both sides of the point and can be accessed via a walking trail from Treachery Camp, home to the festival and one of the best campsites I’ve ever visited. We arrived as the Welcome to Country smoking ceremony was underway. Seal Rocks is part of Worimi country. On our first night we attended the Adventure Short Film Festival. The films featured diverse men and women from around the world, able-bodied and not, each exploring their own version of adventure. Watching the films I realised that ‘adventure’ gives everybody a chance to experience the planet in their own way. Day 2 began with an outdoor Bush Meditation and Solar Flow Yoga session as the morning sun crawled up over the horizon,

dispersing the sea mist that rolled over the cliffs. Next was Doofercise! Dancing around to 80s party tunes in fluoro lycra, without a care in the world, is probably THE most fun I can have before 9 am.

Our crew then headed to Sugarloaf Bay for a snorkel and freedive session. I soon settled into the freediving meditative state with help from our Forster diving guide.

Later that day, I got creative in a Shibori fabric dyeing workshop while, elsewhere, people rock-climbed, slacklined, made fire without matches, played epic dodgeball games, went zorbing and tried circus. Happy with my dye job, I wandered down for a body surf at Lighthouse Beach, joining Barry, who was surfing up a storm. After a big day, salty, happy and hungry, we showered, ate some great grub and danced til’ midnight to a high-energy funk band, The Regime. By Day 3 I can’t help it – I’m Doofercise obsessed! I woke up to Whitney Houston, slapped on some lycra and bolted out of the tent to join in. Our crew then headed to Sugarloaf Bay for a snorkel and freedive session. I soon settled into the freediving meditative state with help from our Forster Explore Barrington Coast 53

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diving guide. We swam out into the crystal clear water – home to sea turtles, grey nurse sharks, healthy reefs and silvery schools of fish. One of my favourite moments was diving deep to be eye-to-eye with the placid sharks resting on the bottom of the cove. With the sun setting, our time at the Festival came to a close. We packed up and headed home, reflecting on what adventure means. It reinforced how important it is to explore and play in our own big, Australian backyard. How else can you discover the secrets of this phenomenal land we live in? The author was a guest of Seal Rocks Adventure Festival. BY Cynthia Colli

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Celebrating the wealth of local artistic talent, Pacific Palms Arts Inc is a volunteer organisation dedicated to supporting creative arts projects and events in the Great Lakes region.

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he organisation’s annual Pacific Palms Art Festival is one of several innovative undertakings putting a spotlight on local artists, while bringing creativity and joy to the beautiful beachside locale of Pacific Palms. The annual art exhibition and sale is held over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend each June. Also featuring the popular Youth Art Exhibition, the Festival raises funds for creative arts programs at Pacific Palms Public School. In partnership with Pacific Palms Recreation Club (The Recky) Pacific Palms Art Inc now also curates the Lake View Gallery, which showcases local artists’ original works all year round, with new artists and fantastic new works exhibited every six weeks. The Gallery is free to visitors and artworks are for sale. Artists are invited to register with Lake View Gallery and enter the $2000 Pacific Palms Art Prize which is open to all work on exhibition. Additional prizes are awarded across categories including Oil or Acrylic, Watercolour/pastels, Open (mixed media), Photography, Environmental and People's Choice. Continuing to champion local artists, the latest

Shaun Clark’s “Diving Gannets” is just one of the amazing artworks displayed at Pacific Palms Recreation Club.

initiative from Pacific Palms Arts Inc, – the Pacific Palms Writers Festival, due to launch in 2020 – acknowledges the region’s vast literary talent. Many accomplished authors reside in the Mid-North Coast region, and the Writers Festival is an opportunity for them to share their knowledge and experiences with festival attendees across lectures, and workshops. Young writers sessions will include the participation of children from local schools. The inaugural Pacific Palms Writers Festival will take place at the primary school in Boomerang Beach just a few short weeks after the June long weekend Art Festival. Explore Barrington Coast 54

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Those attending the festival's lectures and workshops will hear from top local authors and writers from across Australia, while a young writers session will involve children from local schools. As always, all proceeds raised from the event will support creative arts projects for local school children.

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Young people in the beaches district continue to reap the rewards of the Pacific Palms Arts Festival.

