Magificent Mid North Coast NSW

Fully Guided Hiking Tours

Fully Guided 6 Day Hiking Holiday

Come and explore some of the amazing and iconic walking trails on the Mid North Coast of NSW. This package is for private groups, from one couple up to 11 people. Your accommodation will be in the heart of beautiful Port Macquarie, and each day you’ll be picked up by your guide and taken on one of the Mid North Coast’s iconic walks. You’ll walk the Port Macquarie Coastal walk; see Rawson and Ellenborough Falls; Walk to the top of North Brother Mountain and through Kattang Nature Reserve; Walk near Smokey Cape Lighthouse and Trial Bay Gaol at South West Rocks and visit the largest Bottlebutt tree in the Southern Hemisphere, followed by a visit to the Bago Maze and winery near Wauchope. Have a look at this short 3 minute video of the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk to whet your appetite!

By late afternoon each day, you’ll be back at your accommodation and you’ll have free time to enjoy all the pubs, clubs, restaurants and nightlife of Port Macquarie. The FAQs below should answer most of your questions, so what are you waiting for…. Come and have a great holiday and see some of the best local sites in our beautiful area!!

National Parks NSW Accredited

Trip dates

Departure Date Finish Date Tour Duration Price
Sun, 21 Mar 2021 Fri, 26 Mar 2021 Magnificent MNC 6 days, 5 nights From $AU995pp
Sun, 23 May 2021 Fri, 28 May 2021 Magnificent MNC 6 days, 5 nights From $AU995pp
Sun, 20 Jun 2021 Fri, 25 Jun 2021 Magnificent MNC 6 days, 5 nights From $AU995pp
Sun, 4 Jul 2021 Fri, 9 Jul 2021 Magnificent MNC 6 days, 5 nights From $AU995pp
Sun, 8 Aug 2021 Fri, 13 Aug 2021 Magnificent MNC 6 days, 5 nights From $AU995pp
Sun, 26 Sep 2021 Fri, 1 Oct 2021 Magnificent MNC 6 days, 5 nights From $AU995pp
Sun, 21 Nov 2021 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 Magnificent MNC 6 days, 5 nights From $AU995pp

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Frequently asked questions

These packages are tailored for private groups. The minimum group size is 2 people. The maximum group size is 11people. Children are welcome but be aware it is a hiking holiday and all hikers, including children, should have hiking experience.

The tour is 6 days and 5 nights.
Prices per person (includes GST):
$995pp (10-11 guests),
$1,095pp (8-9 guests),
$1,195pp (6-7 guests),
$1,295pp (3-5 guests),
$1,395pp (2 guests)

Included

  • All accommodation, based on twin share luxury apartment in the heart of Port Macquarie.
  • All transport to and from all hikes
  • 2 morning teas and one lunch
  • A guide for the five days

Not included

  • Transport to and from Port Macquarie
  • Most meals
  • Passport (if applicable), visa (if applicable) and travel insurance

Day 1 – Sunday
3.00pm Arrive at accommodation
Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel or
Port Macquarie Breakwall Caravan Park
5.00pm Meet and great with your guide for the week. Briefing about the week ahead.
5.30pm Free time for the rest of the evening

Day 2 – Monday – Port Macquarie
7.00am Breakfast at your accommodation or at a nearby Cafe.
8.30am Meet your guide, and drive to Kattang Nature Reserve
9.30am Hike to Point Perpendicular, and Flower Bowl circuit (5km, easy)
12.00pm Fish lunch at the Laurieton Fish Co-op
1.00pm Hike to the top of North Brother (3km, 450m ascent, difficult)
2.30pm Hike back down the mountain. (3km, 450m decent, moderate)
4.00pm Drive back to Port Macquarie
5.00pm Free time for the rest of the evening 

Day 3 – Tuesday – South West Rocks
7.00am Breakfast at your accommodation or at a nearby Cafe.
8.30am Meet your guide, and drive 1 hour to South West Rocks
9.30am Hiking to Jail. (8km, 360m ascent, moderate)
1.00pm Lunch at local cafe
2.00pm Visit the Trial Bay Gaol
3.30pm Visit the Lighthouse
4.00pm Drive back to Port Macquarie
5.00pm Free time for the rest of the evening

Day 4 – Wednesday – Port Macquarie
7.30am Breakfast at your accommodation or at a nearby Cafe.
9.00am Meet your guide, and hike from Town Green to Lighthouse beach.
Rated easy to Moderate. Distance 9.0km. Total ascent 250m.
Stop for morning tea at Flynns Beach.
12.00pm Lunch at Sea Acres Rainforest Reserve
1.00pm Walk the boardwalk at Sea Acres
2.00pm Visit the Koala Hospital and Roto House.
3.30pm Free time for the rest of the evening

