Hat Head National Park

Hat Head is a national park in New South Wales, Australia, 461.7 kilometres (286.9 mi) via M1 and Pacific Highway/A1, northeast of Sydney. It lies within the Hastings-Macleay Important Bird Area.[1]

Hat Head National Park
New South Wales
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Hat Head National Park
Nearest town or citySouth West Rocks
Coordinates31°04′49″S 153°01′49″E
Established28 July 1972
Area74 km2 (29 sq mi)
Managing authoritiesNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
See alsoProtected areas of
New South Wales



Hat Head National Park is located on the mid-north coast of New South Wales near South West Rocks and Kempsey. The Park consists of beaches, sand dunes, rocky headlands, rainforest and wetlands.[2]


For the Dunghutti people some parts of the park remain a significant place as of their traditional land. The different areas of the park and the sea provided a rich source of food like fish and shellfish. The park is culturally important to Aboriginal people as it contains ceremonial grounds, burial sites, shell middens and campsites.[3]


Hat Head National Park is rich with birdlife such as kookaburra, black swans, egrets, herons, fantails, and honeyeaters. Also hawks, falcons or eagles like white-bellied sea eagle soaring above the cliffs. Wildlife at Hat Head includes black sheoak, grass trees, glossy black cockatoo, red-necked and swamp wallabies as well as western grey kangaroos, sugar gliders, grey-headed flying fox and short-beaked echidna. The regent skipper (butterfly) is only found in Hat Head National Park and Limeburners Creek National Park.[4]


Several walking tracks, fishing and whale watching can be done or just relax at the rocky headlands. Birdwatchers can look for black swans and spoonbills in the park's wetlands, hawks and eagles soaring above beach cliffs and shorebirds like curlews and plovers around the beach.[5]

See also


  1. BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hastings-Macleay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 06/07/2011.
  2. Website of National Park
  3. Information about Aboriginal culture
  4. Description National Park
  5. Website of National Park

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