Herons Creek was one of the original timber districts on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. It was once a small thriving township that served a substantial area stretching north as far as Bago Road, west to Cedar and Upper Cedar Creek, east to Queens Lake and south almost to Kew.
Today, the district consists of a number of localities: Bobs Creek, Cedar Creek, Logans Crossing and the village of Herons Creek itself. Within this area of approximately 70 square kilometres there are more than 170 homes.
While Herons Creek might appear a sleepy hollow to outsiders, it is in fact a vibrant semi-rural community working hard to reclaim its sense of identity. At least 60 significant landmarks have been identified, each with a fascinating story that helps build a picture of the flourishing early days of the district.
These stories are now being told on a series of interpretive panels located around four new heritage and tourist trails:
• The Pioneer Way
• The Village Way
• The Cedar Way
• The Great North Way
Some of the key stories cover the original indigenous inhabitants of the area, where the paddle-steamers picked up logs for downstream mills, the site of the all-important railway station, the life and times of some of the early settlers – and some of the more famous local residents – and the development of the village after the arrival of the railway and the timber mills.
Natural themes feature at a number of the sites around these trails, especially at places like the historic Queens Lake picnic grounds, the timberlands and rainforest of Cedar Creek, and the peaceful place that is Logans Crossing. Herons Creek is also the gateway to the dramatic Bago Bluff.
Other landmarks include the Herons Creek Vineyards, Bago Vineyards, the Cedar Creek Retreat and a number of local businesses.
The Pioneer Way and the Village Way were opened in 2014, and it is hoped that the Cedar Way and Great North Way will follow.