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Smoky Cape walking track is a 2.2km, grade 5 One Way hike located in the Hat Head National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 45mins to complete.
Experience one of the largest remnants of unique littoral rainforest on the NSW coast on this moderately challenging hike. Smoky Cape walking track forms part of the longer Little Bay to Smoky Cape walk in the northern precinct of Hat Head National Park.
The track starts at Captain Cook’s lookout, where you can take in the spectacular views along the coast. Leading along ridges and down gullies behind North Smoky Beach, you’ll meander through dense rainforest of cabbage tree palms and lush ferns. Keep an eye out for epiphytic orchids and swallow-tailed butterflies. Swamp wallabies and red-necked wallabies are often seen darting through the undergrowth.
Stop for a picnic break along the way and soak up the tranquil setting. If you’re not ready to turn back, the optional Green Island walking track is excellent for birdwatching.
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 Captain Cook carpark. Smoky Cape walking track starts at Captain Cook’s lookout in the Smoky Cape precinct of Hat Head National Park. To get there:Take Arakoon Road from South West RocksTurn into Lighthouse Road and follow the signs to Smoky Cape LighthouseThe walk begins near Captain Cook’s lookout Park entry points Captain Cook carpark See on map South Gap carpark See on map Parking Parking is available at Captain Cook’s lookout.
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.