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Mid North Coast


20th Birthday



November 2012



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Regional Map

Where to Eat

Where to Stay

What to See & Do

Hunter Valley Gardens Rose Spectacular

Take time to smell the roses! 15 October – 18 November

Taste and Tour the Delights Page 7

Great Lakes Events Page 9 1


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.

Boathouse Resort 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.


A charming blend of sophistication and simplicity, Oaks Boathouse holds prime position on the waterfront in picturesque Tea Gardens.

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.

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Views from the north-east facing balconies Ensuites with luxurious spas Swimming pool with sandy beach entry Japanese steam room & Gymnasium Undercover security parking for guests Only 2 ½ Hour drive from Sydney

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

21-23 Marine Drive, Tea Gardens Reservations 1800 336 922 Luxury Accommodation

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From the Editor November The Mid North Coast of New South Wales is what the classic Australian holiday is all about. It’s memories of escaping the city and driving the Pacific Highway to inviting seaside towns such as Nelson Bay, Forster, Port Macquarie, South West Rocks, Crescent Head, and Nambucca or as far north as Coffs Harbour just cruising through classic coastal country dotted with farms, vegetable stalls and roadside cafes. Well it hasn’t changed. Blessed with one of the best year round holiday climates the country has to offer, it means you can feel comfortable visiting the Mid North Coast almost anytime of the year. Today the Pacific Highway is undergoing a dramatic face lift with new dual lane freeways linking many of the major town centres, sparkling bays and lazy country towns. And, it all begins with an easy two and a half hour drive from Sydney. Driving the Pacific Highway is like climbing a favourite tree with every branch leading to a different experience or memory. Any turn east off the Pacific


Highway brings you to a stretch of uncrowded sand and a soft sea breeze. Any turn west and you meander through rustic villages, rich in history nestled amongst valleys and rainforests with stunning backdrops of lofty waterfalls and native birds echoing across the ridges. This region boasts some 25 national parks and reserves, each home to a diverse range of native flora and fauna. There is just so much to see and do. No matter how you arrive or travel on the Mid North Coast of NSW it will be all about rediscovering that classic Aussie holiday feeling. There is so much to see whichever part of the Mid North Coast you choose to explore. This region is the power house of NSW. Across its thousands of kilometres of coastline and equally as expansive hinterland there are countless activities, attractions, events and places to stay.

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Great Lakes Events


Dining In Style


Wineries Map Accommodation

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Towns Hawks Nest - Tea Gardens


Great Lakes - Forster, Tunncurry




Manning Valley Greater Port Macquarie Wauchope

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Macleay Valley Coast


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Ta k e the opp o r t u n i t y t o s e e H u n t e r Va l l e y G a rd ens rose s a l l i n b l o o m t h ro u g h o u t t h e annual R o s e S p e c t a c u l a r. • 10:30 am – Rose Garden The Story of the Rose

• 11:30 am – Rose Garden Hunter Valley Gardens Rose Talk

• 12:00 pm – Rose Garden The Story of the Rose

• 2:30 pm – Amphitheatre The History of Hunter Valley Gardens

15 OC T to 18 NO V 2012

G A R DEN OPE N S From 9am daily – Admission charges apply. 02 4998 4000 ~ ~ Broke Road Pokolbin



Tour and Taste the Delights The pure waterways and rich hinterlands of the Mid North Coast are a gourmet pantry renowned for its fresh, diverse and bountiful produce. This bounty can be enjoyed fresh from local produce stalls, well established farmers markets, regional food festivals, country pubs, farm gates, wineries and assorted range of restaurants and cafes. Apart from its iconic beaches and hinterland landscapes, this region offers a range of culinary activities combining the wine, boutique beers, fresh produce, creative skills and warm hospitality that reflect the local culture that is the Mid North Coast. Start your journey in Port Stephens. It’s well known that Port Stephens offers delicious freshly caught seafood, but the rich soils also produce macadamias and healthy wine grapes. With locally grown produce and picturesque surroundings, it’s no wonder that so many award winning chefs choose to call Port Stephens home. With views of the elegant boats rocking gently in the marina, Nelson Bay is the place for seaside dining. Restaurant Zest boasts an impeccable reputation, evidenced by the award of a prestigious ‘chef’s hat’. Or for a sensational seafood supper, you must experience Catch Restaurant, located at the magnificent Shoal Bay Resort and Spa. The clean waterways of Great Lakes will supply you with a fresh array of fruits from the sea. The twin town of Forster-Tuncurry has fine seafood cafes and shops and the name Tuncurry actually means ‘plenty fish’ in the local Wormi language. The local

