We’d ordered our lunch, found a table out the front of the pub with fabulous water views, and wandered over to the jetty for a look-see.
On the opposite bank, a tinny was backed up to the edge, and plonked in the water. I thought the two fellows were off for a fish. But no, however, there was a plan.
They rowed directly across the river, and they didn’t worry about the boat ramp. I spotted them moments later, happy at the bar. It would have it’s benefits, living ‘next door’ to a pub.
Coopernook Hotel is not just any pub. They call themselves an RV Friendly Hotel. Patrons are welcome to camp out the back (the front the council land). You and your pet can stop up to 48 hours, there’s room for big rigs – and they ask you to stay hooked up to your van.
There’s 24 hour access to toilets, so please update the book – NSW site 85 in Camps 10 or find it on the Camps Australia Wide App.
You can find a read at the book swap, courtesy of the local Op Shop, use the fish cleaning station or enjoy the beer garden out the back.
You’ll find it a the south end of Coopernook on George Gibson Drive. Coopernook is between Port Macquarie and Taree.
With all the rest areas up the Pacific Highway in NSW sporting “NO CAMPING” signs, it is reassuring to know you can stop at this great overnighter.
Lunch was just another reason to stay – generous and delicious! It definitely is what a reader told us: “Where the good food is”.