On the Hastings River about 19km due west of Port Macquarie on NSW’s central coastline, Wauchope is surrounded by Australia’s most extensive stands of blackbutt forest and is best known for the nearby Timbertown theme park.
Designed around the timber industry which first put Wauchope on the map, Timbertown demonstrates wood-cutting and milling and has a working bullock team, smithy and steam train, along with a big exhibition hall complete with restaurant.
Close by are the Broken Bago and Bellangry State Forests, the latter renowned for its abundance of hardwood trees.
About 8km south of Wauchope you’ll find Jim and Kay Mobbs’ 10ha Bago Vineyards where one of New South Wales few coopers (barrel makers) still operates. The Mobbs family ancestors have a long history of grape growing in the region, and the current cellar door offerings include chardonnay, a sauvignon blanc-chardonnay, chambourcin and merlot-chambourcin. The family hosts a variety of events, including monthly jazz-in-the-vineyard concerts.