Budget-friendly getaway to the Port Macquarie hinterland
Mount Seaview is breathtakingly beautiful when the sun slowly creeps up from behind the rolling hills of the World Heritage listed Werrikimbe National Park. The fog starts to unveil fluffy, grazing cows and kangaroos, and a calmly babbling Hastings River, where holidaymakers and campers silently wait for a glimpse of the resident platypus family.
Owner Ralph Clissold, who has spent almost his whole life on this property, scoots past on his red motorbike; he’s getting ready to take yet another group of travellers around 5,500 acres of green graze land and lush rainforest. With its hundreds-of-years-old trees, the Mount Seaview area is home to the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest anywhere on earth. Set amid tall ribbon gum and Antarctic beech trees, holidaymakers find plenty of picnic spots and walking tracks, weaving their way through a stunning mix of cool temperature, warm temperature and subtropical forest. Visitors can grab a picnic pack from the resort’s own restaurant, swing themselves onto a quad bike and spend a few hours exploring the local sights. There’s a good chance they will stumble upon at least a few of the 120 species of birds that call Mt Seaview their home.
The resort boasts a range of very affordable accommodation options, suiting ever-empty backpacker wallets and tight family budgets. Whether you would like to camp, share a spacious lodge with fellow travellers, or indeed stay at a self-contained unit with a comfortable bed and a hot shower, Mount Seaview Resort offers a variety of budget-friendly overnight options.
There is, however, a way to upgrade from the three-star accommodation to a lodge with no less than a billion stars. Drive your 4WD up the mountain to spend a night in the newly built Mountain Peak lodge, where you will feel like you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Mount Seaview valley to your feet. Loved-up couples you can sit on the veranda and enjoy the peace and quiet, surrounded by nothing more than whip birds and other forest natives.
The next long weekend is coming up – dust off your walking boots, grab your Akubra and make your way out to Mount Seaview Resort to breathe the fresh air and reconnect with the world around you. Ralph and Sid, the four-legged ‘property managers’, are surely expecting you.
by Sarah Michalska
Sarah Michalska reviewed Mt Seaview Resort, Port Macquarie, accommodation valued at $150.00 per night, dinner and breakfast. The resort caters to all your needs and is happy to accommodate weddings as well as functions, corporate events and school groups.
Mount Seaview Resort
p: 02 6587 7255
a: 175 Mount Seaview Rd, Mount Seaview NSW 2446