Day 5 – Thursday – West Comboyne and Elands
7.00am Breakfast at your accommodation or at a nearby Cafe.
8.30am Meet your guide, and drive 1 hour to Comboyne via Byabarra
9.30am Morning tea at Comboyne or Byabarra or Boorgana
10.00am Hike Boorgana Nature reserve and to Rawson Falls
12.00pm Drive to Ellenborough Falls
12.30pm Picnic lunch at Ellenborough Falls
1.30pm Hike to the bottom of Ellenborough Falls and to the lookouts
3.30pm Drive back to Port Macquarie
5.00pm Free time for the rest of the evening

Day 6 – Friday – Wauchope
7.30am Breakfast at your accommodation or at a nearby Cafe.
9.00am Check out from accommodation then meet your guide, and drive to Wauchope
9.30am Hike to Old Bottlebutt, 1.5km easy.
10.00am Drive to Bago Vineyards
10.30pm Morning tea at the vineyards, and visit the maze
12.00pm Drive back to Port Macquarie
12.30pm End of tour

Yes, as we cater for private groups, we can amend the itinerary to your wishes.

Bookings can be made online or manually. Click the ‘Book online’ button for online bookings. A deposit of $300 per person will secure your booking.

For manual bookings the bank details for the deposit are:
Home Comforts Hiking
BSB 932000
Account 500196069

Bookings can be made online or manually. Click the ‘Book online’ button for online bookings. The cost of the trip will be in $US. A deposit of $US300 will secure your booking. If less than 2 months before the start date of the trip, then payment in full will be required.

For manual bookings, I will send you a PayPal invoice. You do not need a PayPal account to make the payment. You just need a Visa or Mastercard to make the payment. Alternatively, you can pay in $AU through a money transfer company such as OFX or your bank, if you prefer. In that case use the bank details above.

If we cancel the tour due to NSW Government imposed Covid 19 travel restrictions, then we will refund your payments in full.

If you cancel your booking due to State Government imposed Covid 19 travel restrictions in your state, then we will refund you 80% of payments made.

For non covid cancellations, if you cancel more than 6 months prior to the trip start date we will refund 75% of your payments. There are no refunds for cancellations made by you, less than 6 months from the trip start date.

The balance is due 1 month prior to the tour start date.

Book your flights (if applicable) once you have paid for the trip in full.

We recommend that you take out travel insurance that covers cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, medical costs, and your valuables.

Overall the hike is rated moderate. For inexperienced and less fit hikers, it would be rated moderate to hard. The total distance walked over 5 days of hiking is 35km. We walk at a slow to moderate pace with plenty of breaks and opportunities to enjoy the views and observe the abundant flora and fauna. Some of the hiking is hard, but none of the hiking is compulsory. As you are in your own private group, we can adjust the hiking and the pace to suit the wishes of your group.

Accommodation is in modern apartments in the heart of Port Macquarie. Accommodation is based on twin share. If you require a single room, there will be a single supplement of $350.

The apartments are generous in size and have a kitchen, bathroom and living area as well as the bedroom. They are located in the heart of Port Macquarie.

Port Macquarie is perfectly located on the Hastings River. There are many pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes, shops and entertainment venues to explore in your free time. You may also like to take a river cruise or go whale watching while you are here. If you would like extra nights booked, we can also arrange that for you.

There is only one meal included in the cost of the trip, that is a Lunch at Ellenborough Falls on day 5. We also include 2 morning teas at great cafes. These are the arrangements for the rest of the trip:

  • Breakfast – you can prepare your own in your apartment, or visit one of the many cafes in Port Macquarie. The apartments you stay in has a cafe on the ground floor
  • Lunch – Most days we’ll visit a local cafe for lunch. At Laurieton we will go to the fish market for lunch. At Ellenborough Falls We’ll provide a picnic lunch.
  • Dinner – You will be back at your accommodation by late afternoon each day. There are many pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes, shops and entertainment venues to explore in your free time.

Your guide will pick you up each morning and return you to your accommodation each late afternoon. You only need to carry a small day pack with water, snacks and any other personal items. Your luggage will remain at the accommodation.

  • Small backpack with waterproof cover
  • Shirts, pants, shorts, underwear, socks
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Hiking Pole(s)
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Swimsuit and micro towel
  • Money and/or Debit/Credit Card
  • Phone and/or tablet, camera and chargers
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Food/snacks

Meet at your accommodation. The address will be provided once you book and pay. On the first day, your guide will come and meet you at 5.00pm and provide a briefing.

