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Wauchope, New South Wales

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Located on the Hastings River, 19 kilometres west of Port Macquarie, Wauchope (pronounced War-hope) is a friendly town of country charm and hospitality. Surrounded by hobby farms, agriculture and over 40000 hectares of National Parks and State Forests, it's the gateway to waterfalls and outdoor adventure of the Hinterland. The township has vibrant cafes, boutique shops, family friendly parks and picturesque walks along the Hastings River. Along the river foreshore you will find barbecue facilities, boat ramps and paths that are cycle friendly. In the mid 1800s, pioneers made the town famous as a timber town. Now it's home to Timbertown Heritage Theme Park, a major working recreation of a typical 1800s timber town and home of Australia's largest water wheel. Wauchope, a motorcycle friendly town, is the starting point of a popular stretch of long winding roads through the Great Dividing Range to Walcha. The Farmers Markets are held on the fourth Saturday of the month offering fresh regional produce. Other favourite nearby attractions are Billabong Zoo, Bago Vineyard and Maze (they have Jazz in the Vineyard every second Sunday of the month) and Old Bottlebutt, the largest Red Bloodwood tree in the Southern Hemisphere.