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January 2012

Mid North Coast

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Boathouse Resort Bartering set to boom in the Mid North Coast The local Bartercard office situated in Taree is gaining a fresh new face to build the already growing Bartercard network in the Mid North Coast. Charlene Amber is new to the region and is glad to call this her new home. Moving from a strong Bartercard network in Toowoomba, Charlene is looking forward to building a great group of businesses in this region. Bartercard is the largest trade exchange network in the world with a strong reputation earned over 20 years of experience working with businesses. Bartering isn’t a new concept but Bartercard has turned it into an innovative way of swapping goods and services without the challenge of a direct swap through a sophisticated accounting system, similar to a bank. “The best thing about Bartercard is that it connects businesses and also helps them to grow. I consider it a great strategic tool for businesses” says Charlene.

Visit the Boathouse Resort today to discover why we have recently won an Award of Excellence from Trip Advisor, with over 45 million worldwide reviews. Our exceptional customer service teamed with our modern boutique style one, two and three bedroom apartments sets us aside from many other resorts. Stylish and spacious, our apartments feature large north facing balconies, many with expansive views of the Myall waterways, fully equipped kitchens, spacious lounge areas and delightful ensuites all with a spa bath. Each apartment offers free internet access and free foxtel. Situated on the waterfront, Boathouse Resort offers excellent facilities including a heated lap pool with a sandy beach entry, marina, gymnasium, Japanese steam room and bike hire. Enquire today about our excellent tariffs and package deals.

Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest The twin towns of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest are on the estuary of the Myall River, a one hour drive from Newcastle and two and a half hours north of Sydney. Activities include a direct ferry to Nelson Bay, boat, bike and kayak hire, dolphin and whale watching charters, fishing, bush walking, golf, bird watching, swimming and tennis. Enjoy the Village Art Walk, the award-winning restaurants and the surrounding pristine beaches.

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From the Editor January Welcome to the “The Mid North Coast” – a wonderful & exciting place to visit! No time for boredom, become refreshed and revitalised as the Mid North Coast unveils her secrets. No matter what is desired peace & tranquillity or excitement, the Mid North Coast has something special for everyone. From Port Stephens in the South to Coffs Coast and surrounding areas to the North. It really does have it all with its beautiful beaches, dense lush forests and a myriad of waterways for your exploration & enjoyment. Go for a drive & explore the hinterland areas, see unique villages and visit local places of interest.


gift shops. Discover parts of Australia’s history by visiting the beautifully restored buildings and various museums. September’s information column lists many other activities to see and do during your stay.



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Dining In Style




Rainforest Walk


Keep your copy of the “Mid North Coast Monthly Imag” with you. All the information is at your fingertips ready to help you explore the many places along the beautiful coast. We trust you will enjoy your stay and hope you come back and visit us again soon.

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Explore the unique and fascinating art galleries, antique stores and speciality

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Spring into Sundowner and captivate the kids! Pack the vegemite and cheese sandwiches, pop the kids in the car, and head off for an escape to Port Macquarie’s Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park. Only a five-hour drive from Sydney, Port Macquarie is set along the captivating eastern coastline and hosts some of Australia’s most beautiful creatures and creations. Understanding that every family lives by a budget, Sundowner Holidays have put together a Family Fun Package to ensure that your getaway will be entertaining and wallet-friendly for the entire family. Parents; unwind on your verandah and relish in the complimentary local wine and cheese platter as you watch the enchanting sunset. Ideal for families of 4-6persons, the open plan design of the Riverside and Bayside Cottages caters for easy entertaining and a place take in the sea breeze at the end of the day. The beauty of this accommodation is that the family has just a short stroll to the river and one of Port Macquarie’s many pristine beaches. There are a variety of water activities to partake in, should you have a family partial to watersports. Whether you are up for a night out or in, the Family Fun Package offers a range of complimentary

activities to keep everyone entertained. Snuggle up and enjoy the in-house movies in your cottage, or pop on some silly shoes and head out for a wild night of bowling with the family. Relish in some downtime and enjoy a rejuvenating body massage at the Port Macquarie Day Spa while the kids enjoy fun-packed sessions at the Sundowner Kids Club, offering arts, crafts, games and more! And, for those animal lovers, get up and close with Australia’s favourite fuzzy friends at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, for free. Open 365 days of the year, visitors are welcome at all times of the day. Although a very special ‘Feed, Walk and Talk’ tour is conducted every afternoon at 3pm. Sundowner know how important it is to keep every family vacation budget friendly, and thus have worked hard with Port Macquarie to offer 10% off at selected cafes and restaurants, all within walking distance from the park. Ask the friendly Sundowner staff to point you in

the direction of your cuisine of choice, and don’t forget to explore the region’s fantastic local produce. Whether planning a family weekend getaway, or your gang’s annual costal holiday, The Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park in Port Macquarie is the ideal location to get back to the roots of enjoying quality, family time. For booking details please contact Sundowner Breakwall Port Macquarie on 1800 636 452 or (02) 6583 2755 or visit

Family Escape Package Deal Package Includes: 7 nights in a fully self contained Riverside or Bayside Cottage at Sundowner Port Maquarie Complimentary cheese and wine platter Free inhouse movies A fun night out bowling for the whole family 2 relaxing body massages at Port Macquarie Day Spa Kids will enjoy 2 fun packed sessions of Kids Club offering arts, crafts, movies games and more! 10% off selected cafes & restaurants within walking distance from the Sundowner Breakwall. 7 night packages from $1135.00* Terms and Conditions apply. Please check kids club availability when booking. *Valid 1st April 2011 – 31st March 2012


Enjoy a day of Aboriginal culture music & art

Saltwater Freshwater Festival

Australia Day Thursday 26 January 11am – 5pm Queen Elizabeth Park Taree

Performances by:

Casey Donovan Microwave Jenny, Yuin Ghudjargah Dancers Stiff Gins, Black Turtles & more‌

Cultural workshops, arts & crafts, Aboriginal food village & market stalls. Something for all the family. Entry by gold coin donation. View us online here:

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Saltwater Freshwater Festival Program The much anticipated 2012 Saltwater Freshwater Festival will be held in Queen Elizabeth Park Taree between 11am - 5pm this Australia Day. With three performance areas – one for all the family and the others focused on cultural performance – there will be something to please all ages. The day kicks off at 11.00am, with acts such as Microwave Jenny, The Black Turtles and The Stiff Gins rocking out with plenty of local & imported talent on the Main Stage. “This Festival is an awesome opportunity for emerging talent to share the stage with the greats. Who knows, we may discover the next Gurrumul” says Festival Director Rhoda Roberts, who urges any local talent to contact the Festival for the chance to perform. For the first time in 2012 we are excited to introduce the Dancestry Grounds - a fusion of the old and new. The Dancestry grounds will provide a diverse selection of performance and

workshops reflecting local and regional NSW chants and stomps. Imagine your feet in the sand circle as you sit and witness a modern day corroboree and gathering. GenerationOne returns as the Festival’s Principal Sponsor and will again host the GenerationOne Yarn Tent featuring lively forums focused on Aboriginal employment strategies for the Mid North Coast as well as a panel discussion themed “Can we change in one generation”. Tim Gartrell, CEO of GenerationOne said “We see our relationship with Saltwater Freshwater as a great way to support the Mid North Coast communities and their artists who will be sharing their culture

at the festival”. “GenerationOne believes that Saltwater Freshwater is leading the way in bringing communities across the Mid North Coast of NSW to shift the dialogue”. A highlight of the program will be the closing performance by Casey Donovan featuring her Big Beautiful & Sexy show. Casey has just completed a run in Melbourne with the new International musical production The Flower Children (based on the story of the Mamas and Papas with Casey featuring as Mama Cass). Casey will also perform in the farewell ceremony, joined by a line-up of intergenerational community performers to reignite the old calls of gathering, music and stomp celebrating our National day. There will be plenty of other entertainment throughout the day, with hands-on cultural experiences including weaving, dance, didgeridoo workshops and a youth and children’s precinct; something for all the family!


