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Rainforest loop

Dooragan National Park

Overview

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.

Where
Dooragan National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Distance
0.6km loop
Time suggested
15 - 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, binoculars, insect repellent
Please note
  • At times, as with anywhere in the bush, ticks, leeches, and other biting insects may be about, and it’s a good idea to wear light-coloured clothing and insect repellent if you’re sensitive to such bites.

Rainforest loop is a relatively relaxed walk leading to the furthest end of the loop, where a small remote lookout platform looks back at Diamond Head. On the southern side of the loop, the rainforest - with its suspended gallery of birds nest ferns - plunges you into an amazing green cathedral.

The highlight of taking this walk is really the gallery of birds nest ferns, epiphyte orchids, and other plants on the southern part of the loop walk. There’s also an amazing example of a strangler fig close to the track, near the carpark end of the southern side of the loop walk. The northern end of this loop track is wheelchair-accessible.

Surprisingly few people use this track, so the casual picnic visitor to the lookouts could easily find a little piece of solitude and serenity in the cool harmony of the rainforest here. Starting and ending at North Brother summit picnic area, why not enjoy scenic views over the coast and watching hang-gliders launch themselves from the summit.

Take a virtual tour of Rainforest loop captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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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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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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Rainforest loop, Dooragan National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government