Looking for things to do in the Mid North Coast area beyond Port Macquarie? When did you last explore the local trails around Telegraph Point? Escape the crowds and enjoy gorgeous scenery just off the Pacific Highway and only 15 minutes from Port Macquarie. The perfect place for a weekend escape or a short break in NSW.

Bush walking and things to Do near Port Macquarie

With social distancing becoming the norm, our regular sporting activities cancelled, and the beaches and breakwall in Port Macquarie getting a little crowded, now is the perfect time to get out and see what you’ve been missing in the local area.

We hope our upcoming articles will encourage everyone to explore the less popular (but no less beautiful) areas of the Mid North Coast. The state forests around Telegraph Point and the gorgeous Wilson River are stunning places to visit in NSW and they don’t get the attention they deserve. This means you’ll get the place all to yourself! Our current run of sunny days that are not-too-hot make the perfect weather for bushwalking or checking out the local canoe trails.

If you’re in the Port Macquarie Mid North Coast region and looking for ideas to keep the family from going stir-crazy these holidays, it’s time you looked beyond the beach. Bush walking, bird watching, and mountain bike riding are great, free, family friendly activities.

There’s plenty to see and do around Telegraph Point and Rollands Plains. If you want something to do that’s nice and close, grab the kids and the dog and set out to explore the Fire Trails in the Cairncross State Forest behind Charlie Watt Reserve.

Bike Trail

For more hiking trail ideas, visit our Tele Point hiking and bushwalks page. If you want a map of the area, you can download one here.

While you’re in the area, stop in for lunch, a cold beer, or even dinner at the Riverview Tavern on Rollands Plains Road or the Telegraph Point Sports and Recreation Club. If you need fuel before you tackle Cairncross Mountain or head towards Ballengarra, and the swimming holes at Kippara or Willi Willi National Park, the Liberty service station has the cheapest petrol in the Port Macquarie area.

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  1. Kerry Williams on June 29, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Hi guys, we also hold events out there each year. The Elephant Trail Race 17th, 18th 19th July 2020 at Mount Cairncross http://www.elephanttrailrace.com.au
    3 day trail running International Sanction Event. 200km, 160km, 100km, 50km, 25km, 13km, 5km, 2.5km (free kids race).

    Halloween Dusk 2 Dawn 31st October and 1st November at Cairncross State Forest Charlie Watt’s Reserve 6pm to 6am. 12hour, 42km, 21km, 7km and midnight marathon.

    Extra info on website. Would be great to be on the website.

    Cheers Kerry

    • Tele Point on July 5, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Hi Kerry, I had a look at your website. What a great course! The Elephant Trail Race is on really soon. We’ll have to get a crew together and come and watch.

  2. Maxine on April 29, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Is this on again 2021?

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