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Laurieton track

Dooragan National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Laurieton track.

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Very steep and difficult

  • Distance

    3km one-way

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

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    Laurieton track is in Dooragan National Park. To get there:

    • Go through the council park on Laurie Street and onto the fire trail behind the houses. 250m northwest along the fire trail, you’ll reach a narrower section of walking track. 70m along the walking track, you’ll cross a little suspension bridge section
    • At a midpoint, about two-thirds the way up Captain Cook Bicentennial Drive, the walking track butts up the road at an elbow in the road where a very large blackbutt tree stands over the corner.
    • At the Summit picnic area end of the track, the track leads off to the southeast beside the shelter shed, and below the northern-most of the lookout platforms, the track then does a switch-back beside the edge of the hang-glider launching area, and follows the contours to the north.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available on Laurie Street, a short walk from Laurieton track. Bus parking is also available. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited at times.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Dooragan National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Spring

    A colourful burst of wildflowers spring into bloom under the forest canopy, particularly in the open, grassy forest. Hill-topping butterflies start to use the summit area of the mountain, and on warm calm days, they spend all day dancing around near the lookout. .

    Summer

    This is the best time for north-easterly winds, favoured by hang-gliding enthusiasts. Watch the amazing spectacle of these masters of the sky launching themselves from the summit.

    Winter

    This is the best time to tackle the strenuous Laurieton track, with the weather cool enough to make the exercise a pleasant way to keep warm, and a great time to hear lyrebirds chortling away in the cool gullies nearby.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    23°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    40.2°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    16°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded

    -5°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    310.6mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    • At times, as with anywhere in the bush, ticks, leeches, and other biting insects may be about, and it is a good idea to wear light-coloured clothing and insect repellent if you’re sensitive to such bites.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS, although the track is easy to follow.
    • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Laurieton track

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    Park info

    • 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.