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Smoky Cape picnic area

Hat Head National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about the Smoky Cape picnic area.

Getting there and parking

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    Smoky Cape picnic area is in the Smoky Cape precinct of Hat Head National Park. To get there:

    • Take Arakoon Road from South West Rocks
    • Turn onto Lighthouse Road and drive to the end where it terminates at Smoky Cape Lighthouse carpark.

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    Parking is available at Smoky Cape picnic area, including 2 accessible parking spots.

    Best times to visit

    This park's sweeping beaches are extremely inviting during summer, but its wildlife and walking tracks make it a joy to visit all year round.


    A birdwatcher's delight as the heath shrubland bursts into a kaleidoscope of wild flowers and birds come from all around, listen out for the guttural call of glossy black cockatoos.


    Take a coastal bushwalk to experience wildflower displays amongst the banksias.


    Spot humpback and southern right whales migrating to northern waters between May and July.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    19°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    41.7°C (1968)

    Winter temperature


    13°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded

    4°C (1997)


    Wettest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day




    • Flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    Barbecue facilities

    There's 1 electric barbecue at the picnic area, near the toilet block.

    • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

    Step-free access

    There's step-free access around the picnic area with a concrete path that leads from Lighthouse Road, past the facilities and to the nearby walking tracks.

    • Step-free outdoor pathways

    Seats and resting points

    There are 2 bench seats with backrests in the picnic area, near the accessible parking spaces. There's also a bench seat just outside the toilet block.

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    Safety messages

    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    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).


    Disability access level - medium

    The picnic area is flat and step-free, with a concrete path that leads from Lighthouse Road, past the facilities and to the nearby walking tracks. Accessible facilities include:

    • 2 accessible parking spots in the carpark
    • Accessible flush toilets that are set along a concrete pathway
    • 3 bench seats for resting

    From the concrete pathway, you'll need to cross over a short stretch of flat grass to get to the picnic tables and bench seats.



    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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