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.

Woman standing next to Benaroon, Australia's largest Blackbutt tree, Middle Brother National Park

Outdoor adventures

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.

Miss Nellie's Cafe in Kendall, Port Macquarie

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.


Port Macquarie Airport

Fly into Port Macquarie Airport

Port Macquarie Airport is 4.5km from Port Macquarie’s town centre. Make the short trip into the city using the taxi services at the terminal or ride-sharing Uber. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

QantasLink operates daily direct flights from both Sydney and Brisbane to Port Macquarie. Fly Pelican flies direct between Canberra and Port Macquarie twice a week.

Things to Do and Places to Stay