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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.

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From the Editor January Happy New Year to all our readers and advertisers, there's plenty of things to do and see though the month of January!

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.

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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. www.midnorthcoasttourism.com.au

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9 NOVEMBER 2012 - 26 JANUARY 2013

Visit Australia’s Biggest Christmas Lights Display! With exciting new displays including over 1,250,000 lights, sound and light displays plus festive food, beverages, children's entertainment and Santa. This is a magical event the whole family will enjoy!

GARDENS ENTRY 6.30pm - 10.00pm • Adults $20.00 | Children (4-15) $15.00 • Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $60.00 • Day/Night Passes available

• Children 3 & under FREE • Extra Child with Family $5.00 • Annual Passes also available

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If you have visited the Gardens throughout the day, entry to the Christmas Lights Spectacular is just $10.00 per adult and free for children with your receipt as proof of entry. Gardens open 9-4pm. Closed 25 December. This event will not open in adverse weather conditions.

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Covering: Forster – Tuncurry – Pacific Palms welcome – it’s everything you are From Forster in the north, through Pacific Palms to Hawks Nest in the south and inland to Stroud you will not find a more experience rich destination. This beautiful part of the coast is a nature lover’s paradise, with an array 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. Full of family friendly adventures, exciting events and enough activities to fill a year - from adventure thrills such as diving, surfing or mountain biking, to kayaking quiet lakes as the sun sets, trekking through ancient palm forests, whale watching or just relaxing. Foster Tuncurry At the northern tip of the Great Lakes these twin towns are where Wallis Lake meets the ocean and are bounded by National Parks, majestic headlands and long secluded beaches. The

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waterways surrounding Forster Tuncurry are famous for seafood, especially oysters, and are an angler’s paradise. Pacific Palms Encompassing Blueys, Boomerang and Elizabeth beaches, Tiona, Coomba and Smiths Lake. Named after the area’s cabbage tree palms, Pacific Palms blends with the magnificent Booti Booti and Wallingat National Parks and the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park. Scenic lookouts, secluded coves, famous surfing, coffee shops, galleries and rainforest walks characterise this perfect retreat that will have you coming back for more. MUST DO’s Whoota Whoota Lookout, Wallingat National Park – one of the best natural viewing platforms on the mid-north coast, providing magnificent views of 100km of coast line. Whale & Dolphin Watching – this is a fantastic place to observe the annual whale migration. It’s also home to more dolphins

then anywhere on the East Coast. So hop on a cruise or view from the headland. Go fishing – a big variety of fish are out there to be caught, deep sea, lake, rock or beach it’s all here. Learn to Surf – best surfing spots on the coast is a common phrase when conditions are right so you have the perfect opportunity to hire a board and have a lesson Bicentennial Walk – a beautiful coastal walk from Forster Main Beach to Bennetts Head. Green Cathedral, Tiona – take time to reflect at this majestic open-air sanctuary situated under a canopy of rainforest, on the shores of the Wallis Lake. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Little Street, Forster Ph: 1800 802 692 Email: tourism@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au www.greatlakes.org.au

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What's On January 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 have a good time and has some spectacular events in spectacular spaces. Summer time is no exception with a fantastic program of events, celebrations, live music, markets and so much more. There’s always something going on. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of our new ‘Summer in the Lakes’ guide, which has everything you need to know about what’s on and happening in the Great Lakes this summer! Call 1800 802 692 for your copy today!

circus ringbarkus - john holland park, forster Sun 23 Dec to Mon 28 Jan A 90 mins extravaganza of mirth and mayhem! Circus Ringbarkus will have you in stitches as they clown & carry on in this crazy canine comedy circus. A highly entertaining show aimed at children.

family trivia night - pacific palms surf club Wed 2 & 9 Jan A fun trivia night for the whole family.

blackhead head2head ocean swim blackhead surf club Sun 6 Jan This popular annual event features 700m & 1.5km swim.

free family movies - club forster 7, 14 & 21 Jan Bring the kids along to watch some great movies. Showings 11am & 4pm.

