Port Macquarie

Camden Haven – Lake Cathie, Bonny Hills, North Haven, Laurieton, Dunbogan, Kew and Kendall

Camden Haven is a scenic 20 minute drive south of Port Macquarie, and features fishing villages, peaceful waterways where dolphins play and stunning National Parks. Camden Haven takes in the villages of Lake Cathie, Bonny Hills, North Haven, Laurieton, Dunbogan, Kew and Kendall.

There is worry-free river swimming in the netted tidal pools at Dunbogan and North Haven or you can hire your own boat at Dunbogan Boatshed and Marina, from a tinnie to a BBQ boat and explore the stunning waterways for yourself.

The Riverwalk Markets at Laurieton on the third Sunday of the month offer a plethora of market stalls from local produce to homeware, gifts and fashion accessories.

Get your Slice of Haven at the annual food and wine festival which brings a touch of carnivale to the Camden Haven each May, celebrating all that is local with a colourful twist that will set your taste buds dancing.

Water, water, everywhere, the area’s pristine natural beauty stems from the Camden Haven River which flows from the Comboyne Plateau and includes Queens Lake, a paradise for water sports.

At 490 metres high, feel on top of the world, drive to the top of North Brother Mountain for unrivalled panoramic views up and down the coast.

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Comboyne

Comboyne is a picturesque village situated on the Comboyne Plateau, some 60 km south-west of Port Macquarie, 35 km west of Kew and 54 km north-west of Taree. It is an attractive agricultural area with fertile soils and a high rainfall.  It is said the word “Comboyne” is a corruption of the local indigenous people’s name for “a place of kangaroos”.

Previously, the area was covered in sub-tropical rainforest which has almost all been cleared by the early 20th century. The early explorers originally sought the valuable timber of the Australian Red Cedar, today it is dotted with dairy farms and provides a spectacular drive on the way to Ellenborough Falls in Elands.  The second oldest natural reserve in the state is at nearby Boorganna Nature Reserve which preserves a remnant of sub-tropical rainforest.

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Wauchope

Wauchope has come a long way from its early days as a “timber town”. Today, this thriving rural town has stylish homeware shops, cafes and funky fashion wear. Set on the Hastings River and surrounded by lush farmland, Wauchope is just a 20 minute drive from Port Macquarie. It’s also the gateway to the hinterland which has more than 40,000 hectares of National Parks and State Forests.

If you enjoy exploring the great outdoors on horseback or a mountain bike, check out Bago Bluff National Park and Broken Bago State Forest. The half-hour drive from Wauchope to Comboyne is simply stunning as you pass open plateaus, lush farmland and rainforest pockets. The road winds towards Boorganna Nature Reserve, one of the oldest reserves in NSW; a walking trail leads to the impressive Rawson Falls.

Other local highlights include the boardwalk leading through Bangalow palms at Wilson River, the largest hedge in NSW at Bago Vineyard and Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park.

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