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ince the inaugural art show in 1993, Pacific Palms Art Festival has donated tens of thousands of dollars to creative arts programs at Pacific Palms Public School. The event was founded by the school’s former principal, Ken Pares, to inspire and educate students, while also creating an opportunity for the community to come together. One student who took that inspiration to the next level was Rachel Reading (nee Brassey). Rachel now manages her own on-line Art Gallery and was awarded First Place in the Open section of the 2019 Festival. “Throughout my school years the Festival enabled me to win awards and gain the confidence to continue with my artistic endeavours,” Rachel said. “Isolated regional communities don’t have the same exposure to the arts as bigger centres and this is why it’s vitally important local residents, artists and visitors to our

beautiful region, continue to support Pacific Palms Art Festival.” Rachel is making a name for herself with her unique drawings, often depicting ocean wildlife. The Festival’s president, Cath Bennett said the 2019 Festival was an outstanding success with a record 219 artworks on display. The Festival traditionally gets underway with the official opening on the Friday evening of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Gourmet local food and wine are provided by sponsors and is included in the ticket price. Opening night provides the first glimpse of artworks, announcement of winners and the first opportunity to purchase original artworks on display. The 2020 Festival opens on Friday June 5 and concludes on Sunday June 7. Tickets to opening night are available from the Pacific Palms Art Festival website at palmsartfestival.org.au

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"Throughout my school years the Festival enabled me to win awards and gain the confidence to continue with my artistic endeavours"


FORSTER WATERSIDE The charming seaside twin towns of Forster and Tuncurry offer a wide range of shopping and eateries – from waterside cafés and restaurants to Bunnings, BCF, Harvey Norman and Stockland Mall.

Forster’s eclectic, tree-lined Wharf Street – known locally as Waterside – is a family-friendly hub of shopping and dining, offering a unique selection of independent retailers of fashion, footwear, surf labels and homewares. With plenty of street parking and nearby car parks, shopping is a breeze! Many stores carry smaller labels and brands that you will not see in larger shopping centres and if it’s something different you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it on Wharf Street.

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You’ll also discover delicious dining options, including friendly cafes, fish and chip shops, ice cream parlours and restaurants that cater to every taste, across breakfast, lunch and dinner, with plenty of great places for coffee too. Many have stunning views of the lake or the beach – you might even spot some dolphins swimming by while you’re enjoying your meal! Breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a quick coffee, you will find something to enjoy here. If you want to cook at home or at your campsite, Wharf Street also offers a great selection of fresh food suppliers, with a fantastic bakery, quality butchers, fruit & veg, bottle shops, banking, Australia Post, newsagent, chemist and health providers, real estate agents and other professional services.

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TUNCURRY Nestled on the shores of the beautiful Wallis Lake, the excitingly unique town of Tuncurry provides the local community and visitors with everything they need.

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Everyday shoppers are spoilt for choice in Tuncurry with two amazing butchers, a Fish Co-op full of locally caught seafood, a bustling fruit and veg shop, two tasty bakeries, two very knowledgeable and helpful pharmacies, the friendliest Post Office on Earth, and a fully stocked newsagent.

G r e at L a k es The Tuncurry CBD is dotted with a host of comfortable, interesting spots to sit, relax and enjoy a nice coffee or fresh juice and a bite to eat. There are many tasty cafés and restaurants in which to pit stop before you move on to explore the myriad of independent retailers.

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Recreational fun and hobbies are well catered for in Tuncurry with all sorts of goods and services on offer from fishing, fashion and surfing to gemstones, sewing and model building.

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If you feel like someone is missing when you set off on holiday, the Barrington Coast offers options to pop your fourlegged family member in the car and enjoy a getaway that doesn’t leave anyone behind!

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everal accommodation providers in the region, including some campsites within some NSW State Forests, are happy to welcome you and your dog, and there are also designated dog parks and dog beaches in the area to ensure exercise and fun are on tap for everyone.

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The abundant natural environment on the Barrington Coast, including wildlife and birdlife, is protected and precious, so we ask all doggy owners visiting here to please be mindful and responsible while holidaying. This means picking up poop, of course (and disposing of it responsibly), but also being aware of places that welcome you and your dog, and respecting the restrictions in areas where dogs are required to be on a leash, or may not enter at all. Importantly, dogs are required to be kept under control, particularly in state forest dog-friendly designated campsites where borders into dog-prohibited National Parks can be blurry. Check permissions and restrictions with NSW State Forests

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Pooch Lynette Parmenter provides one-on-one grooming sessions at Dashing Dogs Grooming Salon in Smiths Lake – meaning no cages or tethering – minimising stress and distractions to ensure your beautiful fur baby receives a calming grooming experience. Lyn holds a Cert IV in vet nursing, turning to her passion for grooming with Dashing Dogs. Set in a homely environment, to make your pet feel safe and comfortable, Lyn also offers extra pooch pampering services from nail clipping and skin conditioning to ear cleaning – for all breeds.