Great Lakes Winery at Wootton, tucked away via a short scenic drive from the pacific Highway, has the perfect 2006 semillon to accompany the fresh seafood. Wallis Lakes is famous for its succulent Sydney Rock Oysters. While touring, head through the Great Lakes inland nature pockets for local fresh fruit and vegetables – on your way to the scenic Manning Valley hinterland. As you drive around the Manning Valley, you will come across the township of Wingham. West of Taree, it is an authentic country town that has managed to merge the charm of yesteryear with the best of modern-day attributes. One of these modern-day attributes is Duck Under the Table, a purpose built cookery school. Dare not pass Wingham without allowing plenty of time to enjoy a standout gourmet experience at Bent on Food. This state and regional award winning providore is a drawcard in the rustic Wingham setting. The cosmopolitan coastal city of Port Macquarie and its laid back villages of Camden Haven and Wauchope is the perfect holiday destination to tour and taste the Mid North Coast. Port Macquarie is the home to the 2007 State Tourism Award winner for Restaurant & Catering – Restaurant Splash. Their fresh and innovative ideas gather plenty of attention and you will soon see why they are a multi award winning restaurant. For something different, paint the town red at Ricardoes Tomatoes. Here you

can pick your own cherry tomatoes or mouth watering strawberries. Greater Port Macquarie also has a variety of cellar doors and wineries set in picturesque surroundings. The largest seaside resort town of South West Rocks on the Macleay Valley Coast (Kempsey) has a variety of cafes and restaurants. The Trial Bay Kiosk is part of the historic Trial Bay Goal and its scrummy food and breathtaking views is a great place for breakfast, lunch or teas. Tour further north to arrive at the Nambucca Valley. Here you will find Australia’s most famous pub, The Pub With No Beer. Legend has it however, that it once ran out. Song writer Gordon Parsons immortalized this story in what became a famous Australian song recorded by Slim Dusty. Today it is a boutique brewery, exporting beers all around the world. The charming town of Bellingen is the place to head to for a cultural, café precinct experience. Here you can sit outside all day as you move from one café to the next, each with its own style and flavours. The award winning ‘chef’s hat’ restaurant, Number 2 Oak Street will further impress you while you visit Bello. Coffs Harbour is the vibrant city centre of the Coffs Coast, celebrating a unique multicultural style. The restored Coffs Harbour Jetty has a selection of quality seafood restaurants and boutiques or for the golfing enthusiast, Bonville International Golf Course and its Flooded Gums Restaurant is true dining amongst nature.


Great Lakes

Covering: Tea Gardens - Hawks Nest - Seal Rocks welcome – it’s everything you are Welcome to the Great Lakes - Mid North Coast, NSW. From Forster in the north,

• 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

through Pacific Palms to Hawks Nest in the south and inland to Stroud you will not find a more experience rich destination.

as the sun sets, trekking through ancient palm forests, whale watching, deep sea fishing, surfing, or just relaxing and your holiday is complete.

The Great Lakes is a region defined by water; how it interacts with spaces, places and people. Gaining its name from its unique triple lakes system the region is a nature lover’s paradise full of family friendly adventures, spectacular events and accommodation for every budget and need.

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

This beautiful part of the coast is a blend of great places to stay, eat and shop coupled with perfect beaches, dazzling lakes, national parks and wide expanses of forest broken up with historic rural hinterland. Add to this enough activities to fill a year, from adventure thrills such as diving or mountain biking, to kayaking quiet lakes

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 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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8 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

