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Captain Cook's lookout

Hat Head National Park

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What's nearby

Nearby lookouts

  • Large swell crashing over rocks and into Mermaid Pools in Arakoon National Park. Image credit: Shane Robinson © DPIE

    Mermaid Pools

    Mermaid Pools are permanently closed to access and swimming. Sudden large swell and tides create large waves that wash over the rocks and pools. This has caused severe injuries and deaths.



Get wild about whales

NSW national parks have the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration, which takes place from May to November. Plan your next coastal adventure.

A humpback whale breaches the water off the NSW coast, near Sydney. Photo credit: Wayne Reynolds &copy Wayne Reynolds


Join WilderQuest

WilderQuest is a fun kids program designed to nurture a love of nature. Download the award-winning WilderQuest iPad app and go on a quest to discover all the animals, plants and hidden secrets within NSW national parks.

WilderQuest activity at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. Photo: Shani Milgate/OEH
Captain Cook's lookout

Park info

  • in Hat Head National Park in the North Coast region
  • Hat Head 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 at Hungry Head and Smoky Beach.  The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy annual pass
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