kids cartooning workshop - tea gardens library Wed 9 Jan, 2:30pm-3:30pm Let the kids get creative at this cartooning workshop”. Ages 5-12 yrs. Cost: $5. Bookings essential.

surf awareness school - forster main beach 9, 16 & 23 Jan, 9am-12noon A great initiative run by forster sls, aimed at educating children not familiar with surf conditions. Ages 5-15yrs.

kids cartooning workshop - great lakes library, forster Thur 10 Jan, 10:30pm to 11:30am Let the kids get creative at this cartooning workshop”. Ages 5-12 yrs. Cost: $5. Bookings essential.

myall annual art exhibition - myall community art & craft centre Fri 11 - Sun 13 Jan Display & sales of works by local artisans.

james johnston - live music @ the aztec, forster Sun 13 Jan After receiving rave reviews for his performances James Johnson has built a solid fan base.

oysters in the palms - sundowner tiona, pacific palms Sun 13 Jan Local seafood celebrated in a serene setting at the edge of Wallis Lake.

bob turner wildlife show - great lakes library, forster Wed 16 Jan, 9:30am to 10:30am The Bob Turner Wildlife Show is coming to Forster Library - definitely not one to miss! Ages 5-12 yrs. Cost $4. Bookings essential.

Summer Fun!

tuncurry “seafood” race day - tuncurry race course, chapman rd Sat 19 Jan Local seafood theme for this Tuncurry Race meet. Free buses every half hour from Forster Tuncurry.

australia day family fun day - club forster Sat 26 Jan, 11am Celebrate Australia Day with a free family fun day. Sausage sizzle & entertainment together with a jumping castle for the kids.

hawks nest australia day breakfast - moria parade reserve

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Sat 26 Jan, 8am to 12noon The Lions Club invite you to their Aussie Day Breakfast. Face painting & real Aussie Games for the kids. Great music & entertainment, citizen of the year presentation & fly past from the RAAF Williamtown.

australia day forster-tuncurry - john wright park, tuncurry Sat 26 Jan Pilot Hill Flag raising ceremony & breakfast at 8.30am, followed by the Australia Day Awards ceremony at 11am at Club Forster. Then onto John Wright Park, for a Rotary organised family fun day. The Flag raising ceremony will be at 1.30pm and Australia Day Talent Quest.

coomba fest australia day - coomba foreshore Sat 26 Jan 2013 A community celebration of Australia Day featuring the famous Coomba Park Raft Race.

downunder pro - jimmys beach, hawks nest Sat 26 Jan to Mon 4 Feb Oceanic & Australian formula windsurfing Champs. Come along & watch the best of the best compete in this superb event. For more details on these or other Great Lakes Events, visit www.greatlakes.org.au or freecall 1800 802 692

Summer Fun!

MARKETS Sat 5 - Bulahdelah, Tuncurry & Tea Gardens Sun 6 - Blackhead Bazaar & Pacific Palms Sun 13 - Forster Town Sat 19 - Tuncurry, Forster Farmers & Tea Gardens Sun 20 - Krambach Sat 26 - Nabiac Farmers Sun 27 - Pacific Palms

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Covering: Seal Rocks – Tea Gardens – Hawks Nest – Bulahdelah - Stroud Seal Rocks A small, sleepy and isolated fishing village in the middle of the Great Lakes coastline. Its fame rests largely on the beautiful Sugarloaf Point lighthouse and the sense of isolation it enjoys. The village is one

of the few remaining coastal villages to have avoided major development, so you will experience a truly relaxing and uninterrupted stay. Tea Gardens - Hawks Nest lie at the mouth of the Myall River and reflect a relaxed coastal lifestyle with a sense of peace and tranquillity. From here you can journey into the Myall Lakes National Park one of the most visited National Parks in the State. Hinterland A launching point to explore the Great Lakes Hinterland is Bulahdelah located on the Myall River. Historically linked with the timber industry today these areas host a number of walks with magnificent views. Venturing further you can explore villages such as Nabiac and its traditional lifestyle or experience new pursuits of the land such as wineries and boutique farm product.

