Waterfalls are some of nature’s most amazing attractions, and Waterfall Way has no shortage of these. This driving route is known for bountiful hiking trails, camping grounds and national parks. Explore the Mid North Coast’s unruly beauty, immerse yourself in nature and get close to some of Australia’s most incredible animals.
Hike around Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
Save some energy for an intrepid hike around Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. During May and November, you can see the whales cutting through the clear blue waters. It’s a place of Aboriginal significance, which is an important nesting ground for shearwaters. If you want to get even better views of the coast and its pristine beaches, go skydiving with Coffs Skydivers.
Feasting in Bellingen
Bellingen is a little town that packs a culinary punch, with a glut of cafes and eateries for visitors to dine at. Check out the Cedar Bar and Kitchen, which is located in a converted old factory in a Church Street laneway. It’s had a former life as a beautifully renovated old timber church built in the 1900s, but now serves a range of locally brewed craft ales.
You could also check out Qudo, which is housed in an ex-Freemason building, for incredible Japanese food and sake. If you’re feeling more like some true-blue Aussie pub food, then head to the 120-year-old Federal Hotel. It’s a live music destination and is known as one of the best live music venues on the Mid North Coast.
Get your culture hit at the New England Regional Art Museum
Go to the New England Regional Art Museum, which contains the Howard Hinton and Chandler Coventry collections, as well as artists like Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and James Gleeson. There is also a Museum of Printing where visitors can go to see the Australian history of printing and communications. It’s widely known as one of the best museums of Australian art history in regional Australia, so don’t miss out!
Pictured is Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, NSW. Image courtesy of iStock: 1203237812