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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 2010
Just 30 minutes south of Port Macquarie is the breathtaking Camden Haven. Calm waterways, bountiful fshing, gorgeous national parks and beaches are the reasons why so many visitors return. Families, 4WD enthusiasts and fshermen especially enjoy the carefree lifestyle of the villages and the choice of swimming spots from invigorating surf at Rainbow and Grants Beaches, to family friendly Pilot Beach. Come out of your shell and lap up beachside adventure and stunning landscapes. picturesœue vanta©e points Absorb true Camden Haven coastal beauty by driving to the top of North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National Park for a must-see view. Walking tracks in the area include the beginner's Rainforest Loop, the moderate Top Track and the challenging Laurieton Track down the hill to Laurieton. Rainbow Beach has seemingly endless surf with over 20kms of sand from Bonny Hills to the Tacking Point Lighthouse. Great holiday parks are located in picturesque Bonny Hills and Rainbow Beach, only minutes away. frolic with th´ fåmily The Camden Haven River flows east from the Comboyne Plateau down through State Forests and valleys to the white sandy beaches of Dunbogan. Picnic areas are in abundance at Henry Kendall Reserve where the kids can swim in Stingray Creek. Queens Lake is ideal for sailing, fishing and family picnics. Lake Cathie (pronounced 'cat-eye') is the second largest estuarine salt marsh area in NSW. The shallow waters are ideal for young children, with numerous picnic areas for an all-family treat. Accommodation includes motels, self-contained apartments and cottages, with a wide range of camping, caravan and holiday parks to choose from. culturål off´rin©s Camden Haven is fast becoming known for its cultural events and eclectic markets. The Camden Haven Music Festival is celebrated every April offering exciting music varieties from around the world. The annual 'Slice of Haven' will delight tastebuds with local produce, wines and gourmet dishes. For literature lovers, don't miss the Biennial Watermark Literary Muster in October, for an inspiring mix of discussions, readings, dinners and entertainment. holi∂ay hi©hli©hts: • Pack a picnic or fre up a barbecue and spend a day with the kids on the shady shores of Lake Cathie. • Dine on fsh and chips or a dozen oysters with a bottle of local wine in Dunbogan Reserve. • Relax by the river with friends at an al-fresco café in North Haven. • Watch the sunrise or catch a full moon from the top of North Brother Mountain. • Walk through Kattang Nature Reserve to Perpendicular Point and spot the passing whales between June and October. • Stroll through the Riverwalk Markets at Laurieton on the third Sunday of the month for that one-of-a-kind buy. www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au 6