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Monthly iMag’s Big Birthday Bash It’s hard to believe but Monthly iMag has been serving local communities and visitors across NSW for 20 years now and in that time we have grown to be one of the most recognised brands in the tourism industry in NSW. Each month we are proud to bring you news, events and the very best of what to see, where to go and what to do in your area. Whether you are a local or visiting on a short break or family holiday – your Monthly iMag is always handy to have and easy to use. We have come a long way over the past two decades, now printing and distributing almost 1 million magazines each year in 7 iMag areas throughout the state and beyond. So there is always a Monthly iMag available wherever you are. Now in our 20th year we are keeping up with the times – expanding our reach into the digital age with a new website, online versions of the magazines and more on the way. We couldn’t have done it without you – our loyal readers and so to celebrate our 20th birthday we are running a huge prize giveaway competition over the next 7 months. There are heaps of amazing must-have prizes to be won.

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.

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From the Editor August The Mid North Coast is home to some of Australia’s best unspoilt beaches, hinterland landscapes, and more than 25 national parks and reserves. With its assortment of native flora, fauna and tremendous opportunities for a variety of family outdoor activities and attractions the Mid North Coast is the perfect Nature’s Playground for the entire family. Take a passive approach admiring the scenery and wildlife from an escorted tour on board boats, buses, or the comfort of your own car. Or, fling yourself into the active approach by walking forests and climbing mountains, motorbike touring, diving with grey nurse sharks., canoeing a river, abseiling sheer cliffs, or parasailing the skies to enjoy the grandeur and beauty of the mid north coast, up close and personal.


leading tourist region lets you enjoy the best nature has to offer while walking softly. Abundant wildlife - cuddle a koala, swim with dolphins, walk among butterflies, watch eagles soar, follow the abundant birdlife and admire majestic whales. Take the time to explore, discover and enjoy the natural beauty of the Mid North Coast NSW. Tread carefully, share the wonder and preserve it for generations to come. Visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service; please mention you found our advertisers here in your Mid North Coast Monthly IMAG magazine, for more information on all other regions please visit www.

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Independently owned franchise Published by Imag Publications Editor: Kevin McDonald Phone: (02) 6582 6328 Fax: (02) 6582 6168 Mobile: 0411 825 149 Email: MONTHLY

Material in this publication is copyright and may not be published or reproduced in any form without the express permission of the publishers. Annual Circulation, an average of 89,000 copies distributed throughout the Region as well as major tourism information centres in Sydney, Canberra and country NSW. Information supplied by others for this magazine is published in good faith. Whilst every endeavour has been made to ensure absolute accuracy of this information, the Publishers cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from omissions or inadvertent errors contained herein. Printed by Spotpress, 24-26 Lilian Fowler Place, Marrickville, NSW © Imag Publications Pty Ltd 2012 Subscription to magazine $30 per year.


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Rainforest Walk


Coffs Coast

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Towns Port Stephens


Hawks Nest - Tea Gardens


Great Lakes - Forster, Tunncurry


Manning Valley


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Macleay Valley Coast


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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


Kempsey Speciosum Spectacular 2012 1-2 September To all fans of the king orchid (often referred to as a Sydney rock lily), this specialist show with a focus on these plants is on again this year and should not be missed. This wonderful Australian orchid (botanical name Dendrobium speciosum) makes a striking landscape feature plant in the right situation and in a good year for flowering produces a wonderful floral display and head of scent. In fact, this orchid is a species complex with nine varieties and as such has attracted a large number of people who collect desirable propagations and line bred examples. To see a mass flowering of a large number of these plants is something that must be experienced. This year’s show to be held as usual in Kempsey (see advertisement and locality map) is now a well established annual event. Other features of the show include displays of other Australian orchid species and hybrids. Many of these

Dendrobium Speciosum Spectacular plants are of specimen size which makes for a very impressive display. As in past years, food and soft drinks will be on sale. There will also be a large number of speciosum plants for sale where the quality and breeding of these plants is second to none. If you are in the area, this show should certainly be seen even if you don’t grow and collect orchids.

Reward Your Senses at Sea Acres It’s 9 am and Sea Acres Rainforest Centre boardwalk has just opened for the day. The air is fresh with morning dew and the scent of ancient Bolwarra blends with the primeval smells of this pristine rainforest. Above the forest floor on the elevated boardwalk we sense the intricate web of life that surrounds us and makes the sub-tropical coastal rainforest at Sea Acres unique. Sea Acres is operated by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and includes the popular Rainforest Café, run by French chef Jean Louis and wife Cherie. There is a gift and souvenir shop and the Centre is open from 9 am to 4.30 pm each day. Take advantage of the guided rainforest tours included in the entry fee or explore at your own pace. To enter the rainforest is to step into another world. It’s cool, the light is dim and the vegetation lusciously green. Catbirds calling, giant strangler figs, lace fungi, and freshly fallen fruits from animals feeding high in the canopy - the rainforest rewards the senses. About two thirds of the way around the boardwalk, glimpses of the ocean through the forest remind us we are close to the sea – Miners Beach is just 200 metres away. Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie Ph 6582 3355


