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. South West Rocks Running Festival

    Sunday 09 June 2019 , South West Rocks

    The South West Rocks Running Festival, formally the Macleay River Marathon, in its 35th year, is a scenic riverside run along the banks of the beautiful Macleay River and back to Trial Bay Gaol. It is held every year on the June long…

    09 Jun
  2. GermanFest

    Thursday 01 August 2019 , South West Rocks

    The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks will be turned into a Bavarian heaven once again for this year's 11 day GermanFest. GermanFest is a celebration of all things Bavarian including food, drink and entertainment with a special…

    01 Aug
  3. Sculpture in the Gaol - Opening Day

    Monday 05 August 2019 to Sunday 01 September 2019 , South West Rocks

    Sculptures in the Gaol exhibition will be on again this year. Trial Bay Gaol will once again be transformed into dramatic artistic landscape, with an abundance of sculptures to be displayed in the historic precinct. The Sculpture in the…

    05 Aug - 01 Sep