Laurieton track

Dooragan National Park

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Overview

Part of the Three Brothers, this challenging walk to the scenic summit overlooking Laurieton is not to be missed. The views are some of the best across northern New South Wales.

Where
Dooragan National Park
Distance
3km one-way
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
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.

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 will find Rainforest loop 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

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/laurieton-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

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.

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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

Get driving directions

Get directions

    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.

    Nearby towns

    Laurieton (7 km)

    Located at the base of North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National Park, Laurieton is one of the villages that make up the Camden Haven area on the North Coast of NSW. Laurieton is 30km south of Port Macquarie and offers an idyllic holiday spot for families, nature-lovers and anyone who enjoys a holiday by the beach.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Port Macquarie (15 km)

    Vibrant Port Macquarie is surrounded by beautiful waterways - the Hastings River, canals, creeks, bays and the Pacific Ocean. The city also has a five-star collection of golden-sand beaches stretching from Port Macquarie Beach to Town Beach and north along the 16-km swathe of North Beach.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Taree (18 km)

    Taree is a major mid North Coast city, ringed by superb beaches. It's situated on the Manning River and set against rolling hills.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Laurieton track is in Dooragan National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A choir of birdsong

    Sunset over Dooragan National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    While most visitors may see certain species around the lookouts - like cheeky magpies, currawongs and kookaburras - those with an ear for birds will find the forest has a greater diversity than their eyes would have them believe. Occasionally, a lucky birdwatcher may spot the dramatic flash of rainbow colour as a wompoo fruit-dove darts from place to place in search of rainforest fruits. Overhead, resident wedge-tailed eagles demonstrate their clever use of up-drafts, watching for where their next meal might come from.

    • Laurieton track Part of the Three Brothers, this challenging walk to the scenic summit overlooking Laurieton is not to be missed. The views are some of the best across northern New South Wales.
    • Rainforest loop This relaxing walk close to Laurieton and Port Macquarie, loops through rainforest to a remote lookout with coastal views, before returning to North Brother summit picnic area.

    Dreamtime stories

    Camden Haven Inlet, Dooragan National Park. Photo: Leo Meier

    The local Aboriginal people tell a Dreamtime story of three brothers in the Birpai tribe who were killed and buried where the mountains stand. The youngest of the three brothers was Dooragan, hence the park's name. Coincidentally, 'Three Brothers' was also a name given to the three mountains by Captain James Cook as he sailed past in 1770, without any knowledge that the local Aboriginal people referred to them in such a similar way.

    Soar like an eagle

    Dooragan lookout, Dooragan National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Popular for almost 30 years as a hang-gliding site, most park visitors leave launching themselves off the summit to the professionals, and just enjoy watching the awesome spectacle as experienced pilots lift off from and soar around the lookout area.

    • Rainforest loop This relaxing walk close to Laurieton and Port Macquarie, loops through rainforest to a remote lookout with coastal views, before returning to North Brother summit picnic area.

    The lifeblood of Laurieton

    Queens Lake, Dooragan National Park. Photo: Andy Marshall

    Sixty or so years after Captain Cook passed by, the forests of North Brother Mountain and good access to waterways for easy transport and shipping, meant that timber harvesting contributed to the establishment of the Camden Haven area, and pioneer settlements developed around them.

    • Laurieton track Part of the Three Brothers, this challenging walk to the scenic summit overlooking Laurieton is not to be missed. The views are some of the best across northern New South Wales.

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