Things to do to around Hawks Nest

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Hawks Nest is a coastal wonderland with a warm and temperate climate offering all year round holiday weather and plenty of things to do. It’s located at the most southern tip of the Great Lakes region with Myall Lakes, across the river from Tea Gardens and this region boasts oceans, rivers, bay frontages and stunning sunsets.

Renowned for its spectacular waters and the highest population of dolphins on the north coast, the Hawks Nest area has great conditions for water sports, whatever your preference. Its magnificent bush lands too, is home to an abundance of native wildlife and one of the few remaining wild Koala colonies.

Discover breathtaking Mungo Brush and the famous sand dunes of Dark Point. 4WD enthusiasts will love its accessible beaches (permits needed) at several access points to Bennetts Beach and numerous areas to explore from Hawks Nest to Seal Rocks.

When you’re not on or in the water, enjoy coastal walks, excellent eateries, speciality shops and craft local beer.

We have a super stylish 3bd apartment, Bennetts On The Beach at Hawks Nest in our Travellarks Collection.

Hawks Nest is 2 and 1/2 hrs drive north of Sydney.

Wellness & Pampering

Explore & Discover

  • Swim, paddle, surf at Bennett’s beach (100m), Shoal Bay beach (4.5km away), Little Beach 4.6km, Zenith Beach (4.9km), Wreck Beach (5km)
  • Explore Myall Park, Anzac Park, Memorial Park, The Admirals Green Public Park, Anzac Park, Tom O’Dwyer Memorial Oval, Garden Place, Passchendaele Park, Bagnalls Beach Reserve.
  • A new off road ultra running event The Lakes Trail that traverses 100 kilometres along the Myall Coast, with the start line in Hawks Nest. It takes runners who have the energy and stamina along fabulous coastal scenery including the half way point the Sugar-loaf lighthouse in Seal Rocks. Another event for sports enthusiasts held in Hawks Nest is the Hawks Nest Triathalon.
  • Loll about in the calmer waters of Port Stephens bay at Jimmy’s Beach
  • Spot a koala and other wildlife at Myall Lakes National Park or walk its many trails
  • Hike the breathtaking Mungo Brush Rainforest Walk
  • There’s also the magnificent Lake and Broadwater waterway with plenty of picnic spots and places to fish, swim or launch your boat, kayak, Jetski, SUP or even just just lay low on a beach chair
  • Hire a boat or kayaks at Tea Gardens Boatshed
  • Hire SUP’S ’s from Lazy Paddles in Tea Gardens or Ezy Kayaks Hawks Nest
  • Play a round of golf at Hawks Nest Golf Club – a quality 18 hole course
  • Feel like a pro at Myall Lakes Tennis Club
  • Have a fresh seafood lunch at Tea Gardens
  • Taste a local craft beer at Fitzy’s Beach Pad- 6/38-42 Booner St, Hawks Nest
  • Beach drive 4WD accessible beaches – Jimmy’s and Bennett’s beach have sections with 4WD access, so traverse the long stretches of beach from Hawks Nest through Mungo Brush and up to Seal Rocks (permits are required and obtained by the local info centre and selected bait and tackle stores) For more information go to:Four Wheel Driving
  • Dolphin and whale-watch when in season
  • Picnic and BBQ at Winda Woppa Reserve
  • Hop on your bike at The Island Action Sports Complex, located at 8000 Pacific Hwy, Nerong (check opening times)
  • Visit Dark Point Aboriginal Place and Little Gibber
  • Hike to the top of Yaccaba headland and take-in the magical views to Port Stephens and Broughton Island
  • Catch a ferry from Tea Gardens to Nelson Bay
  • Snorkel at favourite spots – Jimmy’s and Winda Woppa beaches
  • Swim amongst Grey Nurse sharks at Broughton Island
  • Join a sailing charter Port Stephens
  • Dive into the underwater world, Nelson Bay
  • Listen to live music
  • Visit the neighbouring regions of Newcastle, Seal Rocks, Forster, Tuncurry and Nelson Bay
  • Drive for 40 mins to Oakvale Wildlife Park, 
  • Road trip through the Hunter Valley winery region and taste wines at Keith Tulloch, Blueberry Hill, Margan Wines, Gundog Estate, Lakes Folly, Bimbadgen, Tinklers & Petersons

    Good Eats

  • Tillerman’s Cafe Restaurant
  • Tea Gardens Boatshed
  • Kelly’s Famous Bakehouse – 34 Tuloa Ave, Hawks Nest
  • Benchmark on Booner is licensed premises offering gourmet Barista-made coffee, restaurant, bar, music on some nights. Located at Corner of Booner &, Bennett St, Hawks Nest
  • Tea Gardens Ice Cream Shack – 2/79 Marine Dr
  • Hook N Cook – 71 Marine Dr, Tea Gardens
  • The Little Nel
  • Sandpipers Restaurant
  • Little Beach Boathouse 

      Foodies

  • The Providence Deli – 43 Booner St
  • Johnsons Farmgate – Unit 4/24 Wanya Rd, Tea Gardens 
  • Jeff’s Quality Meats – Myall Quays Shopping Centre
  • Myall River Bakery Cafe – 1/79 Marine Dr, Tea Gardens
  • Fiona’s Family Cafe Hawks Nest Golf Club Bistro
  • Hawks Nest Takeaway – 34 Yamba St
  • Tea Gardens Fish Markets – 46 Marine Dr,
  • Treat yourself to some local delicacies- fresh oysters, fish n chips and local seafood in Tea Gardens and feed the pelicans with the kids on the wharf

Retail Escapes

  • Mungo Road Surf Shop – 46 Tuloa Ave, Hawks Nest
  • Salty Lane – Fishing and Leisure – 1/41 Booner St
  • Alana’s Flowers and Gifts
  • Vinnies Op Shop – Shop 14B Myall Quays Shopping Village
  • Fox and Rabbit Designs – Needlework
  • Ella’s Boutique – 2/195 Myall St
  • Stylily
  • Vespertine Jewellery
  • Myall River Embroidery and Crafts – 2-4 Wanya Rd, Tea Gardens
  • Heartspace Homewares
  • Myall Street Studio Pottery
  • Pacific Palms Community Markets – Elizabeth Beach
  • Nabiac Farmers Markets
  • Tuncurry Market
  • Wingham Farmers Markets
  • Hallidays Point Car Boot Sale
  • Black Head Bazaar
  • Combo Growers
  • Foster Town Park Market
  • Johns River Country Markets
  • Burrell Creek Hall Markets
  • Taree Rotary Club Book Fair
  • Old Bar Community Markets – 31 Old Bar Rd, Old Bar

If you think that Hawks Nest sounds like an amazing holiday destination, why not see our Stays With A WOW accommodation on the mid north coast.

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