Great Lakes

Covering: Tea Gardens - Hawks Nest - Seal Rocks Port Stephens was first noted by Europeans in May 1770 when Captain James Cook referred to Port Stephens in his log as "an opening forming a bay".

He went on to describe; "Wind southerly in the day and in the night westerly, a gentle breeze and clear weather. At 4pm past at a distance of one mile a low rocky point which I named Point Stephens... on the north side of this point is an inlet which I called Port Stephens that appears from the masthead to be sheltered from all winds". The twin towns of Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest lie at the mouth of the Myall River and reflect the areas relaxed lifestyle with a sense of peace and tranquility. The towns and surrounds offer a special mix of accommodation and activities.

• 21 x ensuite rooms • Restaurant/bistro open 7 days • Daily Ferry service to Nelson Bay • Dolphin/Whale watching cruises • Live Entertainment Fri, Sat, Sun • T.A.B. • FOX Sports • Country hospitality

With coastal themed cafes, galleries and public art this is just the place to get off the highway, unwind and have that very special holiday. At the heart of the Myall Coast is the Myall Lakes

National Park, one of the most visited in NSW. It is a spectacular blend of lakes, coastal forests, pristine beaches and an extensive dune system offering a truly natural experience.

What to See & Do Walk to the top of Yacaaba Headland – for its views over Port Stephens and Myall Lakes Take a relaxing ferry trip from Tea Gardens to Nelson Bay Enjoy the many sand dunes along the coastal waters

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Myall Street, Tea Gardens Ph: (02) 4997 0111

...will take you there!

The Club has all the usual facilities including Bowling Greens, snooker and pool table, Chinese and Traditional Restaurant including HOT ROCKS, open for Lunch and Dinner. Enjoy one of the Clubs outdoor entertainment areas or BBQ facilities. Relax in the afternoon with a cold refreshment at the Sunset Deck.

Call about our accommodation packages - from $ 189pp On the waterfront 85 Marine Dr 2 Tea Gardens GROUPS WELCOME!

02 4997 0203

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10 2a Yalinbah Street, Tea Gardens

Club (02) 49 970 250 • Restaurant (02) 49 979 412 •Fax (02) 49 970 236 Is gambling a problem for you? G-Line Freecall 1800 633 635

Monthly Markets Guide Plaza Shopping Centre 2nd Sunday, Pacific Highway Nambucca Heads, Ph: 6568 7310 Bowraville Community Markets Every Saturday, 8am-3pm, Community Centre Valla Beach Community Markets 1st Saturday - even months, Gary 0411 038 654 Myall Quays Village Market Tea Gardens Third Sat or Long Weekends. 8am to 2pm at Shopping Centre. Ph: Shona 0423 806 490

• Cabins • BBQ shelter • Ensuite park units • Grassed, powered sites • Adjacent to golf course and Bennetts Beach • Two modern amenity buildings

Bulahdelah Markets 1st Saturday, 8am to 1pm. Corner of Pacific Highway & Crawford Sts, Bulahdelah. Ph: John 0408 283 947

Johns River Markets Second Sat – 9am to 1.30pm. Community Hall, Pacific Hwy. Ph: Rod and Marian 6556 5042 or 0427 104 504

Gladstone Trash & Treasure Markets Fourth Sat 8:30am–12pm. Gladstone Uniting Church Hall Ph: Gwen Edwards 6567 4203

Krambach Markets 3rd Sun 9am to 1pm. Krambach School of Arts Hall, Bucketts Way. Ph: Kerry 6559 1778

The Hub Markets – Taree Third Sat 8am to 12noon. Taree Showground. Ph: Greg 0429 192 149

Blackhead Bazaar 1st Sunday September – May only 8am to 2pm, at Wyllie Breackenridge Park, Hallidays Point. Ph: Judy or Brian 0422 307 120

Nabiac Farmers Markets Last Sat of the month, 8 am to12 pm. Showground, Nabiac. Ph: Helen 6554 1906

Laurieton Riverwalk Market Third Sun 8am–1pm. Corner Tunis & Short St. Ph: 0428 695 084

Tuncurry Market Fourth Sat 7am to 1pm. John Wright Pk, Tuncurry. Ph: Denise 0417 400 994

Wauchope Community Markets & Arts Bazaar First Sat 8am–1pm. Uniting Church, Hastings St. Ph: Robin 6585 1766

Forster Town Park Markets Second Sun - 8am to 2pm. Ph: Ann Starkey 6554 9348 Pacific Palms Community Market Last Sunday of the month 9am-1pm on the Lakes Way. Ph: Paula 0401 968 516

Wauchope - Hastings Farmers Markets Fourth Sat 8am–12pm. Wauchope Showground, High Street. Ph: Sonia 0414 376 868

Wingham Farmer’s Market First Sat - 8am to 12pm. Wingham Showground. Ph: Mal 6557 0059

PMUC Markets First Sat 8am–11am. Port Macquarie Uniting Church, Cnr Oxley Hwy & Sherwood Rd. Ph: 6581 2414

Wingham Community Markets Second Sat of the month. 8.30am to 1pm. The Brush School, cnr Isabella & Wynter Streets, Wingham. Phyllis ph: 6553 4596

Port Macquarie Art Society Bazaar Every Sun 8am–1pm. Hamilton House, 198 Hastings River Dr, Port Macquarie. Ph: Maureen 0409 820 694

Harbourside Markets Every Sunday 8am-2pm. Northern End of Jetty Foreshore, Coffs. All local produce, arts, crafts & food. No imported or secondhand goods. Ph: Kim 0407 661 990.

Crescent Head Markets Third Sun. Crescent Head Reserve, Crescent Head. Ph: Amanda 6566 0300 for variations during School and Public Holiday Markets.

Port Macquarie Sunday Markets Second and fourth Sun 8am–1pm. Westport Technology High, Findley Avenue. Ph: 0418 654 401 3–6pm only.

