Independent candidate for New England Adam Blakester said it was "perplexing" to learn his electoral adversary was campaigning on the coast.
"This last week, for me, is about trying to have much contact across the electorate as I can," Mr Blakester said.
"I thought he would have been here."
Mr Blakester was manning the pre-polling booth in Tenterfield on Monday and planned to be in Bingara tomorrow.
"Our sense is that a lot of people, the National Party included, feel like they're in an unbeatable position, but we're going to work hard until 6pm on Saturday night on a very sound policy platform and a capable team in the electorate," he said.
BARNABY Joyce has denied he is taking the New England electorate for granted as he hits the hustings on the coast less than a week out from the federal election. Independent candidate for Cowper Rob Oakeshott took to Twitter to call out Mr Joyce on Monday, who was a "long way from his own seat, hanging around pre-poll in Nambucca Heads."