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Laurieton track

Dooragan National Park

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This challenging walk from Laurieton town to scenic Dooragan Summit picnic area on North Brother Mountain is not to be missed. The views are some of the best across northern New South Wales.

3km one-way
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade 4
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, suitable clothing
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • There is some mobile phone reception in this park

Laurieton track is a challenging walk on a rough trail, perfect for the intrepid adventurer. It’s easily accessible, quickly transporting you from the bustle of life in Laurieton and Port Macquarie to the serenity of the forest full of wonderful wildlife. It ends at Dooragan Summit picnic area with fantastic coastal views.

The trail heads through burly, towering blackbutt and eucalyptus forest, making it easy to reflect back on a time when these forests provided the timber lifeblood for the growing community of Laurieton. Some of the enormous old stumps are still there between the regenerating forests, remnants of this pioneering past.

Those preferring a less strenuous outing can make the walk easier by parking at Dooragan Summit picnic area and walking downhill to Laurieton. The Rainforest loop is equally enjoyable. This relaxed trail heads through cloud-formed subtropical rainforest, and is a great introduction for people with limited bushwalking experience.

Take a virtual tour of Laurieton track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


  • Rainforest loop, Dooragan National Park. Photo: John Spencer © OEH

    Rainforest loop

    This relaxing walk close to Laurieton and Port Macquarie loops through rainforest to a remote lookout with coastal views, before returning to Dooragan Summit picnic area.

  • Sheltered picnic area and lookout, Dooragan Summit picnic area, Dooragan National Park. Photo: Ben Stevenson, © DCCEEW

    Dooragan Summit picnic area

    Enjoy Dooragan Summit picnic area near Laurieton for its stunning panoramic scenery. After gazing at coastal vistas, have a picnic or walk to more fantastic viewpoints.


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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  • in Dooragan National Park in the North Coast region
  • Dooragan National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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