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Population 5499

Wauchope (pronounced 'Waw-hope') is the centre of the local dairy and cattle industries, and the gateway to over 40 000 hectares of national parks and state forests. Bursting with country hospitality, its popularity with visitors has vastly increased since the introduction of the fascinating Timbertown.

Visitor Information

High St; (02) 6586 4055.

Nearby national parks

  • Crowdy Bay National Park

    Crowdy Bay National Park runs along the state’s mid-north coast, a ribbon of lowlands with rocky outcrops and sandy beaches just south...more

  • Hat Head National Park

    Hat Head National Park, a beautiful stretch of New South Wales' northern coastline, with pristine beaches, rocky headlands and one of...more

  • Werrikimbe National Park

    A wild and magnificent landscape of rainforests, pristine rivers, cascading waterfalls, rugged escarpment and deep gullies greets visitors to...more

Nearby towns

  • Port Macquarie

    Port Macquarie, one of the oldest towns in the state, was established in 1821 as a self-sufficient penal settlement. Convicts chosen for...more

  • Laurieton

    Laurieton is on an attractive tidal inlet at the base of North Brother Mountain. The mountain, which was named by Captain Cook in 1770,...more

  • Kempsey

    Kempsey is an attractive town in the Macleay River Valley on the mid-north coast, with white sandy beaches and an unspoiled hinterland. It...more

In Town

Historical town walk: self-guided walk past historic buildings such as the old courthouse and the bank; brochure from visitor centre.


Timbertown This re-created 1880s sawmillers' village demonstrates the struggles and achievements of early pioneers.

Billabong Koala and Nature Park: 2.5 ha of lush parkland and waterways with exotic and native animals and birds, and koala patting 3 times daily; 10 km E.

Bellrowan Valley Horse Riding: relaxing horserides through the Australian bush with experienced guides. Daily trail rides and overnight packages; Beechwood; 5 km NW.

Old Bottlebutt: the largest known bloodwood tree in NSW; 6 km S.

Bago Winery: cellar-door tastings and sales with regular Jazz in the Vines concerts; 8 km SW.

Bago Bluff National Park

: signposted bushwalks (various fitness levels) through rugged wilderness; 12 km W.

Werrikimbie National Park: magnificent World Heritage–listed wilderness with rainforests, rivers and wildflowers (best viewed in spring). Also several excellent sites for camping and picnics; 80 km W.

4WD tours and abseiling: bookings at visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

South-West Rocks 72 km

When it comes to popularity, there are two types of fishing destinations: those that are hot all the time and those that wax and wane depending on the season. South West Rocks is in the first category. For as long as I... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Sea Acres Nature Reserve 18 km

This cool coastal forest, 5 kilometres south of Port Macquarie, is great for a stop and a gentle stroll, with lush rainforest extending right down to the beach. There is a 1.5-kilometre wheelchair-accessible boardwalk,... Find out more

Houseboating on the Macleay River 43 km

Although large chugging houseboats can be an environmental no-no, Macleay River Houseboats at Kempsey are small – designed for just two people – use relatively clean four-stroke petrol motors, have... Find out more

Bush-tucker tasting - Macksville 85 km

Sample some Australian bushfoods at Valley of the Mist near Macksville, a farm dedicated to sustainable methods. You will taste bush fruits, nuts, herbs and condiments and have a tour of the farm. You can also take a... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Cooking with Company

For something a little different and unforgettable, book yourself into one of the cooking classes held here. Set on 8 hectares of stunning property overlooking the Hastings River, there are usually eight to ten students... Find out more

Nearby breweries

The Little Brewing Company 15 km

Australia’s new breed of brewer can arrive at the craft by sometimes circuitous routes. For Warwick Little, that included 20 years as an ambulance officer, home brewing, a wine science course and a pair of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Swans Crossing camping area 22 km

This camping area is signposted along Upsalls Creek Rd. It’s surrounded by native forest and hardwood plantations; swimming is popular in the nearby shallows of Upsalls Creek. There are toilets and an information... Find out more

Point Plomer camping area 28 km

This well-appointed, 100-site camping ground is 5 km south of Melaleuca camping area along Point Plomer Rd. There’s bore water here, but you’ll need to either treat or boil the water before drinking, or bring... Find out more

Diamond Head camping area 29 km

Located just off Diamond Head Rd (Coral Ville–Laurieton Rd) on the north side of Diamond Head, this 80-site spot has pride of place by the windswept beach. Take care when swimming, as beaches aren’t... Find out more

The Bluff camping area 31 km

Kick back in one of 6 shady sites at this camping site, 1.4 km north of Wild Bull camping area. Access is via Cobrabald Rd. Bring your drinking water and firewood.... Find out more

Melaleuca camping area 31 km

There’s a short loop track through rainforest from the campground, which is on Point Plomer Rd about 12 km south of Crescent Head. It’s a spacious area with 100 sites; bring your own drinking water and... Find out more

Indian Head camping area 31 km

Sheltered at the base of the headland, 1 km south of Diamond Head camping area, is Indian Head camping area, which has 60 sites and no wheelchair access. Kangaroos frequent the grassy clearing here, and there are a... Find out more