What's On November North Coast Boat Series Sat 3 & Sun 4 Nov 2012 Forster Main Beach More than 300 entrants from Kingscliff to Forster will compete in this weekend’s North Coast Boat Series carnival. This will be the second stand alone boat carnival conducted at Main Beach Forster since the early 1980’s. Don’t miss this great event!!!! Pop Gallery Thur 8 Nov to Fri 30 Nov 2012 Stockland Forster, Breese Pde, Forster The fabulous POP Gallery has been set up by students of the Art & Design School of the Great Lakes TAFE, to sell & exhibit works from Cert IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Tili Design and indigenous Design students. Everyone is invited to the opening night on Thursday 8th November, to enjoy food, entertainment and a huge feast of visual artworks! The exhibition will then run until the end of the month. Hawks Nest Golf Summer Classic Sun 11 - Fri 16 Nov 2012 Hawks Nest Golf Club Program of events include: Sunday 11th Medley Team Stableford (2 Scores) Single in conjunction. Monday 12th Single Stableford - 1st round of *Summer Classic 2BBB in conjunction. Tuesday 13th Single Stableford - 2nd round of Summer Classic 2BBB in conjunction. Wednesday 14th Rest Day. Thursday 15th Single Stableford - Final Round of *Summer Classic in 2BBB in conjunction. Thursday Evening Dinner Dance/Presentation. Friday 16th Medley Team Stableford (1+2+3). Plus Long & Straight Drives Nearest Pins and Ball Comps each day. BULAHDELAH AGRICULTURAL SHOW Fri 16 & Sat 17 Nov 2012 Bulahdelah Showground Voted one of the Top 10 Shows in NSW. This annual Agricultural Show incorporates a full program of ring events, wood chopping, rodeo, working cattle dog trials, whip cracking, junior showgirl competition, pavilion displays, pet show, music, evening entertainment & children’s activities

Sunrise Supported Living Open Day Sat 17 Nov 2012 Tuncurry Race Course, Chapman Rd, Tuncurry Everyone is invited to the Tuncurry Supported Living Open Day. Enjoy a Fashion Parade by Margo’s, a BBQ, giveaway flat screen TV plus more on the day. Stroud Crowd Choir Sat 24 Nov 2012 Stroud Showground, Cowper Street Enjoy an early kick-off to the festive season when the talented Stroud Crowd Choir present “Christmas Carols in the showground”. Sinfonia Concert Sat 24 Nov 2012, 2pm Tuncurry Bowling Club, Parkes St Tuncurry Sinfonia community orchestra of the Mid North Coast will perform at the Tuncurry Bowling Club on Saturday afternoon. Come and enjoy some great music!!

Show and Shine

North Coast Boat Series

Dragon Boat Regatta Sat 24 & Sun 25 Nov 2012 Elizabeth Reserve, Forster Keys The Great Lakes Pearl Dragons Dragon Boat Regatta will be held at Forster Keys on Sat 24 Nov from 2-4pm and on Sun 25 Nov from 8am-3pm. Entries close at 5pm on Friday 9 November. Sports teams, community teams, school and junior teams are all encouraged to participate. Dragon Boat Regatta

Show and Shine Forster The 3rd annual “SHOW & SHINE” hosted by the Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club will be on once again. Open to all classes of Classic, Veteran, Vintage and Everyday cars plus Hot Rods, Street Machines, Motorbikes and Commercial Vehicles. There are plenty of trophies on offer and NO ENTRY FEE. For more details on these or other Great Lakes Events, visit au or freecall 1800 802 692

Summer Classic


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 (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, and Dec). Bulahdelah Markets 1st Saturday, 8am to 1pm. Corner of Pacific Highway & Crawford Sts, Bulahdelah. Ph: John 0408 283 947 Black Head Bazaar Markets are held from September to May, 1st Sunday of the month, 8am – 1pm. Phone 0468 312 452. Krambach Markets 3rd Sun 9am to 1pm. Krambach School of Arts Hall, Bucketts Way. Nabiac Farmers Markets Last Sat of the month, 8 am to12 pm. Showground, Nabiac. Ph: Helen 6554 1906 Tuncurry Market Fourth Sat 7am to 1pm. John Wright Pk, Tuncurry. Ph: Denise 0417 400 994

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 Wingham Farmer’s Market 1st Saturday of the month, 8am – 12 noon. Wingham Showgrounds, Gloucester Road Wingham. Contact: Annette 0416 247 456 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. Wingham Community Markets Second Sat of the month. 8.30am to 1pm. The Brush School, cnr Isabella & Wynter Streets, Wingham. Phyllis ph: 6553 4596 The Hub Markets – Taree Third Sat 8am to 12noon. Taree Showground. Ph: Greg 0429 192 149 Port Macquarie Sunday Markets Second and fourth Sun 8am–1pm. Westport Technology High, Findley Avenue. Ph: 0418 654 401 3–6pm only. Johns River Markets Second Sat – 9am to 1.30pm. Community Hall, Pacific Hwy. Ph: Rod and Marian 6556 5042 or 0427 104 504 Laurieton Riverwalk Market Third Sun 8am–1pm. Corner Tunis & Short St. Ph: 0428 695 084

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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


