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Hat Head National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Hat Head National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Understanding landscapes and geology

NPWS is dedicated to preserving the special landscapes and natural assets of Hat Head National Park. Programs to protect rivers, wetlands and coastal environments are in place within the park.

Preserving biodiversity

Biodiversity is integral to Hat Head National Park, and efforts to preserve this are ongoing. Bush regeneration, maintaining the landscape and upgrades to infrastructure are regularly carried out in the park. Displaying up-to-date, easily understandable signage is also an ongoing priority in this park.

Conservation program

BioNet

Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW. 

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact on the ecosystems within Hat Head National Park. Pest reduction of introduced species, such as wild dogs, as well as risk assessment for new and emerging weeds, is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the biodiversity values of this park.

Conservation program

Wild dog control program

Wild dogs can have significant impacts on other animals and are regarded as pests. Our wild dog control program operates in many NSW national parks and reserves. When carrying out such pest control, we aim to minimise the wild dogs’ effects on livestock and wildlife, while still maintaining dingo conservation in key areas.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

Hat Head National Park is committed to providing safe, top-quality facilities for visitors to enjoy. Maintenance is frequently carried out on the park’s walking tracks.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Hat Head National Park places great value on the region’s Aboriginal legacy, and works to combine conservation efforts with dynamic visitor education initiatives. Aboriginal cultural heritage programs are carried out in this park.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

Conservation program

Hazard reduction program

Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

Contact

  • in the North Coast region
  • Hat Head National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day at Hungry Head and Smoky Beach.  The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy an annual pass.
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View of beach in Hat Head National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary