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					Greater Port Macquarie
                                 With its vibrant coastal jewel of Port Macquarie, seaside villages of Camden Haven, and
                                 the rural community of Wauchope, Greater Port Macquarie has just what you need.


                                                    Adventure and lifestyle                            From the Dreamtime
                                                    If there’s a word that sums up Greater Port        North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National
                                                    Macquarie, it’s diversity. You can hike through    Park dominates the skyline of Camden Haven.
                                                    stunning national parks, explore the area’s        Aboriginal legend tells of the death of three
                                                    heritage, experience the thriving art scene,       brothers. North Brother Mountain, in the heart
                                                    enjoy wildlife spotting – whales, dolphins and     of the park, is the resting place of Dooragan,
                                                    koalas – or just chill out on the beach.           the eldest brother. Enjoy coastal views from
                                                                                                       the summit, accessible by a sealed road. Within
                                                    Back to nature
                                                                                                       the park there are three wheelchair-accessible
                                                    A perfect year-round climate makes Greater
                                                                                                       lookouts, a picnic area, and three walks of
                                                    Port Macquarie an appealing place to visit at
                                                                                                       varying length and difficulty, the most popular
                                                    any time. At Camden Haven, just half an hour
                                                                                                       being the Rainforest Loop – a half-hour stroll
                                                    south of Port Macquarie, lies Kattang Nature
                                                                                                       through subtropical rainforest.
                                                    Reserve, where you can trek along bush tracks
                                                    to Perpendicular Point and its panoramic views.    Penal settlement
MUST SEE AND DO                                     Or visit during spring and tour the Flower         Greater Port Macquarie’s more recent history is
Follow the heritage trail signs to 13 of            Bowl Circuit – a two-hour walking track that       no less interesting. Port Macquarie was settled
Port Macquarie’s historic sites.                    takes you through carpets of dense wild flow-       in 1821, making it one of the oldest penal set-
Experience the pioneers’ daily life at              ers. Farther afield, wander through remnant         tlements outside of Sydney. Two fine examples
the Timbertown heritage theme park                  rainforest at Boorganna Nature Reserve near        of the original, convict-constructed buildings
in Wauchope.                                        Comboyne. Follow the walk to Rawson Falls          still stand today: St Thomas’ Church and the
Hire a boat or settle on a pier, beach              Lookout to admire the view of the falls, the       historical museum. Other notable early build-
or riverbank, then cast off for bream,              hinterland and the surrounding lush rainforest.    ings are the former courthouse, Douglas Vale
blackfish or tailor.                                                                                    homestead and vineyard, Lake Innes Ruins and
                                                    If you fancy a picnic on the beach and a dip in
Ride a camel along Lighthouse Beach.                                                                   the National Trust-classified red-mahogany Roto
                                                    the surf after an easy walk through a rainfor-
Explore Kooloonbung Creek Nature                                                                       House built for surveyor John Edmund Flynn.
                                                    est, explore the Sea Acres Nature Reserve on
Park’s wetlands, the oasis at the heart
                                                    Pacific Drive. There’s a 1.3 km boardwalk and       Dolphin and whale watching
of Port Macquarie.
                                                    a theatrette, both suitable for wheelchairs.       With a network of rivers and canals, lakes
                                                    Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife: Greater        and beaches, Greater Port Macquarie offers
                                                    Port Macquarie is rich in native fauna – it has    a variety of aquatic activities, from surfing
                                                    one of the highest urban koala populations in      and sailing to waterskiing and scuba diving.
                                                    NSW. In town you’ll find the State’s only Koala     Experience the thrill of seeing dolphins and
top l – r: Kayak on Queens Lake; Surfers; Port      Hospital, where about 300 koalas are nursed        whales in their natural habitat. Dolphins are a
Macquarie at dusk; South West Rocks
far right: Smoky Cape Lighthouse, South             back to health each year. The best time to visit   common sight all year round in the Hastings
West Rocks                                          is at feeding times – 7.30 am and 3 pm daily.      and Camden Haven rivers, and they’ll often


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                                                     Macleay Valley Coast
                                                     With great surfing beaches, such as Crescent Head, sheltered coves and
                                                     fertile hinterland, the Macleay Valley Coast offers the perfect escape.