Wauchope Community Markets & Arts Bazaar First Sat 8am–1pm. Uniting Church, Hastings St. Ph: Robin 6585 1766 Wauchope - Hastings Farmers Markets Fourth Sat 8am–12pm. Wauchope Showground, High Street. Ph: Sonia 0414 376 868 PMUC Markets First Sat 8am–11am. Port Macquarie Uniting Church, Cnr Oxley Hwy & Sherwood Rd. Ph: 6581 2414 .Coffs City Uptown Markets Every Sunday 8am – 2pm. Big W Car Park. Castle Street, Coffs Harbour Bellingen Markets 3rd Saturday playing fields, 6655 2151 Horseshoe Bay Markets South West Rocks Second Sat 8am– 12noon. Horseshoe Bay Reserve, South West Rocks. Port Macquarie Art Society Bazaar Every Sun 8am–1pm. Hamilton House, 198 Hastings River Dr, Port Macquarie. Ph: Maureen 0409 820 694 Crescent Head Markets Third Sun. Crescent Head Reserve, Crescent Head. Ph: Amanda 6566 0300 for variations during School and Public Holiday Markets. The Foreshore Artists and Farmers Market The 2nd Saturday of each month at Westport Park, Port Macquarie. More than 100 colorful stalls on the banks of the Hastings River. 8am till 1pm. Contact: Sonia Fingleton 0414 376 868 Kendall Showground Markets 1st Sunday of each month. Phone Pam 6559 4313 or Joan 6559 7703 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. 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 6553 1340.

Great Lakes

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 yearround interest. Holiday havens The hardest decision you’ll have to make on your Great Lakes holiday is where to stay. While Forster-Tuncurry, 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.

have a good time and has some spectacular events in spectacular spaces.

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.

Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter there’s always a feast of fun wherever you go in the Great Lakes. There are walks, festivals, shows, competitions, sporting endeavour & so much more. Weekly markets with beautiful craft & fresh local produce are a leisurely way to fill a sunny Sunday morning.

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. Events It’s everything you are – explore our eventful side - you won’t be disappointed. You can tell a lot about a place by how it celebrates. The Great Lakes knows how to

And for those seeking something more energetic the Great Lakes plays host to some of the most exhilarating adventure & endurance racing you’ll ever see. So come & take a stroll through a stunning landscape of events. There is always something on. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Little Street, Forster Ph: 1800 802 692 Email:

...will take you there!


Mid North Coast of NSW

Experience the

The spectacular and beguiling strip of the Pacific coast known as the Mid North Coast of New South Wales stretches from Port Stephens north to the Coffs Coast. It is an area endowed with a charm and variety of scenery all its own. Its pristine beaches and sparkling lakes, its thundering surf and estuarine havens, its forests and farmland and towns and villages offer a landscape that is ever changing. Apart from its iconic beach and hinterland landscapes the region boasts some 25 national parks and reserves. Add the attractions of history and gastronomy and art and craft and you have an ever-changing repertoire of things to see and do.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side Spring is the time we all start thinking of the garden and if you are looking for inspiration then get out and enjoy the exceptional flora of the Mid North Coast of NSW. From botanical gardens to unique species in the wild there is something special in your part of the world.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, on the Pacific Highway in Port Stephens covers an area of 140 hectares, much of which has been preserved as native bushland. Easy walking trails provide access to this bushland. The gardens also feature native Australian plants arranged in a number of themed gardens to highlight not only their significance for educational and scientific purposes but also their suitability for the home gardener. There is a relaxing café and fascinating shop on site. Another fascinating “garden” in the district is the Nelson Bay Native Flora Garden. This covers 8 hectares at Fly Point with lots of walking trails to explore. Every spring there are the most magnificent displays of native wildflowers. On the coast other stunning displays of native wildflowers can be found at Green Point near Forster and at Crowdy Bay. Talk to a local at the Visitor Information Centres at Forster and Taree. However if you are looking for something truly majestic, the Grandis is reported to be the tallest tree

