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  1. Hat Head National Park

    Hat Head National Park

    Hat Head National Park, near Kempsey, is a place of exceptional beauty. The beaches, sand dunes, rainforest and wetlands offer an ideal backdrop for bushwalking, camping or a quiet picnic. There is...

  2. Gap Beach walking track

    Gap Beach walking track

    If you're after a heart-pumping trek, then grab your hiking boots and head for Gap Beach walking track, in Hat Head National Park. Near South West Rocks, it's a great walk for experienced...

  3. Wigay Aboriginal Culture Park

    Wigay Aboriginal Culture Park

    Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park in Kempsey provides a unique opportunity to experience local Aboriginal culture and learn about traditional foods, all within a natural parkland setting...

  4. Smoky Cape Lighthouse

    Smoky Cape Lighthouse

    Standing high on a narrow headland, Smoky Cape Lighthouse is surrounded by the stunning coastal scenery of Hat Head National Park. The lighthouse itself is as beautiful as the views - check out its...

  5. Mr Raw Spice

    Mr Raw Spice

    Rawspice Boutique has expanded with a menswear store known as Mr Raw Spice.

    Mr Raw Spice also encompasses that good old-fashioned and accommodating service, with both boutiques...

  6. Cedar Park picnic area

    Cedar Park picnic area

    Cedar Park picnic area sits on the banks of Stockyard Creek, and takes its name from a stand of red cedars which provide plentiful shade and the tranquil setting for a long picnic or lunch....

  7. Rainforest walking track

    Rainforest walking track

    A delightful stroll through rare coastal rainforest, this short and easy track is a great way to introduce the kids to the joys of wildlife-spotting and birdwatching. Only a short drive from South...

  8. John Barton Photography

    John Barton Photography

    John Barton's photo gallery has limited edition photos for sale of the Mid North Coast, other areas of Australia and overseas. The photographs change regularly so that you have new subjects to look...

  9. Bridle trail

    Bridle trail

    Retrace history along an easy walking track, Bridle trail, near Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park, 5km east of South West Rocks. In days gone by, horses would haul the massive steam crane...

  10. Connors walking track

    Connors walking track

    Tracing the rugged coastline, in northern NSW near Kempsey, this moderately challenging track offers delights all year round. Close to Hungry Gate campground in the southern section of Hat Head...

  11. Banyandah Studio

    Banyandah Studio

    Situated less than 15 minutes from Crescent Head, Banyandah Studio offers beautiful surroundings including a working Alpaca Farm and fruits in season.

    The ancient form of...

  12. Arakoon National Park

    Arakoon National Park

    The idyllic Arakoon National Park on the NSW mid north coast is home to the historic Trial Bay Gaol and is a wonderful place for a daytrip to explore Australian history or for a family camping...

  13. Little Bay Beach

    Little Bay Beach

    Little Bay is a secluded beach nestled between granite cliffs, just south of the headland near Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park. Pack your fishing gear for a day at the beach. There's the...

  14. Jack Perkins walking track

    Jack Perkins walking track

    Jack Perkins walking track is a short walk that boasts some of the best views in Hat Head National Park, only a short drive from Kempsey. Take in spectacular views across the Tasman Sea from...

  15. Delicate Beach

    Delicate Beach

    South of Crescent Head are the beautiful beaches of the Goolawah Camping Reserve. One of them, Delicate Beach, is very popular with fisherman and nature lovers.

    This beach has...

  16. Boorganna Nature Reserve

    Boorganna Nature Reserve

    Established in 1904, Boorganna Nature Reserve is the second-oldest nature reserve in all of NSW. It's located on the southern edge of Comboyne Plateau and protects a significant remnant of...

  17. Horseshoe Bay Beach

    Horseshoe Bay Beach

    South West Rocks has a beautiful little beach surrounded by towering pines. This sheltered area is very popular with families wanting to swim. Horseshoe Bay Beach is close to rewarding fishing...

  18. Limeburners Creek National Park

    Limeburners Creek National Park

    Hidden away between Crescent Head and Port Macquarie on the mid north coast, you'll find this idyllic stretch of pristine coast. Get off the beaten track and enjoy this remote piece of beachside...

  19. Mesopotamia Lodge Deer Park

    Mesopotamia Lodge Deer Park

    For a day to remember visit Mesopotamia Lodge Deer Park, set on 207 acres of undulating farmlands, enjoy delicious home cooked meals or morning/afternoon teas consisting of freshly cooked home made...

  20. Macleay River Museum and Settlers Cottage

    Macleay River Museum and Settlers Cottage

    The Macleay River Museum is an award winning museum of applied local history with a Settlers Cottage and art show, housed in the cultural centre designed by world-renowned architect, Glen Murcutt....

  21. Yarrahapinni Studio Gallery

    Yarrahapinni Studio Gallery

    Pamela Houghton Jones is a design artist, producing contemporary hand-worked textile art panels, lino prints, and works on paper. Inspired by the outback and local scenes - the colours and...

  22. Ngambaa Nature Reserve

    Ngambaa Nature Reserve

    Of shared significance to the Aboriginal Dunghutti, Ngambaa and Gumbaynggirr People, Ngambaa Nature Reserve combines rich cultural heritage with a stunning rainforest environment. The coastal...

  23. Korogoro walking track

    Korogoro walking track

    Panoramic coastal views are only one of the attractions on this moderate track, encircling the headland at Hat Head. Korogoro walking track, on the easternmost tip of Hat Head National Park, winds...

  24. The Slim Dusty Centre

    The Slim Dusty Centre

    Visit this innovative museum dedicated to Australia's iconic legend Slim Dusty, and experience a wealth of music history and Australian culture and art. Slim's dream was to provide a venue for...

  25. Powder Magazine walking track

    Powder Magazine walking track

    Powder Magazine track is an excellent short walk to the historic powder magazines on the headland at Arakoon National Park on the North Coast. Only one of the constructions still stands, but you...

  26. Scott Jackson Artworks

    Scott Jackson Artworks

    Artists' Studio and Gallery in a bush setting displaying paintings, prints and cards by Australian Artist Scott Jackson.

    Scott Jackson is an Australian Artist living near...

  27. Tourist Drive 2 - Bucketts Way

    Tourist Drive 2 - Bucketts Way

    The Bucketts Way is the second oldest tourist drive in the state, and for good reason, it is a scenic detour off the Pacific Highway. Tourist Drive 2 (the Bucketts Way) takes you through tall...

  28. Little Bay picnic area

    Little Bay picnic area

    With covered picnic areas, space for games and a little creek meandering through it, the Little Bay picnic area is a pretty spot for families to relax. You'll find the perfect place to unroll your...

  29. Captain Cook's lookout

    Captain Cook's lookout

    For a scenic treat, make your way to Captain Cook's lookout at the base of Smoky Cape lighthouse. Pause to feel the salty breeze as you gaze out over the Tasman Sea and Hat Head National Park....

  30. Collombatti Lookout

    Collombatti Lookout

    Collombatti Lookout offers 360 degrees views of the Macleay Valley Coast, on a clear day see from Mt Yarrahapinni to Crescent Head along the coast. There are also views of Kempsey to the south and...

  31. Carrai National Park

    Carrai National Park

    Inland from Kempsey, Carrai National Park protects vast tracts of eucalypt groves and subtropical rainforest on Carrai plateau, a huge granite area with steep escarpments that drop dramatically to...

  32. Monument Hill walking track

    Monument Hill walking track

    If you take a walk along the Monument Hill walking track, you'll be rewarded with the sight of casuarinas in the heathlands, spectacular coastal views, and the fresh sea breeze upon your cheeks as...

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