Coffs City Uptown Markets Every Sunday 8am – 2pm. Big W Car Park. Castle Street, Coffs Harbour

Horseshoe Bay Markets South West Rocks Second Sat 8am– 12noon. Horseshoe Bay Reserve, South West Rocks. Ph: 0428 624 558 Nambucca Heads Plaza Markets 2nd Sunday of the month 8am – 1pm. Nambucca Shopping Plaza. Pacific Highway, Nambucca Heads. Old Bar Markets 4th Sunday of the month 7am–1pm. Variety of Market Stalls. Next to Old Bar Tennis Courts, Old Bar Contact: Lindsay Wilkes or Joan Lowe, phone 6552 3554. Coffs Harbour Jetty Markets Every Sunday 7am – 2pm. Jetty Village Shopping Centre, Coffs Harbour. Town Head Market Day Held each Monday 8am – 1pm at Town Head, Bucketts Way Taree South. Contact: Deneta 6552 1150. Burrell Creek Markets Held 9am – 1pm at Burrell Creek Hall on 2nd Sunday of every 2nd month (from June). Contact: Jane 6550 8088. Bellingen Markets 3rd Saturday playing fields, 6655 2151.


Great Lakes

What to See & Do

Covering: Forster - Tuncurry Great Lakes With tranquil lakes, uncrowded beaches and lush hinterland, the Great Lakes is full of unspoilt natural scenery. From the forest to the sea... With 145 km of coastline stretching from Tea Gardens to Blackhead, the Great Lakes area offers pristine waterways, subtropical rainforests, national parks and nature reserves. A few hours’ drive north from Sydney, you’ll find beaches, bays and tidal lakes perfect for surfing, swimming, kayaking, boating and fishing, while the Manning Valley’s historic townships provide year-round interest. Holiday havens The hardest decision you’ll have to make on your Great Lakes holiday is where to stay. While Forster-Tuncurry,

Adventure & Fun for All Ages!

actually two towns linked by a bridge across Wallis Lake, is always popular, the many tranquil townships scattered throughout the area all have their own unique charm. Twenty minutes south of Forster is Pacific Palms, named after the area’s cabbage tree palms. It’s a good place from where to explore Booti Booti National Park, Wallis and Smiths lakes, and the sensational surf beaches of Boomerang and Blueys. Seal Rocks, 40 minutes’ drive south of Forster, is the ideal destination if you like bushwalking, surfing or scuba diving. Seal Rocks got its name from the Australian fur seals’ favourite sunning spot, which is on the rugged rocks just across the water from Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, a short walk from the town and past a spectacular blowhole.




Lakes Way, Rainbow Flat - PH 02 6553 6000

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Enjoy magnificent views from an abundance of lookouts located in the region. Take walks through pristine rainforests, National Parks and stretches of long sandy beaches. Take a wander through local galleries displaying a range of talent. Visit local museums and discover the wealth of history the Great Lakes have to offer. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Little Street, Forster Ph: 1800 802 692 Email:

...will take you there!

Toboggan Run 3 Open Waterslides Toddlers Slide Jumbo Slide Quad Bikes Kamakaze Slide BMX & Mountain Bikes Speed Karts Mountain Boards

Open Weekends - 10am - 4 pm Public Holidays and all School Holidays - Coaches & Groups Welcome

There’s an endless variety of things to do and places to see in the Great Lakes and at this time of year the weather is perfect for exploring.

Tricycles Shoot for Basket ½ Court Tennis Swimming Pool Beach Volleyball Trampolines Swings Chip & Putt Golf Kiosk Gas BBQ

‘Little Darlings’useum Doll Moffee Shop &C

Over 5,000 dolls! Cappuccino - Espresso, Coffee Homemade Cakes, Scones & Cookies Morning & Afternoon Tea, Light Lunch

DOLL REPAIRS & ‘ELVIS’ IS HERE Open: Wed, Thurs, Fri or by appt. School Holidays: Wed - Sun

Phone 6554 3131 Cnr Failford Road & The Lakes Way, Failford

Little Darlings Doll Museum & Coffee Shop The Museum consists of over 5000 Dolls, Bears, etc. ranging from the 1800 to modern day. We have five rooms of displays from porclean dolls, old dolls,teddy bears, trolls and fairy fantasies,dolls of the world,barbies, and modern dolls. We have one room full of dolls, bears, and craft for sale. We can seat up to forty guests in our coffee shop, serving morning teas, afternoon teas and light lunches, the majority of which are homemade. Devonshire teas are our speciality with homemade scones. Half of the coffee shop is a huge display of ‘’ELVIS’’ memorabilia and we have a large range of ELVIS memorabilia for sale which is very popular. Coaches and groups are very welcome and we are animal friendly. We also supply a doll and bear repair business and can dress your favourite doll in a new outfit or shoes,socks, wigs etc. An outside fairy garden will seat up to 20 guests and is a pleasure waiting, as children and adults relive childhood memories.


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Mini Golf • Merry-Go-Round • Mini Train Jumping Castle • Bumper Boats Pedal Cars • Paddle Boats • Volleyball Licensed Bar & Bistro • Picnic and BBQ Area • Undercover Seating Bunkhouse Accommodation for Schools (Minimum 30 people) Camps & Sporting Groups 44 Tonofun Road, North Tuncurry




Mid North Coast Accommodation

Karuah Motor Inn

Plomer Beach House

Quiet, restful, easy access, ground floor units, Foxtel, just off the Pacific Highway, 2.5 hours to Sydney. 422 Tarean Road, Karuah Ph: (02) 4997 5336

Located in Limeburners Nature Reserve at the southern tip of Hat Head National Park. Sleeps up to 12 people. • Large deck area and playground • Fully furnished • Log fire • Great fishing, surfing, swimming, walking Ph: (02) 6566 6168

Meridian Resort

Wombat Beach Resort

Relax at Meridian Resort Beachside in Old Bar. Not near the beach BUT on the beach. 32 Lewis Street, Old Bar Ph: 1800 650 550 or (02) 6553 3441 Fax: (02) 6553 6737

A luxurious, award-winning Resort set amongst native gardens – explore the magical Holday Coast. 30-43 Pacific Street, Crescent Head Ph: (02) 6566 0121 Email:

Azalea Cottage

Moon River Motor Inn

Overnight or Weekly • Packages available. $120 per night per couple. Dogs welcome. Private golf course - Clubs supplied. 84 Warwiba Road, Old Bar Ph: (02) 6553 6636

Comfort Inn Country Plaza

Fully renovated and superbly appointed rooms at the only 4 star motel in Taree with AUSTAR, internet and more. Ph: (02) 6552 2433 5 Bligh St, Taree


Quiet Riverbank Motel and Licensed Restaurant Your choice of rooms including river-view rooms, family rooms, standard rooms or self-contained apartments. We can also hold functions and offer a number of facilities to guests, including fax and wireless internet access. FREE broadband & wireless internet. 157 Pacific Highway, Kempsey Ph: (02) 6562 8077 Email:

What's On January The School Holidays have come around again and the Great Lakes is host to a number of exciting and entertaining events and activities catering for all ages. Call into any Great Lakes Visitor Centre for a copy of ‘What’s On in the School Holidays’.

