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Connors walking track

Hat Head National Park

Overview

A medium walk through coastal rainforest and healthland offering whale watching, wildflowers, scenic views, and even a blowhole on the way to secluded beaches.

Where
Hat Head National Park
Distance
3.3km one-way
Time suggested
1 - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • In order to restrict the spread of the invasive bitou bush, please stay on the walking tracks provided.
  • You can begin Connors walking track from either The Gap carpark in the north, or Hungry Gate campground in the south.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch

Tracing the rugged coastline, in northern NSW near Kempsey, this moderately challenging track offers delights all year round. Close to Hungry Gate campground in the southern section of Hat Head National Park, Connors walking track offers fantastic whale watching in autumn, brilliant wildflowers in spring, and secluded beaches in summer.

In the warmer months, you might see vibrant paper daisies and pea flowers, dotted among the gnarled banksias in the heathland. Gazing across the rocky platforms, look for the nearby blowhole which puts on a spectacular show when a southerly wind blows.  

Winding through rainforest and sheltered gullies, you’ll be treated to spectacular coastal views. The track gently winds down to Connors Beach, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waves. Enjoy a seaside picnic here, or continue along the headland trail to Third Beach

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

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Connors Beach walking track, Hat Head National Park. Photo: Debby McGerty/NSW Government