Mid North Coast includes the towns of Grassy Head, Kempsey, Lake Cathie, Lauriton, Port Macquarie, South West Rocks, Wauchope, Telegraph Point, Rollands Plains, Camden Haven, Kendall, Comboyne, Crescent Head, Stuarts Point and Gladstone.
Approximately 5 hours from Sydney the region is vibrant and fast growing. The Hasting Valley has one of the best climates in Australia, over 13 golden beaches, National Parks and lots of history.
Sea Acres is a spectacular coastal rainforest with a 1.3km boardwalk running through its middle. There are guided tours and an enviro-theatre. Other attractions are the Port Macquarie Museum and Pilots Boathouse Museum. There’s an historic cemetery adjoins Kooloonbung Creek Reserve with its boardwalks and bird viewing platforms. Historic buildings include the Courthouse and many churches. Timbertown at Wauchope offers a great day out for the whole family and is only 25 minute drive from Port Macquarie. Entry is free and you can see bullock team demonstrations, whipcracking, and lolly making as well as take a steam train ride.
Restaurants on the waterfront lend a cosmopolitan feel to the city affectionately known as “Port”. Sunday brunch at the sun drenched sidewalk cafes are the perfect way to relax. Or you may prefer to take a drive to South West Rocks, visit the Trial Bay Gaol, and stop for lunch in the village of Gladstone.
The commercial centre of the Macleay Valley, Kempsey, is situated on the banks of the Macleay River where a large family of geese also reside along with pelicans and many other water species. Before European settlement in 1827 the Dangaddi people shared a common language and regularly came together to ceremonies and rituals.