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in New South Wales. It is 76metres high and measures 2.7 metres through at breast height and is estimated to be about 400 years old. It can easily be found about 100 metres off Stoney Creek Road in Wang Wauk State Forest, just north of Bulahdelah. In Port Macquarie there are two areas you should explore this Spring. Sea Acres Nature Reserve is 72 hectares of protected rare coastal rainforest above Shelly Beach. Today it remains virtually as it was when Captain Cook sailed Australia’s east coast. It features a 1.3 kilometre boardwalk that allows people to walk through the rainforest without disturbing the vegetation. In parts it is perched up to 7 metres high in the canopy. There is also a tremendous café on site, one of the best on the Coast. Just a short walk from the bustling commercial heart of Port Macquarie you can discover the Kooloonbung Nature Park. This 50 hectare site of natural bushland has 3 kilometres of walking trails and several platforms to pause and watch some of the 130 species of birds found in the park. There are maps available at most entry points to the park and from the local Visitors Centre just up the road in Gordon Street. Further north the perfect place to go for a walk for those with limited time is Gordon Park, right in the heart of Nambucca Heads. This small but magnificent example of

regenerating remnant rainforest provides gentle walks that are very accessible to all. Here in just 5 to 10 minutes you can experience all kinds of birdlife as well as explore the diversity of the rainforest that normally you may have to seek in more remote walks and parks. Also very accessible is the North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. This extends over 20 hectares quite close to the centre of Coffs Harbour. The Gardens feature a number of rare and endangered North Coast plants plus those of rainforests, wetlands, coastal heaths and natural forest areas. There is also a range of gardens representing the plants of various continents and countries. There are a variety of nature trails and walks the visitor can take according to their interests and mobility. The Nature Trail is a 300 metre self guided tour through original Coffs Harbour bushland. The Creek Walk follows Coffs Harbour Creek, with creek views, mangroves and wildflowers in spring. With such an abundance of gardens plus national parks and landscapes of international significance the Mid North Coast of NSW offers so much for those who want to get out and connect with nature.

North Coast of NSW at your leisure


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.

Tour this Surprising Food Bowl A traditional part of a holiday in the areas has always been the fruit and vegetables purchase at a road side stall, seafood from regional co-operatives and oysters from local leaseholders.

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

The strong emergence of local Farmers Markets has also added to the mix providing an opportunity for innovative farmers and chefs to develop and sell a broad range of valued added products made from the regions freshest and best. Menus up and down the coast highlight use of fresh local vegetable, fruits, sea food, beef, poultry and game. There is no shortage of choices and the quality sees local leaders also emerging on the menus in some of Sydney’s best eateries. Award winning wineries and boutique breweries enhance the gourmet experience and are welcoming stops on an emerging range of gourmet food trails that can also include an increasing number of farm gate tours where you can meet the farmers and learn more of their specialty foods. Tempt your taste buds, meet the locals and enjoy a Mid North Coast culinary adventure accompanied with service with a smile and a healthy dose of local pride.


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


Come & Experience Macleay Valley Coast

rie Bellbow sh CaCrenWta re 23 Bellbowrie Street Port Macquarie WAT E R FA L L

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









g Flat

Nana Glen

The Clog Barn Pet Porpoise Pool The Butterfly House

WAY The Honey Place

Skirmish Paintball

Billabong Wildlife Park


Mid North Coast Wineries

A Fair Dinkum Day Out

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


Island Palms

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

Open 7 Days 9:30am - 4pm Oxley Highway, Wauchope  Ph: 6586 1940

Area map supplied by North Coast NSW Tourism



Covering: Kew - Camden Haven The village of Kendall is on the NSW Mid North Coast, about 3kms west of Kew and the Pacific Highway and half way between Taree and Port Macquarie. It’s one of a number of villages that make up the Camden Haven region of the Port Macquarie/Hastings Local Government Area. Other towns in the vicinity include Bonny Hills, Comboyne, Dunbogan, Lake Cathie, Laurieton and North Haven. Close by are the major commercial centres of Port Macquarie, Taree and Wauchope. Kendall, the Poet’s Village, is renowned for its community spirit, enterprise and initiative and has gained a reputation for the arts, community events and a lifestyle the envy of many. It is the home of the National Violin competition, the birthplace of the Camden Haven Music Festival and where Henry Kendall penned some of his best poetry. The town was crowned “NSW Small Community of the Year” in the Regional

Achievement & Community Awards in 2007 and was awarded the “Most Outstanding Tennis Community in Australia” by Tennis Australia in 2010. Due to a decline in the once thriving timber and dairy industries Kendall has seen a shift towards other commercial enterprises including tourism. Now boasting a craft theme with an eclectic feel, the regular markets and community activities ensures Kendall is a popular destination. CAPTURING KENDALL & CAMDEN HAVEN – PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION There will be several catagories in Open section, and there is a Youth/Junior section. Judgling: 21 June 2013 Entries closing: 18 June 2013 Entry forms available: March 2013

All club services available including weekly raffles and bingo

Kendall Services & Citizens Club Graham Street, Kendall Open weekdays from 11.00am Weekends from 10.00am Phone 02 6559 4207

River Oak Dining Room open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday and open for late breakfast/brunch on Sundays 9.00am to 11.30am. Theme nights, dining specials, a-la-carte, and functions a specialty.


