Suburb Profiles

Bonny Hills

Bonny Hills is a town in New South Wales, Australia about 20 minutes’ drive south of Port Macquarie. In 2011, it had a population of 2,659 people.
The Wauchope - Bonny Hills Surf Club is the longest established organisation within the town and has been continuously operating since 1958. The Surf Club built a new club house at their headquarters of Rainbow Beach in 2009 replacing the original building which was built by voluntary local efforts in 1959.
Bonny Hills has a service station, local Tavern, local beach, two holiday parks, post office, real estate and a fire station. 

Camden Haven

Camden Haven is a small harbour in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, approximately 30 km south of the major regional centre of Port Macquarie. The harbour is located where the Camden Haven River empties into the Tasman Sea.
Camden Haven is also the name given to a group of settlements located on the shores of Camden Haven and in the rural hinterland. Laurieton is the largest town and the commercial centre for Camden Haven, located on the harbour's western shore.
Other communities in the immediate vicinity of the harbour include North Haven and Dunbogan. Lakewood is a new residential area west of Laurieton, while further inland are the villages of Kew on the Pacific Highway and Kendall on the North Coast Line.
The Camden Haven region is bordered on the west by the Comboyne plateau. The district consists of fertile, well-watered valleys punctuated by several large mountains, notably the Three Brothers. The region's economy is based on tourism, fisheries, forestry and oyster farming.

Lake Cathie

Lake Cathie (pronounced Cat-eye) is located about 15 minutes drive south of Port Macquarie and in 2011, it had a population of 2,995.

The town is a popular holiday destination on the Mid North Coast because of its tranquil location which hosts the lake, lagoon and beaches. It has a Woolworths supermarket, local Tavern, Lake Cathie Bowling Club, bakery, fish & chip shop, coffee shop, pharmacy, post office, a newsagent and a bargain shop. There is now a medical centre offering services from GP’s, pathology, physiotherapy, dentist, podiatry and a pharmacy. Its main feature is a tidal lake fed by the ocean daily. Several times throughout the year the lake is closed over by shifting sands and becomes dark in colour due to the tannins in local flora. Tourism centres around the lake as it is a popular swimming and fishing spot all year round especially when the lake is open.  Lake Cathie is also features amongst the largest roadside attractions with the world’s largest Bowl.


Laurieton is a coastal town on the Mid North Coast of the Australian state of New South Wales. Laurieton is the largest town in the Camden Haven district. Laurieton is 365 km north of Sydney and 42 km south of Port Macquarie. It lies between the base of North Brother Mountain and the Camden Haven River.
The largest school in the district, Camden Haven High School, is located approximately 5 km away from Laurieton's shopping and business centre.

North Haven

North Haven is a suburb in the Camden Haven district on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. As the suburb's name suggests, North Haven is located on the northern shore of Camden Haven and is connected to the nearby commercial centre of Laurieton by a bridge.
North Haven is mainly residential, though there is a small row of shops along the main street, Ocean Drive. Like much of the Mid North Coast, the suburb is notable for its large proportion of retirees; the median age at the 2006 Census was 57.


Wauchope is a town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. It is within the boundaries of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area. Wauchope is inland on the Hastings River and the Oxley Highway 19 km (12 mi) west of Port Macquarie. The town is 406 km north of the state capital Sydney.
Wauchope is the location of Timbertown, a popular heritage theme park based around the logging industry that formed the basis for Wauchope's early economy and prosperity. The town has a population of approximately 7,500 (as of 2006 - including King Creek & Redbank). It has also played an important role in the Hastings Valley dairy industry.