Monday, 8 September 2014

Christmas Cove Caravan Park has adopted a myriad of birds recently with the arrival of white top pigeons. They are joined daily by Rainbow Lorikeets, Eastern Rosella's, top knot Doves, King Parrots and the very statuesque Galah. 

At any time of the day they can be seen feeding from either the feeders or the seed spread around the ground. Apparently there is a hierarchy among them with the Lorikeets at the top.

As you enter or leave the Park go slowly as they are quite a colourful display.

If you watch closely human behaviour is mirrored in the Lorikeets as they squabble as to who is allowed to feed. The resultant noise is deafening.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Queens Lake Camden Haven

 Pelicans visit in the morning waiting for fish to be thrown

We approach the Queens Lake picnic area

 The Lake is 3 km wide and 5 km long

Middle Brother

The Lake empties into the Camden Haven River 

Camden Haven River flows to the Pacific Ocean

View of Camden River with inflow from Lake on the left and flowing to Pacific Ocean top of image and Googly's lagoon on the right embracing Perpendicular Point.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Queens Lake picnic area

Be warned; once discovered, you might not want to leave the natural beauty of Queens Lake picnic area, just a short drive north of Laurieton.

A little off the beaten track, discover the tranquil charms of Queens Lake Nature Reserve, just north of Laurieton on the Mid North Coast. With a variety of lush vegetation, including stands of magnificent old growth gums and dense rainforest, you'll see why it’s not only a haven for wildlife but nature-lovers too.

The pristine lake is an ideal destination for a day of picnicking, swimming, fishing and boating. It’s also a popular spot for windsurfing, and families will love the tranquil waters where the kids can play. There’s even a small wharf where you can launch a kayak or boat for an afternoon of peaceful paddling.

The surrounding forests are home to over 200 species of animals, making this reserve perfect for wildlife and bird-watching. While looking to the tree-tops, you might even spot a koala dozing in the branches.

Activities: swimming, paddling, sailing and boating, fishing, bird-watching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Getting there: Queens Lake picnic area is in the southern precinct of Queens Lake Nature Reserve. To get there:

From Ocean Drive

· From the townships of Lake Cathie or Bonny Hills, turn onto Bonny View Drive

· Turn left onto Jolley Nose Drive, then right onto Corama Place.

· Turn left onto Waterloo Creek Road

· Continue to Queens Lake Road, turn left, and continue to the picnic area.

From Pacific Highway

· Turn off the highway onto Bobs Creek Road just north of Herons Creek

· Continue for 4 km, veer right onto Waterloo Creek Road, and drive for 1 km.

· Turn right onto Queens Lake Road and continue to the picnic area

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD (no long vehicle access). Dry weather only.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), boat ramp, car park.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Laurieton -The showcase of Camden Haven Inlet

Joseph Laurie J.P. (1832–1904) had timber interests in the Laurieton area in partnership with his brothers Andrew and Alexander.  He moved to the area from Taree in 1872 and took charge of the Laurieton post office when it opened on 1 Oct 1875.  Until the opening of the post office the area was known as Peach Orchard  or Peach Grove (sources differ) and the name change recognised the Laurie family's local influence.

The Laurieton timber mill, owned by the Laurie Brothers and built on the river bank, officially opened on 12 January 1876  and a store was built opposite at the same time. The mill was operated initially by Joseph Laurie. Two years later a second timber mill was built by John Hibbard at Camden Haven Heads. However this mill was later moved to the Hastings River. Another mill, owned by John Rodger commenced operations soon after.

Joseph Laurie operated two ketches from Laurieton. The "Mary Laurie" was built at Laurieton and launched on 11 Nov 1884. The "Annie Laurie" was built at Brisbane Water.By 1886 Laurieton had 4 timber mills operating in the vicinity. There were 3 steam punts with 2 more being built and a bakery had recently been established.

Captain George De Fraine was trading to Camden Haven in his ketch "Ethel B.T." from about 1887 and later also operated a steam tug "Unique". In 1893 he entered into partnership with John Rodger.
William McKay & Hugh Bibby had leased and operated Joseph Laurie's sawmill from around 1880. When Joseph Laurie sold his interests to George De Fraine in about 1896, the mill was operated as a partnership of De Fraine, McKay and Bibby until 1899 when George De Fraine took full ownership. George De Fraine also acquired the lease for the mill built by Messrs.’ Dun and Bagan (later known as the Dun-Bagan mill) operating on land opposite Laurieton.

In 1891 the Lands Department proposed changing the name of Laurieton to Camden Haven (coinciding with the change of name of the former Camden Haven to Kendall). This was extremely unpopular with Laurieton residents and the name remained unchanged.The steamship "Hastings", sailing ship "Isabella de Fraine" and steamship "Cobar" were built at Laurieton between 1901 and 1903.

De Fraine oversaw his extensive business interests in the area until his death in 1907.

A Catalina seaplane carrying entertainer Bob Hope was forced to make an emergency landing on Camden Haven adjacent to Laurieton on August 14, 1944. Bob Hope was returning to Sydney after entertaining troops in Guam. The local postmaster lent him money for his hotel bills after the luggage was jettisoned. An impromptu party was held, and the next day Hope and his entourage travelled by road to Newcastle and flew from there to Sydney. Bob Hope maintained contact with the residents of Laurieton for decades afterwards.

Monday, 28 November 2011

North Haven a showpiece of the Camden Haven Inlet

North Haven is on the NSW mid North Coast coast, halfway between Taree and Port Macquarie. At this noted fishing resort, there a couple of extensive lakes - Queens Lake and Watson Taylor's' Lake. All around there are state forests and national parks, Crowdy Bay National Park, which is a haven for more than 100 bird species and a wide range of animal and native plant life are scattered through the rocky outcrops and pools, forests, spectacular headlands and beaches.
Washhouse Beach

North Haven Beach is a good walk
There are numerous beaches namely Washhouse (dog friendly) Pilot (family oriented -no dogs) North Haven (dog friendly-north of the beach track) Grants Beach (dog friendly) which is quite a jog back uphill and Dunbogan Beach (dog friendly south of the walking track)
This aspect from the breakwater shows the Inlet and the Pacific Ocean and on a clear day you can see all the way to Port Macquarie. Dolphins surf the incoming tide with big smiles and the smaller ones race each other. 

Saturday, 8 October 2011


The entrance to Kendall, Lorne Valley and Comboyne, Kew has returned to the quiet village in keeping with the Camden Haven Inlet. The bypass of the Pacific Highway can be reached via Nancy Bird Walton Drive. If a steak is your delight, The Royal Hotel at Kew must be on the list. The hotel is a sister of the Bulahdelah Hotel at the entrance to the Lakes District
As you drive onto the roundabout past the hotel, on your right is the fascinating Kew News-agency and Coffee shop where locally brewed coffee is served with a smile. If coffee is your thing, go no further than here
You can browse your newspaper while sipping or satisfy your taste buds with the variety of local biscuits or the fruit and macadamia bread, toasted and served with the coffee.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Our trip south

We finally decided, rain permitting, to brave the elements and drive south and visit some interesting places.On our way we visited Rosies Cafe at Johns River, where the locally roasted coffee is excellent.
After coffee we headed to the town of Harrington. Harrington is located 46.6kms south-east of Laurieton. It is on the northern arm of the entrance to Manning River. The town, which grew around a pilot station for vessels entering the river, became a port for cedar, maize and farm produce from further up river.
The breakwater built in 1894 provides a haven for swimming and small craft. It is quite some breakwater and fishing is a popular pasttime.
It is an extremely popular for the holiday maker and the views of the lagoon and the surf are awesome