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& Australasian Orchid Species and Hybrid Show 2012 Kempsey, NSW (Ted & Winsome Walmsley and ANOS Mid North Coast Group)

Sat 1st Sept 9am-4pm [Closed for judging b/w 11-12]

Sun 2nd Sept 9am-2pm 57 Spooners Avenue, Greenhill via Kempsey

Now in its 11th year this well established event should not be missed. Note the dates and be sure to come and experience the magnificence of a mass flowering of speciosums. A range of fine quality line bred plants will also be for sale. All are welcome to exhibit and judging will be by an all ANOS panel. Monetary prizes and trophies will be awarded in a range of classes including species, hybrids and terrestrials. Interstate entries are encouraged with a prize for the most travelled orchid. Electronic copy of a brochure with locality map, show schedule and associated events is available by e-mailing John Zietsch at OR contact Ted Walmsley on (02) 6562-7150 or John Zietsch on (02) 6554-9733

The Mid North Coast journey Port Stephens and the Great Lakes are a wonderland for all things marine and the perfect destinations for boating, fishing or a relaxing houseboat holiday. Port Stephens and the lakes network around Forster are home to some of the best seafood you could imagine – fresh oysters, luscious crab and mouth watering fish. And there is no better accompaniment than one of the increasing number of local quality boutique wines and beers. This coastline is also famous for being the ideal place to witness the annual whale migration. There are many excellent vantage points all along the coast between Port Stephens and Coffs Harbour. And if you want to get even closer to nature you can cruise with the dolphins all year round. For natural beauty of a different kind you may prefer to explore the ancient forests in the Taree hinterland or the majesty of the Comboyne Plateau rising high above the Manning and Hastings valleys. From here you can head to Port Macquarie, which offers a mix of cosmopolitan buzz and a laid back seaside feel. Where else could you take a stroll along coastal rainforests right on a beach but at Sea Acres in Port Macquarie? Another branch off the highway further north brings you to the historic Trial Bay Gaol at South West Rocks and the amazing Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Or turn west into the hinterland between Kempsey and the Nambucca Valley into the classic country

of Slim Dusty’s homelands. Make sure you stop for a refreshing ale at the Pub With No Beer or explore the delightful heritage village of Bowraville. Then there is Bellingen, nestled at the base of the Dorrigo Plateau and famous for its friendly and creative community. Further up the scenic Bellinger Valley dramatic escarpments with areas of lush rainforest and dramatic waterfalls create the landscape for the World Heritage listed Dorrigo National Park. All of this clings to the cliffs which are the backdrop overlooking the magnificent Coffs Coast. At its heart is Coffs Harbour, an icon of Australian holidays not just for the Big

Banana, but the diversity of beaches, trails, and fascinating villages, which make up this northern tip of the Mid North Coast. Discover the stunning drive east from Tamworth down the Hastings Valley on the Oxley Highway to Port Macquarie or take in the awe inspiring views from one of the rest points on the escarpment of the Waterfall Way between Armidale and the Coffs Coast. You can also fly and drive your way around the Mid North Coast. It can now easily be discovered by flying into any one of three major airports in the region with services to Melbourne and Brisbane as well as Sydney. Plan your trip around Newcastle Airport near Port Stephens, Port Macquarie in the centre of the Mid North Coast or Coffs Harbour Airport in the north. The choice is yours.

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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 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!

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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 (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 Krambach Markets 3rd Sun 9am to 1pm. Krambach School of Arts Hall, Bucketts Way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forster Town Park Markets Second Sun - 8am to 2pm. Ph: Ann Starkey 6554 9348

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

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

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 Port Macquarie Art Society Bazaar Every Sun 8am–1pm. Hamilton House, 198 Hastings River Dr, Port Macquarie. Ph: Maureen 0409 820 694 Horseshoe Bay Markets South West Rocks Second Sat 8am– 12noon. Horseshoe Bay Reserve, South West Rocks.

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. 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.




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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

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.

