This 4 day suggested itinerary has been provided by Greater Port Macquarie
Turning off the Pacific Highway at the southern entrance to Taree
tour through riverside villages and take in stunning hinterland views. This is the gateway to the Ellenborough Falls
. From Bobin
, there is 16kms of gravel road so drive to the conditions and please note the road from Bobin
to Elands is not recommended for caravans. After visiting the second longest single drop waterfall in the southern hemisphere, continue on to the lush fertile plains of the Comboyne
plateau and the picturesque village of Comboyne
. From here you will make your way to Kerewong State Forest
and your first night at Swans Crossing camping and picnic area. Swimming is popular in the nearby shallows of Upsalls Creek. Longworths Tramway Heritage
Walk is located a short drive away, with other walking trails leading off from the site. Caravans and Campervans are welcome, but no power is available.
Wake up to the birds and wildlife on your second day and you will head to the village of Kendall
. If you like craft visit the Kendall
Craft Co-operative at the Kendall
Railway Station and stop at Miss Nellie’s cafe for some delicious home baked treats. From here the trek will take you to the coast, along the way take in spectacular views from North Brother
Mountain in Dooragan National Park
before you pass through the township of Laurieton. This is a good spot
to get fuel or stock up on any essentials. The trek will take you for some sightseeing in Camden Haven
, there are plenty of options to add to your experience; have a coffee while the kids feed the fish at Dunbogan
boatshed, take a BBQ boat out for lunch on the extensive waterways, visit Pilot Beach
and Wash House Beach
, explore Kattang Nature Reserve
by taking the Perpendicular Point
walking track you might even spot
a whale. From here you head north along the coast road to Port Macquarie travelling through the townships of Bonny Hills
and Lake Cathie
. Take your pick of places
to stay either in Port Macquarie itself or one of the near-by villages.
Port Macquarie’s town centre is embraced by the Hastings River on one side and beaches on the other in a unique natural setting. So take a walk along the Town Green, you might catch sight of a dolphin, to the iconic breakwall and Town Beach. World-class attractions, waterside dining and accommodation are all walking distance. There are 52+ things to see and do - something for every week of the year - The Koala Hospital
, the only one in the world, Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
, Ricardoes Tomatoes and the Glasshouse arts and entertainment centre to name a few. You are spoilt for choice.
Heading west on your way to Wauchope
stop in at Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park to see koalas, snow leopards, penguins, red pandas and Shrek the 5m Crocodile. The township of Wauchope
has vibrant cafes, funky boutique shopping and is home to Timbertown Heritage
Theme Park. The kids can run wild in an all abilities playground at Bain Park while Mum and Dad take a break at Watermans Cafe or stock up on supplies for bush camping.
From here you head back into the stunning hinterland, passing through fertile farming land as you make your way to Mount Boss State Forest
, a short drive from Wauchope
. The Cobrabald recreation
area is your home tonight; it offers a place for those who enjoy camping off the beaten track. Wild Bull Camping Area has BBQ facilities and a deep waterhole just perfect for a summer dip – it’s also home to some catfish!
For some exploring on day 4 the Bluff
picnic area, a further 1.4 kms down the river, a lovely secluded spot
with a vast rock formation covered in grass trees on the opposite side of the river. Or head to Number 1 Tower picnic area and lookout
which offers sweeping views of the Wilson
River catchment and forests stretching all the way to the coast. The area you will travel through today has a long cultural history, which is central in the development of the timber industry in the area and a gold mining boom in the 1800s. Keep and eye out for old huts and machinery, testament to the drive and ingenuity of the early settlers who tackled the difficult terrain with dreams of striking it rich.
As you wind your way through Willi Willi and into Werrikimbe National Parks you will see Gondwana rainforest and enjoy amazing scenery. You’re likely to encounter a range of forest birds such as eastern yellow robins, scarlet robins and rufous fantails. You will spend the night at Mooraback Campground
a small, isolated campground tucked amongst the snow gums. Your only company is likely to be eastern grey
kangaroos and red-necked wallabies coming to graze in the afternoons. Stroll along Mooraback walking track, a short loop walk from the campground. Or wander out to Platypus Pools in the upper reaches of Hastings River and see if you can spot
a platypus or two. At night, enjoy a barbecue dinner, sit by the warmth of a campfire
and listen to the sounds of the bush. Stay a few days to explore this World Heritage
listed area or head back to the Oxley Highway to complete your adventure.
How to Use this Trek Note
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on each POI page.
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Seventeen beaches, river systems, coastal rainforest and National Parks are just some of the top reasons to visit Greater Port Macquarie
. Those looking for a challenge can tackle Werrikimbe National Park
, a World Heritage
-listed site with several walking trails and 4WD tracks to explore the wilderness.Kattang Nature Reserve
offers great easy day walks with impressive views. The sharp cliff faces of Perpendicular Point
jut out into the sea at the centre of the reserve, and Dooragan National Park
provides a dramatic inland backdrop. Small pockets of rainforest are dominated by flowering coastal heathland. The Flower Bowl Circuit is a must visit in the early Spring if you're a native flower lover. Swans Crossing in the Kerewong State Forest
is a popular picnic and camping area where there are a number of walking trails, the area is now surrounded by regenerated native forest and hardwood plantations. Swimming is popular in the nearby shallows of Upsalls Creek. The Longworths Tramway Heritage
Walk located a short drive away follows the original logging tramline (1913) used to haul timber to the Camden Haven
River where it was punted to a mill in Laurieton.
The original custodians of Greater Port Macquarie
were the Birpai Aboriginal people, who have lived in the region for thousands of years. Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
in Port Macquarie is home to the Spirit of the Land exhibition which takes you on a journey through the regions rich Aboriginal culture. In 1821, Port Macquarie was founded by the British as a penal settlement, one of Australia
's first settlements outside of Sydney
, and is home to a number of historic buildings and sites that date back to our colonial and convict days. Visit Roto House, built in 1891 and a beautiful example of Victorian architecture and craftsmanship. Lake Innes House, the home of colonial entrepreneur Major Archibald Clunes Innes grew to the proportions of a grand country mansion, and these extensive ruins are a highly significant part of Australia
’s convict and colonial heritage
. Convicts built St Thomas' Church in 1824, feel the atmosphere of this remarkable building the fifth oldest Anglican Church still in use in Australia