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Happy Hallidays BIG4 Happy Hallidays is the ultimate family holiday destination, just two minutes from award-winning Black Head Beach. It’s also renowned for its iconic train rides that run twice daily during school holidays. Accommodation is available to suit every budget – from self-contained cabins to powered sites, some with ensuites. Bring your four-legged friend to BIG4 Happy Hallidays, because designated dog-friendly cabins are also now available, with pet-friendly on sites all year round. Enjoy the resort pool, kids paddle pool and indoor pool as well as playgrounds, and plenty of fun kids activities! The large indoor activity room is ideal for family reunions, sporting groups and club events.

517 Blackhead Road, Hallidays Point NSW 2430 02 6559 2967 big4.com.au/happy-hallidays

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welcome! Tiona Holiday Park’s choice of surf shacks, family cabins and group villas offers beachside living with every amenity catered to, and even the family pooch is welcome! Simply check with the friendly team at Tiona and they will provide you with the Park’s Pet Policy. Certain conditions apply. There are plenty of places to enjoy with your dog, including beaches and bike trails, so join the surfies, the working holiday makers, the wanderers and the dreamers – it doesn’t matter if you are here for short escape, or spending the week venturing out into the Barrington Coast region – if Tiona Holiday Park isn’t already a firm favourite holiday destination for you (and your four-legged friend!) then it soon will be.

4451 The Lakes Way, Pacific Palms 02 6554 0291 tionapalmsholidaypark.com.au

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Sun, sand and surf – what more do you and your dog need on a beach holiday? You are welcome to enjoy the following beaches together, but please observe any signs/rules/restrictions – and bring your poop-scooper! Look for this sign at all beaches and reserves to find out more

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Forster Discovery Parks – Forster is ready to welcome you and your four-legged friend with pet-friendly accommodation and the best backyard to explore! Set on the tranquil shores of the Wallamba River, the riverfront is right on your doorstep. Keep entertained with heaps of water activities from fishing, kayaking and water skiing, the kids will love zooming around the bike pump track, and your dog will enjoy the freedom of playing in our leash-free area.

Pack the car along with your fur-baby and book your stay now. Self-Contained Cabins | Powered Camp Sites | Pet-Friendly Wi-Fi | Laundry | Camp Kitchen with BBQ | Boat Ramp Pool | Playground | Bouncing Pillow | Pump Track Discovery Parks – Forster 99 Aquatic Road, Darawank NSW 2428 Phone: 02 6554 3123 www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/forster *T&Cs Apply: Subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for all cabin and site accommodation. Valid for new bookings from 01.11.19 to 30.10.20. Travel dates from 02.11.19 to 31.10.20. Blackout dates apply over NSW school holidays and NSW long weekends. Only valid at Discovery Parks – Forster. Must quote promo code a time of booking. Offer valid for both online bookings or by calling the park. Discount is based on the standard rate, does not include extra guests. Offer may be changed or cancelled at any time without notice. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other

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dogs welcome

Most of the dog friendly beaches on the Barrington Coast have both an early morning and early evening times to exercise, play and have fun with your dog mate in spectacular scenery. To download the full map where your dog is welcome and the specific leash free times head to midcoast.nsw.gov.au/dogs Forster and Tuncurry Nine Mile Beach, Tuncurry One Mile Beach, Forster Pipers Bay Foreshore Reserve, Forster Drainage Reserves Kularoo Drive & Goldens Road, Forster Cape Hawke Reserve, Forster Pacific Palms Boomerang Beach Blueys Beach Sandbar Beach, Smiths Lake Coomba Foreshore, Coomba Park Brambles Reserve, Tarbuck Bay

Tea Gardens / Hawks Nest Bennetts Beach, Hawks Nest Yaccaba Gloucester / Manning Valley Captain Cook Park, Gloucester Gloucester Park, Gloucester Mudbishops Road, locally known as ‘Second Corner’ Charleys Island Mudbishops Island Farquar Park Saxby Park, Taree

Help a dog lover out – if you see a dog pooping while their owner is busy chatting or taking in a spectacular view, give them a friendly ‘COOEE’ to let them know so they can promptly pooper-scoop and keep our beaches and reserves clean and pristine.

