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Timbertown, Wauhope Australia

Updated on February 6, 2015
Timbertown at Wauchope near Port Macquarie
Timbertown at Wauchope near Port Macquarie | Source

Timbertown near Port Macquarie NSW

If you are holidaying in Port Macquarie and looking for things to do, I can highly recommend a visit to Timbertown which is located in the town of Wauchope (pronounced: war-hope), just 19 klms West of Port Macquarie on the Hastings River.

It is a pleasant half hour drive to Wauchope where Timbertown historical village is located. The heritage theme park is set on 80 acres and dates back to the 1860s. The town grew up around the timber-getting industry which was the main area of employment.

At different times over the course of history, Wauchope shipped out more timber via the railway station to Port Macquarie, than any other Australian country town.The highly prized giant red cedar trees were the focus of the logging industry which supplied construction timbers to the Sydney housing market via Port Macquarie where it would be carried by steam ships along the coast to Sydney harbour.

These days the timber industry has given way to farming and tourism and there are many organic farms producing a wide range of fruits and vegetables.The town has also become known as a great source of delicious gourmet produce such as wines and various cheeses and many people enjoy short breaks over the weekend to enjoy the gastronomical delights on offer.

A well known and renown winery: Broken Bago vineyards is also located in the area.

The Farmers Markets are held at the Wauchope showgrounds on the 4th Saturday of each month and have a wide variety of local organic delicacies which include those grown on local farms.

Timbertown, Wauchope, New South Wales

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Wauchope is 19 klms West of Port Macquarie.

Acknowledgement of Country - Wauchope

I acknowledge the Indigenous traditional custodians of the land now known as Wauchope and pay my respects to the elders of the Birpai people, both past, present and future, for they hold the memories, culture, traditions and hopes of Indigenous people in this area of New South Wales. I will remember that under the man made concrete and asphalt, this land is, was and always will be traditional Aboriginal land.

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      Milli Thornton 5 years ago

      LOL. It's not just the slang, it can also be the speed of delivery. We moved to Australia when I was 12. I remember staying overnight at a friend's house and listening to her talking with her big sister the next morning before I'd even had a cup of tea or had a chance to wake up. They were talking so fast in their Aussie accents I felt like I was from another planet. Not a word of it made sense to me. ;~)

      But the shoe was on the other foot when I moved back to the States at age 37. Just trying to order food in a restaurant was a challenge while my Aussie accent was so thick.

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi Milli, good luck with the re-write of your novel. It's funny when we look back on our 'early works' - I sometimes ask myself what I must have been thinking at the time :/ but we live and learn. I'm sure it will be perfect second time round!

      Such a crack up, you teaching your hubby how to speak Australian. I often think how confusing it must be for tourists to try to decipher what we are talking about, especially visiting inland/outback areas where the slang can be quite prolific. I guess it all adds to the Aussie experience though :)


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      Milli Thornton 5 years ago

      Sharon, we're in a drought here and things are looking brown. Very unusual for Ohio, which is usually a lush green color.

      That novel set in Woolgoolga was written when I was muuuuch younger and I've been lugging it around for 2+ decades. I pulled it out recently and starting reread it. The writing was so painfully unfixable, I've decided I'll write the story over in another form. I've made peace with that; it feels good to just let that novel be the learning experience that it was.

      I know my hubby will love Australia and, like me, wish he could move there. He's been learning Aussie talk from me for almost 15 years, and he would almost fit right in if he bunged on his Aussie. ;~)

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      We had a 3-day short break in Leura a couple of years back, so I fully understand why the Blue Mountains has captured your heart.

      Grandchildren are just the best, aren't they! I have a beautiful little 5 yr old grand-daughter, and another one due in Feb next year, so I won't be venturing too far away for a while either.

      I'm sure your hubby will enjoy the Australian experience, especially with his very own Australian guide to enjoy the sights with.

      Looking forward to reading more of your hubs and best of luck having your 'Woolgoolga' novel published. I've heard that many writers upload and sell their work on Amazon, but don't know much about it other than that. Perhaps it might be an option for your novel.

      Enjoy your summer, it's very wet and cold here this year, so of course we're all looking forward to September :)


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      Milli Thornton 5 years ago

      Sharon, I had a feeling you would tell me you know that area. Ah, yes, Emerald Beach as well. The memories are flooding in.

      I would love to return to live in Australia. My preference would be to return to Leura in the Blue Mountains (I was lucky enough to live there for a year back in the mid-90s) but I would definitely want to also revisit Woolgoolga, which feels more like "my town" than Coffs Harbour. I even have an unpublished novel set in Woolgoolga.

      Unfortunately, my Australian-born daughter loves living here in the States. Now that I'm the nana to a gorgeous little grandson I don't think I could bring myself to live oceans away from them.

      Ironic that I was born in the States but would prefer to live Down Under and yet my daughter, who was born in Oz, prefers the States. However, my American-born husband is keen on seeing Australia, so we hope to visit in the next year or two. I hope that dream comes true!!

      Thanks for the offer of help with making a video. I'm planning to make one with still shots for one of my Hubs - the audio will be an interview that got recorded a year or two ago. I will be sure give you a shout if I get stuck with it. :~)

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi Milli,

      Gosh it's a small world. We have friends who live in Woolgoolga, a cousin at Emerald Beach and we also love staying at Coffs Harbour, especially walking out along the jetty and dropping a line for a spot of fishing. Such a beautiful part of Australia along that stretch of coast.

      The 3-holer dunny is a classic isn't it. Funny thing is, I remember using one as a child in country Victoria in the early 60's which even had a hessian door! It must have been rush hour! ;)

      I keep it pretty simple when it comes to making my little videos, I just use Windows Movie Maker then upload to Youtube and add one of their free music tracks. Give me a yell if it gets a bit tricky and I'll be pleased to help out if I can.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, it is much appreciated.

      Any thoughts of returning to Oz?


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      Milli Thornton 5 years ago

      I'm in Ohio these days but I used to live in Woolgoolga and then Coffs Harbour, both of which are not too far up the NSW coast from Port MacQuarie. I didn't ever visit Timbertown but I remember the ads on TV about it. Having been away from Australia now for 15 years, it feels almost surreal to read about a place so near to where I used to live.

      The three-holer dinkum dunny in the video is hilarious! (But I know I wouldn't think so if I had to use one during rush hour. . . .)

      Which software did you use to make your video?

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      At this point in time it doesn't look as though I'll ever be able to return to my home soil but having previously lived here for thirty three years much about the country feels like home. Being torn beween two loves is harder to image than words can tell and if that were possible I'd tell it in a hub.

      I am comforted by the fact that my family, friends and hub followers as yourself will keep me well informed on all that is Australian.

      Always appreciate your beautiful land never taking it for granted.

      Your kind note is very much appreciated.

      From over the ocean!

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Thank you for dropping by LadyLyell.

      I do remember you saying that you would keep in touch, so it's lovely to hear from you again!

      The cedar industry is certainly a big part of our amazing history. I didn't realise that the Central Coast also gave up it's cedar trees in the early days. The landscape has changed so much, it's hard to imagine how it used to look.

      I trust you have settled in well to your new home in South Africa. Do you have any plans to return to Australia at some point?

      All the best, Sharon

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      You may remember I promised to follow all things Australian from my new home in South Africa and so I have read your article with interest.

      What amazing history!

      The cedar trees even on the Central Coast in history put the regions on the map.

      In the book "Fatal Shores" much is written about the exports of the cedars and much to South Africa in those early days which I found rather interesting.

      I'll pop back and read your informative hub again now.

      Best wishes to you and all in wonderful Newcastle!