On the banks of the beautiful Hastings River and surrounded by national parks and state forests, Wauchope is known for its past as a logging town.
Wauchope is approximately 370 km (4 hr drive) north from Sydney. It is 21 km (25 min drive) to the regional centre of Port Macquarie.
Wauchope is a thriving rural town, the surrounding farm lands support a dairy and cattle industry. The popular heritage theme park, Timbertown pays homage to a past built on logging.
The closest airport to Wauchope is Port Macquarie Airport (25 min drive from Wauchope). Qantas and Virgin Australia operate daily services to Sydney. Virgin Australia also operates direct services to Brisbane and Qantas operates seasonal summer services (October - May) from Port Macquarie to Lord Howe Island.
The XPT train service between Sydney and Brisbane stops at Wauchope daily. A coach connection is provided for passengers travelling to Port Macquarie.
Wauchope is home to nearly 7000 people, the median age of residents is 43 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 8% of the population.
Wauchope District Memorial Hospital provides a 24-hour, level 3 service. It has 18 inpatient beds in the main hospital comprised of eight rehabilitation and ten general medical beds. In addition Wauchope provides specialist palliative care services in a purpose built eight-bed palliative care unit. There is one operating theatre for day-only surgery, including endoscopy, orthopaedic, gynaecology, vascular and urology and the community can access 'walk-in' medical attention from the purpose built Urgent Care Centre, seven days per week. Medical services are provided by GPs and specialist surgeons and anaesthetists contracted to the Mid North Coast Local Health District.
Port Macquarie Base Hospital (less than 20 min drive from Wauchope) is a major referral hospital for the Hastings-Macleay Network. With 195 beds, it provides the majority of specialist medical and surgical services for the network. The hospital includes specialist wards/units for general medicine, surgery, day surgery, planned and emergency theatre service, coronary care, intensive care, obstetrics, paediatrics, 24 hour emergency department, oncology, palliative care, rehabilitation, stroke, acute renal dialysis, high dependency and mental health and an extensive range of outpatient clinics.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Wauchope.