The beautiful Camden Haven district with its myriad of waterways and rainforest clad mountains is situated on the NSW Mid North Coast thirty minutes’ drive south of Port Macquarie and forty minutes from Taree. The villages and towns of the district lie on the banks of the Camden Haven River and its tributaries. This magnificent river starts its journey on the Comboyne Plateau, meandering past prime farmland and the emerald forests of the Three Brother Mountains as it travels to the ocean. Quaint villages in the hinterland include Kendall and Kew, while Hannam Vale sits just to the south on a tributary, the Stewart’s River.
The largest of the districts’ town, Laurieton, sits in the eastern shadow of North Brother Mountain and Dooragan National Park. Being the ‘capital’ of the Camden Haven, Laurieton features facilities one would expect from a larger town; supermarkets, specialty shops, cafes and restaurants, the major banks, medical centres, etc. Be sure to check out the Camden Haven Museum in the School of Arts Building. North Haven, home to Haven Waters, has the best of both worlds with river and beach frontage. Laurieton’s fabulous art deco, Plaza Cinema which showcases current, art house and vintage films is a must do. The foreshore along the river has fantastic picnic areas and fishing spots. There is also a meshed tidal pool which offers protected swimming for families. Try one of the great cafes along Ocean Drive and The Parade. Grant’s (North Haven) Beach is home to the Camden Haven Surf Club and is patrolled during the busier periods. Dunbogan and Camden Head on the southern shore of the river offer great protected fishing and picnic spots. Kattang Nature Reserve at Camden Head features some great walks with wildflowers in season and whale watching spots. Swim in the calm waters of Pilot Beach or rent a kayak or boat from the Dunbogan Boatshed. If you’re looking for something a little larger to explore our magnificent waterways then check out Camden Haven Cruises.
Fifteen minutes drive south of Haven Waters is the magnificent Crowdy Bay National Park. This park is home to verdant marshes, sparkling waterways, golden beaches and towering headlands. Several picnic spots are dotted behind the dunes with the most popular being Diamond and Indian Head where resident kangaroos ensure a real Aussie experience. Exploring the rock pools at low tide is a great experience as is the beautiful Diamond Head loop walk.