NATIONAL PARK DISCOVERY TOURS & ACTIVITIES Join Discovery Rangers at Booti Booti & Myall Lakes NP’s for another season of exciting activities for all the family. See the ‘What’s On’ for dates and details

Thurs 5 IWA INTERNATIONAL WRESTLING Bone crushing, back breaking action! Great entertainment for the whole family, book tickets at Club Forster.

Thurs 12 - Sun 22 RIGPA BUDDHIST RETREAT AT TIONA If you are looking for peace in a busy world then come along to an afternoon with a difference, on Sunday 15th Rigpa’s annual retreat will be open to the public between 3pm - 5pm.

GREAT LAKES LIBRARY KID’S ACTIVITIES Forster and Tea Gardens Library have fun activities for kids during the school holidays, pick up a copy of ‘What’s On’ for further details. Sat 7, Sun 8 & Mon 9 MYALL ART & CRAFT SHOW Annual Exhibition featuring paintings and craft by local artists. 9am - 4pm at Hawks Nest Community Centre. Mon 9 THE BEST OF THE FORSTER FILM FESTIVAL All ways a great night with the latest entries of short award winning films hosted at the Forster Library.

Buddhist Retreat

Great Lakes Beaches

Thurs 26 COOMBA FEST A community celebration of Australia Day featuring the famous Coomba Raft Race and markets, many fun events on the day and preceding Australia Day. Thurs 26 AUSTRALIA DAY FAMILY CELEBRATIONS Celebrate Australia Day Great Lakes style! John Wright Park will be filled with live music and entertainment for the entire family. Adjacent to a huge amusement ride area. This is an event not to be missed!

For more details on these or other Great Lakes Events, visit or freecall 1800 802 692

Myall Art and Craft Show

Kids Activities

Some of the best stretches of coast... you will ever see... Only three hours from Sydney but a world away you will find the Great Lakes, where the magnificent eastern dividing range forms a backdrop to one of the most dazzling stretches of coast you will ever see. Escape to a natural paradise where dolphins surf and whales breach, where the fishing is bountiful and the surfing first class. The Great Lakes is NSW’s water playground with its 145 kilometres of stunning coastline and glittering mosaic of crystal clear inland waterways

based around the impressive Wallis, Smiths and Myall lakes networks. Deep green forests abound with limitless opportunities to explore hidden coastal and hinterland jewels. Throughout the region you can discover breathtaking scenery and celebrate fabulous sunsets. Here you can immerse yourself in natures varied moods, from wide expanses of sub tropical forests to the tranquillity of a deserted beach during a brilliant sunrise.

Paddle Bikes

Great Beaches


Come & Experience Macleay Valley Coast

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For a free holiday planner kit or accommodation booking service call 1800 642 480 Visitor Information Centres: Pacific Highway South Kempsey Boatman's Cottage South West Rocks


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In a glorious bush setting Situated between an ideal children’s beach and a surfing beach Deluxe spa beach houses are available, fully equipped with washing machine and dryer Deluxe cabins On-site vans, powered sites and shady tent area


Picnic area, electric BBQs and playground


on the beautiful north shores of Port Stephens

Ph 02 4997 0466

Fax 4997 0836



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Nana Glen

The Clog Barn Pet Porpoise Pool The Butterfly House

WAY The Honey Place

Skirmish Paintball

Billabong Wildlife Park


Mid North Coast Wineries

① Great Lakes Winery ② Villa d’Esta Vineyard ③ Bago Vineyards ④ Cassegrain Wines ⑤ Raleigh Vineyard ⑥ Two Tails Winery



absolute beachfront at an affordable price Beach Bungalows ✦ Ensuite Cabins Powered & Unpowered Sites ✦ 2 & 3 Room Cabins Undercover BBQs ✦ Modern Amenities Gas, ice, refreshemnts

Island Palms

Spacious, quiet, ground-floor suites, air-conditioned, satellite TV, free wifi, family owned and operated. Seniors discounts available. Ph: (02) 6554 5555

Kinka Road, Seal Rocks NSW 2423 Freecall 1800 112 234

Area map supplied by North Coast NSW Tourism


Mid North Coast Dining in Style

Club Taree

Poco Loco

Award Winning Ironbark restaurant Open from 10am daily Freshly cooked to order menu Coffee and homemade desserts

Modern Mexican & Wood Fired Pizza. Open 7 Nights • BYO

121 Wingham Rd, Taree Ph: (02) 6539 4000

Ph: (02) 6584 9136 Flynns Beach Port Macquarie

Smoky Cape Café

Pasta Place

Breakfast, lunch & morning and afternoon tea. Coffee & cake $6.00 with a delicious choice to choose from.Daily lunch specials. No surcharge for public holidays. 1 Cockatoo Place, South West Rocks Ph: (02) 6566 7740

Traditional home made pasta and sauces. Gourmet pizza, cakes and cappuccino, BYO, dine-in or takeaway, home delivery, veal, chicken and seafood. Open 7 nights. 53 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie Ph: (02) 6583 2679

Café 73 Drop into Café 73 on the highway. Great food, great service, and a great place to stop! Best coffee on the coast 73 Macleay St, Frederickton Ph: (02) 6566 8275

Settlement City

Cnr Bay & Park Streets Port Macquarie


The Ritz Centre Cnr Horton & Clarence Streets Port Macquarie

① Great Lakes Winery

Wine-tasting and cellar-door sales 11–5 or by appointment. Cabernet, Shiraz, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Verdehlo and Semillon.


② Villa d’Esta Vineyard 5

Open every day 10–4 for tasting and cellar-door sales. Wines handmade to traditional Hungarian methods. BBQ/picnic facilities, handmade produce.

2884 Wallambah Road Dyers Crossing NSW 2429 12 km off Nabiac on Pacific Hwy Ph: 02 6550 2236 (inc mail orders)

③ Bago Vineyards

Monthly JAZZ – 2nd Sunday of the month, rest of the month - Peaceful and Serene. Open 7 days from 11am–5pm for wine-tastings and sales.

Milliagans Road (off Bago Road) Wauchope Ph: 02 6585 7099

④ Cassegrain Wines 4

Tastings, Cellar Door Sales, Gourmet Foods, Restaurant, Functions, Weddings, Formal Garden and picnic areas. Open daily 9-5.

