Dunbogan is a small coastal village half an hour from our home town of Port Macquarie. It has multiple beautiful beaches all offering something different from dog friendly beaches to beaches where 4x4s are permitted and beaches that are perfect for swimming! Dunbogan is a perfect day trip from Port Macquarie and here is our guide to Dunbogan’s beaches.
Pilot Beach is hands down one of our favourite beaches in the area. It is a calm beach located at the mouth of the Camden Haven River. It’s located between two breakwalls which ensures it has quiet waters with minimal waves most of the time. It’s a very family friendly beach and while it isn’t patrolled we found it very safe to swim in. There’s plenty of shady spots as well as a toilet block and BBQ’s near the car park. The water is crystal clear and swimming here feels like you are on an island holiday.
Pebbly Beach is a located in a narrow south-facing rocky gully 700 metres west of Perpendicular Point. It is reached via an approximately 1km walking track from Pilot Beach. There is a steep walkway leading down to the beach and you will need to take extra care and wear good footwear if you wish to visit this beach. It is a quiet little beach, however there are large boulders and a lot of erosion so take care incase of any rockfall. This beach isn’t patrolled but it is well worth the short walk through the bush to reach the viewpoint. I personally would only paddle here and not swim here due to the remoteness (it is also not patrolled).
Wash House Beach
Wash House Beach is located to the south of Pilot Beach and runs along for approximately 800m to the North side of Perpendicular Point. The beach is not patrolled and has quite a few rocks, I would not swim here but on certain tides there are beautiful rockpools to explore which makes up for it. Dogs are allowed on this beach.
Dunbogan Beach is a little less than 10km long and stretches between Camden Head and Diamond Head. Driving is allowed on Dunbogan Beaches for 4×4’s with beach permits and dogs are allowed on the beach in certain parts. The beach is not patrolled and was full of rips the few times we visited so we wouldn’t swim there. It is a perfect beach to walk along and enjoy nature at its best!
Dunbogan is a beautiful little coastal village, we definitely recommend visiting! Our favourite of Dunbogan’s beaches is hands down Pilot Beach and our favourite places for food are fish & chips at the Laurieton Seafood Co-Op and coffee & ice cream at the Dunbogan Boatshed.