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Queens Lake Nature Reserve

Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Port Macquarie:

    • Head south on Ocean Drive for approximately 20km
    • Turn right onto Bonny View Drive, then left onto Jolley Nose Drive and drive for 1km.
    • Turn right onto Corama Place
    • Turn left onto the dirt road at the ‘T’ intersection and continue into Queens Lake Nature Reserve

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

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

    By public transport

    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 Queens Lake Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

    Spring

    Take advantage of the milder weather and go windsurfing on the lake. Or, if you prefer to stay on land, explore the reserve on foot and enjoy a spot of birdwatching along the way.

    Summer

    It's an ideal time to use the reserve's riverside location to enjoy swimming, fishing, paddling and boating.

    Winter

    Use the cooler months as an opportunity to get yourself active and go cycling through the reserve. You might even spot some wildlife as you're riding along.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    15°C and 29°C

    Highest recorded

    43°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    7°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    165mm

    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.

    Queens Lake Nature Reserve

    Contact

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

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    Nearby towns

    Laurieton (12 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 (24 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

    Wauchope (26 km)

    Wauchope is great base for exploring nearby national parks that are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Follow the Hastings Forest Way to Werrikimbe National Park, a rugged wilderness of outstanding beauty spread with short and long walks. Willi Willi National Park is a rainforest mountain park with three beautiful walking tracks that follow the river and lead to a sparkling waterfall. 

    www.visitnsw.com

    Queens Lake Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer