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Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park

Award winning Billabong is New South Wales premier regional wildlife park that allows you to get close up to all of the animals.  You can pat and photograph these magnificant marsupials in the Koala Breeding Centre after each of the shows which are held daily at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre

The Sea Acres coastal rainforest community is the largest and most diverse in the region. The forest runs right down to the beach, so you can enjoy the stillness and beauty or the roar of the surf.

Whale Watching

Port Venture II is Port Macquarie’s newest cruise vessel which can carry up to 41 passengers on the river and 20 passengers outside on the ocean for whale watching. A modern cruiser with upper and lower viewing decks which are great for spotting dolphins.

Dunbogan Boatshed and Marina

Dunbogan Boatshed & Marina has the only hire boat fleet on the Camden Haven River, with 11 hire boats, including:

– open – for anglers just wanting to drop a line
– canopy – ideal for family fishing and cruising
– half-cabin – plenty of room and shade, and a BBQ pontoon


Timbertown is more than a heritage village! With many retailers located within the park, Timbertown is the place for shopping… With unique wares and gifts – Timbertown has something for everyone!

Southern Cross Horse Treks

Southern Cross Horse Treks offers specialised trail riding and horse trekking adventure holiday tours exclusively for small groups of intermediate & advanced horse riders on the NSW North East Coast of Australia.

Horse Riding Tours

Horse riding tours – In the foothills of the Hastings Valley hinterland lies Bellrowan Valley. With just a short 30 minute drive from Port Macquarie and 15 minutes from Wauchope you can feel like you’re a million miles from anywhere.

Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries

Call in to Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries and experience the pleasure of picking your own plump, luscious strawberries.

Big Buzz

25 Acres of Adventure and fun!

With spectacular views, this mountain-lookout (seen in the distance) offers barbecue and picnic areas and plenty of clean, fresh air! Named by Captain Cook in 1770, drive 2 kms past Laurieton towards the Pacific Highway to reach the mountain turn off.

Ellenborough Falls

One of the highest single drop falls in the Southern Hemisphere, this amazing sight is not to be missed. Only one hour from The Beach House, you will enjoy the drive through Kew and up to the Comboyne Plateau. Perhaps make the round trip returning through Wingham and Taree.

Off Road

The area abounds with opportunities to exploit the features of your 4WD vehicle.

Mountains behind Bonny Hills provide the challenging courses for many international cross-country rally championships.
Nearby Jolly Nose Lookout, which is accessible only by 4WD, provides a magnificent panorama including Queens Lake, North Brother Mountain and, of course, the mighty Pacific Ocean.

And then there’s the long expanses of white sandy beaches available only to 4WD’s.


A 6 kilometre walking track from Bonny Hills accesses Bartlett’s Beach and Grant’s Head via the sand dunes to North Haven.

A variety of treks through the tall timbers of the local hardwood forests behind Bonny Hills is available to serious bush walkers.

Rainbow Beach in front of the Beach House, offers a delightful 3 kilometre morning or evening stroll along flat, hard sand to middle rock and for the super fit, goes a further 15 kilometres to Lighthouse Beach at Tacking Point.

Local Craft Markets

Enjoy a walk through the local craft and food markets which are held at different local venues each weekend.


Many types of fish are available – beach, breakwater, estuary, deep-sea, lake and river – and, if all else fails there is always the nearby fishmarket at Laurieton Fishermen’s Co-op where local trawlers unload their daily catch.


Scenic lookouts, rainforests and many other natural attractions provide wonderful opportunities for photographers to test their skills.

A favourite photographic opportunity which may involve waking up very early (or staying up very late!) is to get a dramatic, colour-drenched dawn shot of the sun rising out of the Pacific Ocean.

Port Macquarie

Only 20 minutes away, this historical commercial centre is a hub of activity – great shopping, river cruises, joy flights. For the children and the young-at-heart, see Fantasy Glades and Peppermint Park.

Visit a Rainforest

Experience the magic of nature’s handiwork at Wilson’s Crossing (70 kms away).