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Follow Thunderbolts Way to the historic township of Stroud, established in 1826 as part of the original grant to the Australian Agricultural Company. Many of Stroud’s buildings were built by convict labour and today a heritage walk takes you on a journey through the town and Australian history.

MUST DO’s Sugar Loaf Point Lighthouse, Seal Rocks – enjoy the views & when seas are high look for the spectacular blowhole just below the lighthouse. Giant sand dunes, Dark Point, Myall Lakes National Park – bring a board & ‘surf’ the massive dunes. Riverside Art Walk, Tea Gardens – follow a trail of local artworks along the waterfront. Paddle up the stunning Myall River – get back to nature with an overnight camp stop. Stroud Heritage Walk – takes you through the town & Australian history. Wang Wauk Forest Drive – fascinating wildlife & archaeological remains & passes “The Grandis”, the tallest tree in NSW.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Myall Street, Tea Gardens Ph: (02) 4997 0111 www.greatlakes.org.au

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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.

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Monthly Markets 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 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.

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Festival to rock the riverfront

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A stellar line-up of some of the country’s most talented Aboriginal musicians will take to the stage at this coming Australia Day when the Saltwater Freshwater Festival makes its triumphant return to Taree.

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The diverse music program will feature national and local acts including pubrock legends Coloured Stone, Triple J darlings The Medics, deadly hip hop act Last Kinection, blues man Buddy Knox, alternative country singer Sue Ray and Taree funk-rock band the Jay Davis Trio.

and the local community. Yii biripi barray, burrugi dhanbaan guyiwangal (This is Birpi Country, swim strong shark People).”

Taree local and community leader Jay Davis is looking forward to sharing the stage with Aboriginal music legends, but mostly he is just proud to be playing at the festival as it makes its return to his hometown.

“I was exposed to some of the best of the best musicians in their field from all over the world at the conference,” says Sue Ray of her trip. “I can safely say with pride, that Australia truly has some of the most passionate and gifted Indigenous singers/ songwriters and bands in the world, and I am so blessed and proud to be a part of it.”

grant, fares will only be $3 each way.

See  www.saltwaterfreshwater festival.com.au for more information or like www.facebook.com/swfw. festival for all the latest updates.

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The Medics, The Last Kinection Buddy Knox, Sue Ray Cultural workshops, arts & crafts Jay Davis Trio Aboriginal food village & market stalls. Something for all the family. & Special Guests Entry by gold coin donation.

Coloured Stone - Headlining band Coloured Stone are widely regarded as Aboriginal pub-rock legends and the band has picked up swag of national awards during its 35 year career. The Medics - Brisbane band The Medics are the newest indie rock darlings of the Australian Festival scene, with high rotation airplay on Triple J and performances at Splendour in the Grass and the Big Day Out this year. Coloured Stone

The Medics

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Buddy Knox

“I am thrilled to be performing at this year’s Saltwater Freshwater Festival. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to be included in an event that highlights the wealth of talent available in the Australian indigenous music, art and dance culture.”

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“It’s hard to explain how awesome it is to be having the festival in Taree - for the town to be the focal point this time around. It is an honour to represent my community as a local artist and I find it is a great way to support reconciliation

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Coloured Stone

“I love the passion of Indigenous music - I grew up enjoying the sounds of musicians such as Coloured Stone, Kev Carmody, Archie Roach, Booby Mcleod, Yothu Yindi and the Warumpi Band just to name a few,” says Davis of the coming festival.

Brisbane musician Sue Ray has just returned from a trip to Nashville where she recorded a new EP and performed at the Americana Music Conference.

Last Kinection - This highly talented and Deadly award winning three piece, featuring former members of Local Knowledge and Shakaya, is one of Australia’s top Aboriginal hip hop acts.