Wild Bull camping area 31 km

Throw a line in to see if you can snag a catfish, or cool off in a deep waterhole at Wild Bull camping area, 42 km north-west of Wauchope along Cobrabald Rd. You’ll have to park then carry your gear over bollards... Find out more

Kylies Hut camping area (walk-in camping) 31 km

This is a special, secluded camping site about 200 m walk from Indian Head camping area. It’s small and basic. Bring your own water.... Find out more

Delicate Beach camping area 32 km

This is a popular fishing spot, and a good place from which to head out for a spot of swimming, picnicking or wildlife-spotting. The beach isn’t patrolled, so take care in the ocean. The camping area is 12 km south... Find out more

Racecourse camping area 32 km

This is an unpatrolled beach, so be vigilant when swimming. It’s 11 km south of Crescent Head via Point Plomer Rd, at Racecourse Headland. Bring drinking water.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Stoney Park 16 km

This is a newer, very tidy park built around a lakes where waterskiing is the main focus. Easily accessible from the highway and a great spot for a night or two, waterski enthusiasts in particular may well stay longer... Find out more

Rainbow Beach Holiday Village 18 km

This well-maintained park, located in the main street, is just a few hundred metres from the beach and surf club, and ideal for a beachside holiday. It is a busy park during school holidays; bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park 18 km

Only a few minutes walk from the centre of Port Macquarie, this is a large, quality park right on the waterfront. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and Easter.... Find out more

Lighthouse Beach Holiday Village 19 km

This is a neat park on the southern beachside approach to Port Macquarie. It is ideal for a few days or longer and is good value. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas.... Find out more

Beachfront Caravan Park 22 km

This spacious and neat tourist park offers grassy areas with plenty of shade, adjacent to the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies over Christmas and Easter. Pets are accepted... Find out more

Crescent Head Holiday Park 38 km

This is a large beachside caravan park close to the town centre. Crescent Head is small, making it easy to walk to the shops, the bowling club or the golf club. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

East’s Ocean Shores Holiday Park 49 km

This is a quality, award-winning caravan park just a short walk from 14 km of unspoiled ocean beach. The park has excellent facilities for people with disabilities. It is a quiet place where a few days could slip by very... Find out more

Dawson River Tourist Park 53 km

This park is on the banks of the Dawson River with sites right to the water’s edge. Recent developments have greatly improved this older style park.... Find out more

Lanis on the Beach 58 km

Close to the popular Old Bar beach and suitable for an overnight stay or a family holiday, this is a neatly maintained, peaceful family park with wonderful grassy sites. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Beachfront Holiday Resort 69 km

A great quality park with good management, this place offers a range of facilities and is close to the beach. It is set in a quiet spot off the main road. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Jaspers Peak Holiday Retreat

Jaspers Peak is a working cattle farm set on 1200 hectares of stunning country along the eastern escarpment of the Great Dividing Range, banking onto the Tobin and Hastings rivers, and surrounded by state forests. This... Find out more

Timbertown Resort 
and Motel

This bed-and-breakfast offers four-star motel and self-contained accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Each guest room is comfortable and recently renovated to ensure guests enjoy their time at Wauchope, the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Motorway Park Area 9 km

73 km N of Taree (R) or 47 km S of Kempsey (L)

Highway Service Centre.

Burrawan rest area 11 km

62km N of Taree (L)

Secluded area just off the highway. For northbound only.           

Ellenborough Reserve camping area 25 km

At Ellenborough

Among trees on a riverbank 1km north of the highway.

Kundabung rest area 30 km

15km S of Kempsey (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.

Bloodwood Ridge rest area 34 km

111km N of Taree (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Tom Cat Creek rest area 35 km

33km N of Taree (L) or 87km S of Kempsey (R)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Coopernook Forest camping area 38 km

T/O to Moorland South

Large grassed campground surrounded by forest located 4km west of the highway via Forest Rd (partly unsealed).

Stockyard Creek rest area 55 km

81km W of Wauchope (L) or 83km SE of Walcha (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by dense forest.

Four Mile Hill rest area 61 km

22km N of Nabiac (L)      

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Talawahl Creek rest area 71 km

18km S of Taree (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Paddys rest area 73 km

39km N of Kempsey (L) or 45km S of Urunga (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Macksville park area 86 km

At Macksville

Just off the highway on the north side of the river.

Wang Wauk rest area 86 km

36km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 9km S of Nabiac (R)

Secluded off the highway among shady trees.

Gumma Reserve camping area 87 km

T/O at Macksville

Large campground located 7km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Partridge St, Wills St and Gumma Rd.

Tia Falls camping area 88 km

T/O 129km NW of Wauchope (R) or 35km SE of Walcha (L)

Secluded in the scrub 6km (unsealed) north of the highway near the falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Tia River rest area 90 km

128km NW of Wauchope (L) or 36km SE of Walcha (R)

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the river.

What's on around town

Hastings Farmers Markets: Wauchope Showground; 4th Sat each month.

Community Markets: Hastings St; 1st Sat each month.

Lasiandra Festival: community festival; Mar.

Jazz in the Vines: Bago Vineyards; 2nd Sun each month.

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