At your accommodation at Port Macquarie, at about 1.00pm on Day 6.

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            [post_content] => Yuraygir Coastal Walk has been featured in a number of walking magazines with emphasis on the opportunity to explore long stretches of unspoiled NSW coastline and, considering the rapid encroachment of developments in its many forms on natural environments everywhere, we are so lucky that this area has been preserved. Pam Dawes' invitation to join her on a supported walk was too good to pass up: guides, bag transport, estuary crossings and a comfortable bed. Pam, a keen walker and environmental champion, was part of my Tour du Mont Blanc group in August 2017. TMB was a truly great walk with very like-minded people so I didn't think too long about the offer to join Pam for the Yuraygir Coastal Walk:



 

Day 0, 7 September 2019

The drive to Red Rock was an easy 5 hour trip with little Saturday traffic and no road works. As we neared Red Rock, the fires to the east looked serious and aircraft were water-bombing. There was plenty of smoke.

Red Rock is a tiny coastal village with one busy shop and caravan park the only retail establishments. There are however new subdivisions to the south. The group assembled and we were bused to Yamba, the driver a cheery 82 yo lady. The Yamba Hotel looked familiar and a call to Graham confirmed that we had attended Gerry Ryan's wedding there in the '80s sometime. It was in the same dilapidated state but the view could not be faulted: gorgeous.

Our accommodation was on the second floor and our room had a huge sliding window that opened at waist height with a drop to the cement many metres below. An OH&S disaster waiting to happen! The place was thumping, literally, as it was Saturday night with a band and lots of backpackers and locals enjoying the entertainment. Pam and I searched out some food in town for the next day, and later, wished that we had bought/brought more. Even at 5.00 pm, there was not much open. The bus trip and dinner provided an opportunity to glean some first impressions of our walking companions and they were all positive: a very nice bunch. As well as Pam Dawes from Manly, there was Sarah, Steve and Claudia from Port Macquarie, Tony from Byron Bay, Derek from Mosman, plus Marcus and his wife Marika, their daughter Monica with husband Dave and daughter little, 12 months old, Ashlin. Steve had camping gear and used it for some of the nights. Home Comforts Hiking proved to be a well-organised and friendly crew.  

SMOKE Day 1, 8 September 2019 - Angourie to Brooms Head - 17 km - 4 hours walking - 226m elevation gain - 183m elevation loss - av temp 27 deg C

Mara Creek Campsite is the starting point for the Yuraygir Coastal Walk and this site is historically-significance as it was a source of fresh water and fish for the local Goorie (Aboriginal) people. A natural fish trap on the rock platform below the Shelley Beach path is clearly visible. So it is with an appreciation of the timelessness of this stunningly beautiful area that we set off, a family of sorts. A group photo is taken. Little Ashlin is strapped into her carrier and Monica steps out strongly with tales of her walk along the Pacific Crest Trail (4,270 km) that makes our 65 km effort over 4 days seem insignificant. But it is good to chat about ultra trail events and great walks and to hear Monica describe her new interest: trail running, her long legs perfectly built for that. The walk to Lake Arragan via Shelley Headland is varied, with the beach and sand dune trails offering views of ochre-coloured rock platforms and coffee rock sand cliffs to the south. Whales and dolphins are spotted by some of the group but I'm not quick enough to focus. We follow the coastal emu footprint signs and although we come upon wallaby or kangaroo footprints in the sand, we see no emus. Heath and woodland vegetation is diverse and we enjoy a springtime flush of flowers - flannel flowers, orchids, boronias. Coastal banksias, pandanus palms and paperbarks (complete with a native beehive) shade the trails. By midday, the air became quite smoky from the fires to the north-west of Lake Arragan and as we walk on, we speak with locals who have packed up their pets and driven to Plumbago Headland to be well away from the fires. Later we are told that the picnic area near the lake where some of the group enjoyed a bracing swim was burnt out the next day and National Parks closed the section of the walk from Angourie to Laka Arragan until further notice. We end the day with views of Red Cliff and Grey Cliff Headlands and drop down to the beach via stairs - newly repaired. We walk briskly along the beautiful beach to Brooms Head with its stately Norfolk Island pines but as we a glance northward, we are reminded that the fire situation is worsening. Devastating for so many. Our accommodation is adequate - spacious and clean, the only problem being that the bathroom door doesn't close but we aren't too fussed and manage. The bathroom light globe pops but is replaced promptly. The shop is run down as is the owner, the shelves barely stocked and the food is outrageously expensive eg 50g of coffee $12.95! Dinner at the Bowling Club is pleasant and we finish the day with a lively game of BOMB.  

