Upper Lansdowne, The Comboyne, Elands
The Upper Lansdowne is known for its incredible views. From the town you can take in no less than a dozen mountain peaks, many of which are extinct volcanoes, rising dramatically from the fertile red soil below. There's also a local cafe at Upper Lansdowne which is a great vantage point from which to view the nearby escarpment - spectacular at sunset.
The Comboyne is a picturesque, mountain-top farming area which reminds many travellers of England. The early settlers were, in fact, English dairy farmers and today, descendants of those original settlers still work the land. Here, you'll find deer farms, a pig farm, blueberry and Kiwi fruit farms as well as farms which grow trees for rural improvement. Also, just a few kilometres out of town, there's the Boorganna Nature Reserve which features a stunning waterfall and charming tea garden.
The crisp mountain air around Elands is a bushwalker's paradise. From the small but friendly township, you can take in Ellenborough Falls, the longest sheer drop waterfall in the southern hemisphere, and pristine forest areas like Tirrill Creek Flora Reserve. Markets are held near the town's co-op featuring unique hand-made wares direct from local artisans and craftspeople. Views to the coast and into the vast hinterland are spectacular on a clear day, especially from Blue Knob Lookout and Rowleys Rock.