River delights and beautiful walks

An idyllic holiday spot on the banks of the beautiful Camden Haven River, Laurieton is close to gorgeous beaches and spectacular national parks and reserves. Enjoy locally harvested oysters, the Riverwalk Markets and the Slice of Heaven Food and Wine Festival, too.

  • Dooragan Lookout, Dooragan National Park
  • Diamond Head Campground, Laurieton

About Laurieton

A charming village between Dooragan National Park and Camden Haven Inlet, Laurieton is only four hours’ drive from Sydney in the Greater Port Macquarie region on the NSW North Coast. You’ll find plenty of things to do, including fishing, boating, kayaking, bushwalking and swimming.

Explore the Camden Haven River with Camden Haven Cruises or hire a kayak from Dunbogan Boatshed and paddle along the beautiful waterway, home to dolphins and turtles. North Brother Mountain towers over the area and is popular with bushwalkers, hang-gliders and paragliders.

Diamond Head Beach, Laurieton

Along the spectacular coast are more exhilarating walks, including the Perpendicular Point walking track in Kattang Nature Reserve and the Diamond Head loop walk, Mermaid lookout track and the Forest walking track all in Crowdy Bay National Park, a short drive south of Laurieton.

Accommodation options range from riverside retreats, motels and caravan parks to the Diamond Head beachside campground. Just 30 minutes’ drive south of Port Macquarie, Laurieton has plenty of delicious places to eat, from cafes to pubs and clubs. Taste locally harvested oysters at Armstrong Oysters, browse in the Riverwalk Markets and indulge in the Slice of Haven Food and Wine Festival.

Fly into Port Macquarie Airport

Port Macquarie Airport is 4.5km from Port Macquarie’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip west. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Fly direct daily to and from Sydney and Brisbane with QantasLink and Virgin Airlines. A seasonal weekly QantasLink service to Lord Howe Island is also available from Port Macquarie during the months of February to June, and September to December. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Sydney to travel into Port Macquarie.

  1. Blackbutt Picnic Area

    Located near the northern end of Crowdy Bay National Park, just down from Dunbogan Beach, Blackbutt picnic area is a place full of surprises.Enter through a maze of sentry-like blackbutt and clumping banksia...

  2. Charles Hamey lookout

    Just a short walk from the carpark, you’ll be amazed at the breathtaking coastal views from Charles Hamey lookout. Sit on the cliff tops and admire magnificent scenery overlooking Gogleys Lagoon, with North Brother...

  3. Cheesetree picnic area

    Close to Crowdy Bay National Park’s northern entrance, this grassy, wind-sheltered nook is nestled behind the dunes and offers plenty of space for the kids to run around. Only a short drive from Port Macquarie,...

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