North-south travellers skirting the NSW mid-north who ignore The Lakes Way and stick to the Pacific Highway are denying themselves some of the finest and most diverse scenery in the state.
Pacific Palms is a generic name given to the strip of coast stretching south from Tiona Bay to Tarbuck Bay, while the village itself is centred on the shopping precinct alongside Boomerang Beach.
Tiona Bay's Green Cathedral presents a majestic entrance to the Pacific Palms region. Worshippers in the open air temple consecrated by the Saints Church sit on rough-hewn timber pews while services are led from a lecture shaded by a rainforest canopy on the shores of Wallis Lake.
Linked primarily by The Lakes Way, the Pacific Palms coastal corridor embraces such beaches as Boomerang, Blueys, Elizabeth and Shelleys, headlands, forest pockets, coastal paperbark swamps and heath-covered dunes.
The area is generously endowed with picnic areas and camping ground, strategically located close to rewarding fishing spots. It is also an area which offers mouth-watering oysters and the chance to consort with fur seals or explore lighthouses.
You can enter this wonderland from the south either through Hawks Nest or Bulahdelah or by the Rainbow Flat highway turnoff from the north.