Dooragan National Park
All the practical information you need to know about Rainforest loop.
Grade 4Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
15 - 30min
Quality of markings
Quality of path
No experience required
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
On entering Dooragan National Park:
- Enter the park via Captain Cook Bicentennial Drive, just north of the main part of Laurieton.
- Travel 5km up Captain Cook Bicentennial Drive to Summit picnic area (there’s a carpark at the terminal end of this dead-end road access point)
- Enter Rainforest loop from the western side of the picnic area, opposite the toilet block and shelter shed.
- Either ends of this loop walk are about 30m apart, off the edge of the western picnic area.
Parking is available at Summit picnic area. 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.
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. .
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.
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
23°C and 26°C
16°C and 20°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - medium
- The northern end of this loop is around 200m of sealed path through coastal rainforest. It's suitable for wheelchairs, prams and visitors with limited mobility.
- Some assistance may be required on gentle hill sections and there may be occasional obstacles on the path.
Medium access presents some minor difficulties, such as a grassy surface. You may require a little assistance to get around in some areas.
- Port Macquarie office
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm.
- 02 6588 5555 for general enquiries only, no bookings.
- 22 Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie NSW 2444