When you explore beyond the main town centres you'll find sleepy coastal villages and authentic rural townships. Complete with friendly locals, some quirky shops and cafes plus a real sense of community and identity.
Head into the hinterland and discover Comboyne! Renowned for its astounding panoramic views and wilderness, it is also home to prime dairy farms and more recently plantings of avocados, macadamias, blueberries and other fruits and vegetables. The township is nestled below Mt Bulli on the Comboyne Plateau approximately 60 km south-west of Port Macquarie. It is a small village known for its local cafés, the Udder Cow and Ruby's Cafe, which offer fresh country food and great milkshakes. They host an annual Spring fair where you can watch mowers race, see the award winning Clydesdale horses in action and generally soak up the vibes of a genuine country fair.
Kendall is known for magnificent nature and virtuoso violinists! It is a picturesque village named after Australian poet Henry Kendall, whose melodious poems, such as Bell Birds, described the natural beauty of the bush. In September Australia’s young virtuoso violinists also compete in the annual Kendall National Violin Competition. You can enjoy bushwalking in old growth forests and subtropical rainforest in Middle Brother National Park. The park protects two of Australia’s largest blackbutt trees, Bird Tree and Benaroon. The trees are more than 300 years old. Swans Crossing, in Kerewong State Forest, is a popular spot for picnics and camping. You can hire a fully equipped camper trailer to hitch to your car from Kendall Kampers. Drop into Miss Nellies Cafe for tasty home cooked treats and if you're a crafty or thrifty type pop into the Railway Craft shop or the local Kendall Community Op Shop.;
Telegraph Point is located on the banks of the Wilson River which played an important role in the logging of the surrounding forests. There are remains of several old wharves to be seen here, the best-preserved of which is on the south bank beside the traffic bridge in Log Wharf Reserve. Apparently the town's name is derived from the telegraph line which crossed the river in 1869. Local activities include waterskiing at Stoney Park Waterski and Wakeboard Park, mountain bike riding, bush walking, four-wheel-driving, camping, swimming, rock hopping in streams and creeks and picnicking. The village lies between two areas of state forest. South of the village is Cairncross State Forest, while to the north is Ballengarra State Forest.
Lake Cathie & Bonny Hills
Travelling south along Ocean Drive you pass through the laidback coastal villages of Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills. Offering some of the best surfing beaches and fishing holes on the coast. There are ample opportunities to take in the spectacular coastal views from the headlands looking over some 14 kilometres of pristine beaches.
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We really do have a slice of the good life here, with so many great things to see and do! Frankies Travel takes tours across the region visiting hidden gems from vineyards and breweries to coffee roasters and heritage homesteads!
There are a range of scenic day trips to suit the family, a group of friends or solo traveller. Take a leisurely drive and explore the magical Wauchope hinterland, discover hidden gems in the Camden Haven or take in the natural beauty of the State Forests and National Parks.
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