What to See & Do Kendall Showground Markets: Sunday 2 September 12 Sunday 7 October 12 Sunday 4 November 12 Sunday 2 December 12 Kendall Showground Markets are held the first Sunday of each month, from 8.00am to 12 noon. Local country produce, flowers, preserves, local arts and craft.

THE GOOD LIFE IN KENDALL FESTIVAL 17 August 2013 – Kendall Showgrounds Resilience and Sustainability of Country Communities. The Festival provides opportunities for people to learn skills like Needlework and Quilting. Spinning of fleece, propagation of plants, making preserves and jams and obtaining information on natural products for good health, wellbeing, and skin care. BUSH POETS BREAKFAST 14 October 2012 - Kendall Services and Citizens Club Inc. A fun morning with everyone reading many different styles of poetry, particularly verse related to the local area. RUMBA RECYCLED ART COMPETITION 23rd and 24th November 2013 Kendall Service and Citizens Club Inc A competition of exhibits made of recycled “bits and pieces”. “Recycled Dinner” - Saturday 24 More details: contact Warren Parkinson 02 6559 4189 or see:

His & Hers comfort since 1981

Kendall Bazaar

buy fresh,local homegrown veges, herbs, plants, seedlings, fertilizers, jams, honey, craft, jewellery

Every Thursday 9am - 2pm • ABODE non toxic cleaning solutions • Hemp and Bamboo products • Stainless steel bottles • Bokashi Compost bins • UGG Boots • Clothing • Recycled bags • Hats • Soaps 1 Railway Street Kendall

02 6559 4524 OPEN Wed, Thurs, Fri 9am-3pm Sat & Ist Sun 9-12 or by appt

Kendall Op. Shop

through the Op shop locals have built the Kendall swimming pool and then built their own shop building and are able to offer grants each year to various charities that apply.

The Meeting Place Cafe Every Thursday 9am - 2pm

Open Mon.- Sat. and Sunday on Showground Market day just over the railway line on the left Great Coffee, Food and Prices. Homemade & Delicious At Kendall Community Centre. Run by volunteers for the maintenance of the Hall. Phone: 65590055 PLUS Craft Co-op at Kendall Railway Station

Kendall Post Office 8 Comboyne Street, Kendall Phone 6559 4000 Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm For all your local and international postage needs Stationery, giftware, $1 greeting cards, giftwraps and much more.

Local Produce Hampers for all occasions

Kendall Cellars

Stocking all your local produce needs

Comboyne Cheese Macadamia Nuts Baba Lila Chocolates Barbushco Products Wilmaria Olives Comboyne Street, Kendall

Exceptional service for Rural and Residential Real Estate Licensed: Real Estate Agents, Stock & Station Agents, Business Agents, Auctioneers and Property Management

02 6559 4121 157 Nancy Bird Walton Drive Kew 2439

Phone 02 65594496



A la carte Monday-SATURDAY Group Bookings & Functions Welcome

Best Steak Night in Town!! Steak with Herb Butter, Chips & Coleslaw – $15


With so much to see and do, you’ll want to stay another day f Crowdy Bay National Park Located in the northern section of the Manning Valley, this National Park covers some 6000 hectares of coastal plains.

f Wingham Brush Nature Reserve Just 10 minutes drive west of Taree, the Brush includes ancient Moreton Bay figs that are many hundreds of years old and provides a home for a large population of grey-headed flying foxes.

f Ellenborough Falls At 200 metres, it is the second longest single drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. A timbered walkway to the bottom of the falls with rest spots on the way provides a comfortable walk.

f Tapin Tops National Park Lookouts like Rowley’s Rock provide panoramic views to Taree and the ocean beyond. The park is accessible by two wheel drive vehicle year round and has good picnic and camping facilities.

f Coopernook Forest Park Just off the Highway and an excellent base from which to explore Coorabakh’s stunning mountain tops, lookouts, caves and waterfalls.

at Best Western Taree Motor Inn

1 Commerce Street, Taree (by the bridge)

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.

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Call in to the Visitors Information Centre for more information and some great local products!

