Top scenic spots: Port Macquarie to Yamba
THE top spots to stop and enjoy the view when travelling from Port Macquarie to Yamba.
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
Also know as Giidany Miirlarl, this precious seabird rookery at Coffs Harbour's heart is enveloped by spectacular views from coast to islands. Muttonbird Island is a great spot for watching birds up close; it's one of the only easily-accessible places in NSW where the migratory wedge-tailed shearwater nests. It is also an important Aboriginal place, harbouring stories of the Dreaming and a wealth of traditional resources. Coffs Harbour. Phone 66520900.
Dorrigo National Park
Get high among the rainforest trees along the elevated Walk with the Birds boardwalk, in Dorrigo National Park. The Eastern lookout offers spectacular views of the Solitary Islands. Explore the areas's Aboriginal cultural significance on a school excursion, or enjoy some whale watching in the heart of Coffs Harbour. Dome Rd, Dorrigo. Phone 66572309.
Cascades walking track
This gorgeous and tranquil 5.7km walk (return) takes viewers down along the beautiful valley below Wrights lookout walking track past cascades and waterfalls, alongside giant king ferns and mossy boulders. Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dome Road, Dorrigo. 9am-4.30pm Monday to Sunday (closed Christmas Day). Phone 66572309.
Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
Sea Acres Rainforest Centre is the ideal place to begin your fascinating journey through Sea Acres National Park, near Port Macquarie. Eco-displays provide a wealth of information about local Aboriginal culture and the surrounding rainforest environment. Port Macquarie, 9am-4.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day). Phone 65823355.
Just two kilometres from the town centre on a good sealed road. Offering spectacular views of the coast, bushland, cane fields, river, islands and township. There are picnic tables and turn-around at the Lookout summit which coaches and caravans can easily negotiate. The reserve is a popular site for people walking for pleasure and exercise and enjoying the open space and natural features. Wharf Street, Maclean. Phone 66454121.