Sunday, November 15, 2009

AUSTRALIA - Bonnie Hills - January 2009

We camped at Bonnie Hills for about a week. The beaches were great and there were lots of places to visit.

Bonny Hills is situated on hills between North Haven and Lake Cathie. The nearest large town is Port Macquarie. From the south turn off the Pacific Highway at Kew.

Bonny Hills is a small, quiet town on the NSW mid north coast. There are two nearby beaches – Barletts Beach , which is small, surrounded by small cliffs and rocky points and Rainbow Beach, which is a beautiful, long sandy beach. The southern corner of Rainbow Beach is a patrolled beach.

The town is quiet with a general store and petrol.

Camping accommodation

There are two camping areas:

Bonnie Hills Caravan Park – – 0265855276. This park has a great view over the ocean but most camp sites are sloped. It is a short walk down to Rainbow Beach.

Beachfront Caravan Park – 0265599193. This park is just of the beach and has leveled sites


There are many activities in the area:

Stroll along Rainbow and Barletts Beach.
Beach/river fishing
Surfing – Bonny Hills, Middle Rock, Dunbogan, Grants Beach, North Haven, Lighthouse Beach
Queens Lake State Forest – walks and views
Katang Nature Reserve – walks, lookouts and great beaches
Lake Cathie NR - can only be visited with a ranger
Grants Beach
Port Macquarie
Broken Bago State forest – views and walk
Wilson River reserve - short walks
River cruises/boat hire/canoe hire/ – based at North Haven/Laurieton/Port Macquarie
Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park’s Wetlands - an oasis at the heart of Port Macquarie.
Timbertown Hertiage Theme park, Wauchope - a re-creation of daily life in pioneer days
Bellbrook Historic Trust Village - Bellbrook – beautiful mountain and river scenery.
North Brother Lookout – can drive to top.
Ellenborough Falls
Crowdy Bay National Park
Horseriding –
Mini and hydro golf – 65833200
Go carting - 02 65863555
Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park – 0265851060
Jet ski hire - 0265838811

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