If there is a fishing paradise on this mortal coil, there are some hoary old fishermen who reckon it exists in the river, lake and ocean system contained within the mid-North Coast villages of Kew, Laurieton, North Haven and Dunbogan.
Known collectively as Camden Haven, the tidal inlet 44km south of Port Macquarie is renowned for the quality of its stocks of oysters, lobsters, crabs, bream, flathead and other table fish species.
But, while fish and where they’re biting might dominate the conversation in these parts, the area also boasts charming seafront and lakeside bushwalks, river cruises and panoramic viewing platforms.
Comboyne Plateau, 60km inland, presents a rainforest vista complete with scenic waterfalls. Just 10km east of Kew off the road to Laurieton, you'll come across Doorogan National Park which has deep spiritual significance to the local Aborigines. The park embraces 1042ha of coastal forest and rainforest which is home to sugar gliders, bats and koalas.
The lookouts on North Brother Mountain present superb views, and the summit reserve is equipped with picnic tables, BBQs and toilets. Walking tracks peel off the reserve.