Saltwater Freshwater Festival

Saturday 26 January 10am – 8pm Fotheringham & Queen Elizabeth Parks Taree

The full festival program will be announced shortly and will include workshops, showcases, yarn panels, hands-on cultural experiences, dance performances and the finale parade as well as Aboriginal food and arts stalls. The Saltwater Freshwater Festival is an open invitation to come together on Australia Day and presents a unique opportunity to experience Aboriginal living culture through the sharing of music, dance, food, conversations and family fun. 

Buddy Knox - Renowned for his deadly talent and ability to play authentic blues guitar on his cherry red 335 Gibson, Buddy brings a show of great music and stage presence. Sue Ray - Deep, dark, gorgeously emotive — Sue Ray’s passionately original brand of alt-country is winning audiences in Australia and the US.

Enjoy a day of Aboriginal culture music & art

There will also be return buses running between the festival and Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Gloucester and Forster. Thanks to a Transport for NSW

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Jay Davis Trio - The latest band for former Slychology front man and Taree Aboriginal community leader Jaycent Davis. Fresh and funky, family friendly rock.


Enjoy a day of Aboriginal culture music & art

Saltwater Freshwater Festival

Saturday 26 January 10am – 8pm Fotheringham & Queen Elizabeth Parks Taree

Coloured Stone

The Medics

The Last Kinection

Buddy Knox

Sue Ray

Jay Davis Trio

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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 www.pocolocorestaurant.com.au

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 www.smokeycaperetreat.com.au

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.

Bago Maze Set to Open

Five years in the research stage, five years of nurturing and construction coupled with plenty of blood, sweat and cheers the Bago Maze at Bago Vineyards has now reached the finale of the first major Stage. Designed by Jim & Kay Mobbs’ eldest child Ian, a qualified Landscape Architect based in the ACT, the opening of the Bago Maze represents a long time ambition of the Mobbs family to provide a unique attraction to complement the winery and provide an alternative for non wine consuming visitors. It was officially opened by Ian Mobbs on Sunday 2nd December. The Bago Maze consists of over a hectare in size of Lilly Pilli hedges, 2 kilometres of pathways, two observation towers, three bridges, a sunken pathway and an elevated walkway. During the conceptual period a number of trips were undertaken researching various mazes both in Australia and overseas. Finally a maze design very much linked to the vineyard such as the grapevine/bunch was settled upon. The opening of stage 1 signals the beginning of the start of the next stage which will see an extension of the existing maze along with a rainforest walk. The Bago Maze is open to the public from 10.00am to 4.00pm Wednesday to Sunday. During School Holidays and Public Holidays the Maze will also be open. Admission prices to the Bago Maze are Adults $10 and children $7. For more information contact Ian Adams 0428 256 282

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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

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. 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.


① Great Lakes Winery

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

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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

Cellar doors open daily from 10am–5pm for wine tasting, sales and local produce. Monthly ‘Jazz in the Vineyards’ and Bago Maze open Wed–Sun (daily in holidays).

Milligans Road (off Bago Road) Wauchope Ph: 02 6585 7099 www.bagovineyards.com.au

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 www.cassegrainwines.com.au

Visit our superb Mid North Coast Wineries

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

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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 www.raleighwines.com

⑥ Two Tails Winery

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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: twotails@optusnet.com.au www.twotailswines.com.au

See also map on page 17

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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 www.macleayvalleycoast.com.au Visitor Information Centres: Pacific Highway South Kempsey Boatman's Cottage South West Rocks

Long

Timb

Prestige

Moorland

Car Detailing WASH • BUFF & POLISH INTERIOR CLEANING FABRIC & LEATHER PROTECTION PAINT PROTECTION RUSTPROOFING WINDOW TINTING FREE QUOTES GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

0407 919 690 PORT MACQUARIE & SURROUNDING AREAS

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Heatherbrea


g Flat

Nana Glen

The Clog Barn Pet Porpoise Pool The Butterfly House

WAY The Honey Place

Skirmish Paintball

Billabong Wildlife Park

bertown

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

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Island Palms

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

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

www.timbertown.com.au

Area map supplied by North Coast NSW Tourism

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Kendall

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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. 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.

