Rainforest Walking Track, Hat Head National Park

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.

Nearby events

  1. Arakoon bushcare group

    Wednesday 30 May 2018 to Wednesday 11 July 2018 , South West Rocks

    The fragile coastal dune system of Arakoon National Park, near South West Rocks and Kempsey, is under threat from invasive weeds such as bitou bush. Volunteer for two hours of weeding each week to help eradicate invasive weeds and restore n…

    30 May - 11 Jul
  2. Sculpture in the Gaol

    Event dates to be confirmed: August 2018 , South West Rocks

    For the duration of the event the historic grounds of Trial Bay Gaol will be transformed into a dramatic landscape filled with sculptures for this stunning exhibition. Why not also take the opportunity to read about the Gaol’s famous hist…

    05 Aug