Rainforest walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 2km

  • Duration: 45mins

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Gap Rd, Arakoon

  • End: Gap Rd, Arakoon

  • Location: Hat Head National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 455 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -30.9022473758262

  • Longitude: 153.077815948278

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Rainforest walking track is a 2km, grade 5 Return hike located in the Hat Head National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 45mins to complete.

Summary

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.

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.

Getting There

To North gap carpark. Rainforest walking track is in the Smoky Cape precinct of Hat Head National Park. To get there:Take Gap Beach Road off Arakoon Road and follow the signs to North Gap carpark Park entry points North gap carpark See on map Parking Parking is available at North Gap carpark.


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.

 

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