Lansdowne and Coopernook are quiet rural gateways to the broad rivers, lush valleys and high forests of the Manning Valley.
Coopernook means 'the elbow' in the local Biripi language.
First settled in 1848, this village lies in the Lansdowne River valley, adjacent to the Coorabakh National Park and the village of Langley Vale, which was served by the Langley Vale Timber Tramway from 1897 to 1933, as well as Coopernook and the Lansdowne State Forests.
Lansdowne was the main crossing point for travellers going to and from Port Macquarie for nearly 40 years. Lansdowne is the gateway to the Manning Valley's northern hinterland.
Peace and quiet has descended on the village of Coopernook since the Pacific Highway was diverted, making it even more attractive as the gateway to the northern forests which offer spectacular lookouts and waterfalls.
The local pub on the river offers friendly hospitality, great bistro meals and there is a riverside park close by which has barbecue facilities, a boat ramp and floating pontoon. Located on the banks of the Lansdowne River near where it meets the Manning River, this quaint village offers great fishing spots and picnic areas for the whole family to enjoy.
Coopernook means 'the elbow' in the local Aboriginal language, Biripi. This name refers to the bend in the Lansdowne River which looks like an elbow of an arm.
The village has several historic buildings including the primary school (1875), post office (1876) and the Coopernook Hotel, located on the edge of the Lansdowne River, established in the late 1920s.
Within this tiny valley of rolling green pastures fed by rich volcanic soils (drought proof) you'll find rainforest, waterfalls & swimming holes, 2WD easily-accessed mountain peaks & volcanic plugs which lead to sweeping vistas that rival Katoomba ... over Lansdowne, Comboyne, Taree and out to the coast. Plus thousands of acres of National Parks & State forests. Hannam Vale is a special place of the Barrington Coast, an emerald hidden gem.
Nearby attractions to Lansdowne and Coopernook include:
- Coorabakh National Park
- Newbys Creek Cave and Lookout
- Cattai Wetlands
- Lansdowne Nature Reserve
- The Three Brothers Region