A great range of walks are on offer in the Camden Haven. Rainforest loops, steep mountain tracks, scenic coastal walks and lakeside meanders; there’s a walk for all levels of experience and fitness.
Within in the Camden Haven you will find four national parks, several nature reserves and numerous state forests. These parks and reserves contain a diverse range of bushwalking hiking opportunities suited to all levels of fitness. Some of these walks commence right from the edge of the villages while some are a little further afield.
Dooragan National Park which abuts the village of Laurieton features the Laurieton Track. This strenuous walk is usually undertaken one way only, with a vehicle waiting at the summit or back at Laurieton. The walk features a clear freshwater stream, rainforest with majestic brushbox and magnificent stands of grasstrees, burrawang (cycad), tree ferns and bangalow palms. While at the summit you can also undertake the Rainforest Loop, which features more sub-tropical rainforest and views down to Diamond Head and beyond.
Out at Camden Head you will find the Kattang Nature Reserve with the Flower Bowl Circuit and Perpendicular Point walks. These easy walks feature panoramic views and spectacular wildflowers in late winter and spring. This area is also has the best whale watching spots in the area.
The Grant’s Beach Coastal Walk starts at North Haven near the surf club and meanders through coastal heath, paperbark swamp and pockets of littoral rainforest.
The Queens Lake Walking Trail is a one way walk along the southern shores of Queens Lake. This walk is ideal for bird watching as it showcases various vegetation communities along the waters’ edge.
Further afield, at Crowdy Bay National Park, is one of the NSW coasts most spectacular short coastal walks, the Diamond Head Loop Walk. This moderate walk features coastal heathland with brilliant wildflower displays, a rainforest gully with freshwater stream and some of the best coastal views in the area. Look for whales & dolphins as they pass by or for sea eagles on the wing. While at Crowdy Bay NP you could also do the shorter Mermaid and Metcalfe’s walks.
At Middle Brother National Park you can take the short walks to Bird Tree and Benaroon, two of the largest blackbutt trees in NSW. The Longworth Tramline Heritage Walk, west of Kendall, follows a historic route is a beautiful short walk that follows Upsalls Creek. Wind through native forest and plantation and look out for Boronia mollis, a rare shrub unique to the Camden Haven Valley. The Swans Crossing picnic and camping area is located a short drive away.