Start at Rotary Park or any of the parking areas at the seaward end of the town.
From here you are going to head south along the coast road.
Coast road between Port and Lake Cathie
The end closest to Port Macquarie includes a protected area where the Australian Christmas Bell grows naturally.
Pronounced "Cat Eye".
Call it "Cathie" and everyone will know you are a tourist!
Go to the headland in the caravan park, opposite the general store, and look back along 27 kms of untouched beach towards Tacking Point. This view is the same now as it was 50 years ago.
A great beach for "being alone".
A nice place to stop, opposite the little park. Good coffee and I recommend the "full breakfast".
If you want to browse into Laurieton it won't take you off the route.
North Brother Mountain
Known locally as "Laurieton" mountain. Take the drive to the lookout and grab a magnificent view of the coast north to Port Macquarie and south towards Taree. Middle Brother and South Brother mountains are also seen from this vantage point.
The junction with the Pacific Highway. The Kew pub has been there since the dawn of civilisation. Good counterlunch. Head towards Kendall.
Named after the poet, Henry Kendall, this town used to be a major rail hub up until the 1970's, the shipping point for timber, milk from the dairy farms and tourists heading to the coast. Now seeing a resurgence as an "arty" town.
This entire area between Kendall and Comboyne was traditionally dairy and timber production. Over the years, whilst still producing milk and fine timber, many "outsiders" have moved in to either retire or become involved in other activities.
More a location than anything else. There is a significant Macadamia-nut plantation in this area. Worth visiting.
Like Kendall, seeing a resurgence in popularity and population. The old milk factory has become a boutique cheese factory with some excellent produce.
Comboyne Rd. joins the Oxley Highway. Turn right to head towards Wauchope.
Once the centre of a major timber industry, Wauchope has seen better days.
If you are feeling like fast-food, there is a Macca's at the service centre, just past the circular junction.
Follow the Oxley Hwy into Port.
Destination - Port Macquarie
The end of the circular route.
I hope you enjoyed it.