  FOOD AND WINE                                      A natural retreat
  Dine out on fresh Hastings River oysters.          The Macleay Valley Coast is not only rich in
  Mix cool jazz and fine wines at the                 history – colonial and indigenous – but also
  Jazz in the Vineyards concerts at Bago.            has a wealth of wilderness. From Kundabung
  Try the local wines, cheese and produce,           in the south, to Grassy Head in the north,
  and meet the growers at the monthly                national parks and reserves cover most of
  Farmers’ Markets, Wauchope.                        the Valley’s sand-fringed coastline, making it
  Enjoy a latte as you take in the                   an ideal destination for nature lovers.
  stunning water views from a riverside
                                                     National parks
  or an oceanfront café.
                                                     Stretching from Crescent Head to just below
                                                     South West Rocks, Hat Head National Park
greet a dolphin-watching cruise, keeping pace        abounds with pristine beaches, sand dunes,
with the boat. Between May and August is             headlands and wetlands. Camp by the beach,
whale-watching season, and spotting a whale          explore the walking trails and be enthralled
is a genuine natural wonder that everyone            by the birdlife: blacks swans and spoonbills      Lighthouse, is one of the best scuba dive sites
should experience at least once in their life-       around the wetlands; fantails and honeyeat-       in Australia. Superb visibility gives divers plenty
time. Pick one of the prime lookouts on the          ers on the heath. The fishing is excellent; this   of opportunities to spot grey nurse sharks,
coastal headlands or take an ocean cruise for        is where the continental shelf comes closest      turtles, pelagic fish, and spotted eagle rays.
a close-up view of migrating humpbacks and           to the east coast. Yarriabini National Park, a
southern right whales.                               half-hour’s drive north from Kempsey, com-        Local legends
                                                     bines steep coastal foothills with old-growth     The area has a rich heritage, with some key
The finer things
                                                     forest and a rich Aboriginal history. It also     landmarks just a short drive from South West
Discover Port Macquarie’s vibrant cultural
                                                     has a number of threatened species. Picnic        Rocks. Among the most impressive are Smoky
scene. Thanks to its idyllic setting, the area has
                                                     on top of Yarrahapinni Mountain and enjoy         Cape Lighthouse, one of the oldest (and
long attracted artists of many genres. With a
                                                     the ocean and hinterland views.                   tallest) in NSW, and the imposing Trial Bay
packed calendar of performances, exhibitions
                                                                                                       Gaol. Cele-brate a different kind of history at
and activities year-round, come at any time for      South West Rocks
                                                                                                       Kempsey, birthplace of two great Aussie icons
some gallery browsing. A variety of cellar doors     South West Rocks lies at the mouth of the
                                                                                                       – Slim Dusty and the Akubra hat. The country
provide the ideal way to sample the many             Macleay River and is a half-hour drive from       music star is commemorated in the Slim Dusty
award-winning, locally produced wines.               Kempsey. It’s an ideal family retreat. Many       Way, a 50 km inland drive from Kempsey to
                                                     visitors never make it past the beach, perfect    the National Trust heritage village of Bellbrook.
    For further information, contact Greater         for year-round swimming, but it’s worth
    Port Macquarie Visitor Information               taking the time to visit the local museum             For further information: Macleay Valley
Centre, telephone: 1300 303 155,                     and country club. The renowned Fish Rock              Coast Tourism, telephone: 1800 642 480,
web: www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au                    Cave, 2 km offshore from Smoky Cape               web: www.macleayvalleycoast.com.au


