There is lots to do in the area winter and summer. From Coopernook you can visit areas like Forster and Diamond Beach to the south and Laurieton, Wauchope and Port Macquarie to the north. All the local vineyards are worth a visit as well as exploring places like Ellenborough Falls and Waitui Falls inland.

For the naturalists, take an early morning walk in the Cattai Wetlands (opened on 4 January 2013) or spend the early evening at Wingham Brush to see the Flying Foxes take flight at dusk. With a day’s notice picnic hampers can be arranged for your day out.

Considered one of the most successful environmental projects, the Cattai Wetlands are just 5 minutes drive from McGowans B and B and opened in January 2013 for the first time. The wetlands are a haven for hundreds of species of birds including Cattai_Wetlands_11 swans, brolgas and pelicans. Council has been working since 2003 to restore this natural wonder and have now completed building walkways and viewing areas for the public to enjoy.




Protecting a pristine sweep of coastline near Port Macquarie and Taree, Crowdy Bay National Park is one of the most glorious coastal parks of NSW. It offers jaw-dropping ocean and mountain views, an abundance of wildlife and, despite its name, crowd-free beaches.
The best part? That’s for you to decide, but if you dream of strolling barefoot in the dunes, roving a rainforest, seeing a whale blow or even discovering a hidden writer’s retreat, then this is the place for you.


Justin at Crowdy Head. Click to see his story.

Aboriginal people have known its bountiful wonders for over 6000 years, Captain Cook glimpsed its glittering beauty in 1770 and it is all still here for you to enjoy.
Go for a day but be aware that this is a place so enthralling that time slips away.

Diamond Head and Dunbogan Beach are about 15 kms away (mostly dirt road) and the location is considered to be one of the top ten places to visit in Australia. There are no shops there so it is well worth arranging a picnic with free barbecue facilities available. Sal and Ken can organise this for you or you could shop in Harrington on the way.


Located beside Manning River, just near Taree on the Mid North Coast, you’ll find an oasis of subtropical lowland rainforest at Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. It provides a fantastic day trip and excursion for the whole family.Wingham Brush
Also known as ‘The Brush’, this reserve preserves one of only a few remnants of this rare rainforest type in Australia, and is a significant roosting and maternity site for the vulnerable grey-headed flying fox. Stand under the canopy and you’ll see hundreds of flying foxes hanging above you.
Wander along the wheelchair-accessible board walk and follow easy walking tracks to discover the vibrant life under the canopy. There are great opportunities for photography and birdwatching, and lovely places to picnic by the river nearby. Don’t miss the spectacular show at sunset, when all those flying foxes glide overhead in search of food.


The Big Fella Gum


The Big Fella Gum is one of the oldest and largest living gum trees in the Mid North Coast region of NSW. It is located in Big Gum Reserve, a part of the Middle Brother State Forest and is well worth a climb up Middle Brother Mountain to see its extraordinary girth and size generally.


There’s no need to travel to the Hunter Valley with so many boutique wineries in the local Manning Valley area. Make a day of it and visit a few, taking in the beautiful green countryside along the way. Red Tail Wines in Marlee is definitely worth a visit – take a picnic basket and enjoy lunch under the vines with a local verdehlo. Ghinni Ghinni Wines in Ghinni Ghinni is a popular choice, as is the Great Lakes Winery at Wootton and Bago Vinyards just outside Wauchope.

Jazz in the Vineyards

A regular event since 1997, the Jazz in the Vineyards tradition continues at Bago.Bago Vineyards

On the second Sunday every month we see wine, food, and music lovers descend on the lawns of Bago for a relaxing, family friendly afternoon of jazz and other light music.

Great Lakes Winery near Coolongolok
Steve, Robyn and their two daughters Lucy and Jemma live on the property at Wootton. Since taking over the vineyard and winery in 2000 Great Lakes Winery has become a popular destination for wine lovers, travellers and locals – all who come to enjoy the wine and the tranquil environment at the winery.

Steve and Rob have shared a passion for wine since they first met. Steve has worked in the wine industry since his early 20’s but Great Lakes Winery is the first personally owned vineyard and winery for them both. Both enjoy greeting people to cellar door and spending time talking to and sharing their wine with customers.

Ellenborough Falls
Ellenborough Falls is located on the Bulga Plateau at Elands, one hour’s drive north-west of Taree on Tourist Drive 8, Ellenborough Falls are a spectacular site. At 200 metres, it is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere. Ellenborough Falls

A timbered walkway (641 steps) to the bottom of the falls with rest spots on the way provides a comfortable 30 minute walk. There is also a 10 minute walk to The Knoll where there are magnificent views looking directly across to the falls.

You can drive from Wingham to the Falls in approximately 45 minutes however there are 15 kilometres of unsealed road from Bobin to the Falls so please drive to the conditions of the unsealed road.

Located in Comboyne State Forest, about a 45 minute drive from Coopernook, is Waitui Falls – a scenic location for a forest picnic.Waitui Falls
The falls aren’t the largest drop of water in the Southern Hemisphere but a small, gentle fall on a branch of the Camden Haven River. They provide a tranquil area for swimming and make a delightful picnic area.


There are many beautiful golf courses in the Manning Valley. Some of our guests have enjoyed the 9 hole course in Harrington, Camden Haven course which is 18 holes and Taree Golf course all just a short drive away. Take your pick!

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