Situated between the Myall River and Hawks Nest Beach, Hawks Nest is a tranquil seaside town and gateway to magnificent Myall Lakes. Travel across the ‘whistling’ bridge from neighbouring Tea Gardens, and enjoy a beautiful destination where you can explore the stunning network of superb waterways.
Beaches and river
Stretch out on Hawks Nest Beach, also known as Bennetts Beach, a spectacular sandy strip that reaches north to Myall Lakes National Park and south to Yacaaba Headland. Sheltered from the ocean, nearby Jimmys Beach is an ideal spot for kids to swim and play between Yacaaba Headland and the Myall River.
Take a guided tour of the Myall River with Ezy Kayaks Hawks Nest. The surrounding waterways are great for fishing and boating. Pull up a boat or canoe and unpack a picnic lunch at Pipers Creek picnic area. You can also kayak along the tranquil river to Engels Reach picnic area for a scenic lunch.
Stretch your legs by climbing the challenging Yacaaba Headland walking track, a hike that rewards with spectacular views over the headland of Port Stephens. Follow the Dark Point walking track through dunes to Dark Point Aboriginal Place, a significant gathering place for Worimi Aboriginal people for more than 4,000 years.
Near Hawks Nest, in Myall Lakes National Park, the Mungo Walking Track features Aboriginal sites and mountain biking. This track joins Mungo Brush campground on the trail along Bombah Broadwater to Hawks Nest. Don’t forget to check out dolphin cruises in nearby Nelson Bay, only a short ferry ride away.
Getting there and where to stay
Perfect for a beachside escape or family holiday, Hawks Nest is around three hours’ drive north of Sydney and 90min from Taree Airport. Coach services also run from Sydney via Newcastle. You can make this a memorable stop on a North Coast road trip.
Accommodation in Hawks Nest ranges from motels to beachside holiday parks and camping grounds. You’ll find plenty of camping options, with the alluring attractions of the beautiful Myall Lakes National Park right next door.