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  1. Powder Magazine walking track

    Powder Magazine track is an excellent short walk to the historic powder magazines on the headland at Arakoon National Park on the North Coast.  Only one of the constructions still stands, but you can still admire the work of early Australia…

  2. Horseshoe Bay Beach

    South West Rocks has a beautiful little beach surrounded by towering pines. This sheltered area is very popular with families wanting to swim. Horseshoe Bay Beach is close to rewarding fishing spots and central to the business district of S…

  3. Little Bay Beach

    Little Bay is a secluded beach nestled between granite cliffs, just south of the headland near Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park. Pack your fishing gear for a day at the beach. There’s the option for a leisurely lunch beneath the sha…

  4. Kinchela Trig Lookout Walk

    This short track leads gently uphill to reveal spectacular views of coastal estuaries and mountain hinterland, on the North Coast of NSW, south of Nambucca Heads. Not far from Hungry Gate campground, it’s a great introduction to the remote …

  5. Little Bay to Smoky Cape

    If you’re an adventurous walker, you’ll love the Little Bay to Smoky Cape walk. This 10 kilometre coastal track begins near Little Bay picnic area in Arakoon National Park, near Kempsey on the north coast of NSW. Start at historic Overshot…

  6. Carrai National Park

    Carrai National Park is located on a granite plateau off the North Coast of New South Wales, offering bushwalking, mountain biking, 4WD touring and camping for self-reliant campers. Inland from Kempsey, Carrai National Park protects vast t…

  7. Monument Hill Walking Track

    If you take a walk along the Monument Hill walking track, you’ll be rewarded with the sight of casuarinas in the heathlands, spectacular coastal views, and the fresh sea breeze upon your cheeks as you approach the summit. The monument itse…

  8. Jack Perkins Walking Track

    Jack Perkins walking track is a short walk that boasts some of the best views in Hat Head National Park, only a short drive from Kempsey. Take in spectacular views across the Tasman Sea from Captain Cook’s lookout before stepping out on Jac…

  9. Trial Bay Gaol

    Step back in time on a guided tour of Trial Bay Gaol, soaking up the history and the amazing coastal views that surround it. The gaol opened in 1886, after 13 years of construction. It must have been a strange feeling building a prison in s…

  10. Big Hill Rainforest Walking Track

    Starting at the picnic area by the beach, this short loop trail winds around the top of the headland, providing sweeping views of the pristine coastline and rocky shores below. Find a spot on the headland to sit and take in the untouched b…

  11. Gap Beach Walking Track

    If you’re after a heart-pumping trek, then grab your hiking boots and head for Gap Beach walking track, in Hat Head National Park. Near South West Rocks, it’s a great walk for experienced bushwalkers, birdwatchers, and those who love a chal…

  12. Kempsey Museum

    Kempsey Museum features the history of the Macleay Valley from before white settlement to the present day, including a pioneer cottage furnished using historical items. Set in South Kempsey Park, next to Visitor Information Centre. Displays…

  13. Smoky Cape Walking Track

    Experience one of the largest remnants of unique littoral rainforest on the NSW coast on this moderately challenging hike. Smoky Cape walking track forms part of the longer Little Bay to Smoky Cape walk in the northern precinct of Hat Head …

  14. Green Island Walking Track

    An energising, medium level walk to delight both birdwatchers and wildflower enthusiasts. Green Island walking track leads through woodland and heath to a lookout with brilliant views to Smoky Cape Lighthouse in the northern section of Hat …

  15. Arakoon National Park

    Arakoon National Park, home to historic Trial Bay Gaol, offers beachside camping, rocky foreshores with great fishing and beaches perfect for whale watching and swimming. The idyllic Arakoon National Park on the NSW mid north coast is home…

  16. Bridle trail

    Retrace history along an easy walking track, Bridle trail, near Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park, five kilometres east of South West Rocks.  In days gone by, horses would haul the massive steam crane used in the granite quarry during…

  17. Ngambaa Nature Reserve

    Ngambaa Nature Reserve offers a retreat for animals and people alike, with areas of old-growth forest perfect for car touring, bushwalking, birdwatching, a family picnic and barbecue. Of shared significance to the Aboriginal Dunghutti, Nga…

  18. Hat Head National Park

    Hat Head National Park on the mid-north coast of NSW near South West Rocks is a natural paradise. Explore the lighthouse, camp by the beach and go fishing and swimming. Hat Head National Park, near Kempsey, is a place of exceptional beauty…

  19. Collombatti Lookout

    Collombatti Lookout offers 360 degrees views of the Macleay Valley Coast, on a clear day see from Mt Yarrahapinni to Crescent Head along the coast. There are also views of Kempsey to the south and Bellbrook's Andersons Sugarloaf Mountain t…