The Greater Port Macquarie Region lies four hours north of Sydney and seven hours south of Brisbane on the NSW Mid North Coast. The local government area covers nearly 4,000 square kilometres with Port Macquarie being the ‘capital’. Port, as it is known, sits at the mouth of the Hastings River. The city features all one would expect of a regional city; shopping centres, hospital, airport, a diverse array of restaurants and cafes, a race course, a quality entertainment centre (the Glasshouse) and more. Port is home to a flotilla of whale and dolphin watching boats which head to see during winter and spring to watch the whale migration while conducting river and estuary cruises in summer. Port also has the world’s only Koala Hospital, which was established in the early seventies to combat the plight of the koala in an ever changing world. The city is steeped in history and several museums showcase it’s colourful past from penal settlement to a modern tourist destination. Great protected beaches and family attractions such as camel rides also make Port an ideal place to visit while holidaying at Haven Waters.
The capital of the regions’ hinterland is Wauchope (pronounced Warhope). Wauchope, also on the banks of the Hastings River is the centre of a productive agricultural and timber district. Timber from the area was even used in the Sydney Opera House and Timbertown is a great reproduction of the areas’ timber-getting past. The area is proud of its agricultural past and continues to prosper with cheese and wine making being prominent. Several wineries in the area including Long Point Vineyard, represent the most northerly coastal wine district in the country. Wauchope has its own railway station on the North Coast Line and is the rail terminal for Port Macquarie. National Parks in the area such as Werrikimbe, Willi Willi and Cotton Bimbang offer great opportunities for bushwalking, bird watching and picnicking.