North Brother Mountain
North Brother Mountain. A commanding vista from the top of Dooragan National Park in The Camden Haven is an easy drive from Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat.
North Brother Mountain is situated in Dooragan National Park and features excellent trails and walks suiting all levels of fitness, possibilities for picnics, and even hang gliding. The scenic views from iconic North Brother Mountain summit are breathtaking.
North Brother Mountain is the perfect place to relax and unwind, while enjoying the view over a casual picnic and watching the passing parade of wildlife. Located just west of Laurieton the views from the summit are exceptional, stretching far over Queens Lake and North Haven. Easy accessibility makes it a fantastic destination.
Several of the park’s walks, including Laurieton track, take you through spectacular blackbutt forests which mingle with enormous old stumps, reflecting the old days of timber harvesting in the park. The trails are buzzing with the sounds of the park’s wildlife residents and, in summer, the echo of cicadas can almost be overpowering.
Dooragan National Park is so diverse, it’s not unusual to see colourful hang-gliders launching from the popular North Brother Mountain’s summit, or even wedding parties posing for photos on their big day.
North Brother Mountain’s Laurieton track is a challenging walk on a rough trail, perfect for the intrepid adventurer. It’s easily accessible, quickly transporting you from the bustle of life in Laurieton and Port Macquarie to the serenity of the forest full of wonderful wildlife.
The trail heads through burly, towering blackbutt and eucalyptus forest, making it easy to reflect back on a time when these forests provided the timber lifeblood for the growing community of Laurieton. Some of the enormous old stumps are still there between the regenerating forests, remnants of this pioneering past.
Those preferring a less strenuous outing will find Rainforest loop equally enjoyable. This relaxed trail heads through cloud-formed subtropical rainforest, and is a great introduction for people with limited bushwalking experience.
North Brother Mountain’s Rainforest loop is a relatively relaxed walk leading to the furthest end of the loop, where a small remote lookout platform looks back at 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. 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.
The highlight of taking this walk is really the gallery of birds nest ferns, epiphyte orchids, and other plants on the southern part of the loop walk. There’s also an amazing and accessible example of a strangler fig close to the track, near the carpark end of the southern side of the loop walk.
- Remember to take your camera – and binoculars if you want to birdwatch
- If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS, although the track is easy to follow.
- The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers.
- There is some mobile phone reception in this park
- 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.
- Check the coming weather conditions
- Check out the ‘More info’ links to see if the walk suits you