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.

Comboyne

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.

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Kendall 

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.;

  • Lake Cathie Access Friendly Fishing Platform
  • Dunbogan Boatshed By Lindsay Moller
  • Kendall Meeting Place Markets

Telegraph Point

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.

  • Fresh Local Produce At Kendall By Lindsay Moller
  • Preserves At Kendall Meeting Place Markets By Lindsay Moller
  • Waratahs At Comboyne Spring Spectacular

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. 

But wait there are MORE!  

  • Dunbogan
  • Long Flat 
  • Pappinbarra 
  • Beechwood 
  • Pembroke 
  • Kew 
  • Byabarra 
  • Rollands Plains 
  • Bellangry
  • Herons Creek and more..

Locals Tips

Dine Outdoors At Social Grounds Cafe By Lindsay Moller
Grants Beach Awaits By Matt Cramer
The Path Less Travelled By Matt Cramer
   

Cafe Lifestyle

The region has a diverse range of espresso bars and cafes where you can get your daily cuppa and tantalise your tastebuds.  No holiday is complete without doing the hard yards to discover a favourite! So warm up your appetite and get out there and start testing them out today!

Beach Guide

The pristine white sand beaches are a drawcard for visitors and residents alike.  Whether you’re looking for the ideal spot for a leisurely family picnic, a weekend BBQ with friends, a long lazy afternoon, the chance to get your 4WD off the highway and onto the sand, or an opportunity to learn how to surf - a day at the beach is just what you need.

Hinterland Delights

Drive through rich green pastures and quiet villages to waterfalls and picnic spots, go bush walking, horse riding, mountain and trail biking, or visit a producer at the farm-gate.  The hinterland offers many delights for those keen to explore...

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