Secura Lifestyle

Lakeside forster Award-winning Secura Lifestyle Lakeside Forster is idyllically located on the tranquil shores of Wallis Lake, with easy access to spectacular waterways, local patrolled pristine beaches, rivers, and hinterlands. The perfect holiday destination, accommodation options at Secura Lifestyle Lakeside Forster include a selection of self-contained cabins, including waterfront or poolside locations, sleeping up to seven guests, along with the largest powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites in the region, many with ensuites. Newly installed BBQs on Poolside Villas Decks allow adults to relax and watch the kids play in the pool or playground while cooking lunch or dinner. With the lakefront at your doorstep, try your hand at fishing, go kayaking or simply relax and unwind while taking in a spectacular sunset. Secura Lifestyle Lakeside Forster was awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and voted by readers of Holidays with Kids magazine as one of the ‘Awesome Campsites for 2019’ in NSW. 13 Tea Tree Road, Forster NSW 2428 02 6555 5511 securalifestyle.com.au/parks/lakeside

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This scenic part of the world is the perfect destination for special occasions and unforgettable moments.

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hether you are planning your fabulous wedding, a celebratory get-together or a conference, seminar or workshop, you can be assured that the scenery alone - whatever locale you choose - is memorable. e.

The Barrington Coast is proud to oer amazing and diverse pictureperfect settings for your special event. From the mountains to the ocean, and with lush valleys and hinterland in between, whatever your ideal special occasion looks like, the Barrington Coast has the ideal venue, location and accommodation to make those dreams come true. Choose from beach, mountain, national park, stunning headland, tranquil bush and lakeside venues and add in group accommodation n across stunning private properties and resorts and the Barrington Coast delivers everything you need to make an unforgettable event experience for all attendees. Your guests can unwind, relax and enjoy themselves in a contemporary venue that provides all of the amenities, facilities and services you expect for a top-notch event. Not only that, but the vastt array of scenic environments that abound on the Barrington Coast guarantee a visual feast that is hard to top, whether you opt for beach, ch, bush or water’s edge. The vibe here, while being relaxing and casual, also considers state-of-the-art technologies, top-level services and professional standards. ds. Above all, the Barrington Coast guarantees that your event or special occasion is undoubtedly instagrammable and unforgettably memorable! Cakes By Candi B

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Sea Eagle Point is a unique bushland retreat offering accommodation for up to 20 guests, just 3 hours north of Sydney. The property boasts extensive views of Wallis Lake across to the Pacific Ocean with a private jetty, expansive lawns and gardens. Spacious breezy houses nestled between the tennis court and boatshed will delight visitors. The large undercover entertainment space in the secluded 40 ha property is ideal for retreats, conferences and celebrations. Our attention to detail and focus on comfort ensure that every guest feels relaxed and welcome.

seaeaglepoint@gmail.com 540 Coomba Road, Whoota 0414 693708 seaeaglepoint.com.au

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Laying on a picture-perfect setting for any special occasion or event, the sweeping views to the ocean from this Elizabeth Beach setting are spectacular. With vistas across to Cape Hawke, the club’s top floor can accommodate 130 guests informal/cocktail-style or 110 for a full meal sit down function. You can also customise this great venue space for any conference or seminar.

Elizabeth Beach, Booti Booti National Park 0414 214 882 venuebookings@pacificpalmsslsc.org.au pacificpalmslsc.org.au

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For almost a century, one of the most unique wedding ceremony venues in the world – the Green Cathedral – has delighted visitors. This lakeside non-denominational chapel, formed by the trees and flora within Tiona Park, is quite an experience! The tranquil and natural setting ensures a truly unforgettable wedding service for both the happy couple and their guests. The Tiona Palms Conference Centre also provides a complimentary venue for receptions and other social events.

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Mobys secluded beachside function centre - the Boomerang Room can be adapted and styled to suit every special occasion, from birthdays and weddings to conferences.

