The strip of green that flanks the golden coastline of Greater Port Macquarie is one of the state’s best kept secrets. The hills, valleys and forests are home to stunning natural attractions and welcoming country villages. The rugged hinterland escarpment is just a half-hour drive from the coast. Take your time touring around and you’ll uncover some of the region’s special delights.
The dairy farming village of Comboyne is perched high on an open plateau and surrounded by lush farmland and rainforest, and if it wasn’t for the distinctly Australian bird calls ringing out of the bush, the green patchwork hills could be in Yorkshire, England.
From Comboyne, the road winds its way back down the mountain rainforest towards Wauchope. Stop halfway at Blue Poles Gallery in Byabarra. Inside is a large gallery with changing monthly exhibitions and breathtaking valley views.