North Haven coastal walk
Follow an enjoyable coastal track that passes through littoral rainforest, heathland and eucalypt forests at Grants Beach, located on the north side of the Camden Haven River mouth. The track lies behind the beach and is popular for bushwalking and birdwatching.
About North Haven
Located 30km south of Port Macquarie on the NSW North Coast, North Haven is surrounded by lakes, beaches, national parks and nature reserves. Wherever you stay in North Haven, you'll be close to nature and find plenty of things to see and do.
Water sports are top of the must-do list. Grants Beach is popular with surfers â the southern end of the beach is protected by a breakwall that offers great âright-handersâ with a southerly swell. The beach is also patrolled during school holidays and has picnic spots and other facilities.
Fishing is popular at any time of the year in the local waterways. Make sure you have a fishing license before trying your hand at the wide range of fishing on offer from freshwater bass in the upper reaches of the river to estuarine species such as bream, flathead and luderick in the lakes. Go kayaking or sailing on the peaceful waters of Queens Lake and keep an eye out for birdlife in Queens Lake Nature Reserve.
A good way to explore the local area is on easy drives such as to Crowdy Bay National Park with its rugged coastline, sweeping beaches, rocky headlands, sand plains, wetlands and heathlands. Stop at historic Kylie's Hut for a picnic and short loop walk to the northern end of Crowdy Beach. Another great picnic spot is at the summit of North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National Park where you'll enjoy some of the most spectacular views on the east coast of Australia. The old-growth forests are home to a number of rare and endangered species including koalas, powerful owls, yellow-bellied gliders and spotted-tailed quolls. North Haven offers a wide choice of accommodation places to stay, restaurants, clubs and cafes where you can enjoy good food and great ocean views.
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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.
Perpendicular Point, Kattang Nature Reserve, Camden Haven Image Credit: Greater Port Macquarie Tourism
North Brother Mountain, Dunbogan. Image O Wilson, Greater Port Macquarie Tourism
Scenic Coastal Walk, Port Macquarie. Image R Eason, Greater Port Macquarie Tourism
Beach, North Haven. Image Matthew Cramer
North Haven tidal pool. Image Ron Payne, Camden Haven Tourism