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Travel guide North Coast

Jewel in the Sawtell crown
By Martin Wells

Whether you're looking to unwind on the perfect beachside holiday, or explore everything there is to do on the Coffs coast, Sawtell Shores is a newly renovated air-conditioned apartment and is the perfect base for your holiday adventures. Just a flat 150m stroll to the patrolled Sawtell Beach, or a flat 300m meander into Sawtell village, where you can enjoy the north coast's best-kept secret. Fine dining, boutique shopping, cinema, RSL and bowling club all await. Next door is a massive children's play ground, BBQ and play area. There's even a secure storage area for bikes and boards, and an outdoor shower to wash off the sand when you get back from the beach. Whether it's doing nothing, whale watching, walking the beach, exploring World Heritage listed forests in Dorrigo, or ge... Read more

chill-out lakeside @ forster
By Annmaree Mitchell

Chill-out lakeside @forster is a spacious, two bedroom modern apartment, (sleeps 6) with picturesque 180 degree views of Wallis Lake from the large wrap-around balcony. Relax on the outdoor setting while you cook up a storm on the new gas BBQ. It is ideal for couples or families, right on the lake on Little Street. Convenient marina cafe opposite with lake baths adjacent. The beach with ocean pool and surf club, restaurants, cafes, shops and clubs are only a short walk away along the waterfront. The small boutique block has security entry via a walkway to the front door (suitable for prams/older guests as minimal steps) and has the convenience of a single lock up garage, suitable for car or small boat, plus visitor parking. Features: * Large open plan living/dining area - mo... Read more

Chill-out beachside @ forster
By Annmaree Mitchell

Chill-out beachside @ Forster is a sun-drenched north-facing beach apartment. Enjoy bush, headland and beach views from your large private balcony. Almost a beachfront, just a few metres to Forster's most popular surfing and swimming beach. The apartment has new furntiure and kitchen, including new stainless steel European appliances, beds, sofas, outdoor and indoor dining furniture, LCD TV, BBQ. Ideal for families, friends and couples - only seconds from Forster Main Beach, with ocean pool and surf club, Pebbly Beach and the fun, popular spot known locally as The Tanks and only a short stroll to beachside cafes, restaurants and shops. Easy access to clubs and indoor pool complex. Across the road from the beach reserve and Bicentennial coastal walk. The small boutique block... Read more

chill-out beach house @ forster
By Annmaree Mitchell

Chill-out beach house @ forster is nestled among the paperbarks, perfectly located right by the beach, and is ideal for families and couples, with all new furniture and beds. Listen to the waves, while relaxing on the comfy daybed. Huge screened back deck overlooks the shady fenced backyard with outdoor shower. Stroll barefoot to the sands of One Mile Beach.  The boardwalk, kiosk, playground, bicentennial walks, reserve, golf course and shops are all close by. Features include: * Large screened deck area with BBQ, perfect for kids or pets * Large open plan living/dining area - modular sofa/chairs - ceiling fan and combustion wood burner * Shady tropical backyard with outdoor shower * Fully equipped kitchen with breand new appliances, inc dishwasher and microwave... Read more

Wauchope, Mid North Coast NSW
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Talk to any adult who grew up in Sydney, and there’s a good chance they have fond memories of spending family holidays driving up the Pacific Highway to the Mid North Coast. For decades it has been a popular holiday region, with plenty of farms, quaint towns, parks and wildlife to enjoy. Year-round pleasant weather combined with delightful scenery beckon families, couples and groups alike. Wauchope is a small country town, which was originally home to a thriving timber industry. Today the timber mill is gone but the town has immortalised its origins by building a historical tourist attraction called Timbertown, which recreates the early settlement of the area.   Wauchope also prides itself on a thriving dairy industry and within Timbertown itself, you can visit a cheese makin... Read more

Review - Grass Trees Escape
By Samantha O'Donovan

35 Fern Tree Close Arakoon NSW Grass Trees Escape is quiet and private and enjoys beautiful natural bushland surrounds. Overall rating?    Excellent What makes Grass Trees Escape different? The property is peaceful and secluded and set in 2.5 acres of bushland full of birds and kangaroos, yet you are only minutes away from beaches and all the wonderful activities that South West Rocks has to offer. There is another house, Tallow Wood Pavilion, making this property perfect for larger families or friends getting away together. Accommodation overview There is one room with a queen-size bed and ensuite, another room with a queen-size bed and the third room has two single beds. Tallow Wood Pavilion has one queen room and one with two king singles. There is a tra... Read more

Editor's Choice - The Lotus Retreat
By Lisa Monk

The mid-north coast of NSW has long been a favoured spot to take a break away from the everyday… sweeping beaches, wonderful surf, the amazing waterways of the Great Lakes and the bounty of sub-tropical rainforests – all within three hours of Sydney. There is another treasure to be found here, nestled in the Seal Rocks hinterland offering peace, serenity and a chance to re-connect with yourself, as well as your special someone. The Lotus Retreat® is the national winner of the Health and Lifestyle category in the 2009 TakeABreak Awards and its aura of seclusion, luxurious comfort and rejuvenation are apparent the moment you arrive. Set on seventy acres and surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens, The Lotus Retreat nestles into the surroundings beautifully. This bout... Read more

Sailing at South West Rocks
By Lisa Monk

If you are looking for the quintessential sleepy, laid-back and almost undiscovered place for a holiday, you will find it hard to go past South West Rocks, and it offers some wonderful sailing for those prepared to treat the historically tricky waterways with respect. The Macleay River Bar has traditionally been regarded as one of the more hazardous entrances on the North Coast and periodically suffers from extreme siltation. The drought conditions of recent times mean that several North Coast bars have experienced reduced depth, and the lack of major flood events has resulted in a deposition of sediment. Leads and similar navigation markers are installed as a guide to safe navigation, but as always, the ultimate responsibility lies with the Master of a vessel. The main entrance approac... Read more

South West Rocks
By Lisa Monk

If you are looking for the quintessential sleepy, laid-back and almost undiscovered place for a holiday, you will find it hard to go past South West Rocks.  Actually it is easy to go past it – located as it is just off the madness that is the Pacific Highway in holiday time – but take the turn-off and discover something the locals have known for years … this is an absolute gem! It is almost a shame to blow the cover on South West Rocks and let everyone know what they have been missing, because the feeling of an old-time seaside holiday haven is one of its most endearing features. Located on the coast just north of Kempsey, South West Rocks is where the Macleay River meets the sea and it has it all:  subtropical climate, a beautiful cove with pristine waters, ... Read more

Make your own holiday history at The Heritage Guesthouse
By Lisa Monk

Holidays are all about making wonderful memories that get us through the daily grind until the next time you take a break. If you are looking for a holiday that will live in your memory forever, then look no further than the historic and welcoming Heritage Guesthouse at South West Rocks. Located on the rim of Horseshoe Bay and only 5 hours north of Sydney or 51/2 hours south of Brisbane, this is the ideal place to break your journey if you are travelling up the east coast.  However, there is so much on offer in the region and the guesthouse is such a refuge from the everyday that you may wish that you had booked in for a few days to refresh and revive. The property is a lovingly restored 1880s guesthouse boasting 9 rooms, all with ensuites and uniquely decorated and with different s... Read more

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