"My Home Town" North Haven by aussiedoug

North Haven Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 22 photos

Scenes of my Misspent Youth

North Haven and even called North Heaven by some!

It is a beautiful spot located about 350 km north of Sydney on the lower part of the mid north coast of New South Wales. The village is located on the north bank of the Camden Haven River where it empties into the sea via its estuary. On the south bank of the river opposite is the pretty village of Dunbogan. The largest village of the three , Laurieton lies on the river at the foot of North Brother Mountain (really just a little hill to you Europeans and Americans) and these three make up this section of the Camden Haven District. North Brother Mountain was named by Captain Cook along with South Brother and Middle Brother (on which you'll find the Bird Tree - one of the biggest blackbutt trees in N.S.W.).

I always enjoy showing visitors the view from on top of North Brother overlooking the three villages and the estuary which includes a salt water lake named Googlies Lagoon, on which Bob Hope, the famous American comedian crash landed during World War 2. A local fisherman, Bunny Wallace picked them up in his boat & apparently Bob Hope put on a show in the Laurieton School of Arts. Bet that wowed the locals as it really would have been hicksville back then.

The piccie shows North haven on the left bank of the Camden Haven
river, Dunbogan on the southern bank and Laurieton, the largest and commercial centre of the area, below North Brother Mountain

Looking across to North Haven Beach from Dunbogan

This photo shows a glimpse of the northern breakwater (what most of us still call "the Wall") of the Camden Haven river then North Haven beach. Mind you, it's technically "Grant's Beach", but I don't know anyone who calls it anything other than North Haven beach! However, the Headland you can see at the northern end, a distance of approximately 2 kilometres, is Grant's Head.

That view from North Brother Mountain

Having had this as the main photo for so long I had to add it here somewhere.

As I've stated above. This is a must see/do thing when staying anywhere in the area, not just at North Haven.

The view from the other side towards the other two Brother Mountains, Middle Brother & South Brother & looking down towards Diamond Head & past it through Crowdy Bay National Park to the little village of Crowdy Head is rather beautfiul too.

You really must come here to enjoy the view for yourselves. Don't just take my word for it.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful Coastal Setting
  • Cons:Pace of life can be too slow in winter (for me)
  • In a nutshell:North Heaven, especially in Summer time
  • Last visit to North Haven: Oct 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2011 at 7:48 AM

    This trully sounds like a well hidden gem my friend. Love the camping with the Kangaroos tip! Thanx for sharing.

  • Jun 9, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    relish is under new managment trading as Tao's Relish by the River, there is a very extensive menu with alot of fresh local seafood, and the service is Great. i highly recomend this restaurant so try it out. you wont be disapointed

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2009 at 1:03 AM

    North Haven could indeed be called North Heaven! Its beaut. Loved the mixed nuts tip! Your girls are cute. And they quite intelligently, stay away from Fried Food! Are there camping facilities nearby?

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2006 at 3:40 AM

    Ahhh, what a view! Wishing you and your family wonderful, magical holiday wishes. From the "mixed nuts" in New Jersey!

  • Eugenetheduck's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2006 at 1:14 PM

    This is where my husband spent his youth, surfing... he grew up in the smallest of the villages...Ross Glen! Now we live in Prague.. back to Laurieton 4 family Xmas 2006.

  • Gwynethart's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2006 at 11:23 PM

    Really beautiful place, Doug! Great photos and descriptions about the place where you grew up. Pretty nice!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2006 at 4:19 PM

    looks like a fantastic place to grow up

  • Feb 13, 2006 at 2:26 AM

    Was ur hometown, my hometown at the mo'. Sure can be heaven, but between the red weed & not much surf this summer hasn't been too heavenly. lol!

  • kooka3's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2006 at 3:11 PM

    Nothing like getting out on the water to relax! Thanks for sharing your hometown with us. I got up to Glen Innes, but that was the extent of my travels in northern NSW.

  • cadzand's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2005 at 12:40 PM

    Haven could be Heaven indeed. Wow ! Bess and Keely are almost 7 now. Great girls !

aussiedoug Used To Live Here!


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