Hawks Nest

Hawks Nest is one of the gateways to the magnificent Myall Lakes National Park, a network of lakes, rivers and channels. The stunning 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.

Couple at Hawks Nest beach, Port Stephens North Coast

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.

Taree Airport

Fly into Taree Airport

Taree Airport is 7 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.

Fly Pelican 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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  1. Wildside Adventure Race

    Friday 28 September 2018 to Monday 01 October 2018 ,

    The Wildside Adventure Race is back on the North Coast of NSW. The October long weekend is well known as an adventure filled weekend and this one will be no different. Join them in the stunning Great Lakes region to get a heavy dose of adv…

    28 Sep - 01 Oct
  2. Myall River Festival

    Saturday 13 October 2018 , Tea Gardens

    The Myall River Festival is a free family friendly event, with a large variety of market stalls, stage entertainment, river activities, games and competitions for the kids, all taking place on the magical waterfront of Tea Gardens, beside t…

    13 Oct