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Smoky Cape picnic area

Hat Head National Park

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Smoky Cape picnic area is located beneath Smoky Cape lighthouse in Hat Head National Park, near South West Rocks on the NSW north coast. It's a great spot for picnics, whale watching and scenic views.

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For a scenic treat, make your way to Smoky Cape picnic area at the base of Smoky Cape lighthouse. Pause to feel the salty breeze as you gaze out over the Tasman Sea and Hat Head National Park.

Visit between May and July to see southern right and humpback whales swimming past the headland. Or catch them on their return trip between August and October. Playful dolphins can be seen in the area too.

As well as being an ideal spot for whale watchers, Smoky Cape picnic area is great for birdwatchers too. Although you don’t even have to watch anything at all if you’d prefer – just sit back, enjoy the clifftop picnic area and feel on top of the world. If you feel like something more energetic, try Jack Perkins walking track or the longer Little Bay to Smoky Cape.

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