Laurieton is a small town encounted when traveling the tourist route from Port Macquarie to Taree. Laurieton is a small service town, being coastal, also has resort features. Laurieton has a couple of special attributes that determines a visit.

Long before European settlement the Laurieton area was home to the Birpai people.

Captain Cook named "the Brothers" on 12 May 1770 for their resemblance to mountains in his native Yorkshire. He was unwittingly mirroring the name given to them by the Birpai.

There was also a small garrison of soldiers to catch escaping convicts. In 1827 the area was surveyed by Armstrong and Guilding as part of an assessment for the then NSW Govt.

Joseph Laurie J.P. (18321904) 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.

St Joseph's, Laurieton Catholic Church and gardens are something quite special. Two things; firstly make sure you visit and secondly allow time to absorb the brilliance of this quite special project by the church.

The United, Anglican and Baptist are mix of  old and modern buildings.

The Laurieton War Memorial Gardens are quite special. These Gardens and cenotaph are well done and up to the minute current.

There is little heritage in Laurieton, the exception being the Museum. The Laurieton Hotel is modern.

Laurieton is an interesting town that determines a visit is essential. Be sure to allow hours.

Heritage diary






Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course