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Kinchela Trig Lookout walk is a 0.5km, grade 4 Return hike located in the Hat Head National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 30mins to complete.
This short track leads gently uphill to reveal spectacular views of coastal estuaries and mountain hinterland, on the North Coast of NSW, south of Nambucca Heads. Not far from Hungry Gate campground, it’s a great introduction to the remote wilderness of the southern section of Hat Head National Park.
Kinchela Trig lookout walk winds through well-established banksia groves up to the trig station, marked with a concrete plinth. In spring, the vibrant red banksia flowers make for excellent birdwatching, attracting rosellas and cockatoos. During summer, the surrounding bush comes to life with cicada song.
Enjoy the fresh breeze off the ocean, as you take in the dramatic coastline stretching as far as the eye can see. Directly in front, you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the headland. Keep your eyes peeled as sea-eagles and brahminy kites cruise the skies above this rugged stretch of coast.
About the Region
Hat Head National Park in the North Coast region
Hat Head National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
To Kinchela Trig carpark. Kinchela Trig lookout walk is in the Hat Head precinct of Hat Head National Park. To get there from Kempsey or Clybucca:Take South West Rocks Road to KinchelaTurn right and follow the signs to Hat HeadTurn right just before the bridge and head towards The GapTake the first right, then follow the signs to Kinchega Trig lookout walk. Park entry points Kinchela Trig carpark See on map Parking Parking is available on Gap Road.
This walk isn’t signposted, but it’s just off Gap Road on the left-hand side.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch or whale watch
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.