This can be a coastal cruise or a time to explore the south from Port Macquarie to the quiet waterways and fishing villages of the Camden Haven. The road literally hugs the coastline with beaches on one side and Lake Cathie and Queens Lake on the other. Once you arrive in the Camden Haven, ride to the top of North Brother Mountain for panoramic views, go adventure riding through Crowdy Bay National Park, along the way taste fresh oysters and see sea-eagles swooping the river.
Places to see along the way in Geographic order:
Visit – Harry’s Lookout. Pacific Drive (Shelly Beach Drive) Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Visit – Sea Acres Rainforest and Vistor Centre.and Rainforest Cafe.An ideal place to begin your fascinating journey through Sea Acres National Park, near Port Macquarie. Eco-displays provide a wealth of information about local Aboriginal culture and the surrounding rainforest environment. There are also regular exhibitions of works by local artists, and a gift shop stocking a range of unique environmental products, gifts, crafts, educational toys and games.
Visit – Tacking Point Light House. Visit the historic Tacking Point Lighthouse with was built in 1879 locayted next to Lighthouse Beach. Enjoy the viewing platform for a stunning view along the coastline, it is also a great vantage point for whale watching from May to November.
Visit – Innes Ruins. Innes Ruins is an important remnant of early settlement days on the north coast of NSW. Built by Major Archibald Clunes Innes, it contains rich history about the settlement of NSW, convict labour and the culture of the 1800s. As an added bonus, it has a very charming setting looking over Lake Innes. Today, the ruins are classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and guided tours can be booked through the Port Macquarie Information Centre. Access to the site is by guided tour only. If you have an interest in Australian history, you definitely shouldn’t miss the chance to take a guided tour of this fascinating site, which is suitable for visitors of all ages.
Town – Lake Cathie. The town is a popular holiday destination on the Mid North Coast because of its tranquil location which hosts the lake, lagoon and beaches. It has a Woolworths supermarket, local Tavern, Lake Cathie Bowling Club, bakery, fish & chip shop, coffee shop, pharmacy, post office, a newsagent and a bargain shop. Its main feature is a tidal lake fed by the ocean daily. Several time throughout the year the lake is closed over by shifting sands and becomes dark in colour due to the tannins in local flora. Tourism centres on the lake as it is a popular swimming and fishing spot all year round especially when the lake is open.
Town – Bonny Hills. The Wauchope – Bonny Hills Surf Club is the longest established organisation within the town and has been continuously operating since 1958. The Surf Club built a new club house at their headquarters of Rainbow Beach in 2009 replacing the original building which was built by voluntary local efforts in 1959.
Town – Grants Beach. Grants (North Haven) Beach is located on the north side of the Camden Haven River mouth. The southern end is protected by the break wall which offers great ‘right handers’ with a southerly swell. The beach is home to the Camden Haven Surf Lifesaving Club, who patrol the beach throughout the summer weekends.
Town – North Haven. As the suburb’s name suggests, North Haven is located on the northern shore of Camden Haven and is connected to the nearby commercial centre of Laurieton by a bridge. North Haven is mainly residential, though there is a small row of shops along the main street, Ocean Drive.
Town – Laurieton.
Food – Oysters and fishing – taste fresh oysters at Armstrong’s Oysters, 1 Short Street, Laurieton NSW 2443. A farm-gate on the river, and enjoy fresh prawns and the daily catch at the Laurieton Fishermen’s Co Op
Visit – North Brother Lookout in Dooragan National Park – picnic at the region’s iconic lookout with panoramic views up and down the coast
Food – Laurieton Hotel Bistro.
Food – Laurieton Fisherman’s Co op.
Food – Dunbogan Boatshed – feed the friendly fish, hire boats and buy ice-cream and coffee
Visit – Kattang Nature Reserve – take the wildflowers walking circuit to Perpendicular Point
Visit – Crowdy Bay National Park – perfect for adventure riding and a swim at Diamond Head Beach
Town – Kew
Beaches and Lakes.
Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills, Pilot Beach, Wash House Beach, Queens Lake and Lake Cathie
Accommodation in the area.
Diamond Water Treehouses, Mariner Motel, Woongarra Motel, Haven Waters Motel and Apartments, Kew Motel, Pelican H20, Diamond Waters Caravan Park, Big 4 Bonny Hills, Gateway Lifestyle Jacaranda, Brigadoon Holiday Park, Driftwood Bonny Hills, Gypsy Falls Waterfall Retreat and Camden Head Pilot Station.
Maps of the route without Food locations. Starting from the Port Macquarie Information Centre.
From North Brother Mountain return the way you arrived (45 kilometres = 1 hour)
Or at the T junction at Ocean drive turn left and travel to Port Macquarie via Kew and the Pacific Highway (45 kilometres = 45minutes)
or follow the directions of the map below.
More information about Port Macquarie go to: www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au
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