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 South West Rocks             Attraction / Activities          Port Macquarie                           Accommodation                  Port Macquarie                           Accommodation
 Arakoon State Conservation Area                               All Seasons Ki-ea Apartments HHHHI                                      Beaches Holiday Resort                           HHHH
 Arakoon is home to Heritage-listed Trial Bay                  • 50 spacious 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments                               Fully self-contained 2 and 3 bedroom units.
 Gaol, museum, guided tours, campsites,                        • Heated pools, spa, sauna, BBQs, home theatre                          Spa in two 3 bedroom units. Security building,
 restaurants and sandy beaches. Accommodation                  • Close to beach and town                                               solar heated pool, internal laundries, DVDs,
 available at Historic Smoky Cape Lighthouse                                                                                           Austar TV, 50m to beach. Next door to shops
 cottages, secluded Little Bay & Point Plomer.                                                                                         and restaurants.
 Whale watching available at Lighthouse.
                                                               67 William Street, Port Macquarie                                       55 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie
                                                               Telephone (02) 6584 6466                                                Telephone (02) 6584 4433
 Telephone (02) 6566 6168                                      www.ki-ea.com.au                                                        www.beachesholidayresort.com.au
                                                               Rates: From $125 to $510 per room per night*                            Rates: From $90 to $250 per room per night*




 South West Rocks                  Accommodation               Port Macquarie                           Accommodation                  Port Macquarie                           Accommodation
 Heritage Guesthouse                                           Oxley Cove Apartments                             HHHI                  Quality Resort Sails                             HHHH
 Lovingly renovated 1880s seaside guesthouse in                Fully self-contained 1, 2 and 3 bedroom                                 Port Macquarie´s only absolute waterfront resort
 the heart of South West Rocks. Nine luxurious                 apartments, with reverse cycle A/C, DVD and                             with complimentary facilities - steam room, spa,
 rooms with ensuites, garden courtyard and a                   on site laundries. Off-street undercover parking.                       pool, tennis, mini-golf, canoes. Spinnakers
 communal kitchen making Heritage Guesthouse                   300m to beach, 200m to club, 1.5km east of                              Restaurant and Bar on site with views
 your ´home away from home´.                                   the CBD.                                                                overlooking the marina.

 21-23 Livingstone Street, South West Rocks                    29 Owen Street, Port Macquarie                                          20 Park Street, , Port Macquarie NSW 2444
 Telephone (02) 6566 6625                                      Telephone (02) 6583 1855                                                Telephone 1800 025 271
 www.heritageguesthouse.com.au                                 www.oxleycoveapartments.com.au                                          www.sailsresort.com.au
 Rates: From $110 to $160 per room per night*                  Rates: From $70 to $210 per room per night*                             Rates: From $138 to $365 per room per night*




 Crescent Head                     Accommodation               Port Macquarie                           Accommodation                  Port Macquarie                           Accommodation
 4 Shore Holiday Parks                    HHHH                 South Pacific Apartments                          HHHH                  The Observatory                               HHHHI
 NEW! Luxury, air-conditioned, waterfront, 2                   • Just by the beach. Just perfect!                                      Opposite picturesque Town Beach, and only a
 bedroom villa. Watch the waves from your                      • Heated pools, spa, BBQs                                               short riverfront stroll to the Town Centre.
 master bedroom and enjoy a BBQ on your                        • 41 modern 2 and 3 bedroom apartments                                  Apartments and hotel rooms. Heated indoor
 verandah. Walk to shops, cafés, restaurants,                                                                                          pool, gym, spa and sauna, restaurant and
 tennis, golf, bowls, country club and tavern.                                                                                         day spa.

 Pacific Street, Crescent Head                                 37 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie                                        Town Beach, Port Macquarie
 Telephone 1800 00 66 00 option 2                              Telephone (02) 6583 8033                                                Telephone 1300 888 305
 www.4shoreholidayparks.com.au                                 www.southpacificpm.com.au                                               www.observatory.net.au
 Rates: From $99 to $268 per room per night*                   Rates: From $135 to $330 per room per night*                            Rates: From $146 per room per night*
                                            * Prices are valid at date of publication, October 2007 and are subject to change. Accommodation prices based on twin/double share (unless otherwise stated)
                                              and subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply, please contact service provider for a complete list of terms and conditions.

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