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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner
stay another day - drive trails portmacquarieinfo.com.au 45 Begin your tour in the bustling rural town of Wauchope. Take time to explore the town before making your way out to Comboyne Plateau, passing by the stunning rocky outcrop of Bago Bluff and the rolling green plains and patchwork hills of the countryside leading to the quaint village of Comboyne. Continue on to Boorgana Nature Reserve. From the main picnic area you can stroll down the 2.7km-walking track, which descends into the magnificent rainforest. About half way along this track Rawson Lookout overlooks a 40 metre drop of Mumfords Creek. For an even more impressive waterfall, visit the 200 metre Ellenborough Falls at Elands. Ellenborough Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere. There is a viewing platform from the top, or a timbered walkway to the bottom of the falls with lookouts and rest areas along the way, but be warned the walk back is uphill! Length Approx. Duration Approx. Driving Time 250kms 5 hours 2.5 hours Experiences Areas Road Conditions Galleries Scenic Lookouts Walking Tracks Historic Sites Wauchope Byabarra Comboyne Ellenborough Wingham Taree Mostly sealed roads (Unsealed road from Combyne to Elands) Beginning at Kendall, make your way through the beautiful valley of Lorne and quaint village of Hannam Vale, heading towards Coorabakh National Park, which is well known for its views from the impressive rock outcrops. Be sure to visit Waitui Falls on the way, a favourite destination with locals for swimming in summer and an ideal spot for a picnic. Flat Rock Lookout, perched on top of a 500 metre drop has stunning views of landscapes that were once part of a major volcano that dominated the Comboyne Plateau to the west. Big Nellie towers 560 metres above sea level and can be reached on foot from the Big Nellie Picnic Area. Starrs Creek Picnic Area is a rainforest sanctuary with majestic palms and crystal clear streams. As you descend back to the coast, Newbys Lookout has views back across the Lansdowne Valley right through to the coast around Diamond Head. And finally don’t miss exploring Newby Cave with its large overhanging rock formation. Length Approx. Duration Approx. Driving Time 150kms 4 hours 2 hours Experiences Areas Road Conditions Historic Sites Walking Tracks Scenic Lookouts Kendall Lorne Hannam Vale Coorabakh National Park Sealed Roads (Unsealed roads through Coorabakh National Park, suitable for conventional vehicles, subject to weather conditions. Caution required, 4wd recommended) For full details on these touring route snapshots and other great touring itineraries, collect a copy of the Greater Port Macquarie & MacLeay Valley Coast Touring Map from the Visitors Information Centre, or visit www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au .
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