South West Rocks


Family in South West Rocks

South West Rocks is a sleepy coastal retreat at its barefoot best. The town is an oceanfront holiday hotspot bordering Trial Bay. With a number of camping sites and caravan parks, Trial Bay's calm clear waters and natural surrounds provides a wide range of activities ideal for a family holiday.

  • Smoky Cape Lighthouse
  • Hat Head

About South West Rocks

South West Rocks lies at the mouth of the Macleay River, a half-hour drive from Kempsey. It's an ideal family retreat by the beach which is perfect for year-round swimming.

The area has a rich heritage with some key landmarks just a short drive away.  Set on cliffs high above the sea, Trial Bay Gaol was built in the 1880s to house prisoners and then as an internment camp for Germans and Austrians living in Australia during World War II. Smoky Cape Lighthouse is one of the oldest, and tallest, lighthouses in NSW.

Fish Rock Cave, 2 km offshore,is one of the best cave dives in the country, a 125-m passage through the centre of a small island, with an amazing variety of marine life including grey nurse sharks. Be sure not to miss a day of idle beachcombing at Hat Head National Park.

  • Beach, South West Rocks


    Check out the waves at South Smoky Beach and enjoy great surfing conditions at Horseshoe Bay. Visit the family-friendly Trial Bay for a relaxing day on the sand or relax by the calm waters of Main Beach where you can go swimming or bodyboarding.

  • Smoky Cape Lighthouse, South West Rocks

    Smoky Cape Lighthouse

    Standing high on a narrow headland, Smoky Cape Lighthouse is surrounded by the stunning coastal scenery of Hat Head National Park. Built in 1891, the lighthouse itself is as beautiful as the views - check out its winding staircase and octagonal tower.

  • Hat Head Beach, South West Rocks

    National Parks

    Discover Arakoon National Park and admire the area's surrounding rocky foreshores and beaches, which are often visited by pods of dolphins. Further down the coast, Hat Head National Park is a great location for bushwalking and camping. Explore the park's sand dunes, rainforest and wetlands.


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