Pacific Hwy Port Macquarie Ph: (02) 6582 8377

Visit our superb Mid North Coast Wineries

115 Herivals Road, Wootton Ph: 02 4997 7255 Fax: 02 4997 7450


⑤ Raleigh Vineyard

Award Winning Wines. Open 10am–5pm Wednesday to Sunday. 7 Days during NSW School holidays. Closed Good Friday Take Raleigh exit and follow signs

36 Queen Street, Raleigh Ph: (02) 6655 4388

⑥ Two Tails Winery



Open: Tues to Sat 11am-5pm, Sunday 11.30am- 3.30pm. 7 days school holidays. Groups welcome. B&B available. 963 Orara Way, Nana Glen Ph&Fax: (02) 6654 3633 Email:

See also map on page 17


Manning Valley

Covering: Hallidays Point - Diamond Head The Manning Valley is the place to come for a relaxing break from the crowds, noise and hi-rise buildings. The natural beauty of the valley is highlighted by the Manning River which lies at the valley’s heart. Water skiers, rowers, boaties and fishermen enjoy the calm waters of the Manning River, a rare double delta system, in fact the only one in Australia with two entrances to the ocean. Birdlife is prevalent as they skim the river for food and rest at the water’s edge. Oyster leases deliver succulent ready-to-eat delicacies and fishing co-ops provide local seafood fare.

There is a bounty of local produce for foodies, from wine makers, to National Award winning cafes in the historic town of Wingham. Experience the legendary Pacific Coast. Travelling from Sydney to Brisbane, the Pacific Coast Touring Routes take you to many amazing destinations on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. The Manning Valley is one not to be missed so awaken your spirit with awesome landscapes and natural beauty. Explore some of the 26 seaside and hinterland townships and you’ll be surprised by the array of produce and options available, from Harrington to Hallidays Point. Natural assets abound with 9 National Parks and Reserves, 11 stunning beaches spreading across 45 kilometres of pristine coastline and some of the best surfing beaches on the NSW coast.

Surfers ride the perfect wave at Saltwater or walk along Crowdy Bay beach and enjoy the commanding views around the Valley.

What to See & Do To experience the valley, explore by taking one of 7 drives around the region. There are suggested activities and attractions along the drives in townships and villages, lookouts, bushwalking trails within National Parks, beaches, lagoons and hinterland to discover. These are detailed on the latest Cartoscope Map of the Manning Valley available at the Visitor Information Centre. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 21 Manning River Drive, North Taree Ph: 1800 182 733 Email:

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Lake Nurra... a rural WithEkala so much to see and getaway do,

A la carte Monday-Friday Group Bookings & Functions Welcome

you’ll want to stay another day

Lake Ekala Nurra is a 75 acre rural getaway situated midway between the major regional centres of Port Macquarie and Taree on the mid-north coast of NSW. f Crowdy Bay National Being only 4 hours north of Sydney,Park and having direct access to the Pacific Located in the northern of the Manning Valley,Itthis National Highway, it is ideal for school,section youth and church groups. is also a great place for Park covers some 6000 hectares of coastal plains. travellers seeking overnight accommodation or short-term holidays.

f Wingham Brush Natureavailable. Reserve There is a range of accommodation Overnight travellers can take Just 10ofminutes drive west of Taree, Brush includes ancientapartments. The advantage the spacious modern two the bedroom self-contained Bay figs that are many hundreds of years old and provides a groupMoreton accommodation facility includes ten air-conditioned rooms, separate male home for a large population grey-headed flying foxes. & female amenities and commonofroom with kitchenette. f Ellenborough Facilities include a seven Falls acre lake, canoes, tennis court, modern gymnasium, playing BBQ areas, internet café, campfire bureau services and a Atfield, 200 metres, it is the second longest singlesites, dropoffice waterfall in the large conference hall with projector, motorised and sound bench. Southern Hemisphere. A timbered walkwayscreen to the bottom of the falls with rest spots on the way provides a comfortable walk. The main camp kitchen and dining room is ideal for groups of up to 80 and


at Best Western Taree Motor Inn

1 Commerce Street, Taree (by the bridge)

contains a commercial dishwasher, large wood range, gas range, gas griddle and f Tapin Tops National Park salamander, gas deep fryer, commercial toaster, bain marie, plus large walk-in Lookouts like Rowley’s Rock provide panoramic views to Taree and freezer and fridge. the ocean beyond. The park is accessible by two wheel drive vehicle year round and has good picnic and facilities. The property is bordered on two sides bycamping the Johns River State Forest and has kilometres of walking tracks and Park it’s only a short jaunt to the Crowdy Bay National f Coopernook Forest Park, or Kylie’s Beach. Just off the Highway and an excellent base from which to explore Coorabakh’s stunning mountain tops, lookouts, caves and waterfalls. .

f Manning Valley Beaches 45kms of coastline from Crowdy Head in the north to Hallidays Point in the south includes the white sandy beaches of Crowdy Head, Harrington, Manning Point, Old Bar, Wallabi Point, Saltwater, Diamond Beach, Red Head and Black Head. Reputed to be the best beaches on the Mid North Coast.

f local produce f original artwor ks Call in to the Visitors Information Centre for more information and some great local products!

• School and Youth Camps • Church & Charity Groups • Seminars & Conventions • Holiday Accommodation • Lake & Canoes • Campfire Sites • Walking Trails • Playing Fields • Tennis Court • Gymnasium • BBQ Areas


Greater Port Macquarie Ideally situated at the mouth of the Hastings River and the blue Pacific Ocean, Port Macquarie is a water lovers paradise. 15 pristine beaches, most of them patrolled, line the coast from Port Macquarie south to the Camden Haven. Enjoy the coastal walks, surfing, sail boarding, swimming, fishing, whale watching, and even camel rides. Many beaches feature barbecue facilities and playgrounds. The European settlement of Port Macquarie was established in 1821, three years after John Oxley reached the region by trekking down the Hastings River from the New England area. It is one of the oldest penal settlements outside of Sydney. Many early structures still stand today, along with a range of museums and interpretive centres, ideally suited to the history buff. Stretching from the rugged escarpments and lush pastures of the Comboyne Plateau to the unspoilt

beaches, rocky headlands and stunning views of the coastal strip between Bonny Hills and Diamond Head, the Camden Haven is within a 30 minute drive south of Port Macquarie. The Camden Haven is renowned for its fishing and beaches, National Parks, State Forests, and outdoor lifestyle. Catch blackfish at Northern Breakwall, pick up a mud crab or two on Queens Lake or take a deep sea fishing charter; discover the rich fauna and flora in Kattang Nature Reserve and don’t miss magnificent North Brother Mountain. This region is a birdwatchers and bush walkers paradise.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Cnr Clarence & Hay Street, Port Macquarie Ph: 1300 303 155

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What to See & Do Explore St Thomas’ Anglican Church, built by convict labour between 1824 and 1826. Taste the wines at Cassegrain Winery. Cross the Hastings River on the vehicle ferry and visit the Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve and spend the day swimming, bushwalking and wildlife watching. Camel rides along Lighthouse Beach. The coastal lowland rainforest at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre. Feeding time at the Macquarie Nature Reserve koala hospital. Artifacts from the convict era in the Port Macquarie Museum. The superb panoramas from Gaol Point Lookout.

open 7 days naturally inspiring ... Rainforest Boardwalk.Guided Tours. Eco Exhibitions.Gifts and Souvenirs Open 7 days 9 am–4.30 pm Phone 6582 3355 Pacific Drive Port Macquarie (5 km from town centre) Rainforest Cafe Phone 6582 4444

