Timber Town - The major attraction near Wauchope.
The major attraction near Wauchope is the Timbertown Pioneer Village, which has literally dozens of houses recreating an old timber town of the 1880s. The early settlers and timber getters made Wauchope their home in this period. The town thrived for many years as a timber town and a recreation of Wauchope in the early days is now a historical theme park.
We had quite a good time in Timbertown and tasted the excitement of Australian life as it was 100 years ago. We met memorable characters in the school when we had to take a class the old fashion style.
Away from the beach
There are certain roads in Australia. They are on the east coast and they travel from the coast to the top of the Great Dividing Range. En route they pass through, in my opinion, some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery Australia has to offer.
Sadly, few international tourists gravitate onto these roads. Instead, lured by beaches they've only ever seen on brochures, they hug the coast. While I'm not knocking that activity, I am suggesting that you tarry awhile inland where you will come across scenes such as this on the Wauchope - Walcha Road. This route also passes by Tia and Apsley Falls, also included in these pages.
If this has appeal then don't miss it. There's about a dozen such roads and all of them have something to offer.
As a day trip out of Port Macquarie or a route to take you over the Great Divide, this road has a lot to offer.
"Alma Doepel" Sailing Ship
"Old Sailing Ship, A " Must Board" Attraction"
Located at the Town Wharf thw "Alma Doepel" cannot be missed from land or river. Restoration of this delightful old sailing ship is nearing completion and it is open for public inspection daily for a very small entrance fee of $3 per adult, all proceeds funding the restoration.
Full details on my Things To Do tips.
"The History of the "Alma Doepel""
Particulars relating to this sailing ship are detailed on the notice.
"Fully Rigged & Currently Sails"
The restoration has reached a stage where the ship sails on the river. Registration to take passageners had not been achieved at the time of my visit.
"Imagine The View When Under Sail."
"Ready To Get Underway"
The mainsails at the stern (rear) of the ship are ready to go, it is interesting to see all the ropes and swivells necessary to raise the sails.
"Below Decks For A Peaceful Night's Sleep."
The sleeping quarters have that closeness that may test my tolerance level.
"Looking Majestic At The Wharf"
There is no doubt that the "Alma Doepel" adds much to the shoreline when taking a ferry cruise along the hastings River.
"The Ship's Bell"
The original bell remains bright and shiny just as it was in 1903.