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Starting the Walk

Harry's timeline - Shelley beach

End of the walk


Harry's "caravan

Sitting in Harry's "Caravan"

The photos where mainly taken at Shelley beach which is a lovely beach tucked away just in front of a rain forest.
I would recomend this walk as a “must do” in Port Maquarie.
I have include some info from another site below.
New coastal walk in Port Macquarie
 Explore one of NSW’s most scenic coastlines A new coastal walk has opened in Port Macquarie which is being hailed as the new ‘must-do’ in the region. The walk provides access to one of NSW’s most dramatic and beautiful coastlines, taking in beaches, headlands, historic sites and subtropical rainforest. It is classed as easy grade.

The 9km walk stretches from Westport Park in town to Tacking Point Lighthouse, and should take approximately 3.5hours one way.

Linda Hall, Tourism Manager at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council said, “Visitors are always looking for ways to explore our beautiful beaches and waterways, and with a growing demand for healthy, nature-based experiences, we expect this walk will be very popular”. 

 “The specially constructed walkway hugs the coastline and features viewing platforms, interpretive signage, picnic spots and swimming at bays and beaches. Four out of five times you will see the resident dolphins of Hastings River, plus there is a variety of birdlife and the annual whale migration from May to November.” 

The Coastal Walk can be divided into four sections of approx 2.5km each. The option of a free return bus is available every day.

The Walk is a joint project between Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.


Harry and Jean Thompson moved from Warren NSW in 1960 and took up residence in their caravan at Shelly Beach. Harry became known as the unofficial Mayor and caretaker of Shelly Beach. After Harry’s death in 2001 public artworks were commissioned as a memorial to Harry. The artworks are situated at Harry’s Corner on the northern end of the car park at Shelly Beach overlooking the cove and surfing beach.

Directly adjacent to where Harry and Jean’s caravan once stood now stands a caravan style picnic shelter. Also featured at Harry’s Corner is a monument and a small spiral stone pathway inscribed with reminiscences of Harry. Sculptured timber park furniture created as part of the art project Memories of Harry is featured at both Harry’s Corner and Harry’s Lookout. There is a walking track nearby leading up to Harry’s Lookout on the headland

Wood craving in memory of Harry

I did this walk on Tuesday – what a great walk !!!! Di was at her art course and I decided to try this walk – so glad I did – I will be doing this walk a number of times before we leave Port.



April 20, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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