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he state-of-the-art Boomerang Room can accommodate 140 guests for a cocktail reception and 100 guests banquet-style, with fine food and beverages and impeccable service. Make the most of this special coastal setting and combine indoor/ outdoor celebrations – the front deck set with cocktail tables, chairs and lanterns – with a bar service area overlooking the lagoon pool and lush gardens that is sensational at sunset. For weddings, the happy couple even has exclusive use of a private bridal party retreat – the Lizzie Room! With 70 architect-designed, 4 star beach houses onsite, Mobys also provides the perfect stay and play destination for friends, family and colleagues attending your special event. Each beach house is fully self-contained with a private outdoor deck, across 1, 2 and 3-bedroom options. Fully inclusive Wedding Packages and Conference Packages are available for the Boomerang Room.

Mobys Beachside Retreat Red Gum Road, Boomerang Beach (02) 6591 0095 mobys.com.au/weddingsfunctions

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Seashells Resort

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Seashells Beachfront Resort is a 4ha wonderland situated on Diamond Beach, offering fully self-contained spacious 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments, family-friendly leisure facilities, abundant wildlife and nature, and private beach access just footsteps from your door! With over 30 apartments within the resort, Seashells is perfect for family reunions, weddings, sporting groups and special occasions with friends. Discounts are available for group bookings when 10 or more apartments are booked. Amenities include separate adults and kids pools and spas, plus sauna, squash and tennis courts, short-hole golf course, recreational hall, two covered BBQ areas, and a fun kids playground. Explore local cafés, art galleries and markets or meander along the rainforest walk that encompasses striking coastal landforms and rare tracts of littoral rainforest. The walk includes amazing lookouts, swimming holes and caves and takes in both Black Head and Red Head. BONUS! Mention Explore Barrington Coast Magazine when booking and you will receive a free bottle of wine on arrival! 363 Diamond Beach Road, Diamond Beach NSW 2430 02 6559 2779 seashellsresort.com.au

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Wallamba Downs

Wallamba Downs is a rustic wedding venue, located in Nabiac on the Mid North Coast of NSW. The water views and rollings hills, with Mt Talahwahl in the background, are spectacular. Wallamba Downs offers exceptional customer service and a location in which both the ceremony and reception can be held alongside each other. Although weddings here are very popular, the venue is open for hosting any event – whether a birthday, charity or any other special occasion. Property viewings are welcome, contact Sam Entwisle – 0407926959. 238 Dargavilles Road, Nabiac wallambadownsweddings.com

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Function Hire C AT E R I N G & D R I N K S FOOD SENSE CATERING Amanda Kennett Phone 0407 213 399 foodsense@bigpond.com MUMS ON THE RUN CATERING Sarah Briggs Phone 0437 496 331 mumsontherun@yahoo.com WHOLE HOG CATERING wholehogcatering.com.au SEED CATERING + EVENTS seedcatering.com.au NADINE THE CAKE QUEEN Nadine Phone 0413 514 570 nadinethecakequeen@gmail.com CAKES BY CANDI B cakesbycandib.com.au BLUEYS CELLARS AND DELI Nick Montague Phone 02 6554 0297 Boomerang Dve, Blueys Beach Shops BWS FORSTER KEYS Phone 02 6557 2821 2/86 King George Parade, Forster D E CO R AT I N G & S T Y L I N G

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GREEN ROOM BOTANICALS Melinda Phone 0437 696 675 melinda_ovenden@hotmail.com

REUBEN CARR Phone 0415 864 879

ROSITA FLORAL SERVICE Phone 02 6554 6256

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MARTIN & KO WEDDING FIT OUTS martinandko.com.au

VANITY SKIN & BEAUTY Phone 02 6554 8464

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STELLAR WEDDINGS HAIR & MAKEUP Phone 0407 499 439

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THE TREATMENT ROOM Phone 02 6555 5195 150 Manning Street, Tuncurry

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KRUSIN KOMBIS krusinkombis.com.au

CEREMONIES BY LORRAINE WAFER

BLACK LABEL LIMOUSINES forsterlimousines.com.au

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The Barrington Coast is a region where ‘tourists’ have been coming for thousands of years, firstly through the Worimi and Biripi, then through the 1800s as Sydney settlers sought out the stunning waters and beautiful vistas in search of new places to holiday and live.

