Dunbogan is located 30 minutes south of Port Macquarie you'll find the seaside villages of the Camden Haven strung out along the mouth of the Camden Haven River. On the north side of the river, you'll find North Haven with its alfresco cafes, shady barbecues, riverside picnic areas and crashing surf beach. Sleepy Dunbogan is opposite with its sheltered swimming beaches and traditional boatshed, and bustling Laurieton nestled at the foot of North Brother Mountain, is the home base for the local fishing fleet and one of the best fish co-ops on the coast. Dooragan National Park dominates the skyline is majestic North Brother Mountain, in Dooragan National Park. Enjoy grand coastal views from the mountain summit, which is accessible by sealed road. Kattang Nature Reserve is located at Camden Head, three kilometres east of Laurieton, the beauty and natural diversity of Kattang make it ideal for bushwalking, photography, bird watching and fishing. Must do: Watch the fishing fleet navigate the mouth of the Camden Haven River at sunrise. Pick up a bargain at the Riverside Walk Markets. Visit the Reflective Gardens at St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church. Enjoying a long alfresco lunch in one of the riverside cafes. Drive to top of North Brother for spectacular views along the coast and hinterland. Take a walk on one of the walking trails in Dooragan National Park or Kattang Nature Reserve. The Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centres can help you make the most of your time in the region.
Dunbogan: Where To Go / Sightseeing
Dunbogan Boatshed is nestled on the banks of the Camden Haven River. Built in the 1940s, it still carries the charm of an old boatshed, with some new touches - coffee and treats, bait and tackle, fish feeding, kayak, stand-up paddle board, tinny and barbecue boat hire, and marina.
Locals and tourists can enjoy a quality coffee on the deck, while they soak up the view of the yachts on the water, with the breathtaking back drop of North Brother Mountain. You may even catch sight of a dolphin feeding amongst the nearby reeds, while you feed the fish from the deck. Remember to bring your camera.
The best way to experience the water is by kayak or boat, both for the keen fishermen and those who just want to explore. They have a large range of fishing tackle and frozen bait.
46 The Boulevarde
Dunbogan, NSW, 2443
Located 0.2K from Dunbogan
Camden Haven Historical Society Museum
The Camden Haven Historical Society Museum is situated in the beautiful School of Arts building at Laurieton on the NSW Mid North Coast. The museum, which is run by local volunteers, features displays on timber-getting, fishing, marine activities, farming and more. The focal point of the museum is the Camden Haven Valley and its villages. It is a work constantly in progress with history, as they say, 'starting with the morning's news'. The Museum Society also sells a range of books on local history.
The Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 1pm.
Corner Laurie Street
Laurieton, NSW, 2443
Located 1.1K from Dunbogan
Diamond Waters Garden
As one of the oldest gardens in both the Camden Haven and Port Macquarie Districts, Diamond Waters Garden is a walk in the rainforest filled with rare and extraordinary plants including giant king ferns, bromeliads, palms, cycads, bamboos, and rare forms of strelitzia. Bring your own picnic.
Set along the Camden Haven River and under the gaze of North Brother mountain, it provides a stunning relaxation spot just 1.2 kilometres from Laurieton.
The garden is a feast of hidden treasures and while you are here you might like to check out the stunning eco Treehouse Retreat, or maybe even book in to stay.
128 Diamond Head Road
Laurieton, NSW, 2443
Located 2.2K from Dunbogan
The majestic Perpendicular Point with its spectacular vertical cliffs plummeting 40 metres to the sea below, is the main feature of Kattang Nature Reserve. This reserve is surrounded by rock platforms, with the Camden Haven estuary to the north. Perpendicular Point is the best spot in the Camden Haven district to watch whales as they migrate to and from the warmer northern waters. Humpback whales can be seen regularly from May to October while the rarer Southern Right whale can sometimes be seen.
A variety of habitats include rugged and exposed headlands, patches of littoral rainforest, dry eucalypt forest and wet and dry heaths. The reserve was declared in 1983 following the efforts of the local Save the Headland Action Group. The two main walks in the reserve feature great views and wildflowers in season.
Camden Head, NSW, 2443
Located 2.8K from Dunbogan
A calm beach at the mouth of the beautiful Camden Haven River, Pilot Beach is situated between the two break walls, keeping it protected from large seas most of the time. It is the ideal beach for families with young children.
It can be accessed off Camden Head Road, Camden Head. Try the Flowerbowl Circuit Walk at Kattang Nature Reserve while in the area. Please note that this beach is not patrolled by life guards.
Camden Head Road
Camden Haven, NSW, 2443
Located 2.9K from Dunbogan
Held on the third Sunday of every month at Bruce Porter Reserve, on the banks of the beautiful Camden Haven River at Laurieton, the Riverwalk Markets showcase local produce, gourmet foods, arts and craft, plants, and bric-a-brac. Stall holders come from as far as Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, such is the popularity of the markets. Pony rides and a jumping castle are regular features, as well as live music.
Laurieton, NSW, 2443
Located 0.6K from Dunbogan
Slice Of Haven Food and Wine Festival
If spending a Sunday with a dollop of indulgence and a dash of quirky entices you, then don't miss the 8th annual food and wine festival by the river. Slice of Haven is your chance to sample a delicious taste of food and wine from the Camden Haven region - 30 minutes south of Port Macquarie.
More than 80 stallholders hailing from the hinterland to the coast will present their finest produce and culinary creations. Discerning lovers of wine, beer, food and coffee will be well-satisfied with local producers and chefs offering the cream of their goods.
Children will have their tastes indulged with plenty of sweet treats, rides and games. So bring a picnic blanket, the family and friends. Enjoy the entertainment, win prizes and be indulged.
Laurieton, NSW, 2443
Located 0.7K from Dunbogan
Eat. Sip. Paint! at Oasis By The River
Join Paint The Town and experience the new activity in Camden Haven - Eat. Sip. Paint!
An artist will walk you through a step-by-step painting in a relaxed atmosphere as you enjoy a cocktail and some nibbles. No experience necessary! All paint supplies and canvas included.
Oasis By The River has a wonderful selection of food and drinks available for purchase during the event. Doors open at 11.45am and painting begins at 12pm. You will have a few breaks to use the bathroom, order food, and top those cocktails up of course.
Bookings through the website.
Oasis by the River,
613 Ocean Drive
North Haven, NSW, 2443
Located 1.4K from Dunbogan