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. Natureland Classic Motorcycle Club Toy Run

    Sunday 16 December 2018 , South West Rocks

    Every year the Natureland Classic Motorcycle Club conducts a Toy Run in December, collecting toys to make Christmas a little brighter for disadvantaged children in the Macleay Valley. More than 80 motorcycle riders travel from South West R…

    16 Dec
  2. Annual Nestle Junior Triathlon - Trial Bay

    Saturday 09 February 2019 to Sunday 10 February 2019 , South West Rocks

    The annual Nestle Junior Triathlon will be held at Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon State Conservation Area in South West Rocks. Racing is for five to 15 year olds. There will be five races - for five year olds, six to seven years, eight to nine …

    09 Feb - 10 Feb