Wauchope

Highlights

Colonial and world heritage

Step back in time in Timbertown, a heritage theme park with a recreated colonial village and goldfield in charming Wauchope, a short drive from Port Macquarie, on the NSW North Coast. Wauchope is a great base too for exploring nearby World Heritage rainforest.

  • Cedar Creek, Wauchope
  • Ellenborough Falls

About Wauchope

On the banks of the beautiful Hastings River, Wauchope will delight you with its rural charm and hospitality. The charming town in the Greater Port Macquarie region is surrounded by rich farmland, with fresh produce displayed at the monthly famers market and at the annual Wauchope Show.

The top attraction is Timbertown, a heritage theme park that has been visited by more than two million people since it opened in 1976. Discover what it was like to live as an early pioneer and ride a steam train, see blacksmiths and timber craftsmen at work, and even pan for gold at Cedar Creek.

Timbertown, Wauchope - North Coast

Only 20 minutes’ drive from Port Macquarie, Wauchope is gateway to nearby national parks in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The Hastings Forest Way touring route is a scenic drive in Willi Willi National Park and the Botanic walk is a delightful rainforest walking trail.

An ancient red bloodwood tree, nicknamed Old Bottlebutt, is in the Burrawan State Forest, a short drive south of Wauchope. For lovers of wine, cheeses and mazes, Bago Vineyards is 16 minutes’ drive southwest of Wauchope and near Bago Bluff National Park, which offers spectacular views.

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. Abundance Lifestyle and Garden

    Abundance Lifestyle and Garden

    Abundance Lifestyle and Garden is a cafe and garden centre with peace and quiet and a beautiful water front setting. It is situated only 15 minutes from central Port Macquarie. Abundance is owned and run by locals who...

  2. Cedar Creek Goldfield

    Cedar Creek Goldfield

    Cedar Creek Goldfield is now operational! With a gold stream fed by their very unique wooden waterwheel you can spend as much time as you want panning for gold. Experience what it was like during the gold rush as a...

  3. Mount Boss State Forest

    Mount Boss State Forest

    Only a short drive from Wauchope, Mount Boss State Forest is the local's secret spot!Cobrabald visitor areas offer two separate camping areas. Wild Bull is the larger of the two, with barbecue...

  4. Old Bottlebutt

    Old Bottlebutt

    'Old Bottlebutt', a grand and ancient Red Bloodwood (Corymbia gummifera) tree located in Burrawan State Forest. Old Bottlebutt is unique in its shape - its large flared 'butt' having a massive girth of more than 16...

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