Hawks Nest


Kayaking on Myall River

Hawks Nest is a small seaside town in the beautiful Great Lakes region. Relax on white sandy beaches and enjoy kayaking on the coastal section of the Myall River. Amble along the Dark Point walking track to a significant Aboriginal cultural heritage site.

  • Myall Lakes National Park
  • Surfing, Bennetts Beach

About Hawks Nest

Hawks Nest is one of the gateways to the magnificent Myall Lakes National Park, a network of lakes, rivers and channels. The splendid waterways are superb for recreational fishing and boating. You can take a guided tour of the Myall River with Ezy Kayaks Hawks Nest.

This tranquil area has many outstanding natural attractions. Hawks Nest Beach, also known as Bennetts Beach, is a popular white sandy stretch. At the southern end is the challenging Yacaaba Headland walking track, offering spectacular views of the national park just north of Port Stephens.

For more breathtaking coastal views, take the Dark Point walking track in the national Park. The trail winds through dunes and past middens to Dark Point Aboriginal Place, a significant gathering place for Worimi Aboriginal people for more than 4,000 years.

Accommodation options in Hawks Nest range from motels to beachside holiday parks and camping grounds. You can drive across the ‘whistling’ bridge to neighbouring Tea Gardens, another small town, where you can take a ferry to Nelson Bay for dolphin- and whale-watching cruises.

  • Walks

    The Yacaaba Headland walking track is an uphill journey through beautiful bushland. Enjoy superb views of Myall Lakes National park. The 21 km Mungo walking track in the national park takes in important Aboriginal and post-colonial heritage sites.

  • The Lakes Way

    The 77 km scenic Lakes Way driving route winds through charming coastal towns, lakeside communities, national parks and past glorious beaches in the Great Lakes region. Admire splendid views of Myall, Smiths and Wallis lakes on this delightful coastal tourist drive.

  • Caravan and Camping

    Enjoy Hawks Nest's natural splendour camping or staying in a caravan park. Jimmy's Beach Reserve has white sandy beaches, diverse wildlife and waterways. Mungo Brush campground offers easy access to Mungo Rainforest walk, Tamboi walking track and Myall River.

Fly into Taree Airport

Taree Airport is 5 km from Taree’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip northeast. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the regions of Manning Valley and the Great Lakes at your own pace.

Regional Express services the airport with direct flights to and from Sydney and Newcastle. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Taree.


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