Crowdy Bay National Park, Tourism New South Wales

Population 2088

Laurieton is on an attractive tidal inlet at the base of North Brother Mountain. The mountain, which was named by Captain Cook in 1770, provides Laurieton with shelter from the wind, so the weather is mild all year-round. There are spectacular views and bushwalks on the mountain and the inlet is popular for estuary fishing.

Visitor Information

Greater Port Macquarie Tourism, cnr Gordon and Gore sts, Port Macquarie; (02) 6581 8000 or 1300 303 155;

Nearby national parks

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  • Werrikimbe National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Port Macquarie

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  • Taree

    Taree is a big modern town on the Manning River and the commercial hub of the Manning River district. It is well known for its handicrafts...more

In Town

Historical museum: documents history of the town in old post office; open by appt; Laurie St; bookings (02) 6559 9096.

Armstrong Oysters: oyster farm on the river open to the public for fresh oysters; Short St.


Crowdy Bay National Park The park is known for its prolific birdlife and magnificent ocean beach. Diamond Head is an interesting sculpted rock formation and the hut beneath is where Kylie Tennant wrote The Man and the Headland. A headland walking track offers stunning views and the area is also popular for fishing, birdwatching and the abundant wildlife. Campsites are at Diamond Head, Indian Head and Kylies Beach. 5 km S.

Dunbogan: this seaside village borders the river and ocean. A fisherman's co-op offers the best fish and chips in the region. River cruises and patrolled swimming beach; 2 km SE.

Kattang Nature Reserve: in spring the Flower Bowl Circuit leads through stunning wildflowers. Enjoy good coastal views all year-round from sharp cliffs jutting into the ocean; 5 km E.

Dooragan National Park: according to local Aboriginal legend, Dooragan (North Brother Mountain) was the youngest of 3 brothers who avenged his brothers' deaths at the hands of a witch by killing the witch and then killing himself. Blackbutt and subtropical forest is home to gliders, bats and koalas. Viewing platforms on North Brother Mountain provide some of the best views anywhere on the NSW coast; 6 km W.

North Haven: riverside dining, boutique gift shops and patrolled swimming beach; 6 km NE.

Queens Lake Picnic Area: a beautiful reserve with St Peter the Fisherman Church nearby. Kayak access to the river; 6 km W.

Kendall: poets walk, art and craft galleries. Also market 1st Sun each month on Logans Crossing Rd; 10 km W.

Big Fella Gum Tree: 67 m flooded gum tree in Middle Brother State Forest; 18 km SW.

Lorne Valley Macadamia Farm: tours at 11am and 2pm, products for sale and cafe; open Sat–Thurs; 23 km W.

Fishing spots near town

South-West Rocks 90 km

When it comes to popularity, there are two types of fishing destinations: those that are hot all the time and those that wax and wane depending on the season. South West Rocks is in the first category. For as long as I... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Sea Acres Nature Reserve 26 km

This cool coastal forest, 5 kilometres south of Port Macquarie, is great for a stop and a gentle stroll, with lush rainforest extending right down to the beach. There is a 1.5-kilometre wheelchair-accessible boardwalk,... Find out more

Houseboating on the Macleay River 63 km

Although large chugging houseboats can be an environmental no-no, Macleay River Houseboats at Kempsey are small – designed for just two people – use relatively clean four-stroke petrol motors, have... Find out more

Kayaking, Newcastle to Port Macquarie 88 km

Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre at Gloucester offers an exciting one-day tour down the Barrington River. Guides can tailor the trip for beginners or family groups, choosing a quieter part of the river where there are... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Rock Lobster & Maharaja Indian Restaurant

Located in the heart of Laurieton, the Rock Lobster Cafe serves all-day breakfasts and classic cafe favourites, from fish and chips to salads, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. There are fresh lamingtons and scones,... Find out more

Nearby breweries

The Little Brewing Company 23 km

Australia’s new breed of brewer can arrive at the craft by sometimes circuitous routes. For Warwick Little, that included 20 years as an ambulance officer, home brewing, a wine science course and a pair of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Diamond Head camping area 8 km

Located just off Diamond Head Rd (Coral Ville–Laurieton Rd) on the north side of Diamond Head, this 80-site spot has pride of place by the windswept beach. Take care when swimming, as beaches aren’t... Find out more

Indian Head camping area 9 km

Sheltered at the base of the headland, 1 km south of Diamond Head camping area, is Indian Head camping area, which has 60 sites and no wheelchair access. Kangaroos frequent the grassy clearing here, and there are a... Find out more

Kylies Hut camping area (walk-in camping) 9 km

This is a special, secluded camping site about 200 m walk from Indian Head camping area. It’s small and basic. Bring your own water.... Find out more

Kylies Beach camping area 11 km

Australian writer Kylie Tennant lived and wrote in this lovely part of the world; her restored cabin can be found a short walk from this 70-site campground. There are secluded sites tucked away under trees up to 3 km... Find out more

Crowdy Gap Cultural Camp 21 km

Turn off Crowdy Bay Rd north of Crowdy Head, and you’ll find Crowdy Gap Cultural Camp nestled behind sand dunes on the site of an old dairy farm. There are 7 tent campsites, 2 trailer/caravan campsites and 1 group... Find out more

