Dawson River walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 1.5km

  • Duration: 45mins

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: 420 Old Port Macquarie Rd, Brimbin

  • End: 420 Old Port Macquarie Rd, Brimbin

  • Location: Brimbin Nature Reserve

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  • Distance from CBD: 322 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -31.84354733

  • Longitude: 152.4565998

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Dawson River walking track is a 1.5km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in the Brimbin Nature Reserve, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 45mins to complete.

Hike Summary

Dawson River walking track is a great hike that starts at Brimbin picnic area. Before or after your picnic lunch, take a stroll on this picturesque walking track that follows the line of Dawson River before joining up with the historic bullock route of Old Port Macquarie Road. This road is an important part of New South Wales' colonial heritage.
While walking this track, see if you can find a narrow-leaved red gum, which rarely grows this far north. If you're very lucky, you may even see a koala, as this gum provides important food and habitat to this animal. You'll also pass grey myrtle, swamp oak, water gum and two types of mangrove: grey and river. Take along binoculars and see if you can spot birds as well as nests in the mangroves. Brimbin is home to raptors, waterbirds and woodland birds. Overhead, you may also see seabirds. This walking track provides a great opportunity for birdwatching.

About the region

Brimbin Nature Reserve in the North Coast region
Brimbin Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to flood events, poor weather or fire danger.

Getting there

On entering Brimbin Nature Reserve, begin Dawson River walking track from Brimbin picnic area. Parking Parking is available at Brimbin picnic area.


The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you're well-prepared for your visit.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

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