Rainforest Walking Track, Hat Head National Park - South West Rocks

View through the trees from the Rainforest track. Photo: Debby McGerty

A delightful stroll through rare coastal rainforest, this short track is a great way to introduce the kids to the joys of wildlife-spotting and birdwatching. Only a short drive from South West Rocks on the North Coast, Rainforest walking track links the northern and southern ends of Gap Beach. Even though there's no directional signage, you'll still find it an easy walk for all ages.
Meandering through scenic rainforest beyond the coastal dunes, you’ll pass freshwater swamp areas dotted with paperbarks and swamp mahogany. Don’t forget your binoculars, as the unique wetlands attract black swans, egrets and herons. Swamp wallabies, goannas, and red-necked wallabies often drop by for a drink.
Round off your day with a beachside picnic and a swim as you return along Gap Beach. The sweeping coastal views from nearby Captain Cook’s lookout, accessed by car, are worth the detour.

For more information: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au