Itineraries & Trails

Top things to do - The Camden Haven

Crowdy Bay National Park

Crowdy Bay National Park can be entered from the north through Laurieton in Camden Haven.  Beautiful beaches north and south of Diamond Head provide a stunning coastline. Australian author Kylie Tennant spent time living and writing here and her hut has been restored. At low tide you can explore the coastline where there’s good fishing, birdwatching and fascinating headland walks with abundant wildlife. Local wildlife is frequently seen in the camping area at Diamond Head.  Car-based and caravan camping is available at Diamond Head, Indian Head, Kylies Beach and Crowdy Gap. Discover something new with our Discovery tours.

Contact details

Phone:(02) 6588 5555
Address:Crowdy Bay National Park, Diamond Head Road, Laurieton, NSW,
Website:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/crowdy-bay-national-park
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Dooragan National Park

Dooragan National Park, near Laurieton, provides habitat for gliders, bats and koalas and protects some of the best examples of old growth blackbutt forest in NSW and pockets of sub-tropical rainforest. North Brother Mountain has significant historical and cultural links to both Aboriginal and European heritage. Enjoy the short Rainforest Loop walk, picnic on the North Brother Mountain summit, or take in the unbeatable views up and down the NSW coast.

Contact details

Phone:(02) 6588 5555
Address:Doorgan National Park, Captain Cook Bicentenary Road, North Brother, North Brother, NSW,
Email:SeaAcres@environment.nsw.gov.au
Website:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/dooragan-national-park
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Herons Creek Heritage & Tourist Trail

Australia’s famed director Baz Luhrmann is helping to put a hidden gem on the tourist map. The location of his childhood home is one of 30 historic sites showcased in the new Herons Creek Heritage and Tourist Trail. The self-drive Trail celebrates the life and stories of Aboriginal and European settlers’ who lived in the townships, including a sign of all things Baz where his family lived for 10 years when they ran a roadside service station.

Featuring a series of signs at tourist sites, businesses and significant landmarks, visitors can learn about the region’s unique heritage and creative origins.  The Trail features two different drive routes, ‘The Pioneer Way’, and ‘Village Way’. In time ‘Cedar Way’ and ‘Great North Way’ will be developed as well.

Herons Creek was settled in the mid-1800s and became a significant area for the pioneer timber cutting industry. The Trail celebrates the former glory of the area such as where the paddle streamers picked up logs, where the railway station was located, places of worship, and the homes of the first settlers and their first offspring including Alice Latham.

Tourism spots along the way include Bago Winery and picnicking at Queens Lake Picnic grounds. The area offers stunning natural scenery for bike riding, bird watching, bush walking, boating, fishing and swimming. The project is overseen by ‘Herons Creek Chapel & friends’ under the auspices of the Kendall Heritage Society (an active Heritage group that started 15 years ago, with the aim of preserving the history of Kendall and surrounding districts).

Contact details

Phone:0411 426 427
Address:Herons Creek Heritage Community Chapel, Herons Creek, NSW,
Email:martin@heronscreek.com.au
Website:www.heronscreek.com.au
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Kattang Nature Reserve, Camden Haven

In the Camden Haven, just south of Port Macquarie, visitors can walk through Kattang Nature Reserve to Perpendicular Point and spot the passing whales between May and November, beginning with their northern migration to the Whitsundays to give birth in June and returning south to the Antarctic to feed by December.

Contact details

Address:Bergalia Crescent, Camden Head, NSW,
Website:www.visitcamdenhaven.com.au
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Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills

The waves at Rainbow Beach are at their best with an east or south swell up to 3m and winds west to south west, however light to moderate south east winds work well too. The beach has a variety of breaks from the typical beach breaks to point breaks and you can usually find some great surfing talent here. Rainbow Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the coast with a large park, toilet facilities, eateries and plenty of parking.

Contact details

Phone:1300 303 155
Address:Rainbow Beach, Beach Street , Bonny Hills , NSW,
Email:tourism@pmhc.nsw.gov.au
Website:www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au
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