There are a number of national parks and reserves nearby.
Crowdy Bay National Park is less than a 10 minute drive from Dunbogan Caravan Park and boasts picnic areas, walking tracks, fishing, swimming spots and rock pools. It is a great spot for snorkeling at low tide or diving during calm times. The 5km Diamond Head Loop Walk in Crowdy Bay National Park has breathtaking cliff edge and beach views.
Dooragan National Park across the river features excellent walking trails and provides breathtaking scenic views from the iconic North Brother summit. You can either drive to the summit or walk the 1.7km (one way) Laurieton track. The walk is for seasoned walkers as it is challenging in parts. It will take you through a tall eucalypt forest. Don’t forget to take your binoculars for bird watching.
The Camden Haven River Walk is an easy walk along the inlet. It runs for 5.5km (one way, 11km return) from Apex Park in Laurieton to the North Haven Surf Club. Along the way there are exercise stations, picnic tables and BBQs, playgrounds and toilets making it a great outdoorsy affair for the whole family. Some sections of the walk are wheelchair and pram friendly.
The Kattang Nature Reserve is a 5 minutes drive from Dunbogan Caravan Park and offers spectacular views, magnificent wildflowers, great photography, easy walking, picnicking, whale watching and fishing. Take the Perpendicular Point Walking Track (3.7km return) to the lookout point where you’ll see north to Port Macquarie, south to Diamond Head, and southwest to the North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National Park.
Swans Crossing in Kerewong State Forest is less than 1 hour’s drive from Dunbogan Caravan Park. There are a number of walking trails into regenerating native forest and hardwood plantations. Swimming is also popular in the nearby shallows of Upsalls Creek.
Take a day trip to the spectacular Ellenborough Falls on the Bulga Plateau at Elands, which is a 1.5 hour drive from Dunbogan Caravan Park. The 200m drop is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere.