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Green Island walking track

Hat Head National Park

Overview

Green Island walking track goes through coastal heathland to a lookout with scenic views to Smoky Cape Lighthouse, offering excellent birdwatching and whale watching.

Where
Hat Head National Park
Distance
3km return
Time suggested
1 - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch.

An energising, medium level walk to delight both birdwatchers and wildflower enthusiasts. Green Island walking track leads through woodland and heath to a lookout with brilliant views to Smoky Cape Lighthouse in the northern section of Hat Head National Park.

The track leads through groves of paperbarks and grass trees. At the junction with Smoky Cape walking track, turn east, as the path meanders through heathlands dominated by banksias. In spring, the surrounding shrubland erupts with dazzling colour, with exceptional displays of flannel flowers and paper daisies.

Reaching the lookout, gaze across to Green Island, just 100 metres from the coast. Here, you’re most likely to see shore birds such as egrets, spoonbills and pied oystercatchers. Make the most of the fabulous location and enjoy a leisurely picnic, relishing the sweeping coastal views and fresh coastal breezes, before retracing your steps.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

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View of beach in Hat Head National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary