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Cape Hawke lookout

Booti Booti National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Cape Hawke lookout.

Getting there and parking

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    Cape Hawke lookout is in the northern precinct of Booti Booti National Park. To get there:

    • From Forster, drive south along The Lakes Way for approximately five minutes
    • Turn left into Cape Hawke Drive
    • Follow signs to Cape Hawke lookout

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    Parking is available at Cape Hawke lookout including designated bus parking. It can be a busy place on the weekend, when parking might be limited.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Booti Booti National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


    See the park's magnificent wildflower displays as they bloom across the heathlands.


    Swim at the seasonally patrolled Elizabeth Beach or kayak in Wallis Lake, whilst staying at the nearby Ruins campground.


    Visit Cape Hawke lookout to watch whales migrating off the coast.



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    Safety messages

    In a natural environment there is sometimes no escape from pests including mosquitoes, ticks and insects. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing to prevent bites, spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellent and reapply as directed.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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    Park info

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

    • Park entry fees:

      $8 per vehicle per day. Day passes are available from the Manning Great Lakes Area Office, Bulahdelah Visitor Information Centre and the Hawks Nest Newsagency.

      Buy annual pass