On the banks of the beautiful Hastings River, Wauchope will delight you with its rural charm and hospitality. The charming town in the Greater Port Macquarie region is surrounded by rich farmland, with fresh produce displayed at the monthly famers market and at the annual Wauchope Show.

The top attraction is Timbertown, a heritage theme park that has been visited by more than two million people since it opened in 1976. Discover what it was like to live as an early pioneer and ride a steam train, see blacksmiths and timber craftsmen at work, and even pan for gold at Cedar Creek.

Timbertown steam railway station, Wauchope, Greater Port Macquarie

Only 20 minutes’ drive from Port Macquarie, Wauchope is gateway to nearby national parks in the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The Hastings Forest Way touring route is a scenic drive in Willi Willi National Park and the Botanic walk is a delightful rainforest walking trail.

An ancient red bloodwood tree, nicknamed Old Bottlebutt, is in the Burrawan State Forest, a short drive south of Wauchope. For lovers of wine, cheeses and mazes, Bago Vineyards is 16 minutes’ drive southwest of Wauchope and near Bago Bluff National Park, which offers spectacular views.

Port Macquarie Airport

Fly into Port Macquarie Airport

Port Macquarie Airport is 4.5km from Port Macquarie’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip west. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Fly direct daily to and from Sydney and Brisbane with QantasLink and Virgin Airlines. A seasonal weekly QantasLink service to Lord Howe Island is also available from Port Macquarie during the months of February to June, and September to December. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Sydney to travel into Port Macquarie.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Tidal Rhythms: art exhibition

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Port Macquarie

    The latest exhibition at the Hastings Fine Art Gallery by members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association is on display from October 18 to January 17. The exhibition showcases woks in all mediums and styles as well as a collection of …

    22 Mar - 14 Oct
  2. Wauchope Lasiandra Festival

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Monday 26 March 2018 , Wauchope

    The first Lasiandra Festival was held in 1984 and it has continued annually since then, always taking place from the second Saturday in March to coincide with the floral spectacular of the lasiandra in bloom. The festival is run entirely by…

    22 Mar - 26 Mar
  3. Twilight Food Market - Port Macquarie

    Saturday 24 March 2018 to Saturday 28 April 2018 , Port Macquarie

    The Twilight Food Market is open every Saturday (weather permitting) during NSW daylight saving months from October to April. A family friendly food only market, diverse in multicultural cuisine and lots of choices for the kids. Dog friend…

    24 Mar - 28 Apr
  4. Wauchope Farmers Market

    Saturday 24 March 2018 to Saturday 23 June 2018 , Wauchope

    The Wauchope Farmers' Market is held on the fourth Saturday of the month. The Wauchope Farmers' Market provides an opportunity for local farmers and food producers to sell a large variety of produce and hand crafted gourmet food product…

    24 Mar - 23 Jun