North Haven

With beautiful waterways, gorgeous beaches and magnificent wilderness, North Haven is a lovely escape on the banks of the Camden Haven River. At riverside cafes you can spot dolphins swimming in the inlet, enjoy water sports on sparkling Queens Lake and explore the spectacular national parks.

North Haven is in Greater Port Macquarie, on the mid North Coast of NSW. The enchanting town is at the mouth of the Camden Haven Inlet and near the Queens Lake Nature Reserve, a haven for koalas in the old growth forests. The lake is popular for fishing, boating, kayaking and swimming.

Black swans on Queens Lake near North Haven, south of Port Macquarie

Next to the calm waters is the Queens Lake picnic area, with picnic tables and wood barbecues – you’ll need to bring firewood. In the towering forests around the picnic spot is an array of native animals, including koalas that have been cared for in the Koala Hospital in nearby Port Macquarie.

The river is home to dolphins, stingrays and turtles. Hire a kayak or take a river cruise and experience up close the marine life in the estuary and the birds of prey soaring above. Dunbogan Boatshed offers kayaks and stand-up paddleboards - a great way to see bottlenose dolphins and white-bellied sea eagles.

Grants Beach, also known as North Haven Beach, curves about 3.5km along the stunning coastline. The southern end is a popular surfing area, with the inlet breakwall creating great right-handers in southerly swells. There are picnic tables, showers and other amenities adjacent the southern end.

People relaxing on beautiful Grants Beach, North Haven

The delightful Grants Beach Coastal Walk winds through heathland wildflowers, swamp paperbarks and eucalypts to Grants Head, a vantage point for whale watching between May and November. Just north is the pretty Rainbow Beach, which sweeps 2.5km between Bonny Hills and Middle Rock Point.

West across Stingray Creek from North Haven are Laurieton and the Dooragan National Park, where the North Brother lookout offers breathtaking views of the waterways and beyond. South across the river mouth is Perpendicular Point, another top location for watching humpbacks and other whales.

Accommodation options in and around North Haven range from holiday parks to beach houses and motels. The town is four hours’ drive north of Sydney and about six hours south of Brisbane. You can also fly into Port Macquarie Airport and rent a car for the short drive south to North Haven.

Port Macquarie Airport

Fly into Port Macquarie Airport

Port Macquarie Airport is 4.5km from Port Macquarie’s town centre. Make the short trip into the city using the taxi services at the terminal or ride-sharing Uber. 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. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Brisbane to travel into Port Macquarie.

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  1. Laurieton Riverwalk Market

    Sunday 16 December 2018 to Sunday 15 December 2019 , Laurieton

    Enjoy a bite to eat by the riverside, or get your kitchen in order with a range of fresh produce and gourmet foods to take home. With an extensive range of toys, clothes, fashion, plants, candles, perfumes, fishing gear, furniture and so…

    16 Dec - 15 Dec
  2. Daryl Braithwaite

    Friday 21 December 2018 , Laurieton

    Daryl Braithwaite is performing smash hits like 'As the Days Go By' and 'One Summer' and 'Horses'. Tickets on sale now and can be purchased over the phone, at reception or online.…

    21 Dec
  3. Thirsty Merc

    Friday 28 December 2018 , Laurieton

    Thirsty Merc will be performing smash hits like 'take Me Back, Someday' and '20 Good Reasons'. Tickets on sale now! Tickets can be purchased over the phone, at reception or online.…

    28 Dec