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Wauchope, Mid North Coast NSW
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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 making factory. 
On your next holiday to the Mid North Coast, consider spending some time in this lovely town, which is 20km inland from the coast, and well worth a visit to see the historic buildings and experience farm life.
Things to do:
Timbertown: This is certainly Wauchope’s most famous attraction and a must-see when visiting the area. There are bullock team demonstrations, Clydesdale wagon rides, an old-fashioned heritage playground, and during the September school holidays, an animal nursery to visit. Check out the steam sawmill and colonial furniture, as well as the other attractions at this fascinating historic settlement! 
Billabong Koala Park: Drive towards Port Macquarie from Wauchope and you will encounter this fun-filled koala and wildlife park. Here, you can pat koalas, see reptiles up close and even watch monkey feeding! Plenty of birds, animals and informative presentations make this park a favourite among visitors to the area. 
Shopping: It may seem bizarre to have “shopping” listed in a “Things to do” section of a small town tourist piece – especially when it is likely to be Sydney-siders visiting the region. While a large city like Sydney certainly has plenty of shopping options, it is the unique treasures in small town shops that can bring life-long smiles when displayed in your home. 
When to go:
Summer sunshine brings crowds of holidaymakers to the Mid North Coast, but autumn and spring offer an appealing blend of breezes and warmth. Winter is also a great time to explore, as the town is far enough north to enjoy year-round comfortable temperatures.
How to get there:
Located around 400km north of Sydney, Wauchope is easily reached by rail, with around 6 trips per day out of Sydney and Brisbane. To drive will take less than five hours, and there are plenty of delightful towns to visit along the way. The NSW North Coast has plenty to see and do, including countless beaches, picnic areas, parks, museums and galleries to explore.
If you’re going to visit a rural gem like Wauchope, your best bet is to immerse yourself in the experience by staying on a farm. Brecken-Ridge Farmstay is only five minutes from Wauchope and offers a range of accommodation styles right on the farm! You can choose one of six cabins, which each sleep between four and six guests. There is also a Family Unit, which sleeps six and a Holiday House for ten people. If you have a big group, you can rent out their dormitory, which sleeps 40 people in five rooms! Or if you are travelling alone or as a couple, they have two caravan sites available as well. 
Regardless of room or cabin choice, all guests may enjoy the facilities of the farm, including a children’s play area, swimming pool, barbecue, and you can explore the 100 acres of working farm area with cattle and bird aviaries. There are also plenty of open spaces and bush walks to discover on or near the property.
Ideal length of visit:
Whether a part of a larger trip up the east coast of Australia, or as a weekend getaway; Wauchope is a lovely way to spend a couple of days immersed in history and the simple life of an authentic rural paradise.
Further information:
Loads of information about the Mid North Coast can be found at Mid North Coast Tourism.

About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.


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