Laurieton sits on the banks of the beautiful Camden Haven River at the base of North Brother Mountainin the Port Macquarie region of the mid North Coast of NSW. You’ll find plenty of things to do and see in this diverse landscape, which includes rugged wilderness, gorgeous beaches and a vast system of waterways.
Bushwalking and wildlife
The area around Laurieton checks all the boxes for nature lovers: visit the North Brother lookout in Dooragan National Park to enjoy breathtaking views of Camden Haven Inlet and beyond; drive to the scenic summit; or hike the challenging 3km Laurieton track to the top. North Brother summit is popular with hang-gliders and paragliders.
Discover more district views on the Perpendicular Point walking track in the Kattang Nature Reserve, where wildflowers carpet the ground in Spring. The point lookout is superb for spotting dolphins and whale watching between May and November. Charles Hamey lookout offers sweeping coastal views, too.
The lovely Dunbogan Beach curves 9.3 km south to the sunlit glint of Diamond Head, in the northern section of Crowdy Bay National Park. You might spot koalas in the park on trails such as the family-friendly Metcalfes walking track or the Diamond Head loop walk, a 4.3km path that celebrates the region's natural beauty.
You can hire kayaks, stand-up paddle boards or small boats from the Dunbogan Boatshed and explore the Camden Haven River, a favourite with dolphins and turtles. Don't forget to look up too – sea eagles are often seen soaring above Camden Haven River, Queens Lake and Watson Taylors Lake while hunting for fish.
Eat and drink
The streets of Laurieton are lined with great cafes, pubs and clubs. A meal in Laurieton should include local oysters, which you can purchase from the farm gate at Rockin’ Oysters between October and June. The monthly Riverwalk Markets and The Slice of Haven Festival in May also celebrate local food, wine and beer.
Getting there and where to stay
Laurieton is a four-hour drive north of Sydney, around seven hours from Brisbane and just 30min from Port Macquarie. Interstate trains stop at nearby Kendall and Wauchope stations and there are regular flights into Port Macquarie Airport. Accommodation ranges from motels and caravan parks to stylish riverside retreats.