Welcome to BIG 4 Forster Tuncurry Great Lakes 4½ Star Holiday Park Great Lakes Holiday Park lies 3.5 hours North of Sydney and is located on the shores of the beautiful Wallis Lake. Two boat ramps with moorings situated in the park gives easy access to many memorable hours upon the lakes, ocean fishing or just exploring. Walking distance to local shops, restaurants and beaches. Great Lakes Holiday Park has ambience which ensures that cabin and caravan site guests enjoy quality holiday accommodation which meets and surpasses any reasonable expectation. With an easy access boat ramp and our brand new boardwalk, enjoy the views overlooking the scenic waters of Ohmas Bay. A relaxing time is assured. We offer a range of holiday accommodation to suit all needs and budgets. Choose from our shaded level camping sites, ensuite sites or opt for our quality self contained cabins, great 2 bedroom Deluxe and Waterfront Cabins with flat screen TVs and unique open-plan budget bungalows with upstairs lofts. The Park offers many facilities with a heated salt-water pool, kids water theme park, safe childrens playground, modern open plan camp kitchen with internal BBQ. Great for large family groups and clubs, TV room and Library. Two spacious amenity blocks with special needs bathroom, and laundry facilities. The waterways surrounding Forster Tuncurry are famous for seafood, especially oysters, and are an angler’s paradise. Whether it is a quiet spot on the edge of the lake, boating to a secret location at the back of an island or a deep sea adventure, there is a fishing experience for everyone. Well behaved pets are welcome at Great Lakes Holiday Park but must be kept on a leash and under owners control at all times.


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

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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 August 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. 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. Fri 3 – Sun 6 HARVEY NORMAN VETERANS TENNIS TOURNAMENT Held in Forster this event attracts top tennis players from all over the state, come along and see some fantastic tennis. Sat 11 & Sun 12 MYALL STAGES RALLY Part of the NSW Rally Championships this pace-noted rally covers a distance of 257km around the forests of Bulahdelah. Sun 12 JUNIOR RANGER – WINTER WHALE TALES Join a National Parks Discovery Ranger at Cape Hawke, Booti Booti and learn about whales and their annual migration.

Sat 18 INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND Visit the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse at Seal Rocks and learn about the history and the people who built and manned them. Open from 10am - 3pm. Sun 19 - Thurs 23 NSW TRAINEE PRO CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF Hawks Nest Golf Club is the home of this 72 hole PGA Tournament. With a prize pool of over $35,000 this is an opportunity to experience the future of Australian Golf. Fri 24 MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA – STREET ROD CAR RALLY Over 100 entries at this event for all car enthusiasts held at the Lakeside Tavern Forster.

International Lighthouse Weekend

Pro Championship Golf

Sun 26 HOLY NAME SCHOOL FETE This annual fete is not to be missed with all the favourite stalls, children’s activities, BBQ and more. For more details on these or other Great Lakes Events, visit or freecall 1800 802 692

Veterans Tennis Tournament

Sat 11 & Sun 12 MYALL STAGES RALLY Part of the NSW Rally Championships this pacenoted rally covers a distance of 257km around the forests of Bulahdelah.


Come & Experience Macleay Valley Coast

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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

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

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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.


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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

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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:

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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 coops provide local seafood fare.

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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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Popular Ellenborough Falls With sodestinations... much to see and do, Ellenborough Falls, the second longest single drop waterfall in the southern you’llis want to8 which stay another hemisphere, on Tourist Drive is a scenic drive throughday timbered country north west of Wingham linking Taree to Port Macquarie via a series of natural f Crowdy Bay National Park attractions. It’s a great opportunity to get into the bush with a superb range of Located in the northern section of the Manning Valley, this National reserves, and picnic areas along of thecoastal way. plains. Parkparks covers some 6000 hectares At Falls you can take a gentle 10 minute stroll to the Knoll for spectacular views ftheWingham Brush Nature Reserve and photo opportunities or for the more adventurous, take the walk to the bottom Just 10 minutes drive west of Taree, the Brush includes ancient of theMoreton valley butBay befigs aware there are 641 steps on your climb back to the atop! You that are many hundreds of years old and provides can drive from to the Falls in approximately minutes however there are home forWingham a large population of grey-headed flying45foxes. 15km of unsealed road from Bobin to the Falls so please drive to the conditions of f Ellenborough Falls the unsealed road. At 200 metres, it is the second longest single drop waterfall in the If you Southern would likeHemisphere. to stay in Elands, Cudgerie Little House and Tirrintippin Farmstay A timbered walkway to the bottom of the falls provide accommodation near Falls. Continue through to Comboyne, a further with rest spots on the waythe provides a comfortable walk. 20 minutes, and this road can take you through to Wauchope and Port Macquarie f Tapin Tops National Park for a full day trip. Tourist Drive 8 takes in the towns and villages of Taree, Wingham, Lookouts like Rowley’s Rock provide views to Tareeon and Marlee, Bobin, Elands, Comboyne, Bybarrapanoramic and ends at Wauchope the Oxley the ocean beyond. The park is accessible by two wheel drive vehicle Highway. Due to 36kms of unsealed road from Bobin to Comboyne, the drive is year round and has good picnic and camping facilities. not suitable for motorists towing caravans, however these can be left at Wingham f Coopernook Forest Park Showground for a nominal fee. The drive takes you through the heritage listed town Just off the Highway and an excellent base from which to explore of Wingham, first settled in 1853, with its many historical buildings and museums. Coorabakh’s stunning mountain tops, lookouts, caves and waterfalls.

