Discover vibrant villages and be nurtured by nature.
Start your tour in the bustling rural township of Wauchope. Take some time to explore the town and discover it’s many ‘country treats’ before continuing west along the Oxley Highway approximately 12kms, and turn left onto Comboyne Road which will take you through the village of Byabarra. There you'll find the charming Byabarra Cafe & Bar, which has stunning country views from the expansive back deck.
A little further on you reach the township of Comboyne, nestled below Mt Bulli. Call in at the Comboyne Community Centre to collect maps and more information on the area. Comboyne is a small village with less than 200 residents but has a buzzing local cafe, The Coffee Hangar, which offers fresh country food and coffee. And make sure you check out Comboyne's latest attraction, Larrikin's Lockup! Check out the historic slab timber Comboyne Gaol, garden centre, hand-crafted timber pieces, pottery and more, amongst beautiful gardens.
From Comboyne head west via Innes View Road to Boorgana Nature Reserve. Parts of this reserve were gazetted in 1904, making it the second oldest in NSW. From the main picnic area you can stroll down the 2.7 km walking track, which descends into the magnificent rainforest. About half way along this track Rawson Lookout overlooks the 40 metre drop of Mumfords Creek. Take on the Rawson Falls Walk and be rewarded with a beautiful swimming hole. Be warned however that the walk back is uphill!
For an even more impressive waterfall, visit the 200 metre Ellenborough Falls at Elands, approximately 30kms further west via Wingham Road. Ellenborough Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Australia. The mountain road is winding and has approximately 19kms of gravel surface. This road is not recommended for caravans and large trailers.
There is a viewing platform from the top of the falls and a timbered walkway with 641 steps to the bottom of the falls with lookouts and rest areas along the way, but again remember, the walk back is uphill!
From Ellenborough you can retrace your drive back to Port Macquarie or continue onto historic Wingham via Bulga Forest Drive. Dating back to 1844, Wingham is a picturesque town laid out around a traditional English village green. Today there remain many examples of its fine heritage buildings, an excellent local museum and a great emerging café culture, the perfect place to ‘step back in time’. Wingham Brush, the last remnants of subtropical floodplain rainforest in NSW with its ancient Moreton Bay figs, is also well worth a visit.
From Wingham drive to Taree and join the Pacific Highway for the trip back to Port Macquarie.
Day trip facts at a glance:
- Approx. Driving Time: 2.5 hours
- Approx. Duration: 5 hours - allow more for lot's of exploring
- Distance: 250km
- Experiences: Galleries, Scenic Lookouts, Walking Tracks, Historic Sites
- Areas: Wauchope, Byabarra, Comboyne, Ellenborough , Wingham, Taree
- Road conditions: Mostly sealed roads but unsealed road from Comboyne to Elands