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Christmas at Bonny Hills

A December 2006 trip to Port MacQuarie by auskiwi

Tacking Point Lighthouse Photo, Port MacQuarie, Australia More Photos
Quote: Scenic Bonny Hills—just one of the pearls of the Port MacQuarie Coast

Christmas at Bonny Hills

Overview

Northhaven 4 Photo, Port MacQuarie, Australia
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The small township of Bonny Hills is located on the Port Macquarie coastline, approximately a 5-hour car drive north of Sydney on the Pacific Highway. Look for the turn-off to Laurieton at the small town of Kew. The stretch of road will be indicated as ‘Scenic Route 10’ and will take you on a pleasant drive through Laurieton and Northhaven to Bonny Hills.While in Bonny Hills we visited the following places and would recommend others to do so too.- The Tacking Point Lighthouse and Tacking Point Lighthouse Beach - with its great views of the surrounding area and a great beach.- The Dooregan National Park – a great place to go to admire the views of Laurieton to the n...Read More

Rainbow Bay Caravan Park

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Hotel

Newly hatched cycada Photo, Port MacQuarie, Australia
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Situated within walking distance of beautiful Rainbow Bay, Bonny Hills, Rainbow Bay Caravan Park is a great holiday park suitable for all ages.There’s plenty to do at the caravan park in the form of:- a mini golf circuit within the park.- an oversized chess set.- plenty of lawn area for people to play soccer, volleyball, etc.- a playground for the little kids. The small girl who was with us spent many hours here on the slide, swings, and climbing frame.- a freshwater pool, suitable for all ages. We spent our afternoons here after coming back from the beach.- a short bush walking track just outside the boundary of the park. When we went on the wal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2007

Dooragan National Park

Attraction | "The Dooregan National Park"

Dooragan National Park Photo, Sydney, Australia
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About ¾-hour drive south of Bonny Hills on the coastal road called Scenic Route 10, near the township of Laurieton, you will find the road leading to the Dooragan National Park on the left-hand side of the road near the outskirts of the town.If you follow this road it will lead you to the top of a small mountain called ‘North Brother’ and to the plateau. At the top you will come to a great viewing area where the trees have all been cleared to allow you to have an uninterrupted, glorious view of the land below.From one side of the mountain you can see Laurieton, Bonny Hills, and further up the northern coast and from the other side you can see the entrance to the Watson Taylor Lake from...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2007

Dooragan National Park

Laurieton, New South Wales

Tacking Point Lighthouse

Attraction | "The Tacking Point Lighthouse"

Tacking Point Lighthouse Photo, Port MacQuarie, Australia
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About ¾-hour drive north of Bonny Hills on the coastal road called Scenic Route 10, you will find Tacking Point Lighthouse. The road leading to the lighthouse is clearly marked with signs saying "Tacking Point Lighthouse."

The lighthouse itself cannot be accessed and there are no tours, but if you're into great views, then the view of Tacking Point Lighthouse Beach and the neighbouring coastline is a must-see.

The area is very popular with people who stop by at lunchtime to enjoy the view while vegging out and also with tourists.

If you enjoy a great day at the beach, Tacking Point Lighthouse Beach is a popular place to go.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2007

Tacking Point Lighthouse
Tacking Point
Port Macquarie

Rainbow Bay

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Attraction

Rainbow Bay 2 Photo, Port MacQuarie, Australia
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Rainbow Bay is situated on the shoreline of the small town called Bonny Hills and is a very popular beach to go for all ages. Whenever we went down to the beach it was always busy with plenty of people - there were grand parents, mothers, fathers, teenagers, kids and babies. Because we were staying in the camping ground we had easy access to the beach via a gate in the fence and then a very short bush-walk. There’s always something for everyone to do at the beach:- Try your hand at surfing, body boarding, body surfing and swimming or just paddling at the waters edge. The beach has a flagged area, watched over by surf lifesavers, where people can swim safely. The surf varies...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2007

Northhaven

Attraction

Northhaven 2 Photo, Port MacQuarie, Australia
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Northhaven is approximately ½ hour drive, south, from Rainbow Bay and is located on the wide water channel leading to the Laurieton waterway lake. or people who have boats, of any size, Northhaven has a boat ramp and large car park designed for allowing car/vehicles with boat trailors attached to park there.There is also a large cleaning trough, in the vacinity of the boat ramp, where lucky anglers can clean their catch. Whatever you do, don't throw the guts and smelly, discarded fishy treats into the bin – throw them to the waiting pelicans and sea gulls instead – there’s plenty of them – this is their local hangout – they know when they’ve got it good.For families Northhaven has a la...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2007

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