Bonny Hills is a peaceful and pretty seaside town on the New South Wales North Coast, just a short drive from Port Macquarie. The region has some wonderful bushwalking, beaches and local attractions, and is the perfect destination for a relaxing escape.
Ingenia Holidays Bonny Hills is set on absolute beach frontage on the picturesque Rainbow Beach. If you still need an excuse to visit this lovely region, here are ten reasons you need to head to Bonny Hills.
Rainbow Beach is the perfect spot to stretch out on the sand and enjoy some sunshine or take a refreshing dip. The beach is nestled between Middle Rock Point and Bonny Hills where the Duchess Gully Creek winds its way to the ocean, and best of all it’s right next to Ingenia Holidays Bonny Hills.
Bago Vineyard and Maze
Unwind with a glass of wine and delicious platters of local cheese and meats at Bago Vineyard and Maze. The family owned property is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Lay out a picnic on the grassed area, purchase some wines from their ever expanding range at the cellar door or challenge yourself to navigate the huge hedge maze.
Laurieton Riverwalk Markets
Browse market stalls on the picturesque banks of the Camden Haven River at the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets, held the third Sunday of each month. Indulge your tastebuds with gourmet food and fresh local produce, be enchanted by colourful arts and crafts or hunt for a bargain amongst the bric-a-brac stalls. The markets are a popular family day out and often feature kids’ entertainment or live music.
Timbertown Heritage Village
Walk in the footsteps of Australia’s pioneers at the Timbertown Heritage Village. As you stroll around the village you will be transported back to the turn of the century, snack on authentic Aussie damper, see the blacksmith working at the forge and take a ride on a traditional steam train or horse and carriage.
Burrawan State Forest
Burrawan State Forest is a great place to do some bushwalking or sit back and relax with a picnic. Follow the Old Bottlebutt walking track through the forest and across footbridges to the spectacular ‘Old Bottlebutt’. The imposing Red Bloodwood is over 200 years old and 16 metres around at its base, making it one of the biggest examples of its species in the world. Sit for a moment on the hardwood timber viewing deck and take in the sheer scale of this natural wonder.
Get up close with Australian and exotic animals in a lush bushland setting at Billabong Zoo. Learn about the Zoo’s koala breeding program, listen to entertaining animal talks throughout the day or book a one-on-one encounter with koalas, snow leopards, red pandas, meerkats and more.
Long Point Vineyard & Art Gallery
Spend a day at Long Point Vineyard & Art Gallery, a charming and unique property that brings together local art and winemaking in a picturesque Hastings hinterland location. Meander around the beautiful grounds and see the impressive outdoor sculptures and the vineyards that grow the grapes for the wonderful wines produced at the winery. Taste some of the wine varieties such as Chardonnay, Frontignac, Verdelho, Cabernet and Chambourcin, or try their famous Agent Orange liqueur.
Queens Lake Nature Reserve
Relax by the lake with a picnic lunch or explore the lush rainforest and towering eucalypts of Queens Lake Nature Reserve. Keep an eye out for koalas lazing in the forks of gum trees and the abundant birdlife flitting amongst the canopy. The lake is a popular spot for fishing, boating and kayaking, and provides a cool and tranquil retreat on a hot day.
There are a great range of fishing charters available from Bonny Hills and nearby Port Macquarie, sure to satisfy even the keenest angler. Fish regularly caught in the area include perch, kingfish, dolphinfish and snapper, and there are tours to choose from to suit everyone from beginners through to experienced anglers.
Port Macquarie Camel Safaris
See Port Macquarie’s most beautiful southerly beach, Lighthouse Beach, from a whole new perspective on a tour with Port Macquarie Camel Safaris. Take in the beach views and be delighted with fascinating stories of the region and about these charming animals as you travel along the sandy beach.
Ingenia Holidays Bonny Hills is located just 20 minutes south of Port Macquarie next to the stunning Rainbow Beach. The park offers a range of cabin, caravan and camping accommodation along with a great in park facilities.