Imagine the silence of acres of pristine wetlands, a silence broken only by the calls of the native birds and the dip of a canoe paddle. This is just one of the many delights awaiting you at the Valley of the Mist located at 88 Congarinni North Road, Talarm, about 5 kilometers out of Macksville.
A working farm, comprising 106 acres, the Valley has been run for generations, initially by the Spalding family, now by the family of Dennis and Marilyn Ryan.
Now entirely devoted to farming using sustainable and environmentally friendly methods, Dennis works with nature to manage a native tree orchard, which includes lillipilli, lemon myrtle, Davidson plum, aniseed myrtle, Dorrigo pepper and macadamia.
Much of the fruit and foliage they produce is turned into gourmet bushtucker on the farm near Macksville, including salad dressings, jams, marinades and sauces.
All of this the rare and beautiful East Coast wetlands and the sustainable orchards tucked into the remains of rain forest can be sampled by tour or taste.
Valley of the Mist offers seasonal Walking and Bushtucker Tours and Tastings as well as a unique Canoe Tour of the acres of wetlands. As Dennis says: It a wondrous place. I still get joy out if it.
As one visitor said:" What a brilliant way to spend a day".
Valley of the Mist is located approximately half way between Sydney and Brisbane, 5 km west of Macksville. Turn off the Pacific Highway at the sign for Taylors Arm. At the village of Congarinni turn right, crossing the river and proceed 800m to the Valley of the Mist property which is sign posted on the right hand side.