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he region holds so many rich stories, and the perseverance of the pioneers is a heritage worth sharing. Just after the turn of the century, Tiona was established as a destination for those seeking solitude or company, and over the years it evolved into a holiday park where guests find connection with each other, and with the great outdoors.

back to the site, and what better lunch in this environment than a classic Australian barbeque? Whether you have your own; or you are using one of the park-provided BBQ or camp kitchen facilities, there is nothing more relaxing than cooking in the open air while the kids play in the playground across from the sites.

Flanked by both the Pacific Ocean and Wallis Lake, Tiona - described by those early settlers as a “Place of Beauty” – has so much to offer to the modern-day tourist. Spend the morning on the eastern side of the park, where the shallow shores of Lake Wallis provide The afternoon might opportunities for swimming find you relaxing and relaxing. The kids will by the pool or in a be glad to know that they hammock overlooking can explore a good 100m the lake, while the out into the lake, and the kids make friends and explore the lack of waves and crystal parks nature trails clarity makes the eastern side of the park a great spot to practise on a SUP board, kayak or even snorkelling for the kids. Set up with a morning breakfast picnic under the palm trees, in a location that feels almost tropical.

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Tiona is a place where you can be as active as you like, with a range of activities and day trips for everyone from the couch potato to the conqueror. The afternoon might find you relaxing by the pool or in a hammock overlooking the lake, while the kids make friends and explore the park's nature trails, or you could head to the beach for a spot of yoga with one of the local instructors. While down there, you’re bound to bump into surfers making the most of the numerous beach breaks or the guys fishing the gutters for jewfish and whiting. Both are protected at the southern end by the 170m high Booti Hill, which makes for a challenging but rewarding walk if you are feeling up to it. After a day in one of the best coastal holiday destinations, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Tiona Holiday Park just about has it all. However, as the sun starts to set and casts glorious colours across the sky, you’ll realise that the park is just as magic at night as it is in the light of day. Tiona Holiday Park is a space for people to meet, connect with each other and the natural environment, and celebrate a range of individual, family, group and community occasions, and the original connections once celebrated here many years ago continue to be reimagined. 4451 The Lakes Way, Pacific Palms 02 6554 0291 tionapalmsholidaypark.com.au

… as the sun starts to set and casts glorious colours across the sky, you’ll realise that the park is just as magic at night as it is in the light of day.

Mobys B e ac h s i d e R e t r e at Mobys address – Boomerang Beach – is a big clue to the serenity and peaceful relaxation this Beachside Retreat offers its guests. The Pacific Palms property features self-contained, private Beach House accommodation, a lagoon pool, day spa and gym, tennis facilities and its signature restaurant, Mobys on Red Gum. Mobys is also the perfect spot for weddings, special occasions and conferences, and all this within cooee of one of the NSW Mid North Coast’s most iconic beaches!

4 Red Gum Road, Boomerang Beach 02 6591 0000 mobys.com.au

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The complete retirement package Palm Lake Resort Forster is the newest address to join the Palm Lake Group—and arguably the most exciting! Situated right on Wallis Lake, this resort will enjoy a luxury Florida seaside inspired theme with luxury homes, class-leading facilities, and activities aplenty. Our first lucky residents in mid-2020 will enjoy the lifestyle of their dreams in a welcoming community with likeminded neighbours – the perfect combination for retirement. When it comes to ultimate retirement style, there’s nothing more satisfying than living in a luxury abode, surrounded by class-leading facilities with the time to enjoy a host of activities with friends. In a nutshell, that’s what Palm Lake Resort offers. Palm Lake Group has more than 40 years of experience in building community lifestyle resorts. With 25 locations along the east coast of Australia offering dozens of over50s resorts and four world-class aged caring communities, the proof of the success of the group is in our community - more than 11,000 people call Palm Lake Group home. And if you think moving into a beautiful Palm Lake Resort means that you’ll be slowing down, think again. Retirement gives residents the opportunity to try new things, with the benefit of plenty of time. Staying active is a priority for many people as they age owing to the health benefits of keeping fit and full of life. When you move into a Palm Lake Resort community, staying active is much easier than you might think. It can be as simple as finding that one activity you enjoy doing, and doing it regularly. Regional Sales Manager Jen Nichols says Palm Lake Resorts are brimming with world-class facilities to encourage active, healthy lifestyles.

