Experience one of the largest remnants of unique littoral rainforest on the NSW coast on this moderately challenging hike. Smoky Cape walking track forms part of the longer Little Bay to Smoky Cape walk in the northern precinct of Hat Head National Park.
Jack Perkins walking track is a short walk that boasts some of the best views in Hat Head National Park, only a short drive from Kempsey. Take in spectacular views across the Tasman Sea from Captain Cook's lookout before stepping out on Jack Perkins walking track.
The track leads downhill through whispering she-oaks, and you might just catch a glimpse of a magnificent glossy black cockatoo, with its red wing tips. Dappled light filters through the dense canopy and the forest comes alive with extraordinary black dragonflies in the warmer months.
For a scenic treat, make your way to Captain Cook’s lookout at the base of Smokey Cape Lighthouse. Pause to feel the salty breeze as you gaze out over the Tasman Sea and Hat Head National Park.
Visit between May and July to see southern right and humpback whales swimming past the headland, or catch them on their return trip between August and October. Playful dolphins can be seen in the area, too.
Powder Magazine track is an excellent short walk to the historic powder magazines on the headland at Arakoon National Park. Only one of the constructions still stands, but you can still admire the work of early Australian stone masons and whilst taking in the inspiring views.
Detouring from the easy Monument Hill walking trackleads through casuarinas, banksias and craggy old bloodwoods. Crossing small brides through moist gullies of tea tree and palms, you’ll catch glimpses of Trial Bay and perhaps a majestic sea-eagle cruising the coast.
Fish Rock is internationally renowned as one of the best dives in Australia, and attracts divers from all over the world. The splendour of the natural underwater topography and the prolific variety of marine life are truly breathtaking. Known as “the divers dive” Fish Rock features one of the only dive-through caves in Australia and at 120 metres long is one of the largest ocean caverns in the southern hemisphere. The area is home to an abundance of both temperate and subtropical marine life including turtles, rays, eels, and fish, as well as being a breeding ground for the rare Grey Nurse Shark. Two dive centres operate year round (weather permitting), Fish Rock Dive Centre and South West Rocks Dive Centre.
Sea Urchin Fishing Charters caters for individual, family and group fishing trips for Deep Sea Fishing, Sports Fishing, Game Fishing, Reef Fishing, Whale Watching, Scenic Coastal Cruises and Gourmet River Cruises in South West Rocks on the Mid North Coast, NSW.
It’s reputation is built on quality service & reliable cruises, reef and light game fishing in the North Coast of New South Wales.
“The Rocks Fishing Charters – South West Rocks” have been fishing South West rocks waters for over 13 years. Their experienced and dedicated fishing professionals Andrew Trappel and Shane Van Dyke have over 65 years combined experience and know exactly where the fish are biting!!
Whether you're a novice, or quite the expert, their crew will share their vast wealth of knowledge and fishing expertise with you making it their personal goal on every trip is to ensure everyone is happy fishing, boating and sightseeing, with the aim of helping you catch the BIG ONE!
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Set yourself free and learn to surf with expert tuition from one of the world’s best surfers, Trent Munro. Lessons are run for all levels from novice, through intermediate and for those who are already surfing but need coaching to achieve a higher level.
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Paddleboard Hire - Trent Munro
Trent Munro have the latest hi tec inflatable Paddleboards for hire. These boards are a real innovation — lightweight, very buoyant and softer — which means safer! And best of all you can take it away to paddle wherever you want*. They come in a handy bag with paddle and pump so you don’t even need roof racks! Delivery to your holiday accommodation is also available*.
Step back in time and discover the eerie ruins of Trial Bay Gaol.
The gaol was built to house prisoners who were brought to the area in 1886 to construct a breakwater to make Trial Bay a safe harbour. The breakwater was never completed, but if you look out from the guard tower you can still see some of the remains. During World War 1 the gaol was used as an internment camp for local German residents who were suspected (almost always falsely) to be conspiring with the enemy. It hasn’t been used as an active gaol since, and is now an historic ruin.
The Maritime Museum at South West Rocks houses a fantastic array of historical memorabilia such as photographs, paintings and documents from the rich maritime history of the region. The museum is located centrally near Horseshoe Bay, just a short drive or moderate walk from our park. This fantastic museum is highly recommended by locals and visitors alike.