P: 1800 182 733 Taree | Harrington | Manning Point | Old Bar | Wingham | Hallidays Point


Manning Valley Visitor Information Centre 21 Manning River Drive Taree North

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-toeat 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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Championship course for social and competition play Modern clubhouse facilities Menu available from 10am daily Cart hire Visitors welcome

6539 4000

121 Wingham Rd, Taree Fax 6539 4001 Pro Shop 6552 1506


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 +

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Whale watching at Port Macquarie just keeps getting better Whale watching on Australia’s Holiday Coast is by far the region’s biggest winter tourist attraction.

gives you a quiet, personal and whalefriendly experience on a big boat even in the rain.

Majestic Humpbacks on their northern migration pass within 2km of the Tacking Point lighthouse at Port Macquarie. This is where expectant females slow down or rest as they feel the ocean temperature rise to above 18 degrees, knowing that they can safely give birth in the North Coast’s warmer sub tropical waters. Last year 26 baby humpbacks were seen by Cruise Adventures as they travelled north from Port Macquarie.

Apollo 1 and 2 - Two red 8.5 metre Naiad RIBs (rigid inflatable boats). These 2 vessels give you the cream of close & personal whale watching experiences and are definitely the fastest and most stable vessels on the open sea. Whales love red boats.

The males and others on the other hand generally keep a steady pace, blowing robustly and ploughing along towards the mating grounds further north. Seeing these gentle giants surfing the northbound swell is spectacular. Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures is the longest established whale watching cruise boat operator at Port Macquarie with 6,000 trips logged so far. All vessels are powered by quiet, economical 4-stroke outboards and carry a maximum of 12 passengers to sea. Discovery - A 12 metre fast catamaran, suitable for all ages and most weather conditions. She is an ex-police force vessel which has been perfectly refitted for whale watching. Whalewatchers can spread out along one side on the boat for perfect front row viewing and photography. Discovery

Gemini RIB rides to the whales. This is a fast but easy ride to the whales on an ecofriendly supercharged 8.5 metre RIB. This is not for the faint hearted or small children but safe and stable as a whale watching platform. Cruise Adventures has won the prestigious regional tourism awards for environmental tourism. Part of the enterprise is the Dolphin & Whale Watching Centre, a front line ticket office promoting environmental awareness and protection of whales, dolphins and marine life. This eco-tourism business is now firmly entrenched as part of the global billion dollar whale watching industry. Find the centre on the wharf at the north end of Short Street, Port Macquarie. If you want to stay on dry land, Tacking Point Lighthouse or the coastal headland walking tracks provide perfect whale viewing points. For people not keen to go in the ocean the 100km of waterways at Port Macquarie is home to bottle nosed dolphins and a variety of marine life. Cruise Adventures

emerald downs 18 hole public golf course • 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

also operates 2 shallow draft river cruise boats on dolphin spotting cruises in the river system & wetlands. This is a gentler way to see marine mammals close up. Cruise Adventures eco-cruises are the only cruises to the national park where dolphins, endangered Osprey eagles, kangaroos and koalas are often seen, and visit Oyster World, a working oyster farm. If you are in the area phone the Dolphin & Whale Watch Hotline at Port Macquarie on 1300 555 890 for more information or a whale or dolphin update. Whale & dolphin cruises depart up to 20 times daily from early morning to sunset. Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures Contact John Fowler 0431 360 266 Email

Port Macquarie Craft Expo 2012 Saturday 24 November 2012 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday 25 November 2012 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM The Premier Arts and Crafts exhibition and sale is on again at Port Macquarie. This is a not for profit community event and all funds raised go to the Zonta Club of Port Macquarie and the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie’s local and Club Service projects. The major beneficiary from this year’s event will again be the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Plans are well under way for this year’s Craft Expo which will be bigger,brighter and better than ever. We are now looking for exhibitors of quality craft items. If that is you, please download the Application Package or contact us. The second Port Macquarie Craft Expo has been hailed as another great success, leading to the volunteer organisers from the Zonta Club and the Port Macquarie Rotary Club to commit to the event again in 2012. Crowds over the 3 day event agreed it was a well run event with some high quality unique art and craft on show. This year the date is one week closer to Christmas, so exhibitors will have some interesting gift ideas, plus there will be additional entertainment with choirs and bands, Carols, Santa and kids’ activities, a Christmas tree and raffles.


