The picturesque riverside town of Kendall in Greater Port Macquarie is nicknamed the Poet’s Village. On the banks of the beautiful Camden Haven River, the town is named after the Australian poet Henry Kendall, whose melodious poems such as Bell-Birds describe the natural beauty of the bush.
A delightful holiday destination on the mid North Coast of NSW, Kendall is near magnificent national parks, sparkling coastal lakes and gorgeous ocean beaches. The small town also hosts Australia’s young virtuoso violinists in the Kendall National Violin Competition finals, held every September.
With the fertile Comboyne Plateau to the west, sandy beaches to the east and Middle Brother National Park to the south, Kendall is a great base. Begin your discovery on a heritage walk in the town, named Camden Haven until 1891 when it changed to Kendall in honour of the colonial poet.
Henry Kendall was a resident from 1875 to the early 1880s. On the heritage walk there are 16 points of interest, including 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.
Stop by the Kendall Cellars and Providore for a delicious range of local produce, including cheeses, olives, macadamias, wine and beer. For more tasty local produce as well as wood chopping, carnival rides and other family fun, visit the traditional Camden Haven Show, an annual event in October.
Just south are two of Australia’s biggest trees in Middle Brother National Park. The striking blackbutt trees - Bird Tree and Benaroon – are more than 300 years old. Bird Tree stands at a towering 69 metres with a massive girth of 11 metres and Benaroon’s circumference is a whopping 15 metres.
West of Kendall is Swans Crossing, a popular camping and picnic spot in the Kendall Kampers.. The pretty Upsalls Creek is perfect for cooling off and the Cascades walking track winds through enchanting native forest. You can hire a camper trailer to hitch to your car from
You’ll find plenty more places to stay in and around Kendall, which is four hours’ drive north of Sydney and six hours south of Brisbane. North Brother lookout’s breathtaking ocean views are 18 minutes east. Trains stop daily at Kendall Station and Port Macquarie Airport is 30 minutes away.