Kendall National Violin Competition
Held annually in September, the Kendall National Violin Competition attracts young violinists from around Australia to compete in the finals of this exciting event that's open to the public. Now in its second decade, the event has allowed many past finalists and winners the chance to go on to forge impressive international careers.
Named after the Australian poet, Henry Kendall, this picturesque village is located halfway between Port Macquarie and Taree on the New South Wales mid north coast. Just one of the small villages in the Camden Haven River Valley, Kendall is surrounded by the rich soils of the Comboyne Plateau to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east.
This is a great part of NSW to enjoy nature. As well as lush farmlands, Kendall is close to state forests, national parks, and reserves which are perfect for exploring on foot. Middle Brother National Park is home to the largest and highest of the Three Brother Mountains. Just like its smaller brother (Dooragan) to the north, the summit of Middle Brother is popular with paragliders and hang gliders. The national park also protects magnificent old growth forest and is home to Bird Tree and Benaroon, two of the biggest Blackbutt trees in NSW which are best seen from the Bird Tree loop walk.
Bird watching is another popular outdoor activity especially at Boorganna Nature Reserve. Located on the Comboyne Plateau, the reserve protects a significant remnant of rainforest; there are six types of rainforest among here. Bird watchers seek out the 85 species while other wildlife to see includes long-nosed potoroos, parma wallabies, and yellow-bellied gliders.
Enjoy a taste of local cheese and chocolate, craft beer, olives and wines from the neighbourhood! Kendall Cellars and Providore sources produce from within a 25-km radius of the town.
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Fly into Port Macquarie Airport
Port Macquarie Airport is 4.5km from Port Macquarie’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip west. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Fly direct daily to and from Sydney and Brisbane with QantasLink and Virgin Airlines. A seasonal weekly QantasLink service to Lord Howe Island is also available from Port Macquarie during the months of February to June, and September to December. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Sydney to travel into Port Macquarie.
Welcome to Kendall. Image: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Camden Haven River, Kendall. Image: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Kendall Train Station, Kendall. Image: Ron Payne
Nancy Bird Waltion Mural, Kendall. Image: Ron Payne
Kendall Relic, Kendall. Image: Ron Payne
Camden Haven River, Kendall. Image: Ron Payne
Harry Kendall, Native Australian Poet. Image Credit: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council