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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 2010
Established in 1836, Wauchope (pronounced ‘war-hope’) sits West of Port Macquarie and the Pacifc Highway. This agricultural centre was once the mill for hinterland timber before becoming the centre of the local dairy and cattle industries. Wauchope is the gateway to the Hinterland, with over 40,000 hectares of National Parks and State Forests. Come out of your shell and discover a natural wonderland. enjoy th´ simple lif´ Wauchope's infamous 'Timbertown' retells the significant history of Australian pioneer life, recreated as a working timber milling village that existed from 1880 to 1910. Wauchope is rich farming territory particularly in quality beef, freshly farmed fruit and vegetables and premium wines. Take a self drive tour to enjoy farm gate experiences including cheese making and the harvesting of olives. Attend a farm house cooking school, pluck tiny scarlet tomatoes from towering vines or pick your own basket of succulent strawberries. Accommodation choices include B&B's, motels, country retreats and farmstays where you'll wake up to fresh country air and good old country hospitality. nåtur´’s play©roun∂ Explorers will enjoy the many self-drive or 4WD tour adventure trails, in and around Wauchope. Venture upwards to local landmark Bago Bluff for views across the valley or be adventurous with a 400m abseil down the cliff face. Bago Bluff National Park and Broken Bago State Forest are also a horserider's or mountain biker's paradise. Comboyne, famous for it's dairy- farming village, is a half hour drive from Wauchope with open plateaus, lush farmland and rainforest pockets. The road winds round towards Boorganna Nature Reserve, one of the oldest nature reserves in NSW. A walking trail will take you to view the impressive Rawson Falls. Further along the road, view Ellenborough Falls, a 200 metre single drop waterfall, the tallest in Australia. The Wilson River Reserve (within the Willi Willi National Park) has perfect family picnic areas surrounding three rainforest walks, the Waterfall Walk being the summer favourite due to a magnificent strangler fig together with a waterfall and rock pool. holi∂ay hi©hli©hts: • Chill out with some jazz and fne wine at Bago Vineyard’s Jazz in the Vineyard concerts, every second Sunday of each month. • Learn your history at Timbertown and be a pioneer of the activities in this heritage theme park. • Visit the Hastings Farmers Markets at Wauchope Showground, every fourth Saturday of the month. • Picnic in Boorganna Nature Reserve near Comboyne, one of the oldest reserves in the state. • Visit Wilson River Reserve with a short walk to the waterfall and swim in the rock pools below. • Participate in a cooking class and create world-class cuisine with top chefs. www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au 8