LOCAL DAY TRIPS:
If you fancy a day trip there are some really interesting places not too far away for you to explore:
- George’s Junction – 20 minute drive
Located just 14km from Riverside Haven heading towards Armidale is George’s Junction where the Macleay River and George’s Creek meet. Here you will find a sanctuary nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range with shallow water crossings (4WD), rapids and serene calm waters with lots of interesting places to explore.
You can see some stunning backdrops from the Oxley Wild Rivers national park making it the ideal location for a quick daytrip from Riverside Haven to enjoy a picnic lunch or perhaps go fishing, swimming or kayaking. For the more adventurous there are some great places to go four wheel driving.
Please note there is no mobile coverage in this location however it is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike so you won’t feel too isolated.
- The Pub With No Beer (Taylors Arm) – 1 hour, 25 minute drive
Australia’s most famous pub, The Pub With No Beer, located at Taylors Arm, has been dispensing beer for over 100 years. Legend has it, however, that it once ran out!
The song “Pub With No Beer” relates to the Pub itself and the time it was cut off by flooding on the Kempsey river and no beer could get through.
Written by Gordon Parsons and recorded by Slim Dusty in 1957.
Ted Egan – 1976
Midnight Oil – 1988
The Clancy Brothers – 1988
Slim Dusty – “Pub With No Beer”
Local timber cutter and song writer, Gordon Parsons immortalised the story in what became one of Australia’s most famous songs, A Pub With No Beer recorded by Slim Dusty
Known Locally as “the eighth wonder of the world” the multi award winning Pub With No Beer is a step back in time, a unique place to have a drink with mates and soak up the local bush history. While you’re here visit the historical Old Talarm Church, Built in 1921 and relocated in 2001. It’s full of interesting memorabilia and has one of the Southern Hemisphere largest beer can collections.
Experience the true blue taste of traditional Aussie Pub tucker from the Cowhide Bistro.
Credit: nambuccatourism.com.au and gdaypubs.com.au
- Bellbrook Village (inc pub) – 45 minute drive
A must for all country music fans is a visit to the old mountain village of Bellbrook, about an hour’s scenic drive up river from Kempsey. Arguably the birthplace of Australian country music, Bellbrook is the childhood home of country music legends Slim Dusty and his mate Shorty Ranger. You can still visit Slim’s original homestead nearby.
It’s not hard to see where these musical talents drew their inspiration. This is Australian mountain country at its best. Babbling clear creeks and deep valleys, thick timber forest and the distinctive call of bellbirds, Bellbrook is surrounded by incredible natural beauty.
Cedar cutters and timber getters settled the area, and today their legacy has been lovingly preserved in this historic township which is still dominated by the original timber buildings along the wide main street. Bellbrook township is heritage listed as it is an excellent example of an early 1900’s timber getting town.
- Wollomombi Falls – 1 hour, 20 minute drive
The Wollomombi Falls are one of the highest falls in Australia. The spectacular single fall from the undulating plateau country around Wollomombi to the floor of the Wollomombi Gorge often gives visitors a truly superb view. The views, though sometimes shrouded in mist, are most spectacular after heavy rain in the area.
Wollomombi Falls are located less than one kilometre south of the village of Wollomombi and approximately two and a half kilometres by road. The access turn off is one and a half kilometres from Wollomombi on the Waterfall Way towards Armidale.
Wollomombi Falls are located in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
- Armidale – 1 hour, 45 minute drive
What’s so appealing about Armidale is that it’s a cosmopolitan and sophisticated urban centre located in a picturesque rural setting on the doorstep of some of the most scenic national parks in Australia. This means that it ticks a lot of boxes as a perfect change of scene for jaded city slickers from larger metropolises and anyone seeking a serene but interesting place to unwind.
One of Armidale’s best kept secrets is that there are four national parks, each with extraordinary natural attractions, all within an hour’s drive from the city centre. There’s a monumental tumble of giant granite boulders to climb in the Cathedral Rock National Park. And, along the aptly named Waterfall Way, Ebor Falls in the Guy Fawkes River National Park is one of several majestic waterfalls to admire. Much of the extensive wilderness in the New England and Oxley Wild Rivers National Parks is World Heritage listed. When you spy the views from Point Lookout in the New England National Park and walk along the trails that wind through temperate rainforest there, or, hike through the spectacular gorges and encounter dramatic waterfalls and hundreds of kilometres of pristine waterways in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, you’ll see why.
The past has a place in modern-day Armidale. Gracious cathedrals and stately buildings dating from the 1860s reflect the lofty aspirations of the early settlers and remain a hive of activity today. But the best way to learn about the history of the city is to hop onboard a free Armidale Heritage Tour bus for an entertaining 2½ hour narrated sightseeing jaunt that takes in the most important sites.
It comes as no surprise then to find there’s a lively appreciation of the arts here. The New England Conservatorium, New England Regional Art Museum, Hoskins Centre, Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place, the University and a talented crowd of local and visiting musicians, artists, actors and enthusiasts ensure that the calendar is chock full of inspiring events and festivals.
If you’re wondering where to eat, stylish cafés buzz with activity and serve up great coffee and delicious meals all day. Restaurants, clubs and pubs also offer a wide range of contemporary Australian and international cuisines, often featuring food and wine produced in the surrounding countryside. Making the most of the fresh air is easy to do in Armidale.
- Hat Head – 1 hour, 45 minute drive
Funny name. Serious beauty. Nestled within the dense, natural bushland of Hat Head National Park, the beachside village of Hat Head boasts a crystal clear creek that opens onto stunning beaches.
Kids will love swimming in the gentle waves, or take them snorkeling at high tide in the pristine waters of Korogoro Creek.
Korogoro Creek can also be explored by surf ski, paddle board or kayak.
But, fishing is the main game in these here parts, and with the deep waters of the continental shelf only 11 miles offshore, you’re in with a good chance of catching the big one while you’re here. There’s access to a boat ramp and even a fish cleaning area to help you prepare your catch after a successful day.
Hat Head is a must do destination. With the perfect golden sandy beaches, dramatic sea cliffs and delightful coves. There is plenty to while-away a sunny summer day with the family.
Hat Head National Park is simply stunning. Home to long, sandy beaches, dramatic headlands, and one of the largest dune systems in New South Wales. With stunning coastal heaths, pockets of rainforest, extensive wetlands and beautiful wildflower displays the variety of natural beauty it contains is breathtaking.
- Port Macquarie – 2 hour drive
The lovely seaside town of Port Macquarie is a memorable getaway. Discover beautiful beaches, a rainforest boardwalk, fascinating heritage, the Koala Hospital, acclaimed restaurants and more. The whale watching is incredible, too. And the beautiful Hastings River wine region is on your doorstep.
Port Macquarie is at the mouth of the Hastings River, on the mid NSW North Coast about four hours’ drive north of Sydney and six hours drive south of Brisbane. Oyster farms dot the pristine estuary and curious bottlenose dolphins frolic in the sparkling waterway alongside the river tour boats.
The town began colonial life in 1821 as a penal settlement because of its distance from Sydney. Visit the Port Macquarie Museum for a journey from convict history to the present day. Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage offer walking tours by a multi-award-winning Heritage Consultant of the intriguing heritage.
Explore the spectacular coastline on the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk, which meanders into the Sea Acres National Park. At the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre you can join a guided Aboriginal cultural heritage tour and stroll along the enchanting Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk, an easy 1.3km walk.