Modern Computers - LCD Screens SKYPE • Print – B&W or Colour Upload/Burn Data & Photos to CD or DVD SUPER FAST ADSL 2 +

Ph 6583 9399 (Opposite Coles )


Sunday 29th January

Sunday 29 January 10am-5pm Oyster showcase from $15 per doz Wine & Oyster education sessions at the restaurant-$30 pp includes wine matching

Book on 6582 8320

Oyster Shucking competition Fresh food stalls (for the non oyster lover) Live music Lots of fun things for kids BYO deck chair or rug No BYO food or alcohol Entry only $5 per adult U/12 free

Koala Preservation Society of NSW St Johns Ambulance NSW


Steven Spellmaster With over 15 years experience, over 2000 shows performed and tens of thousands hypnotised, Steven Spellmaster is by far the most experienced, most popular and most heavily booked stage hypnotist in Australia today. Among Steven’s most memorable appearances was the opportunity to hypnotise Hamish Blake on Hamish & Andy as part of their “Pants Off Friday” as well as regular spots with “The Benchwarmers” now Ant & Becks of Mix 106.5 FM fame and hypnotising the boys on The Footy Show. In an industry rife with cynicism and non-believers Steven best describes hypnosis as an extreme, deep relaxation and mediative state of mind where participants experience total mind awareness of everything they are instructed to do but yet so relaxed in body they lose their inhibitions and respond instantly to his suggestions. Participants in the show benefit massively from the experience as 20 minutes of hypnotic sleep is the equivalent to four hours of natural sleep as well as being left with the final suggestion from Steven of a two week after effect of unlimited energy.

The Steven Spellmaster Show consists of 2 hours of non-stop side splitting laughter with big sound, big light show and big crowds. Throughout the Christmas holiday period Steven will be returning to the North Coast for his annual family show tour so don’t miss the opportunity to attend this dynamic, unforgettable night of spectacular comedy suitable for all ages. You can catch Steven’s show at Pacific Palms Rec Club Tues 27 Dec, North Haven Bowling Wed 28, South West Rocks Country Thur 29, Tuncurry Bowling Fri 30 and Port City Bowling Thur 12 Jan.

Contact us for a free Port Macquarie Escape Planner or book your holiday now at Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre

emerald downs 18 hole public golf course

@ The Glasshouse, Corner Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie

Open 7 days

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• Social play every day • Visitors and Social Clubs welcome • Pro-Shop with all hire gear inc carts Emerald Drive, Port Macquarie Ph: 6582 6120 Fax: 6582 2213

Wauchope Covering: Wauchope: Comboyne - Ellenborough Falls The first European in the Wauchope area was Surveyor John Oxley who named Mount Seaview and the Hastings River (after Lord Warren Hasting, Governor of India) as he passed through the area in 1818. By 1820 cedar was being cut in the district and in 1821 Governor Lachlan Macquarie established Port Macquarie as a penal colony. By 1826 there were numerous experiments with sugar cane along the banks of the Hastings River. In 1828 a number of land grants were made along the Hastings River. In 1836 the village of Wauchope came into existence. Captain Robert Andrew Wauch (he had dropped ‘ope’ from the end of his name as a result of a family dispute) paid a deposit on 760

acres on King Creek. The property was named “Wauchope” and it was from this the town would eventually grow. Today Wauchope is a beautiful town endowed with a traditional timber-milling heritage. Wonderful places of historic importance are located throughout the town and in the surrounding areas a must see destination for all.

What to See & Do Experience the majesty of the Ellenborough falls – one of the southern hemisphere’s highest waterfalls, a 200 metre single drop Take a step back in time with the family – Wauchope’s Timbertown, a great day out

Enjoy delightful forest walks at Boorana nature reserve in Comboyne Wauchope is located 406 km north of Sydney



Great Coffee Local produce Mountain air Main Road, Comboyne

02 6550 4188

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Macleay Valley Coast

Covering: Crescent Head - Kempsey - South West Rocks Trial Bay Gaol which opened in 1886, as a works prison and utilised in World War One as a German Interment Camp closed in 1918, is located in the Arakoon State Conservation Area just 5 kilometres east of the coastal town of South West Rocks. Being one of the most popular attractions on the mid north coast of NSW, with spectacular scenery ranging from the extensive gaol ruins, to the natural beauty of Trial Bay, the coast and beaches. Visitors can camp, watching the sun set over the bay, or use the day facilities of BBQ’s and picnic areas, tour the Gaol and museum, go bushwalking, whale watching or swimming. Walks range from an easy 10 minutes

up to difficult, 4 hours. There is a licensed restaurant in the park open from 8am to 3pm. National Parks and Wildlife Service runs qualified discovery programs throughout the area, evening tours of the Gaol are run on Tuesdays and Thursdays during NSW school holidays. The guided tours last for approximately 1.5 hours. Self-guided tours of the Gaol are also available between 9.00am -4.00pm daily. Whilst in the area visit Smoky Cape Lighthouse, in Hat Head National Park, being the highest in NSW and only 10 minutes drive away from the Gaol. Bookings are essential for camping and all guided tours during School Holidays.

'Lilliepillies' Esther Quinlin

The Gallery is housed in the annex of the Visitors Centre, which is nestled in parkland on the Pacific Highway on the southern entrance to Kempsey. Our aim is to showcase and market works of prominent established and emerging aboriginal artists of the Dunghutti region and mid north coast. Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm or by appointment.

Ph (02) 6562 1432


What to See & Do Take a tour through a working lighthouse – and take a walk back through time. Bookings: phone 6566 6301 Crescent head Scenic Drive – rustic back roads

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Pacific Highway Sth, Kempsey Park Email: Ph: 1800 642 480

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Stay in a working lighthouse!

Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery

Contact Trial Bay Gaol at Arakoon State Conservation Area on 02 6566 6168, 7 days, 9am to 4.30pm. Closed Christmas Day.

Smoky Cape Lighthouse B&B rooms and self catering cottages, bath robes, TVs in rooms, guest sitting room, three course country breakfast.