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.

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What to See & Do Kendall Showground Markets: held the first Sunday of each month, from 8.00am to 12 noon. Local country produce, flowers, preserves, local arts and craft. 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 More details: contact Warren Parkinson 02 6559 4189 or see: www.goodlifeinkendall.org.au

2nd ANNUAL KENDALL RODEO

Sunday 6th January 2013. Gates open at 10am, with the rodeo starting at 12pm. Bring your blanket & chairs or grab a seat on the grandstands. There will also be an area sectioned off for sun shades. Events on the day will include open bull ride, novice bull, bareback, saddle bronc, ladies barrel racing, junior steer riding and junior barrels. Side show alley and pony rides will be on hand for the kids as well as plenty of good food and cold drinks. Matt Zarb will be performing into the evening, playing some of the all time classics. Good country fun to be had for the whole family, so come on out to Kendall, just 30 mins south of Port Macquarie. Family Pass (2adults, 2 kids u/16) $30, Adults $15, Kids u/16 $5, Aged Pensioners $5. Tickets available at the gate. For more information please phone Jodi Laurie 0438 569 685.


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

craftyshoes@midcoast.com.au OPEN Wed, Thurs, Fri 9am-3pm Sat & Ist Sun 9-12 or by appt

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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 Craft

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.

KENDALL

Co-operative Ltd

SHOWGROUND *Markets*Carnivals* *Equestrian Events* Batar Creek Road, Kendall Facilities available for hire

Contact Mavis 02 6559 4339

Railway Street, Kendall Open 7 Days 10am–4pm Phone 02 6559 4644

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 office@kewfn.com.au 157 Nancy Bird Walton Drive Kew 2439

kewfn.com.au

Phone 02 65594496

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Taree Home Health Care

Chatham Pharmacy We are a generalist pharmacy with a very extensive range of personal, mobility and medical equipment available for sale or hire. home delivery service of equipment to the local area. Medication reviews and Webster packs also available.

Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am- 6pm Sat 8.30am-12.30pm

11 Oxley St, Taree

(02) 6552 2955

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.

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.

ralian made gifts f local produce f original artworks t s u A f o e g n a Great r

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

www.manningvalley.info

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

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Manning Valley Visitor Information Centre 21 Manning River Drive Taree North


Manning Valley

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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: manningvic@gtcc.nsw.gov.au www.manningvalley.info

...will take you there!

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 clubtaree.com.au

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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

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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 www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au tourism@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

...will take you there!

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 seaacres@environment.nsw.gov.au Pacific Drive Port Macquarie (5 km from town centre) Rainforest Cafe Phone 6582 4444 enquiries@rainforestcafe.com.au

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

Ph 6583 9399  (Opposite Coles )

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January 2013 Tide Chart

- Add an hour to the times for Day light saving

High Tide

Date

Low Tide

AM

PM

AM

PM

Time

Height (m)

Time

Height (m)

Time

Height (m)

Time

Height (m)

