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.

  • Harry Kendall
  • Camden Haven River, Kendall

About Kendall

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.

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.

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.

  1. Bird Tree and Benaroon

    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....

  2. Kendall Cellars and Providore

    Kendall Cellars and Providore provide a great range of local produce, wine, and beer. They source all of their produce from within a 25 kilometre radius of the charming village of Kendall. Cheeses and...

  3. Kendall Tennis Club

    Kendall Tennis club is one of Australia's most awarded tennis clubs. With three new hard courts to complement the three synthetic grass the club can enjoy six courts for its 300 members. They have Paralympian and...

  4. Kerewong State Forest

    Swans Crossing in Kerewong State Forest is a popular picnic and camping area for families set on a former dairy/beef property owned by the Swan family. Now, surrounding regenerated native forest and hardwood...

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