(02) 6566 6301

21 family fun things to do or see on the Mid North Coast of NSW! And you thought the Mid North Coast of NSW was just about its beautiful beaches. Think again when you exhaust yourself with this list of amazing things to do or see. 1. Ton O Fun Family Fun Park As featured on the Great Outdoors.Great family fun, exciting rides for all ages. MOTORIZED RIDES. Giant Twister Waterslides, Go Karts, Supa Karts, Bumper Boats, Quad Bikes, lake activities, Mini Golf, Jumping castles, Mimi Train, Merry Go Round, and more. Ton-O-Fun is a great family fun filled day out! With plenty of covered shade areas. Free BBQ’S. TON-OFUN Family fun Park is open 10am to 4pm WEEKENDS, PUBLIC HOLIDAYS & NSW SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. The entry fee covers unlimited rides all day. INCLUDES QUAD BIKE RIDES 9 yrs & over. 2. Little Darlings Doll Museum and Coffee Shop For a spectacular display of dolls visit the Little Darlings Doll Museum and Coffee Shop at Failford. Over 5,000 dolls, bears etc. from the late 1800’s to the modern day. 3. Big Buzz Fun Park The Big Buzz Fun Park is 25 acres of adventure and fun. It’s a great day out for all the family with activities including: Toboggan run, three open waterslides, jumbo slide, Go karts. 4. Clarendon Forest Retreat Horse Riding At Clarendon they prize the horse riding for being fun, scenic and exciting. The trail horses are beautifully responsive and quiet. Imagine endless rainforest rides, feel the freedom. 5. Timbertown Step back in time with a visit to Timbertown Wauchope, where you can ride the steam train, experience the bullocky display, observe the timber craftsmen at work and smell the coals of the blacksmith. Set amongst 87 acres of natural forest, Timbertown is an entire village, re-created to demonstrate the struggles and achievements of Australia’s pioneers. Timbertown is considered by many to be one of Australia’s finest heritage theme parks. a great day out for the whole family. 6. Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park For a wild day out you must visit Billabong Wildlife Park, it’s the perfect family day outing. The park boasts a wide variety of Australian and exotic animals and birds, picnic areas and a cafe for that well

deserved refreshment. 7. Cassegrain Winery Cassegrain is a premium winery located at Port Macquarie on Australia’s Holiday Coast. We invite you to visit our winery and taste a selection of our award winning wines. 8. Sea Acres Rainforest Centre An inspiring experience. Share the wonders of one of the largest remaining coastal rainforest reserves in New South Wales. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the elevated, accessible 1.3 kilometre rainforest boardwalk through pristine subtropical rainforest and relax in the Rainforest Cafe, serving delicious lunch, morning and afternoon teas. Boardwalk entry fee applies. 9. Centre Of Gravity Indoor Rock Climbing Port Macquarie’s only Indoor Rock Climbing and Dark Zone Laser Centre is a fabulous place for all ages. Climbers are sure to enjoy the roots set with any amazing roof section to challenge. 10. Bunker Cartoon Gallery John Chapman Way Corner of Hogbin Drive and Albany Street Coffs.... Coffs Harbour’s Bunker Cartoon Gallery is a unique heritage listed RAAF underground WWII bunker converted to Australia’s only dedicated black and white art gallery. 11. Koala Hospital - Port Macquarie The Koala Hospital is in the grounds of Roto House. It is the world’s first hospital dedicated solely to the care and preservation of koalas. 12. Taree Golf Club Visitors welcome, why not come along for a game of golf at Club Taree and enjoy the picturesque scenery of our course. Social play is available daily, while competition play is available for those players with recognised handicaps. 13. Clog Barn - Coffs Harbour Experience the colour and charm of Holland without leaving Coffs Harbour. You can even see clogs being made by hand! Take a delightful stroll around the miniature model Dutch Village or pop into the cafe for lunch or just a treat of yummy pan cakes or coffee. 14. Big Banana Coffs Harbour’s and indeed Australia’s most famous icon would have to be THE BIG BANANA. This giant structure located just north of Coffs Harbour on the Pacific Highway, 565 kilometres north of Sydney and 450 kilometres south of Brisbane is

probably the most well known “Big Thing” in Australia, fun filled family day out. 15. Visit the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House One of Coffs Harbour’s most amazing attractions is the award winning Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, Maze and Tearooms. Walk amongst the beauty and diversity of Australia’s vast range of butterflies in an indoor subtropical rainforest setting. Coffs Harbour Butterfly House offers visitors the opportunity to stroll in tranquil surroundings amongst hundreds of live Australian butterflies. 16. Carobana Confectionery Carobana Confectionery is Coffs Harbour’s own confectionery factory, family owned and operated since 1980. Carob and honeycomb are their main product, but they stock a large range of other goodies including chocolate coated popcorn. 17. Coffs City Skydivers Coffs City Skydivers is a privately owned professional Tandem and Skydiving School, operated from the Coffs Harbour Airport. We have a team of instructors totalling over 20,000 skydives, who are dedicated to giving you the experience of a lifetime. 18. Bonville Golf Resort Bonville Golf Resort is acknowledged as one of the worlds most beautiful golf courses and consistently voted as the most beautiful in Australia. Situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. 19. Honey Place Watch the bees working in their special glass hive without fear of being stung. Taste the many different pure Australian honeys, or try our new range of infused honeys. 20. Pet Porpoise Pool Where everyone is touched by magic! 3 SESSIONS DAILY OVER THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS! Where in the world can you be kissed by a seal, shake ‘hands’ with a dolphin and feed little blue penguins? Why on the Coffs Coast of course! Experience marine magic at the wonderful Pet Porpoise Pool, Australia’s most interactive marine park. 21. Tabatinga Family fun Centre Voted No 1 Attraction for Visitors to Coffs Harbour. Hey Mum & Dad! Are you looking for a place where kids can be kids? Where you can relax and enjoy some chill out time? Where you don’t have to worry about sunburn, the wind, the rain, the heat, the cold or dirty and unsafe public facilities? Where there are attractions to suit all ages from 1 to 100 all under the one roof? Well your search is over - at Tabatinga Family Fun Centre our fun guarantee is ‘Affordable, safe, friendly family entertainment thats so much fun the kids won’t want to leave.


Coffs Coast

Covering: Coffs Coast - Valla Beach - Bellingen - Nambucca

The Jetty Strip has a great mix of restaurants and cafes with cosmopolitan food styles, in some of Coffs oldest buildings. In deed there is a range of delightful restaurants thoughout the city.

Head for the pristine beaches, on the north side of town. Drive out to George’s Gold Mine and see a working re-creation of early gold diggings. Shop at the Lake Russell Gallery, 16 km north of Coffs, exceptional craftwork. Visit the Beautiful North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. Call in to the Clog Barn, a Dutch village in miniature. Diving at the magnificent South Solitary Islands. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Cnr Pacific H’way & McLean St Coffs Harbour Ph: 1300 369 070  Email

...will take you there!

The Clog Barn Experience the wonder and charm of Holland. Wander through our model Dutch village* set amongst award winning manicured gardens. Enjoy delicious authentic homemade Dutch cakes, pastries, pancakes and crêpes. Shop for unique gifts and souvenirs, Coffs Harbours largest range of collectable spoons and famous Delft Blue pottery! Stay with us in our comfortable affordable cabins or bring your own caravan.

The Clog Barn is a ‘must see’ Coffs Harbour attraction.

Our minature village*, model railway and gardens are great for the kids and a photographers paradise!

215 Pacific Highway Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 w: 28





The Clog Barn


FREE Clog making demonstrations 11am, 2pm & 4pm daily.

02 6652 4633

*Admission charges apply

Spend a day browsing local galleries, visit the museum to learn about the early days of the Coffs Harbour region. The Bunker Cartoon Gallery is housed in on historic World War II bunker, and is home to the largest collection of cartoons in the country – well worth a visit!

