Forty-two kilometres north-east along the New England Highway from Tamworth, Bendemeer hugs the banks of the trout-filled McDonald River in the Moombi Ranges.
Bendemer is a convenient stop-over on the inland journey from Sydney to Brisbane. Standing at the southern gateway to the historic New England region of NSW, Bendemeer is also the western terminal for the scenic Oxley Highway drive to Walcha, launching pad for forays into the Heritage-listed Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and the Werrikimbe National Park.
The Oxley Park not only contains some wild rivers, but some of the most spectacular water fall systems in northern NSW. Covering 90,000ha, it embraces the 50,000h Macleay Gorges Wilderness as it weaves 70km from the Wopllomombi Gorges to the Tia Falls. The park is studded with sensational lookouts, bush-walking tracks and picnic spots.
The Bendemeer area is famed for its mountain trout, fine wool, fat lambs and prime beef. Swimming holes on the McDonald provide refreshing relief from the summer heat.