The Camden Haven is a birders paradise offering a diverse range of habitats from the coastal heaths to sub-tropical rainforests. More than 200 species of birds have been observed
The diversity of habitat in the Camden Haven means a diversity of birds with over 200 species recorded. There are many good ‘birding’ locations including:
Kattang NR with pelagic birds including albatross from Perpendicular Point, heath birds and rainforest birds including the Noisy Pitta, several fruit doves and Regent Bowerbird. The vulnerable Glossy Black-Cockatoo is a daily visitor.
The Camden Haven River, with Gogley’s Lagoon and Queens Lake are good for water birds and migratory waders, including Black-necked Stork, Beach Stone-curlew, nesting Osprey and White-bellied Sea-Eagle as well as six tern species, oystercatchers and many others. Lake Cathie is similar habitat and if you are lucky you will find Nankeen Night-Heron.
Dooragan National Park is good for the wet forest species including Red-browed Treecreeper, and Wonga Pigeon, while Henry Kendall reserve overlooking Stingray Creek is good for dry woodland species.
The forests of Middle Brother and beyond Lorne are also excellent places to look and, Swans Crossing and environs are good for wet and rain forest species.
If rainforest species are your desire then you can’t go wrong at Boorganna NR, a beautiful setting with Pitta and Logrunner almost certainties and Paradise riflebird if you’re lucky.
Of course there are many other places to visit and birds to see. Further afield, just to the south are Crowdy Bay National Park, Harrington and the estuaries of the Manning. To the north, Sea Acres Nature Reserve in Port Macquarie is always good for rainforest birds, as is Pelican Island for waders.
Within the Camden Haven region you will find several national parks, nature reserves and state forests. There is a range of bushwalking and hiking tracks in these parks and reserves that have varying difficulties to suit to all levels of fitness.
Dooragan National Park, which is close by to the village of Laurieton features the Laurieton track. The Laurieton Track walk is usually for people of a higher level of fitness. The view is outstanding and provides views down to Diamond Head and beyond. Alternately, some people prefer to walk and organise a car to be driven for the return journey.
At Camden Head, you will find the Kattang Nature Reserve and the two walking tracks – the Flower Bowl Circuit and Perpendicular Point walks. These walks are fairly easy – and feature stunning panoramic views with spectacular wildflower in late winter and spring. The area is also an excellent spot for Whale watching.
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. Look for whales & dolphins as they pass by or for sea eagles on the wing
Camden Haven Cruises
Camden Haven Cruises offer tours and group bookings on the beautiful Camden Haven River aboard their magnificent vessel Far-Lap. Camden Haven Cruises explores the Camden Haven Inlet, river and associated lakes from Pilot Beach to Kendall. These magnificent waterways are home to a plethora of marine and bird life and are one of the cleanest most pristine on the NSW coast. They offer hourly hire with ‘do it yourself’ catering or they can organise catering for you via any of their preferred suppliers. Why not celebrate your next occasion with them; birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, social clubs, farewells, etc.
See bottlenose dolphins, prolific bird life and even witness sea eagles being fed just meters from the boat. Great for kids. Live commentary covering Aboriginal, early settlement, logging, mining and maritime history, geology, and the Three Brother Mountains seen all from one spot with their Dreamtime story told.
ECO CRUISE – EVERY Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 12pm ( Sundays in June – July ) Commentary, Feed the Sea Eagles, Tea and Coffee included $28pp Adults $25 Seniors $10 kids
SUNSET CRUISE – Music BYO Drinks and nibbles, Relaxing River Cruise, Tea and Coffee included $28pp Adults, $25 Seniors, $10 kids April – May & Aug – Sept 3pm – 5pm, October – March 5.30pm – 7.30pm (June July No Sunset)
Please contact: 0457800385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Parks and Nature Reserves of The Camden Haven offer something for the whole family –
The landscapes of the Camden Haven district are diverse with many great walking tracks. The parks also feature Birpai Aboriginal legend and sites as well as more recent human heritage.
Please see the links below for various National Park Information
North Brother Mountain, Middle Brother Mountain, Bonny Hills; these sites offer the best coastal paragliding in NSW.
The Camden Haven has become synonymous as one of the most popular places to paraglide and Para-motor in Australia. The ideal coastal and inland sites offer up some of the most picturesque and accessible sites you can find.
In total the area offers more than 10 flying sites. Predominant and consistent cool sea breezes in the warmer months and milder winter conditions make the Camden Haven an all year round flying destination.
The North Brother Mountain site located in Laurieton is a highlight for any paragliding enthusiast; North Brother is the highest North East coastal site in Australia. Many cross country flights of 80 – 120 Kilometers are flown here regularly. The spectacular long sandy beaches are a perfect playground for the para-motoring adventurer.
The area is also a favourite spot for tandem paraglides with local operators regularly taking to the sky with keen passengers from North Brother and Bonny Hills.
One of Australia’s best paragliding schools, High Adventure is based in the Camden Haven.
Contact : 0429844961