Wauchope makes up only a small part of what is known as the Greater Port Macquarie region.
With an estimated population of 74,000, the Greater Port Macquarie region spans 3700 square kilometres, from the mouth of the Hastings River, south to the mouth of the Camden Haven River and all the way west to the Great Dividing Range.
The region's terrain is very diverse including; coastal wetlands and sand dunes, flood plains, to rainforests and mountainous areas. Other towns in the region include; Port Macquarie, Laurieton, Bonny Hills, Lake Cathie, Comboyne and Kendall.
Port Macquarie is the largest city in the region and is situated on the coast, 20km west of Wauchope. It is situated on the Hastings River and enjoys a pristine coastline that contains many picturesque beaches.
The town CBD hosts a variety of different shops, ranging from surfing shops to craft and gift shops and various clothing boutiques.
For the animal lover, why not checkout the Billabong Wildlife Park or see the Koalas at the Koala Hospital. A must do for the naturist is a visit to Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, home of one of the last coastal rainforests reserves in New South Wales.
Town Green offers a perfect place to sit and relax and enjoy a lovely picnic whilst taking in the sights of the nearby Hastings River. The river is ideal for water sports such as jet skiing and windsurfing and it provides the backdrop for some excellent fishing.
Laurieton is scenically located 40km southeast of Wauchope at the base of North Brother Mountain and the mouth of the Camden Haven River.
A must do when visiting Laurieton, is the North Brother Lookout. Located at the summit of North Brother Mountain, which is over 400 metres high, the lookout provides one of Australia's most impressive panoramic views of the eastern coastline. The mountain also contains a large rainforest with walking trails allowing one to view its abundant native flora and fauna.
Queens Lake, in the heart of Laurieton, is the location for some really fun water sports to be enjoyed such as boating and water skiing, whilst fishing is a must when visiting.
The elevated coastal views from this village, 25km Southeast of Wauchope, are some of the most spectacular in the region.
Bonny Hills was once a sleepy seaside home to the fisherman of the region, but now, the old wooden fishing shacks are gone, replaced by homes and holiday parks with million dollar views.
The vast stretching Rainbow Beach provides the perfect location to unwind and relax, or perhaps do some fishing or 4WD driving or just let the world drift by.
Lake Cathie is just 22km Southeast of Wauchope. It is a perfect holiday destination; with a large saltwater lake that is the second largest estuarine salt lake in NSW. The lake is periodically opened to the sea and provides soothing warm shallow waters to be enjoyed. There are various BBQs and picnic tables around the lake for you to enjoy the scenery whilst having some locally caught fish.
Up on the northern headland is a fantastic forest walk, with a viewing platform, which offers fabulous views across the lake and out to the ocean.
Comboyne is an attractive rural township located 37km Southwest of Wauchope. It is a pleasant, peaceful destination, surrounded by some amazing bushwalking country.
The Comboyne area has been a prime dairy farming area for many years, with the area not only producing some delicious dairy but also other produce such as; avocados, macadamias and blueberries.
Kendall Once Called Camden Haven until it was renamed in honour of famous Australian poet Henry Kendall, Kendall is located 25km South of Wauchope.
The area was settled for its abundance of timber which was its main industry. Kendall is now a quiet town, offering visitors the opportunity to see heritage listed buildings such as the Kendall School of Arts, which was built in 1908. The Fred Norrie Riverside Reserve alongside the Camden Haven River is available for one to enjoy a swim and a picnic after a full day of sight-seeing.