Hawks Nest


Kayaking on Myall River

Hawks Nest is a small seaside town in the beautiful Great Lakes region. Relax on white sandy beaches and enjoy kayaking on the coastal section of the Myall River. Amble along the Dark Point walking track to a significant Aboriginal cultural heritage site.

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About 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.

Dark Point, Myall Lakes NP - Photo NP and Jodie Chalker

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.

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.

  1. Dark Point Aboriginal Place

    The rocky headland of Dark Point, north of Hawks Nest and in the southern area of Myall Lakes National Park, was declared an Aboriginal Site of significance in 2002. This area has a rich cultural history and has been...

  2. Dark Point Walking Track

    This short stroll packs quite a punch with breathtaking coastal views leading to culturally significant Dark Point Aboriginal Place, near Hawks Nest on the central coast. Also known as Little Gibber, Dark Point...

  3. Engels Reach picnic area

    After a strenuous morning canoeing or kayaking along the Myall River, you’ll be ready for a break at lunchtime. Engels Reach picnic area is a great place to pull up your canoe or kayak. Set on the edge of the eastern...

  4. Ezy Kayaks Hawks Nest

    Ezy Kayaks offer guided kayak tours, self-hire and stand up paddle board hire on the Myall River in Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens. This is the perfect activity for people who would like a guided tour on the...

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