His Nuts, Her Nuts & Mixed Nuts
LORNE MACADAMIA NUT FARM CAFE
This could genuinely be an off the beaten path tip as it is some 25 minutes drive inland from North Haven.
Now let me explain the Tip Title. It's a working Macadamia Nut Farm which also has quite a nice little cafe. In keeping with the theme of "Nuts" the men's restroom has the sign, "His Nuts" on it while "Her Nuts" is obvious who it is there for & "Mixed Nuts" is the sign for the disabled restroom..
But, we didn't drive up there just to have my funny bone tickled. We drove up there to try the Cafe out. Not bad tucker at all & I'm here to tell you that the coffee was very definitely worth the drive.
We were also lucky as a Bus Tour arrived about 20 minutes after us. While it slowed service down a little, it more importantly saw a talk being given to this group after they'd finished eating & we were lucky enough to be able to hear it too. Our 6 year old twin girls were very interested in all that was said, as were we.
It had a lovely ambience with verdant views & peaceful calmness. I also enjoyed the surfboards suspended from the ceiling as some of them were just like the one I learnt one too long ago. lol!
If you are in the area & want to come up here for lunch I'd suggest ringing in advance to see if you can make it when they are going to have a tour group there, but make sure you either book for, or get there, about half an hour before they are scheduled to arrive.
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
Get Out on the Water and Have a Look Around
With a great river that flows into (or through)two different lakes, Queen's Lake & Watson Taylor Lake, there is no shortage of water to explore.
Many locals have their own boats (my father in law being one of them) and many holiday makers, particularly during Christmas and Easter, bring their own boats as well. Making the boatramps busy at these times of year.
If you don't either have access to, or bring your own, boat then you can hire one oif 11 hire boats at the Dunbogan Boatshed and Marina. Will add info about boat hire from aforesaid place and Christmas Cove Caravan Park as general tips
The only photo I have that's at all applicable here is one of us coming in to the Laurieton boat ramp near the swimming baths with my father-in-law at the helm. We'd been out for a run with him. It was the girls first trip in a boat. They loved it!
- Water Sports
- Family Travel
The View From the Top is Worth It!
North Brother Mountain was named by Captain Cook while his ship the 'Endeavour' was sailing up the east coast in 1770, along with Middle Brother and South Brother.
It is the focal point of Dooragan National Park and towers over the local area at an imposing 487 metres. I know that is pretty insignificant to you my European & American VT friends, but for something so close to the ocean, it is something of a rarity for Australia. As such it is something as beautiful and imposing to us as Mt Rainier is to Seattle and area.
In 1970 the Captain Cook Bicentenary Drive (unsuitable for caravan towing!!!!) was opened. It allows vehicular access to the summit where you will find a number of viewing platforms on both the northeastern coastal side and the south both coastal & inland looking side. These provide not only beautiful views, but also excellent photo opportunities so bring you camera & lots of film. There are also picnic tables and gas & wood barbecues (but check re' Fire Bans before using the wood ones - should be signs posted to advise you!)
Feeling energetic? if yes, then do one of the three walks: (i) the Rainforest Loop, (ii) Top Tracker and (iii) Laurieton Track. The first two are more easily manageable, but the third one is a top to bottom walk. Hence for the average fitness people perhaps you could get someone to drop you at the top and then pick you up at the base of the mountain in Laurieton when you finish 30 - 60 minutes later. However, for the hikers (e.g. mtncorgi from Oregon) amongst you then you will want to start at the base and walk up then possibly walk back down again!
If you are really lucky you might see some of the fairly rarely seen fauna e.g koalas, yellow bellied gliders (probably not in the day time), powerful owls (ditto) and spotted tailed quolls.
You are also likely to see, given the right prevailing winds, hang gliders as this is an extremely popular spot for descending from.
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
- Hang Gliding