“Our newer resort locations also offer Milon gymnasiums. Made by Porsche in collaboration with German Sport University Cologne, this European technology makes workouts as simple as inserting a card into the various machines and doing a 17-minute circuit three times a week. Easy.” Beyond the physical facilities, Jen says Palm Lake Resorts’ activities programs are designed to satisfy a wide range of interests. “We’ve got everything from gentle resort exercises like weekly aqua aerobics, yoga, tai chi or Pilates classes, to those more physical activities. Think line dancing, Zumba, tennis or golf.” These kinds of group exercises also provide important social interaction so Palm Lake Resort residents can connect with their likeminded neighbours and form solid friendships. “Aside from the architectural home designs and all the other luxuries, Palm Lake Resorts offer so many great options to keep our homeowners as active and healthy as they desire,” Jen says. “It really is the perfect retirement decision.” Visit www.palmlakeresort.com.au

“Among other things, our resorts offer heated indoor pools for year-round swimming, saunas, tennis courts, tenpin bowling alleys, virtual golf simulators and championship undercover lawn bowls centres that are second to none,” Jen says. The German engineered Milon gym.


Designer waterfront living for over 50s.

A luxurious country club lifestyle. Palm Lake Group’s latest in luxurious over 50’s lifestyle resorts is coming to Forster/Tuncurry in mid 2020.

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Featuring 300 homes set amongst acres of Florida inspired gardens, some with deep water frontage to Wallis Lake, a selection of luxury waterfront one and two storey homes will soon be available, fully finished with features including European appliances, stone

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further enhance your lifestyle, located on the edge of the lake with relaxing waterfront views.

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Sea change? Holiday? Investment? Across Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest to the Myall Lakes and Seal Rocks, the Barrington Coast is an idyllic destination replete with beaches, lakes, rivers and lush hinterlands to settle in and kick back.

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rom apartments and affordable shacks to premium beachfront homes and sprawling rural retreats, finding the right permanent home, holiday home or investment property in the region is easy. Of course, the secret to finding that perfect place lies in getting to know the right people. Guidance from property experts with an insider’s local knowledge – who live in and love the region – is the first step to success!

Location! Location! Location! At the heart of Pacific Palms, with two offices at Smiths Lake and Blueys Beach, Pacific Palms Real Estate and Pacific Palms Holidays cover a region that extends across Pacific Palms, Blueys Beach, Boomerang Beach, Elizabeth Beach, Smiths Lake, Coomba Park, Seal Rocks, Bungwahl, Wootton and Tarbuck Bay. Forster, Tuncurry, Greenpoint, Black Head, Diamond Beach, Tallwoods and surrounding areas, including Nabiac and Rainbow Flat, are looked after by the teams at Pacific Coast Property Network and Forster Holiday Rentals, with two offices in Forster. Tea Gardens Real Estate property portfolio extends from Tea Gardens to Hawks Nest, Pindimar, Bundabah, North Arm Cove, Nerong and Bulahdelah, with the office situated on the waterfront at Tea Gardens.

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This stunning contemporary home combines tranquillity and coastal luxe to deliver effortless family living. Positioned high at the end of a cul-de-sac, its surrounded by rolling paddocks and basks in magic ocean views. p a c i f i c p a l m s r e a l e s tat e

209 Boomerang Dr, Blueys Beach 02 6554 0500 pacificpalmsrealestate.com.au

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There’s simply so much to love about the Aspect Residence, you’ll be tempted to stay forever! With an inviting alfresco area, complete with outdoor kitchen, undercover dining, and adjacent to the sparkling in ground pool, you’ll be thrilled to entertain in such enticing surrounds, or unwind on the beachfront deck as you watch the dolphin and whales at play. Pa c i f i c Pa l m s h o l i d ay s

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Macwood Road, Smiths Lake 02 6554 0500 pacificpalmsholidays.com.au

Holiday rental options on the Barrington Coast are abundant. Suitable for solo travellers, couples, families and extended family and friends groups, visitors can choose from beachfront, town, hinterland, lakeside, river’s edge, bush or mountain vistas. Then decide on property type and budget – and the sky is the limit here, with holiday rentals coming in all shapes and sizes from well-appointed apartments and villas to cottages, funky beach shacks and sprawling luxury homes and acreage. Pet-friendly, budget accommodation, boutique properties, accessible holiday rentals and even executive apartments, whatever you’re looking for, your own individual checklist will assist local holiday rental experts to create the ideal tailor-made getaway.