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fresh,local homegrown veges, 45kms of coastline from Crowdy Head in thebuy north to Hallidays Point in the south includes the white sandy beaches of Crowdy herbs, plants, seedlings, fertilizers, Head, Harrington, Manning Point, Old Bar, Wallabi Point,craft, Saltwater, jams, honey, jewellery Diamond Beach, Red Head and Black Head. Reputed to be the best Every Thursday - 2pm beaches on the Mid North9am Coast.

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The Meeting Place Cafe Every Thursday 9am - 2pm

Call in to the Visitors just over the railway on the left Information Centre forline more Great Coffee, Food and Prices. Homemade & Delicious information and some great At Kendall Community Centre. Run by volunteers for local products! the maintenance of the Hall. Phone: 65590055

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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

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

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

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 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 PHOTOS: Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures


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

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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.


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

Comboyne Village Fair Sunday 16 September 2012

See Comboyne village come alive when thousands of people flock to the mountain hamlet for its annual Village Fair, with musical entertainment, market stalls, floral and art exhibitions, landscaping and machinery displays. Including a Children’s Festival, and a Youth Talent Quest. ‘Car Club Capers’ will again showcase veteran, vintage, classic, hot-rod and remote control cars. Contact Shelley Morris by phone on 0418 638 120 or by e-mail at for further information.

9am–3pm Sunday 16 September 2012


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a lively day in our small country village!

Garden cafe with Casablanca theme in the hall, 4B3 art exhibition - open to children and adults, “Red Plateau” landscape competition, street entertainment, Live music all day, Car Capers speciality car events and exhibition, Markets, Book sale, Community food stalls... go to

Entry $5 - Under 18’s FREE

Great Coffee Local produce Mountain air Main Road, Comboyne

02 6550 4188


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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.

'Lilliepillies' Esther Quinlin

Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery

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

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.

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


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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.

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. 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.

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. 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.


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

*Admission charges apply

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.


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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


Bartering set to boom on the 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

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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.

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:

Experience Coffs Coast’s natural beauty at its best, Cathedral Rock National Park High on the New England Tablelands, east of Dorrigo, Cathedral Rock National Park is the perfect place for a relaxing day trip or camping holiday. The park features sub-alpine heathlands, wildflowers, tall eucalypt forests and giant granite tors. The magnificent granite boulders are the subjects of many photographs, while a scramble to the top of these giant outcrops is rewarded with fantastic views of the surrounding tablelands. At 1584 metres above sea level, nearby Round Mountain is the highest point on the New England Tablelands. The variety of eucalypts and wildflowers attracts an abundance of birds, including rose robins, flycatchers and pardalotes. Grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies are often seen feeding on the heathland plants and mosses around the Barokee Rest Area in the late afternoon. Bushwalkers will enjoy exploring the park’s walking tracks. There are four to choose from: Cathedral Rock Track (5.8km circuit/2.5hrs), Woolpacks Rocks (7.4km return/3hrs), Warrigal Track (1km circuit/30mins) and the more serious Barokee – Native Dog Creek (10.4km one way). Secluded camping is available amid tall banksias and eucalypts at Barokee Camping Area while Native Dog Creek Camping Area is a more spacious site, ideal for caravans and trailers. No bookings are required, but overnight camping fees apply. Things to see and do • Bushwalking: Choose from four walks, ranging from an easy half-hour stroll to a serious 10km traverse of the National Park. • Rock-hopping: Scramble to the summit of Cathedral Rock and enjoy magnificent 360 degree views. • Camping or picnicking: Enjoy an hour, a day or a weekend relaxing at Barokee or Native Dog Camping Area. • Bird watching: Marvel at the prolific birdlife attracted to the park’s eucalypts and wildflowers. Getting There Cathedral Rock National Park is 60km east of Dorrigo and 70km east of Armidale. There are two main access points. From Dorrigo, turn off the Waterfall Way 4km past Ebor onto Round Mountain Road, a narrow gravel road leading to Barokee Camping Area (8km), which is close to the foot of Cathedral Rock. Or from the Waterfall Way 3km past Ebor, continue onto Guyra Road for another 10km to get to Native Dog Camping Area. Enquiries For further information about Cathedral Rock National Park, contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service - Dorrigo Plateau Area Office on (02) 6657 2309 or visit:

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



Mid North Coast - August  

iMag is a monthly full colour information guide for the Mid North Coast regions, NSW wth what to see, what to do and where to go NSW

Mid North Coast - August  

iMag is a monthly full colour information guide for the Mid North Coast regions, NSW wth what to see, what to do and where to go NSW