About 40 minutes north of Kempsey, Yarrahapinni boasts one of the most spectacular views on the coast. On a clear day, from the top of 498-metre Mount Yarrahapinni in the Yarriabini National Park, you can almost see the entire Macleay Valley Coast.
On your way up the mountain make sure to stop at The Pines picnic area. Surrounded by towering pines, the area offers free facilities, bushwalking trails and Aboriginal Dreamtime artworks making it great for a relaxing picnic or short stroll.
From there continue driving through the forest before reaching the Mount Yarrahapinni lookout. It’s a great place to enjoy your picnic lunch or do some birdwatching, so take your binoculars.
The view takes in the sweeping coastline and hinterland in a south east-west direction. You will be able to see the agricultural farms that the Macleay is known for with banana, macadamias avocados and fruit plantations nestled along the hillsides. This area offers farmers prime volcanic soil and sheltered conditions – perfect for producing top quality produce.
You will also be able to see where the Macleay River empties into the ocean and the surrounding river systems.