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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 07
the view from above There's no better way to absorb the beauty of the Camden Haven coast than to drive to the top of North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National Park, and drink in the view. Walking tracks include the easy Rainforest Loop, the moderate Top Track and the difficult Laurieton Track down the hill to Laurieton. Jolly Nose Hill, accessible only by 4WD, offers a 360º view over Queens Lake and the coast. Alternatively, for a bird's eye view, jump off North Brother on a tandem paraglide. by the water The Camden Haven River flows east from the Comboyne Plateau through state forests and fertile valleys to the dramatic headlands and uncrowded sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast. Everywhere you look there is water to be enjoyed. Choose a swimming spot to suit - vigorous surf at Rainbow and Grants Beaches; quiet, family friendly Pilot Beach; the crystal clear creek at Swans Crossing; netted tidal pools at Dunbogan and North Haven and Council pools at Laurieton and Kendall. Launch a canoe from the historic wharf at Kendall to paddle down the river. Sail on Queens Lake or tramp the lakeside walking track from Lakewood to Laurieton. Picnic at Henry Kendall Reserve where kids can swim in Stingray Creek. Hire a BBQ boat. Fish from the breakwall or the beach. Dine in Dunbogan Reserve on fish and chips or a dozen oysters and a bottle of local wine. holidays of yesteryear Remember family summers spent at the beach? Re-live those days of sun, surf, sand, zinc cream and melting ice-creams. Stay in a motel, a self- contained flat or cottage, or choose from a wide range of camping, caravan and holiday parks. When the sun moves north and the air cools a little, savour a meat pie beside the inlet. Explore the rock platform at Washhouse Beach. Stroll in the Reflective Garden at St Peter the Fisherman Church. Drive through Middle Brother National Park to Benaroon and hug one of the largest coastal Blackbutt trees in NSW. the eventful camden haven The Camden Haven is fast becoming known for its cultural offerings and its eclectic markets. In April, come to the Camden Haven Music Festival and enjoy an exciting variety of music styles, a friendly atmosphere and typical country hospitality. Check out the Camden Haven Arts Council and the Kendall National Violin Competition programs for outstanding musical performances that will entertain you all year. If literature is more your cup of tea, don't miss the biennial Watermark Literary Muster in October, for an inspiring mix of discussions, readings, dinners, entertainments and energetic conversations. portmacquarieinfo.com.au 9 • Watch the sunrise or catch a full moon from the top of North Brother Mountain. • Discover the delicious delights of the Macadamia Nut Farm and Café’s ice cream and cakes at Lorne • Walk through Kattang Nature Reserve to Perpendicular Point and spot the passing whales between June and October. • Enjoy a long alfresco lunch in one of the riverside cafes at North Haven. • Take a cruise up the Camden Haven River to Kendall and feed the sea eagles that swoop for snacks. • Find something you can’t live without at the Riverwalk Markets at Laurieton on the third Sunday of the month. • Walk into the past on the Longworth Tramway Heritage Walk at Swans Crossing.