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Historic buildings/places

Historic Trial Bay Gaol Tour, Arakoon National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Trial Bay Gaol

For a glimpse into Australian history, head to South West Rocks to explore the historic ruins of Trial Bay Gaol. Make sure you see the view from the sentry’s lookout.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
Wheelchair
access
Hard
Where
Arakoon National Park in North Coast
Roto House, Macquarie Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

Roto House

Step back in time and explore the rooms of Roto House, a beautifully preserved, late-Victorian building. If you're lucky you might spot a koala in the surrounding trees.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Wheelchair
access
Easy
Where
Macquarie Nature Reserve in North Coast
Innes Ruins, Lake Innes Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

Innes Ruins

Innes Ruins at Lake Innes Nature Reserve, near Port Macquarie, is a great place to learn more about early European settlement history in NSW. The ruins are open for guided tours only, so join us to discover its fascinating history.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
Wheelchair
access
Medium
Where
Lake Innes Nature Reserve in North Coast

Aboriginal sites

Cafes and kiosks

Cycling trails

Driving routes

Events

Didgeridoo performance at the Scultpure in the Gaol event, Arakoon National Park. Photo: Jessica Robertson

Visit Sculpture in the Gaol

Don't miss this popular annual sculpture exhibition at Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park, near South West Rocks. This year there'll be a gala day, an evening event and over 60 works in the show.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Opening day (gala event): Sunday 4 August 2019, 9am to 4.30pm

Exhibition runs Sunday 4 August to Friday 30 August 2019, 9am to 4.30pm daily

VIP fundraiser event: Saturday 3 August 2019, 6pm

Where
Arakoon National Park in North Coast

Lookouts

Picnic areas

Tours

A man enjoys the ocean views from the top of Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Photo: David Finnegan/OEH

Smoky Cape Lighthouse: Reach the top

Explore the tallest lighthouse in NSW at Hat Head National Park near South West Rocks. Learn about the 'highway of light' and climb the steep stairs to enjoy the spectacular ocean views from the top.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
When

Thursday 26 September, Thursday 3 October and Thursday 10 October 2019, 2pm to 3pm and 3pm to 4pm

Where
Hat Head National Park in North Coast

Visitor centres

Walking tracks

Coastal view from Tomaree Head summit walk. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

Tomaree Head Summit walk

Take a guided tour along Tomaree Head Summit walk, absorbing views of Port Stephens and the north coast. When you reach the summit, enjoy a relaxing lunch on the bench by the lookout.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
2.2km return
Time
1hr 30min - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Where
Tomaree National Park in North Coast
Bridle trail, Arakoon National Park. Photo: Debby McGerty

Bridle trail

Bridle Trail walking track is an easy short walk offering a glimpse of the historic heritage of Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park near Kempsey.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
Distance
0.6km one-way
Time
15 - 45min
Grade
Grade 2
Where
Arakoon National Park in North Coast
Dammerals Historical walk , Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. Photo: J.Webster

Dammerels history walk

Dammerels history walk is a short, easy stroll taking in historic sites, scenic views and the pioneering heritage of South Solitary Island. Whale watching and birdwatching is recommended.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
1.9km return
Time
30min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 2
Where
Moonee Beach Nature Reserve in North Coast
Young couple on Fort Tomaree walk in Tomaree National Park. Photo: J Spencer/OEH

Fort Tomaree walk

Fort Tomaree walk is an easy walk that runs just below Tomaree Head Summit walk and takes you to the World War II gun emplacements, used in the defence of east coast Australia during World War II.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
2.5km return
Time
1hr 30min - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Where
Tomaree National Park in North Coast
See more walking tracks
Evans lookout, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath/NSW Government