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Open 10 am to 4pm Monday - Saturday Open 10 am to125 4pm Monday - Saturday James Small Drive, Korora

125 James Small Drive, Korora Just 1km north of the Big Banana - Coffs Harbour Just 1km north of the Big Banana Coffs Harbour (watch for the signs) (watch for the signs) Ph 02 66 53 60 51 if you need directions or times Ph 02 66 53 60 51 if you need directions or times

Wauchope Covering: Wauchope: Comboyne - Ellenborough Falls 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.

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.

What to See & Do

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.

Take a step back in time with the family – Wauchope’s Timbertown, a great day out

The property was named “Wauchope” and it was from this the town would

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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.

Seabreeze Hotel Ocean view and family rooms at affordable prices, Austar, parking and full hotel facilities, any budget.

Cnr Livingstone St & Prince of Wales Ave South West Rocks

Ph: (02) 6566 6205



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

What to See & Do Take a tour through a working lighthouse – and take a walk back through time. Bookings: phone 6566 6301

National Parks and Wildlife Service runs qualified discovery programs throughout the Crescent head Scenic Drive – rustic back roads area, evening tours of the Gaol are run on Tuesdays and Thursdays during NSW school VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE holidays. Pacific Highway Sth, Kempsey Park The guided tours last for approximately 1.5 hours. Self-guided tours of the Gaol are also Email: available between 9.00am -4.00pm daily. Ph: 1800 642 480 Whilst in the area visit Smoky Cape ...will take you there! Lighthouse, in Hat Head National Park, being

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. Little Darlings Doll Museum & 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. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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. 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.


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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.

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Coffs Coast

Covering: Coffs Coast - Valla Beach - Bellingen - Nambucca

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 Head for the pristine beaches, on the north side of town. Visit the Jetty Strip for an array of fine dining experiences. 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

The Jetty Strip has a great mix of restaurants and cafes with cosmopolitan

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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

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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.

food styles, in some of Coffs oldest buildings. In deed there is a range of delightful restaurants thoughout the city.


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.

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 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

Hand & Body Concepts At Hand and Body Concepts we specialise in His and Hers Waxing, Signature Facials, Massages, Ear Piercing, Upper Body Piercing, Graft-a-lash extensions and eyebrow and Eyelash tinting, manicures and pedicures, acrylic nails. We are stockist of Dermalogica and Aspect. Pamper packages and instant gift vouchers are available, purchase them on line and receive them straight away. Appointments are necessary, please call 66526011

Treat yourself, family and friends!

Hand & Body Concepts

At Hand and Body Concepts we specialise in: Signature Facials /peels/microdermabrasion Pamper Packages • Body piercing • Tinting Waxing for Her/Him & Waxing packages Makeup • Hand / Feet Treatments Eyelash Extensions • Body treatment • Massage Pamper packages and instant gift vouchers available online. 85 Park Beach Road Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 Appointments are necessary, please call 6652 6011


Mid North Coast Accommodation

Karuah Motor Inn

Rockpool Motor Inn & The Rocks Restaurant

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

Luxurious resort-style Suites for all budgets. Close to main town centre and only 500 metres to the beach. 45 McIntyre St, South West Rocks Ph: (02) 6566 7755

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

30 30

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:

Trial Bay Gaol

Trial Bay Gaol was opened in 1886 as a Public Works Prison, utilised in World War 1 as a German Internment Camp and closed in 1918. Located in the Arakoon State

Visit Historic

Conservation Area, just 5km east of South West Rocks, it is one of the most popular attractions on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Visitors can explore the gaol and museum, watch whales (in season), picnic or BBQ, go swimming, boating and bushwalking. Tracks vary from an easy 10 minutes to four hours each way to Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Enjoy camping or caravanning on site, with the camp grounds providing hot showers, flushing toilets and washing machines. National Parks

and Wildlife Service runs qualified

discovery programs throughout the year and guided tours of the Gaol during New South Wales school holidays. Self-guided tours of the Gaol are also available between 9am and 4pm daily. Only 10 minutes drive away, located in Hat Head National Park is Smoky Cape Lighthouse, the highest lighthouse in New South Wales. Bookings are essential

Trial Bay Gaol South West Rocks

Open daily 9.30am - 4pm Self Guided tours daily and guided tours available during NSW school holidays. Camping, swimming, bushwalking, whale watching, BBQ facilities and picnic areas. Licensed restaurant open 8am – 4pm

For more information call 02 6566 6168 or visit

for camping and all guided tours during school holidays.



Mid North Coast - November 2012  

iMag is a monthly full colour information guide for the Mid North Coast region with what to see, what to do and where to go.

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