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Leave your cares at the door when you step into this beautiful two-bedroom apartment with stunning views over One Mile Beach. Enjoy the outdoor dining space, bbq and spa with family and friends on the terrace. pacific coast property network

65 Wharf Street Forster 02 6555 2000 forsterholidayrentals.com.au

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Homeowners and Permanent rentals If you are searching for the home of your dreams to buy or rent, or looking to sell your current home and downsize, upsize or merely change your lifestyle, professional and locallybased sales specialists will take your brief, add their unique insights and knowledge of the area and seek out the ideal property to match your wish list. Agent attention to the very specific requests and little, but important, particulars you want in your new home is guaranteed!

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This quintessential beach house with brilliant uninterrupted views over Blueys Beach and down to Seal Rocks is your ideal carefree weekender and holiday home. Owned for many years by the one family, Duggan House is a popular holiday home, within easy stroll to Blueys or Boomerang Beach and the cafés of the village centre. p a c i f i c p a l m s r e a l e s tat e

209 Boomerang Dr, Blueys Beach 02 6554 0500 pacificpalmsrealestate.com.au

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From the golden sands of Nine Mile beach you are but a stroll from the welcoming coastal charm of 'Sandy Bottoms'. The living area has a smart TV and kitchen comes equipped with everything you need to create a delicious meal with great local produce from the farmers market or local producers. pacific coast property network

65 Wharf Street Forster 02 6555 2000 forsterholidayrentals.com.au

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Located in the prestige Myall Quays Estate is this new-build home overlooking the man-made lake. With a vast amount of inclusions this home is designed for easy living. Alfresco living is included with the design, with a large tiled area . This home is ideal for retirees and those seeking a quieter life. t e a g a r d e n s r e a l e s tat e

83 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens teagardensrealestate.com.au

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Charming 2 bedroom cottage ideally located with a short stroll to the waterfront and the many popular local cafes . This is a popular holiday rental property and has just sold to another investor who plans to continue holiday renting. t e a g a r d e n s r e a l e s tat e

83 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens 02 4997 1300 teagardensrealestate.com.au

Investors The beautiful Barrington Coast offers investors a diverse range of property options, within a solid market for holiday rentals. This drawcard MidCoast destination lures holidaymakers attracted by the lifestyle, endless waterways and beaches, friendly coastal vibes and spectacular national parks, all within an easy 3-4 hours’ drive north from Sydney. It's also a dream destination for special occasions with large groups of family and friends, and a sought after hub for hosting conferences and events in a relaxing, postcard-pretty setting. Investors also benefit from Pacific Coast Network’s custom-built booking engine, that pushes out to all the major booking channels, and dynamic pricing that ensures your property is always priced to achieve the best rate possible for your bookings. Property managers will constantly monitor your property and bookings to maximise performance for you.

Pacific Palms Real Estate Open 7 days Shop 1, Macwood Road, Smiths Lake 02 6554 4800 sales@pacificpalmsrealestate.com.au pacificpalmsrealestate.com.au Pacific Palms Holidays 209 Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach 02 6554 0500 stay@thepalms.com.au pacificpalmsholidays.com.au

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Breathtaking views over One Mile Beach from this gorgeous three bedroom family home. pacific coast property network

65 Wharf Street Forster 02 6555 2000 forsterholidayrentals.com.au

Pacific Coast Property network Open Monday to Saturday 65 Wharf Street, Forster Corner of Wallis and Beach, Forster 02 6555 2000 (Sales) 02 6555 7211 (Rentals) sales@pacificcoastproperty.com.au rentals@pacificcoastproperty.com.au pacificcoastproperty.com.au

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Forster Holiday Rentals 65 Wharf Street, Forster 02 6555 2000 holidays@pacificcoastproperty.com.au forsterholidayrentals.com.au Tea Gardens Real Estate & Holiday Rentals Open 7 days 83 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens NSW 2324 02 4997 1300 stay@teagardensrealestate.com.au teagardenshawksnest.com


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Explore Barrington Coast - the home of holidays issue 02 - Visitors Guide 2020  

Explore the NSW Barrington Coast and discover the region’s fantastic year-round lifestyle and unforgettable experiences. 15 National Parks,...

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Explore the NSW Barrington Coast and discover the region’s fantastic year-round lifestyle and unforgettable experiences. 15 National Parks,...

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