SAND and FLIES Day 2, 9 September 2019 - Brooms Head to Minnie Waters - 20 km - 6 hours walking - 228m elevation gain, 208m elevation loss

A day of two extremes: a delightful 8 km walk along the hard sand of the beach in the morning to Sandon and a horrible 10 km walk on a 4 wheel drive soft-sand track in the afternoon, fighting the flies all the way. But the sun shone, the crossing with Lance in "the BOBSTA" at Sandon was efficient and the wildflowers were gorgeous. Interpretive signs alerted us to the possibility of seeing white-bellied sea eagles (yes) and humpback whales (no), but we did see lots of pelicans at Sandon and yellow-tailed black cockatoos in the coastal cypress thickets in the afternoon. They were magnificent. Sandon is a pretty place with an estuary separating the camping ground and the renovated beach shacks; some are pretty flash. Life is in the slow lane here as access is limited. There is a clear message in the lack of garbage bins - take care of this special place. There was time to have a swim but the wind was cold so a sit in the sun, lunch and a wander around the camping area and along the inlet filled in the time nicely. The break provided an opportunity to read the information signs and appreciate that this stretch of coast is protected by Sanctuary Zones and Commonwealth Marine Reserves. The environmental campaigns of the '80s and '90s are to be applauded. There could not have been a greater contrast to the Brooms Head shop in the Minnie Waters shop: pleasant people run it, well-stocked shelves, pricey...yes but good quality. I eyed off the cheeses... not this time. The sign on the window said it all: Kitchen and Coffee close by 4 (or earlier if there are waves or we just wanna) and the local facilities indicate a community at work here. And what a peaceful end to the day's walk through the Angophoras for the last kilometre to the comfortable cabins at the caravan park. The late afternoon light was magical. We were all feeling a little worn out after the soft-sand slog in the afternoon but showers and pre-dinner drinks followed by a hearty barbeque dinner prepared by Marcus and the family is just what we needed. I need to add that when we left Brooms Head in the morning, there was a possibility that the road would be closed due to the fires and Dave and the trailer would not make it to Minnie Waters. All was well however and Dave was able to bring the gear through as well as the BBQ makings.  

WIND Day 3 - 10 September 2019 - Minnie Waters to Wooli - 16 km - 3.5 hours - 335m elevation gain, 364m elevation loss - av temp 24 deg C

This was to be an easier day of just 16 km and it started well with walking conditions in the morning perfect. There were some rock platforms to pick our way across but overall just more gorgeous beaches. We had morning tea at Diggers Camp Back Beach then walked onto Boorkoom Camping Area and Wilsons Headland for lunch before setting off along Wooli Beach. Unfortunately. a cool southerly wind had sprung up and battered us for 6.5 km. We were pleased to arrive at Wooli River Lodges mid-afternoon. What a nice place. Shady, well-maintained gardens; lodges with good linen; an outdoor fully equipped kitchen; and just 5 minutes to the local store and hotel. We enjoyed dinner at the hotel and this was followed by a gathering in the outdoor kitchen to wish Dave a happy birthday with party hats and cake. It seemed like a long day and I headed back to our lodge while most stayed to play 31. I was surprised to find it was only 7.30 pm but the opportunity for an early night was too good to pass up.  

ROCKS Day 4, 11 September 2019 - Wooli to Red Rock - 15.1 km - 3.5 hours walking time - 335 m elevation gain, 364 m elevation loss - av temp 25 deg C

As he had each morning, Marcus delivered a delicious freshly-brewed coffee and it was a greatly appreciated start to the day. A Wooli Wooli River crossing had been organised for 8.30 am and we were transported to the boat by the proprietor of Wooli River Lodges. Low tide was essential for this section of the walk as off and on for the first 6.5 km there was some rock scrambling. After lunch, we crossed Station Creek estuary easily as it was only wading depth. Then there was another beautiful beach walk to Red Rock River and our final boat crossing to Red Rock. Press play on the following link: https://www.relive.cc/view/v1vjpeABDY6 Pam and I had intended to spend the night at Nambucca Heads but as it was only 2.00 pm when we arrived at Red Rock, we canceled our motel booking, thanked and fare welled our walking family and drove home to Caves Beach. What a wonderful walk along a beautiful, pristine coastline in good company, thanks to Home Comforts Hiking – we couldn’t ask for a better few days! [post_title] => Yuraygir Coastal Walk 7 – 11 September, 2019 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => yuraygir-coastal-walk-7 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-07 03:15:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-07 03:15:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://homecomfortshiking.launchingsoon.com.au/?p=538 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )