Bird Watching

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.

The Grants Beach Coastal walk at North Haven and the Queens Lake Walking Trail are easy strolling taking in the coastal area and excellent bird 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 info@camdenhavencruises.com.au