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Rainforest loop

Dooragan National Park

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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.

0.6km loop
Time suggested
15 - 30min
Grade 4
What to
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 gives lovely views of 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. You can see epiphyte orchids and other plants on this part of the loop walk. There’s also an amazing example of a strangler fig near the carpark.

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 Dooragan Summit picnic area, enjoy scenic views over the coast and watch 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


  • Laurieton track, Dooragan National Park. Photo: John Spencer © OEH

    Laurieton track

    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.

  • 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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