Swans Crossing camping area 22 km

This camping area is signposted along Upsalls Creek Rd. It’s surrounded by native forest and hardwood plantations; swimming is popular in the nearby shallows of Upsalls Creek. There are toilets and an information... Find out more

Farquhar Park Camping Ground 37 km

Farquhar Park is 8 km south of Manning Point, near the mouth of the Manning River at Old Bar. It’s 4WD only at low tide across Smiths Beach; alternatively, there’s boat access. Take your off-road camper... Find out more

Point Plomer camping area 41 km

This well-appointed, 100-site camping ground is 5 km south of Melaleuca camping area along Point Plomer Rd. There’s bore water here, but you’ll need to either treat or boil the water before drinking, or bring... Find out more

Melaleuca camping area 44 km

There’s a short loop track through rainforest from the campground, which is on Point Plomer Rd about 12 km south of Crescent Head. It’s a spacious area with 100 sites; bring your own drinking water and... Find out more

Delicate Beach camping area 46 km

This is a popular fishing spot, and a good place from which to head out for a spot of swimming, picnicking or wildlife-spotting. The beach isn’t patrolled, so take care in the ocean. The camping area is 12 km south... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Beachfront Caravan Park 4 km

This spacious and neat tourist park offers grassy areas with plenty of shade, adjacent to the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies over Christmas and Easter. Pets are accepted... Find out more

Rainbow Beach Holiday Village 8 km

This well-maintained park, located in the main street, is just a few hundred metres from the beach and surf club, and ideal for a beachside holiday. It is a busy park during school holidays; bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Lighthouse Beach Holiday Village 22 km

This is a neat park on the southern beachside approach to Port Macquarie. It is ideal for a few days or longer and is good value. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas.... Find out more

Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park 27 km

Only a few minutes walk from the centre of Port Macquarie, this is a large, quality park right on the waterfront. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and Easter.... Find out more

East’s Ocean Shores Holiday Park 30 km

This is a quality, award-winning caravan park just a short walk from 14 km of unspoiled ocean beach. The park has excellent facilities for people with disabilities. It is a quiet place where a few days could slip by very... Find out more

Stoney Park 35 km

This is a newer, very tidy park built around a lakes where waterskiing is the main focus. Easily accessible from the highway and a great spot for a night or two, waterski enthusiasts in particular may well stay longer... Find out more

Dawson River Tourist Park 39 km

This park is on the banks of the Dawson River with sites right to the water’s edge. Recent developments have greatly improved this older style park.... Find out more

Lanis on the Beach 41 km

Close to the popular Old Bar beach and suitable for an overnight stay or a family holiday, this is a neatly maintained, peaceful family park with wonderful grassy sites. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Beachfront Holiday Resort 52 km

A great quality park with good management, this place offers a range of facilities and is close to the beach. It is set in a quiet spot off the main road. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Crescent Head Holiday Park 54 km

This is a large beachside caravan park close to the town centre. Crescent Head is small, making it easy to walk to the shops, the bowling club or the golf club. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Gypsy Falls Retreat

Two cheerful, rustic self-contained cottages are set in the lush hinterland foothills, a short drive from Laurieton at Lorne. Completely private, the guest cottages are perfect for couples and individuals seeking... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Burrawan rest area 11 km

62km N of Taree (L)

Secluded area just off the highway. For northbound only.           

Tom Cat Creek rest area 18 km

33km N of Taree (L) or 87km S of Kempsey (R)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Motorway Park Area 21 km

73 km N of Taree (R) or 47 km S of Kempsey (L)

Highway Service Centre.

Coopernook Forest camping area 24 km

T/O to Moorland South

Large grassed campground surrounded by forest located 4km west of the highway via Forest Rd (partly unsealed).

Ellenborough Reserve camping area 39 km

At Ellenborough

Among trees on a riverbank 1km north of the highway.

Four Mile Hill rest area 47 km

22km N of Nabiac (L)      

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Kundabung rest area 49 km

15km S of Kempsey (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.

Bloodwood Ridge rest area 54 km

111km N of Taree (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Talawahl Creek rest area 55 km

18km S of Taree (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Stockyard Creek rest area 68 km

81km W of Wauchope (L) or 83km SE of Walcha (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by dense forest.

Wang Wauk rest area 72 km

36km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 9km S of Nabiac (R)

Secluded off the highway among shady trees.

Newmans Road rest areas 90 km

13km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 32km S of Nabiac (L)

Just off the highway (on both sides) around a few trees.

Paddys rest area 93 km

39km N of Kempsey (L) or 45km S of Urunga (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Bulahdelah Rest Area 99 km

2 km N of Bulahdelah (R) or 70 km S of Taree (L)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

What's on around town

Riverwalk Market: Cnr Tunis and Short sts; 3rd Sun each month.

Camden Haven Music Festival: internationally acclaimed music artists from all genres; Apr.

Watermark Literary Muster: biennial event attracting scholars, authors and writers from around the world; odd-numbered years, Oct.

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