1

10.27am

1.70

11.07pm

1.35

4.04 am

0.51

5.00pm

0.35

2

11.06am

1.64

11.52pm

1.37

4.48am

0.54

5.39pm

0.37

3

11.49am

1.56

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-

5.37 am

0.57

6.20pm

0.39

4

12.41am

1.39

12.38pm

1.47

6.31am

0.60

7.05pm

0.42

5

1.34am

1.43

1.35pm

1.39

7.35am

0.61

7.58pm

0.44

6

2.33am

1.48

2.44pm

1.32

8.48am

0.60

8.56pm

0.45

7

3.35am

1.57

3.59pm

1.29

10.06am

0.53

9.58pm

0.45

8

4.38am

1.67

5.12pm

1.31

11.18am

0.43

11.00pm

0.42

9

5.38am

1.79

6.16pm

1.35

12.23pm

0.31

11.59pm

0.37

10

6.35am

1.90

7.15pm

1.41

1.19am

0.20

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-

11

7.30am

1.98

8.08pm

1.46

12.55am

0.33

12.12pm

0.13

12

8.22am

2.02

9.00pm

1.49

1.49am

0.30

3.00pm

0.99

13

9.12am

2.00

9.48pm

1.50

2.42am

0.29

3.47pm

0.11

14

10.00am

1.92

10.37pm

1.50

3.34am

0.32

4.32pm

0.16

15

10.45am

1.79

11.24pm

1.49

4.26am

0.37

5.15pm

0.24

16

11.30 am

1.64

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-

5.27am

0.45

5.57pm

0.34

17

12.12am

1.46

12.15pm

1.48

6.10am

0.54

6.38pm

0.43

18

1.00am

1.44

1.01pm

1.33

7.05am

0.62

7.20pm

0.52

19

1.51am

1.42

1.55pm

1.22

8.07am

0.68

8.07pm

0.58

20

2.46am

1.42

3.00pm

1.44

9.17am

0.70

9.00pm

0.62

21

3.45am

1.44

4.13 pm

1.12

10.30am

0.68

10.00pm

0.63

22

4.43am

1.48

5.18 pm

1.14

11.33am

0.62

10.55pm

0.61

23

5.34am

1.54

6.12 pm

1.19

12.24pm

0.54

11.45pm

0.58

24

6.20am

1.60

6.56 pm

1.24

-

-

1.05pm

0.47

25

7.01am

1.66

7.34 pm

1.29

12.30am

0.53

1.42pm

0.41

26

7.40am

1.71

8.11 pm

1.34

1.10am

0.49

2.16pm

0.36

27

8.15am

1.75

8.46 pm

1.38

1.49am

0.45

2.49pm

0.32

28

8.52am

1.76

9.22 pm

1.42

2.28am

0.43

3.22pm

0.29

29

9.29am

1.75

10.00 pm

1.45

3.07am

0.42

3.36pm

0.28

30

10.06am

1.71

10.40 pm

1.48

3.49am

0.42

4.30pm

0.29

31

10.46am

1.64

11.22 pm

1.50

4.33am

0.44

5.06pm

0.32

Hi Fisho's! January in the Hastings River, Port Macquarie are producing quality Flathead in both the main river and the Maria River as well. Soft Plastics have been accounting for many of these fish during the day. The Cicada’s are buzzing, and when this happens, a well placed fizzer or popper put in amongst the mangroves could see you battling the big Bream that are around. The Macleay River, Kempsey is firing with early morning start or late evenings giving you a good chance on these powerful fish. We like to use surface fizzers and poppers in the early morning and the evening and throughout the day switch to spinner baits, chatter baits and diving lures. Lake Cathie’s Whiting are really firing, and a day in the Kayak casting poppers, is an exciting and easy way to get a feed of fish. We now offer Hobie Kayak fishing charters at Castaway. See website for details.

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 www.emeralddowns.com.au

If your new year’s resolution is to take up a new and rewarding hobby, or if your keen to see the action the Hastings river can produce, why not give me a call at Castaway Charters, where you can learn all about the sport of lure fishing, using top quality gear and lures. Happy New Year Mark “tacklerat”Saxon www.midnorthcoastimag.com.au

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Eat The Legendary Pacific Coast Savour the Flavour of this Leading Tourist Route What is one of the most enjoyable ways to discover the character, colour and bounty of The Legendary Pacific Coast? Eat It!

Surf Clubs have installed contemporary cafes with drop dead ocean views while renovated colonial cottages are funky eateries serving up great food and a choice of arts works and home wares.

The Legendary Pacific Coast, the leading tourist route from Sydney to Brisbane, today launches its new Food and Wine Trails at Port Macquarie’s annual food and wine festival, The Holiday Coast Credit Union Tastings on the Hastings.

Regional wineries and a growing number of boutique breweries create tastes that complement and enhance the character of their region. At the same time impressive tastings rooms and family friendly gardens and cafes offer a great family day out.