What to See & Do


Coffs Harbour has a myriad of exciting activities close at hand for the active tourist. Magnificent swimming and surfing beaches, white water rafting adventures, whale watching cruises, scuba diving, fishing cruises, skydiving and much more. For more relaxed entertainment visit the Pet Porpoise Pool. Take a walk in the magical Botanic Gardens, drive to the local lookouts and see the wonderful views of the Solitary Islands. The five islands form the most significant island group on the New South Wales Coast and became the first protected marine reserve in Australia.

Along Harbour Drive visit the Promenade where you can stroll by the edge of Coffs Creek, have a coffee, sip wine or dine, and watch the children paddle a canoe or feed the fish, then browse in the specialty shops. For more excellent shopping try the City Centre at the top of Harbour Drive with Palms Shopping, the mall and the pedestrian friendly main street. Make a visit to the Park Beach Plaza which has over 120 shops, and under the Highway to the Home Base shopping extravaganza.

Coffs Harbour is the regional centre for Tourism, Commerce and Industry. It is well known for the Big Banana – a major tourist attraction just north of the city and the first of Australia’s “Big” attractions. Coffs Harbour has received international acclaim by winning a Nations in Bloom Award for the most liveable City in the world for its size. With excellent attractions, beaches, shopping facilities and more, there is something for everyone.

Coffs City Skydivers

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Coffs City Skydivers is a privately owned professional Tandem and Skydiving School, operated from the Coffs Harbour Airport. We have a team of instructors totalling over 20,000 skydives, who are dedicated to giving you the experience of a lifetime. From the time you enter our comfortable welcoming drop zone, we promise you our undivided attention, focusing on your safety and enjoyment so that we can provide you with a life lasting memory. The Coffs City Skydivers team will ensure that you have not only an unbelievable skydive filled with stunning views of our

amazing coastline and hinterland, but we also pay attention to deepening your experience through breaking through fears and blocks you may be experiencing in your life. Our instructors are trained in personal growth and development techniques which have in some cases created life changing results for our clients, helping them move through life’s little barriers, using the art of body flight as a metaphor for change. Please call us on 0400 916 600 to book your slot on the ride to height, email us: or find us on Facebook: coffsskydivers



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Watch production and confectionery making and chat to our friendly, informative staff

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Optimum viewing days Monday – Thursday Sample our range of delicious confectionery Complimentary tea and coffee Enjoy our spacious grounds and picnic tables Colouring in table for the littlies Plenty of parking Coaches and buses welcome

Carobana is Coffs Harbour’s own working confectionery factory – family owned and operated since 1980 Carobana is a real working factory. Most of our production is for wholesale and we manufacture to order. This makes every week different and whatever is happening on the day you get to see. The best time to visit is mornings from 10am to about 2.30pm.  Best days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, these are production days.  Thursdays and Fridays are despatch days and Saturdays are just the shop. Carobana has been open to the public for just 19 years, but making our confectionery for nearly 30 years. Our tree lined drive brings visitors to the open park-like space of our grounds, where picnics and other activities are held.  The covered, table area is used by most visitors who enjoy sitting with a cuppa or a snack to watch the local wildlife, or use the new bbq facilities. Once inside the factory, the retail shop offers a range of sweets to tempt most taste buds.  Honeycombs and brittles are the most popular lines (we use a tonne of sugar every 8 days). The coated lines give the biggest choice and tastings are available.  Watch the honeycomb being made in the kitchen and you get to taste a slither of fresh honeycomb right from the 5kg slab.  If the coating line is in production, again close up watching and a little taste.


Open 10 am to 4pm Monday - Saturday 125 James Small Drive, Korora

Just 1km north of the Big Banana - Coffs Harbour (watch for the signs)

Ph 02 66 53 60 51 if you need directions or times


It’s time again for the VALLA FAIR! 8 January 2012

The Lions Club Of Valla run the fair every year as their major fundraising event. The funds raised are used to assist the local community. Last year they used the funds raised to assist The Medical Transport Scheme, Disabled Surfers Assoc., Macksville Hospital Auxiliary, Students at Nambucca High School, Valla Beach Pre-school, Frank Partridge School’s Breakfast Club, and The Vallarinas just to name a few. They also donated  funds to provide seating at the soon to be built playground at Anderson Park Valla Beach. The Fair will be a great day out for all the family. We again have Errol Grey The Bush Balladeer to entertain, as well as plenty of food, market stalls, a Treasure Hunt, Miss Valla Fair and rides for the kiddies. Please, come,enjoy and support the Local Community of Nambucca Valley by Supporting The Lions Club Valla at the Fair. For enquiries General or Stallholders call Tracey 6569 5410.

Lions Valla Fair Valla Lions Reserve, Oceanview Dr, Valla Beach

Sunday 8th January 2012 Market Stalls, Rides Entertainment by Errol Grey

Take a trip around the Australia Board very guess wins! RAFFLE SALES ALL DAY Drawn 1.30pm

Miss Valla Fair

Sponsored by Valla Beach Resort Registration  10am - 12.30pm DRESS: Beach wear Parade & Prize Giving 1pm 5 - 9yrs ($25, $15, $10) 1.20pm 10 - 14yrs ($50, $30, $20) 1.40pm 15 - open ($100, $50, $30)

Funds raised at the Fair will enable Valla Lions to support projects in Valla, Valla Beach and the Nambucca Valley.

Ph: Tracey, Fair Secretary, AH 02 6569 5410

Walking tracks in Bruxner Park, Coffs Harbour & Sealy Lookout For a great walk in the rainforest only 5km from Coffs Harbour, you have to visit Bruxner Park Flora Reserve. In addition to several signposted walking trails, there is also a fantastic lookout point over all of Coffs Harbour – Sealy Lookout – at 310 metres above sea level. The walking tracks at Bruxner Park are only a 10-minute drive from the CBD, which make them the closest rainforest walks to the Coffs Harbour city centre. These bushwalks are easily accessible that you’ll have no excuse not to go there at least once. Creek Trail. This one-way trail (approx. 1km, 20-30 mins return) joins the Rainforest Walk at Halfway Creek so it’s easy to combine both walks. You can also walk back via the road and check out The Vincent Tree, one of the biggest flooded gums in NSW. Korora Lookout Trail. Easy 20-min return walk along a ridge with great views north along the Coffs coastline and towards the Solitary Islands. Starts from the Scenic Drive about 500m from Sealy Lookout. There are no cafés or shops in the area, so bring your own picnic – picnic tables at Halfway Creek and Swans Road Crossing.

Located on the shores of a tidal creek, 10 minutes North of Nambucca Heads. Serviced and unserviced villas and cabins. Great long flat shady powered sites to suit campervans and motorhomes. Laundry and modern amenity block. Swimming Pools and BBQs. Pets welcome on campsites off-season only (must be approved by management). NEW Dump Point.


Stay a day or a little longer – the Nambucca Valley and Bellinger areas are so close. With their heritage listed sites, rainforest and waterfalls – a day trip to either, or both, is a must.

Please call on (02) 6569 5555

Fax (02) 6569 5449 Valla Beach Tourist Park Regatta Drive, Valla Beach NSW 2448


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