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Hawks Nest

Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest is situated in the southern end of the Great Lakes area, approximately two and a half hours drive north of Sydney, off the Pacific Highway. The twin towns of Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest are separated by the Myall River that feeds the majestic Myall Lakes system. The towns are connected by the 'Singing' bridge, aptly named for the sound of the wind as it passes through the rails. The area is a haven for the nature lover with fishing, bushwalking, camping and dolphin watching all popular pursuits. Houseboating on the Myall Lakes is a relaxing and scenic way to pass your time away. There are plenty of secluded areas in this vast expanse of water so you can always find your own little piece of paradise. Hawks Nest is also home to a koala colony, where koalas can be seen and enjoyed in their natural habitat. Off the coast of Hawks Nest is Broughton Island, popular for deep sea fishing and diving. Part of the Myall Lakes National Park, the island is ideal for bushwalking and picnics.

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Hawks Nest: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Hawks Nest Beach

Hawks Nest Beach also known as Bennetts Beach, is the beginning of a long stretch of beach, which enters the Myall Lakes National Park and extends north to the fishing village of Seal Rocks through a virtual wildlife corridor. South of Hawks Nest Beach leads you to the Yacaaba Headland walk, your reward being fantastic views of the mouth of the Myall River across Port Stephens and north to Myall Lakes National Park.
Patrolled during school holidays and weekends over the summer, this beach is popular with those who enjoy 4WD driving and is situated close to parks, camping and all facilities.

Hawks Nest
Hawks Nest, NSW, 2324

Located 1.0K from Hawks Nest

Yacaaba Head Walk

Yacaaba is the largest headland of Port Stephens and marks the northern entrance to the port. The track begins from Bennetts Beach ( Hawks Nest Beach) and the initial section is a well informed path, winding its way through a tall open forest. The track leads around the northern side of the hill, offering spectacular views. The final section to the top of the headland is very steep and unformed, its more suitable for experienced walkers.

There is no formal lookout , but the top is marked by an old trigonometrical survey point. Allow three hours for a return journey.

Beach Road
Hawks Nest, NSW, 2324

Located 1.1K from Hawks Nest

Galleries in the Gardens

Ever since the historic town of Tea Gardens was established it has been the inspiration for artists to reach for their brushes, cameras and clay. Now with more than 30 local artists, the business community is helping to celebrate their creativity with the Galleries in the Gardens project - bringing local art to the public through art displayed in 14 businesses flying the GIG banners.

Tea Gardens village enjoys a holiday atmosphere and fine range of shops and cafes offering delicious food, jewellery, gifts, art and sculpture. Stroll around the village and browse or take home that special memento or gift.

On Saturday visit the Courtyard Art Gallery beside the Hotel - meet the artists and see their latest artwork. Another fun dimension to the Art Amble is the outdoor artwork along the riverfront.

There is always something new and displays are changed regularly.

Marine Drive
Tea Gardens, NSW, 2324

Located 1.6K from Hawks Nest

Fly Point - Halifax Park Aquatic Reserve

The Fly Point - Halifax Park Aquatic Reserve was declared in January 1983.

This reserve lies between Fly Point and Nelson Head, it extends from the mean high watermark to 500 metres off shore. A small area between the two jetties at Little Beach is not included in the reserve.

The reserve was established for the protection of all marine plants and animals, therefore you can only observe. Within the reserve you cannot fish, destroy marine life, collect any marine organisms (whether dead or alive) and this includes empty shells.

Fly Point and Halifax Park: for the one who likes to snorkel or scuba diver, these shallows reveal a rich variety of fish moving amongst the seagrass beds or between the boulders that layer the seabed.

Each summer, juvenile tropical fish appear including, butterfly fish, damsel fish, wrasses and the butterfly cod.

5 Beach Road
Nelson Bay, NSW, 2315

Located 4.7K from Hawks Nest

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre

Visit the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre to see an incredible range of artwork and special craft pieces reflecting the great skills of the region's artisans. They have a delightful weekend cafe for light lunches and drinks.

The centre houses a number of galleries displaying large collections of a wide variety of arts and crafts. All the works are developed by local artists from the Port Stephens area and are for sale at reasonable prices. Take them home as wonderful gifts, or reminders of your visit to this blue water wonderland.

Cultural Place,
off Shoal Bay Road
Nelson Bay, NSW, 2315

Located 5.4K from Hawks Nest

Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park

The Marine Park extends from Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club near Forster south to Birubi Beach Life Saving Club at the northern end of Stockton Beach, through the offshore waters to three nautical mile limit of State waters. It includes Port Stephens, Karuah River, Myall River, Myall and Smiths Lakes and their creeks and tributaries to the tidal limit. The park covers an area of approximately 98,000 hectares. NSW Government established the park in December 2005.

The park's diverse marine life includes many species of dolphins, turtles, fish, seabirds and seaweeds along with threatened species. Humpback whales travel along the marine park coastline during their annual migration north.

Many significant Indigenous cultural and spiritual sites are located within or adjacent to the marine park.

Visitors and residents can enjoy eco-tourism activities including fishing, boating, dolphin and whale watching as well as swimming, diving, snorkelling, kayaking and other water sports.

Victoria Parade
Nelson Bay, NSW, 2315

Located 5.4K from Hawks Nest

Hawks Nest: Events

Annual January 2016 Art and Craft Exhibition and Sale

The Myall Community Art and Craft Exhibition and Sale is held over three days and all work presented is locally produced by members of of the Craft Centre.

Each year, an organisation is selected to be the recipient of the proceeds of a selection of donated paintings.

This is a very successful event held each year with many visitors making a special effort to come back, year after year. They will be celebrating their 25th birthday in 2016.

Event Dates
      13th Jan
      14th Jan
      15th Jan

245 Myall Street
Tea Gardens, NSW, 2324

Located 1.3K from Hawks Nest

Euchre Tournament 2016

West Nelson Bay Diggers Euchre Club presents the inaugural Euchre Tournament 2016 in March 2016. Registration from 10am, play at 11am.

Total prize money of AUD1000, several 100 club boards, lunches available.

For further information please contact the Euchre Club on any of the phone numbers or email provided.

82 Shoal Bay Road
Nelson Bay, NSW, 2315

Located 5.4K from Hawks Nest

Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament

The TBFT is held at Port Stephens each year just outside of school and Easter Holiday periods. The TBFT is a fishing tournament for small boat anglers of all ages and skill levels It is very easy to enter and enjoy with many species and lucky draw prizes to be won.

It is primarily for people who have never previously entered a fishing tournament (around 50% each year). The format remains deliberately aimed at family groups and the Junior contingent is always strong and keenly contested.

Despite the high angler numbers over the three days, there are very few (under 200) fish weighed in each year, with many of these released back into Port Stephens after the Event. This means that the Tournament is always welcome in the area because of its minimal impact on local fish stocks.

Event Dates
      18th Mar
      19th Mar
      20th Mar

Cruise Terminal Park,
Victoria Pde
Nelson Bay, NSW, 2315

Located 5.9K from Hawks Nest

Hawks Nest: Travel Tips

Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre

Call into the Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre for information on Port Stephens and the surrounding area. The friendly staff can provide you with a range of information on local attractions, upcoming events, assistance with accommodation and other services as required. Maps and brochures are also available, together with a selection of souvenirs and other merchandise.

60 Victoria Parade
Nelson Bay, NSW, 2315

Located 6.1K from Hawks Nest

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