Follow in the footsteps of Henry Kendall in this picturesque riverside town in the Port Macquarie region. Located on the banks of the beautiful Camden Haven River, Kendall is nicknamed the Poet’s Village in honour of the great Australian poet, whose works – such as Bell-Birds – are odes to the beauty of the bush.
Kendall is a delightful holiday destination located on the mid North Coast of NSW, near magnificent national parks, sparkling coastal lakes and gorgeous ocean beaches. It makes a great base to explore the fertile Comboyne Plateau to the west, sandy beaches to the east and Middle Brother National Park to the south.
History and culture
Henry Kendall was a resident of the charming village from 1875 to the early 1880s. Kendall was named Camden Haven until 1891 when it changed to Kendall in honour of the poet. You can discover more about the town that inspired Kendall's verse with a self-guided heritage walk visiting 16 places of interest.
See a granite statute of the poet at the corner of Comboyne and Orara streets. The Leaves of Kendall is a large sculpture of three eucalypt leaves at the entrance to the charming town. It also hosts Australia’s young virtuoso violinists in the Kendall National Violin Competition finals, held every September.
Eat and drink
Shift your focus to local produce at Kendall Cellars and Providore where you can stock up on cheeses, olives, macadamias, wine and beer. Pencil in your return visit to coincide with the annual Camden Haven Show in October, which includes a wood-chopping contest, carnival rides and other family fun.
Getting there and where to stay
Kendall is four hours’ drive north of Sydney, six hours' south of Brisbane and just 30min from the town of Port Macquarie. Interstate trains stop at Kendall Station and there are regular flights to nearby Port Macquarie Airport. Places to stay include charming B&Bs and the pretty Swans Crossing campground in the Kerewong State Forest.