Bird Tree and Benaroon, two of the biggest Blackbutt trees in New South Wales are situated in the Middle Brother National Park. Benaroon is rated as the largest Blackbutt in Australia and has a girth of 15 metres....
Magnificent nature and virtuoso violinists
Explore two of Australia’s biggest blackbutt trees in a magnificent national park near Kendall, a charming village in the Greater Port Macquarie region. In September Australia’s young virtuoso violinists also compete in the annual Kendall National Violin Competition.
A picturesque village, Kendall is named after Australian poet Henry Kendall, whose melodious poems, such as Bell Birds, described the natural beauty of the bush. In the beautiful Greater Port Macquarie region, Kendall is only four hours’ drive north of Sydney and 30 minutes from Port Macquarie.
With the rich soils of the Comboyne Plateau to the west and gorgeous beaches and sparkling ocean a short drive to the east, Kendall is a delightful holiday destination. Enjoy bushwalking in national parks, including in old growth forests and subtropical rainforest in Middle Brother National Park.
The park protects two of Australia’s largest blackbutt trees, Bird Tree and Benaroon. The trees are more than 300 years old. Swans Crossing, in Kerewong State Forest, is a popular spot for picnics and camping. You can hire a fully equipped camper trailer to hitch to your car from Kendall Kampers.
For a delicious range of local produce, including cheeses, olives, macadamias, wine and beer, stock up at Kendall Cellars and Providore. A wonderful music experience is the annual Kendall National Violin Competition, which attracts young violinists from around Australia for the finals in September.