“These trails highlight the colour, character and great tastes at farmers markets, cafes restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and breweries along this 1000 km route from the Central Coast to the Northern Rivers,” said Legendary Pacific Coast Chair Ms Belinda Novicky. “There are a profusion of Farmers Markets bringing produce from the paddock to the people, creative chefs translating the character of the region into contemporary cuisine, a growing band of farmers specializing in organics and fine food producers who value add raw product to deliver teas, coffee, wine, boutique beers and a broad range of specialty gourmet goods.” Savouring the flavour of the drive is a mouth watering adventure! Winding roads embrace towering trees and lush pastures of macadamia, olive, avocado and tropical fruit farms. Historic sea side fishermen’s cooperatives deliver the catch of the day while succulent oysters breed in pristine rivers. Innovative

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Everywhere shelves are packed with locally bottled olives and olive oils, choc coated, salted and flavoured macadamia nuts, quality preserves, condiments, spices, teas and coffees. Dedicated chefs note the origin of ingredients while some even count the food miles from the paddock to your plate. These new Food and Wine Trails, to be continually researched and expanded, are the second in a series of special interest trails along the The Legendary Pacific Coast (TLPC). First in the series were “Culture and Heritage Trails” highlighting performance spaces, regional galleries, historic sites and interactive art studios. “Other trails to be launched later this year will deliver popular favourites, new product and some hidden treasures for visitors interested in Surfing Safaris, National Parks, Whale Trails, Backpacker Working Holidays and Aboriginal Stories,” said Ms Novicky.

“These trails would not have been possible without funding received from Destination NSW through its 2011/2012 Regional Tourism Product Development Program,” she said. “That program specifically aims to develop new tourism product and increase visitor numbers across regional NSW and has been valuable in developing our fabulous drive. We are excited at the diverse range of visitor experiences we can now offer on The Legendary Pacific Coast and look forward to hosting more visitors as they uncover the diverse character of our regions.” “The trails also focus on directing visitors to some of the smaller towns along the route that have been bypassed with the ongoing upgrading of the Pacific Highway. They retain their character and interest and remain very much a part of the rich tapestry of this great drive,” said Ms Novicky. Many of the more than 340 participating tourism operators along the route also regularly post new offers and special deals on TLPC website. And, if visitors are looking to rub shoulders with the locals they can find the who, what, where and why of some great community events on the site too. Short on time? Other online itineraries offer up suggestions for travellers or they can make their own on the iPhone app “My Adventure” where they can plan, record and share their Legendary holiday. For further information contact: Kim MacDonald, Project Coordinator, The Legendary Pacific Coast on enquiries@pacificcoast.com.au or mobile 0428 744 006.


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.

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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Experience the majesty of the Ellenborough falls – one of the southern hemisphere’s highest waterfalls, a 200 metre single drop

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CAFEand MOUNTAIN RETREATS COMBOYNE

Great Coffee Local produce Mountain air

Enjoy delightful forest walks at Boorana nature reserve in Comboyne

Main Road, Comboyne

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Wauchope is located 406 km north of Sydney

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River Fishing 2 Hours from $25. Non-fishers welcome

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Photo by Carrol Cummings

Macleay Valley Coast

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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.

Stay in a working lighthouse!

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.

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

(02) 6566 6301

smokycapelighthouse@bigpond.com

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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 www.macleayvalleycoast.com.au hours. Self-guided tours of the Gaol are also Email: vic@kempsey.nsw.gov.au 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. 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.

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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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.

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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 tourism@coffscoast.com.au www.coffscoast.com.au

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!

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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.

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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: jump@coffsskydivers.com.au or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ 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!

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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 karuahmotorinn@bigpond.com www.karuahmotorinn.com.au

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 www.rockpoolmotorinn.com.au bookings@rockpoolmotorinn.com.au

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 www.meridianresort.com.au

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

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 www.azaleacottage.com.au

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 www.countryplazataree.com.au

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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: moonrivermotorinn@mac.com www.moonriver.com.au


Mid North Coast of NSW

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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.

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