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Kinchela Trig Lookout walk

Hat Head National Park

Overview

Kinchela Trig lookout walk offers a short walk with scenic views of rugged coastline and birdwatching at Hat Head National Park, east of Kempsey.

Where
Hat Head National Park
Distance
0.5km return
Time suggested
15 - 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • This walk isn’t signposted, but it’s just off Gap Road on the left-hand side.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch or whale watch

This short track leads gently uphill to reveal spectacular views of coastal estuaries and mountain hinterland, on the North Coast of NSW, south of Nambucca Heads. Not far from Hungry Gate campground, it’s a great introduction to the remote wilderness of the southern section of Hat Head National Park.

Kinchela Trig lookout walk winds through well-established banksia groves up to the trig station, marked with a concrete plinth. In spring, the vibrant red banksia flowers make for excellent birdwatching, attracting rosellas and cockatoos. During summer, the surrounding bush comes to life with cicada song.

Enjoy the fresh breeze off the ocean, as you take in the dramatic coastline stretching as far as the eye can see. Directly in front, you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the headland. Keep your eyes peeled as sea-eagles and brahminy kites cruise the skies above this rugged stretch of coast.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Kinchela Trig lookout walk, Hat Head National Park. Photo: Debby McGerty/NSW Government