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Hidden gems of the North Coast hinterland

Hidden gems of the North Coast hinterland

Wind your way through the lush greenery, shimmering waters and historical pockets of the New South Wales North Coast hinterland on a five-day road trip.

Day one: Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest to Gloucester

Start your journey through the North Coast hinterland in the twin towns of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest on the Myall Coast, located around 220 kilometres north of Sydney. Head to Lazy Paddles in Tea Gardens to hire a kayak and take yourself off to explore the Myall River. An essential stop on your kayaking adventure is the Black Oaks picnic area, a remote spot where you can settle in near the old pine plantation and keep an eye out on for wildlife on the banks. Eastern water dragons are commonly spotted here. There are also guided kayak tours available if you’re after some local knowledge along the way.

Return your kayak and put your artist’s hat on for a visit to The Gallery, housed in a wholesome cottage opposite the river. The Gallery hosts a rotating collection of work by artists from Galleries in the Gardens – a non-profit community of artists from Hawks Nest, Tea Gardens and the Myall River region. You’ll see all kinds of artwork, including photographs, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and jewellery, and you can also appreciate the lush garden that surrounds the cottage. Sit back for breakfast or lunch at the Tea Gardens Boatshed or Tillermans Cafe and Restaurant, where you can enjoy your delicious food with
calming water views.

Cross the Myall River by bridge to get to Hawks Nest, which offers a quintessential Australian coastal experience. Relax, surf or fish, or spend the afternoon in a cafe or gallery – there’s something to suit all travellers here. Choose between Bennetts Beach, where surfers and bodysurfers can catch a wave; or Jimmys Beach, which is a sheltered spot ideal for swimming and more suitable for the kids. Then, pop your hiking boots on and tackle the Yacaaba Headland Walking Track in Myall Lakes National Park. Beginning at Bennetts Beach, the six-kilometre climb is steep and challenging at times, but you’ll be rewarded with spectacular coastal views of Tomaree Head and Seal Rocks at the summit.

This is just a sneak peek! To read about the rest of the road trip, check out the Summer Edition of Caravanning Australia.

Pictured: Jimmys Beach, Hawks Nest. Image (C) Destination NSW

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