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  1. Willawarrin Hotel

    A country hotel in country surroundings. This is the third hotel to be built in the village. The Willawarrin Hotel dates from 1926 and the first publican was John O'Neill. The bistro is open Thursday to Sunday where one can enjoy some coun…

  2. 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 spots and central to the business district of S…

  3. 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. Visit between May and July to see southern rig…

  4. Hat Head National Park

    Hat Head National Park on the mid-north coast of NSW near South West Rocks is a natural paradise. Explore the lighthouse, camp by the beach and go fishing and swimming. Hat Head National Park, near Kempsey, is a place of exceptional beauty…

  5. Cedar Park Picnic Area

    Cedar Park picnic area offers an ideal base for exploring Ngambaa Nature Reserve, with picnic facilities and a walking track close to Kempsey. Cedar Park picnic area sits on the banks of Stockyard Creek, and takes its name from a stand of …

  6. Ngambaa Nature Reserve

    Ngambaa Nature Reserve offers a retreat for animals and people alike, with areas of old-growth forest perfect for car touring, bushwalking, birdwatching, a family picnic and barbecue. Of shared significance to the Aboriginal Dunghutti, Nga…

  7. Green Island Walking Track

    An energising, medium level walk to delight both birdwatchers and wildflower enthusiasts. Green Island walking track leads through woodland and heath to a lookout with brilliant views to Smoky Cape Lighthouse in the northern section of Hat …

  8. 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 bushwalkers, birdwatchers, and those who love a chal…

  9. Goolawah National Park

    For beach camping near Kempsey and Crescent Head, head to Goolawah National Park. You can go surfing, fishing, birdwatching and even whale watching from the headlands. Come and be captivated by the uncrowded beaches and pristine headlands …

  10. CH Dining

    Operating since January 2018, they pride themselves on their service. Their philosophy is farm to plate and organic influence plus they support local boutique producers. Their aim is to be fresh and fun. They're mainly Australian with an…

  11. Arakoon National Park

    Arakoon National Park, home to historic Trial Bay Gaol, offers beachside camping, rocky foreshores with great fishing and beaches perfect for whale watching and swimming. The idyllic Arakoon National Park on the NSW mid north coast is home…

  12. Kinchela Trig Lookout Walk

    This short track leads gently uphill to reveal spectacular views of coastal estuaries and mountain hinterland, on the North Coast of NSW, south of Nambucca Heads. Not far from Hungry Gate campground, it’s a great introduction to the remote …

  13. Kempsey Museum

    Kempsey Museum features the history of the Macleay Valley from before white settlement to the present day, including a pioneer cottage furnished using historical items. Set in South Kempsey Park, next to Visitor Information Centre. Displays…

  14. Riverside Tavern

    The Riverside Tavern is about 10 years old, set on the banks of the Macleay River. It has a large bistro and bar with both inside and outside children's play areas, as well as poker machines and Keno. They cater to parties and weddings and …

  15. 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 at in the gallery. John's passion has al…

  16. Smoky Cape Walking Track

    Experience one of the largest remnants of unique littoral rainforest on the NSW coast on this moderately challenging hike. Smoky Cape walking track forms part of the longer Little Bay to Smoky Cape walk in the northern precinct of Hat Head …

  17. 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 no lifesaving patrols, so it is advised to surf safely and k…

  18. Trial Bay Gaol

    Step back in time on a guided tour of Trial Bay Gaol, soaking up the history and the amazing coastal views that surround it. The gaol opened in 1886, after 13 years of construction. It must have been a strange feeling building a prison in s…