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12 Things You Should Not Miss When Visiting Hallidays Point
More than the beautiful coastal view of the Pacific Ocean and laid back towns scattered around the region, there is more to Hallidays Point than you can expect. Hallidays Point features several world-renowned beaches and lush rainforests that would fascinate you.
Hallidays Point’s coasts lie between Taree and Foster where you will find some of the most popular beaches, including Red Head, Black Head, Diamond Beach and Back Beach.
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Visiting Hallidays Point is an absolute escape to nature as it unravels striking landscapes and its dense littoral rainforest. Make sure to check out these fascinating spots when you go to Hallidays Point:
1. Black Head Beach
Black Head Beach is one of the places you should not miss when going to Hallidays Point. Recognised under the Keep Australia Beautiful Program, Black Head beach is one of Manning Valley’s finest swimming beaches.
You will be amazed by the dazzling ocean pool of Black Head Beach, one of the three pools found on the Mid-north Coast. It offers excellent fishing opportunities and fun picnics under the Norfolk Pine trees lining the route going to the beach.
2. Barrington Tops National Park
The Gondwana Rainforests, a World Heritage site, is one of the landmarks of Barrington Tops National Park. The park is what every bushwalker dreams of, with an excellent track for walking, from short to long walks to difficult hikes. You may also find a lot of areas here for an overnight bush camp.
3. Diamond Beach
Whether you’d like to go fishing, surfing or even just have a relaxing stroll along the coastline, Diamond Beach is another attraction you shouldn’t miss when you visit Hallidays Point. Popular among locals and tourists alike, this 6 kilometre stretch of spectacular beach is a perfect lifestyle paradise.
4. John Ward Rainforest Walk
The John Ward Rainforest Walk is a hidden paradise of rare tropical species you will not find elsewhere. Take a stroll on its short boardwalk through its dense rainforest and you will be amazed at the sight of different vegetation types such as the banksia scrub, the seaside forest and the coastal dunes.
Walking through the reserve unravels the wonderland of rare species such as the Hairy Clerondendrum, the Spiny-Headed Mat Rush, the Rusty Fig, Black Apple, Tuckeroo among others. You will also be able to see examples of bush tucker which were once eaten and used as sustenance by the indigenous Australians.
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5. Dolphin and Whale Watching
Your trip to Hallidays Point would not be complete without seeing the whales and dolphins from the coastline. Hallidays Point provides excellent vantage points for whale-watching, whether you’re at the lookouts or foreshores.
Every year, around 30,000 of these gentle sea giants migrate to New South Wales where the water is warmer along the NSW coastline water.
6. Outdoor adventure at the Saltwater National Park
Have a relaxing walk around the Saltwater Natural Park which is a reserve located east of the town of Taree. There are a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy in this area, from bushwalking to having a picnic to canoeing, kayaking, swimming and surfing.
Headland’s walking track also offers a spectacular view of the coastline which is an excellent point for whale watching. If you’re lucky, you might see the beautiful humpbacks during their annual migration which happens around August to November.
7. Play golf at Tallwoods Village
Enjoy a round of golf at Tallwoods, a world-class, magnificent 18-hole championship course, designed by top-notch golf course designer Dr Michael Hurdzan. Tallwoods Village also features 15 exquisitely furnished bungalows where you and your family or friends can stay while enjoying a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
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8. The Black Head Bazaar
Don’t forget to shop around the Black Head Bazaar if you’re visiting Hallidays Point between September and May. This community market is open on the first Sunday of every month with a good mix of shops offering a wide array of products from arts and crafts to pastries and home-cooked jams and preserves. You will definitely find something to shop here, whether it’s a souvenir or to taste the distinct delicacies of Hallidays Point.
9. Lakeside Festival
The Lakeside Festival is a boutique festival of live music, food and wine overlooking the fascinating blue water of Wallis Lake. You can chill out and enjoy watching the live music entertainment on the Tuncurry foreshore.
Everyone is welcome to take part in this annual festival and you can bring along your kids as it is safe for all ages. It’s a wonderful experience you should not miss. Tag your family and along and enjoy the performance of great artists.
10. Wingham Akoostik Music Festival
If you happen to visit Hallidays Point around October, make sure to include the Wingham Akoostik Music Festival in your agenda. It’s a great family event organised by Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services which features live entertainment by local and visiting artists.
Hallidays Point is a perfect place to enjoy nature and experience the best of both worlds. A wonderful trip to this beautiful coastal region will not be complete without indulging in delicious dishes offered by Hallidays Point Tavern.
Hallidays Point Tavern presents an excellent menu of tasty cuisines whether you’re staying for lunch or dinner. Enjoy your tour at the Hallidays Point!
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11. Lamb Backstrap
Lamb back strap served (med rare) on grilled halloumi, spinach pine nuts sun dried tomato with balsamic glaze and rosemary oil.
12. Fresh Tasmania Salmon Fillet
Fresh Tasmanian Salmon fillet served atop creamy mash and broccolini finished with hollandaise.