Nature in Hawks Nest
Hawks Nest is a small and tranquil seaside town located in majestic surroundings on the northern shore of the Forster Area. The town is home to stretches of beach spanning into the forests and lagoons of nearby Myall Lakes National Park.
About Hawks Nest
Hawks Nest is one of the main gateways to Myall Lakes National Park, a network of interconnected lakes and rivers that is one of the most popular houseboating destinations in the country. These lakes are also superbly equipped for recreational boating and fishing.
The tranquillity of this particular region and its proximity to many outstanding natural attractions has made it a favourite holiday destination for those wishing to escape city and suburban stress. Many holiday regulars return here year after year.
The small township of Tea Gardens, on the Myall River at the southern end of Myall Lakes, is a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding waterways. Also, don't miss taking the ferry to Nelson Bay to watch for dolphins and walking to the top of Yacaaba Head, which guards the northern approach to Port Stephens but be prepared for a tough climb.
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The Yacaaba Headland walking track is an uphill journey through beautiful bushland that takes up to 2 hours. Enjoy superb views of Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens, as well as vistas over mountain hinterlands and golden coastlines. The 21 km Mungo walking track within Myall Lakes National Park takes in important Aboriginal and post-colonial heritage sites.
The Lakes Way
Stretching 77 km between Taree and Bulahdelah, the scenic Lakes Way driving route takes you through charming coastal towns, lakeside communities, national parks and alongside stretches of glorious beaches. Admire stunning views of Myall, Smiths and Wallis Lakes as you travel along this coastal tourist drive.
Surround yourself in Hawks Nest's natural splendour by camping or staying in a caravan park. Stay in a caravan park within Jimmy's Beach Reserve and enjoy white sand beaches, diverse wildlife, rivers and pristine bays. The Mungo Brush campground offers easy access to the Mungo Rainforest walk, the Tamboi walking track and the 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.
Couple at Jimmy's Beach in Hawks Nest. Image James Pipino
Sugar Loaf lighthouse and Point, Myall Lakes National Park. Image Don Fuchs
Surfing at Bennetts Beach in Hawks Nest. Image James Pipino