On the banks of the beautiful Hastings River, Wauchope delights with rural charm and hospitality, intriguing heritage and splendid wilderness. Savour wine tasting in rolling vineyards, discover ancient rainforest and towering waterfalls, and explore Timbertown, a hands-on heritage theme park.
Wauchope is in Greater Port Macquarie, on the mid North Coast of NSW. The hinterland town is a short drive west of gorgeous ocean beaches and surrounded by rich farmland, with fresh produce displayed at the monthly Wauchope Farmers' Market and at the traditional Wauchope Show in April.
More than two million people have visited Timbertown since it opened in 1976. In the recreated village, experience what it was like to live as a pioneer. You can ride a steam train, watch blacksmiths and timber craftsmen at work, and the kids will love gold panning at Cedar Creek, a replica goldfield.
Check out the events calendar for more exciting experiences, from cruising in river steamboats at the Timbertown Steam Fair in July to squishing grapes in wooden barrels at the Grape Stomping Championships in February. There are farm gate tours in June and a music festival in August.
For lovers of fine wine, cheese, chocolate and mazes, Bago Vineyards is 16 minutes’ drive southwest of Wauchope and near Bago Bluff National Park’s spectacular vistas. There is a winery and a cellar door, and the kids can try to escape the Bago Maze, two kilometres of a two-metre high hedge.
Scenic drives are a major drawcard, with Wauchope a gateway to national parks in the UNESCO Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. In Willi Willi National Park is the Waterfall walk, meandering from the pretty Wilson River picnic area through temperate rainforest to the falls.
A motorcycle friendly town, Wauchope supports riders on the Oxley Highway route between Wauchope and Walcha. This memorable trip is about two hours one-way and winds through Cottan-Bimbang National Park, home to palma wallabies, enchanting rainforest and a remnant convict road.
An ancient red bloodwood tree, nicknamed Old Bottlebutt, is in the Burrawan State Forest, a short drive south of Wauchope. About 45 minutes southwest is the Rawson Falls walk to waterfalls and further inland is Ellenborough Falls, one of the highest single-drop falls in the Southern Hemisphere