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Kattang Nature Reserve

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Kattang Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

From Port Macquarie:

  • Drive south on Pacific Highway to Kew
  • Turn left into Ocean Drive and continue driving through Laurieton
  • After crossing Dunbogan Bridge, turn left onto The Boulevard, which then becomes Camden Head Road.
  • Continue for approximately 4km until you reach the reserve

From Taree:

  • Drive north on Pacific Highway and take the exit to Kew
  • Turn left into Ocean Drive and continue driving through Laurieton
  • After crossing Dunbogan Bridge, turn left onto The Boulevard, which then becomes Camden Head Road.
  • Continue for approximately 4km until you reach the reserve

Parking

By bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

By public transport

Kattang Nature Reserve is accessible by bus from Port Macquarie. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Kattang Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Try your luck beach fishing at Dunbogan Beach, or from the rock platforms.

Spring

Immerse yourself in colour and surround yourself with blossoming wildflowers.

Summer

Wander along the wide rock platform near Washhouse Beach and discover the plentiful marine life in the rockpools.

Winter

Head to Perpendicular Point or Charles Hamey lookout for spectacular views and a great vantage point for whale watching.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 26°C

Highest recorded

25.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

5°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

5.3°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

1,188mm

Facilities

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

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.

Kattang Nature Reserve

Contact

  • in the North Coast region
  • Kattang Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, fire danger, or pest management.

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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.

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Port Macquarie (47 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.

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Taree (65 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.

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Kattang Nature Reserve. Photo: NSW Government