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.
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.
Wednesday 17 September to Wednesday 30 December 2015
Arakoon bushcare group The fragile coastal dune system of
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.
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.
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.
Blackbird Flat Camping Ground. Tom Woods, Stimages
Trial Bay Gaol. Tom Woods, Stimages
Hat Head National Park. Tom Woods, Stimages