After your Port Macquarie adventure, gear up for the excitement of South West Rocks. This lesser-known gem is a nature lover’s haven with stunning beaches, prime fishing and diving spots, and abundant hiking trails. Don’t miss the unique Trial Bay Gaol, a global attraction. With tranquil waters, secluded beaches, surf classes, and stand-up paddle boarding, there’s an adventure for everyone.
For the brave, dive into Fish Rock Cave, a top-tier cave diving site, and see endangered grey nurse sharks. If fishing’s your thing, South West Rocks is your perfect sandbox, with beach, rock, river, and offshore options.
Sightseeing #1: Hat Head National Park
Who said parks are just for picnics? Hat Head National Park is an artist’s palette of nature – think sparkling beaches, lofty sand dunes, dewy rainforests, and serene wetlands. It’s your go-to spot for bushwalking, camping, or simply soaking up the tranquillity. Fancy an overnight stay with a twist? The Smoky Cape lighthouse keepers’ cottage awaits! And birdwatchers, be ready to spot everything from black swans to curlews.
Sightseeing #2: Trial Bay Gaol
Where else can you find history with a side of scenic beauty? Only at Trial Bay Gaol in South West Rocks. This prison from 1886 has stories aplenty, from breakwater construction to serving as a WWI internment camp. Today, it’s a picturesque ruin, complete with a museum and memorial. Oh, and don’t skip the view from the guard tower lookout or the nearby walking trails. Trust us, they’re worth it!