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Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest Region

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INTRODUCTION:

Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest are located on the estuary of the Myall River on the northern side of Port Stephens, one hour north from Newcastle. The two towns are connected via the Singing Bridge, which is named for the musical sounds made by it during strong south-westerly winds.

The area is famous for its beaches, fishing, Myall River, bush walking and golfing facilities.

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LOCATION MAP:

Below is a map of the Tea Gardens & Hawks Nest Area:

 
View Tea Gardens & Hawks Nest Area in a larger map

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ATTRACTIONS/WALKS:

Koala Reserve:

A Koala Reserve exists within Hawks Nest on the Hawks Nest side of the Singing Bridge. Koalas can often be seen in the Swamp Mahoganies that border the reserve. However, Koalas have been recently seen in and about both Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens in recent times.

If you see a Koala, register your sighting by ringing the Koala Hot-line on (02) 4997 0878 and follow the prompts.

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Hawks Nest Village Circuit Walk:

The Hawks Nest Village Circuit Walk can be done as either the large circuit (6km - 2.5 hours) or the small circuit (3km - 1.5 hours). The walks basically take in the sights around Hawks Nest, including the beaches, headland, islands, wildflowers and wildlife. It is recommended that you pick up the leaflet describing this walk at the visitor centre in Tea Gardens before beginning the walk (necessary to make sense of the route).

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The Michael Rowe Memorial Walk:

The Michael Rowe Memorial Walk is part of the larger 'Mungo Track' and 'Tops to Myall' walks (See Myall Lakes National Park for more information). This particular walk is 5km in length from Hawks Nest Surf Club to the Myall Lakes National Park boundary on the Mungo Brush Road heading out of Hawks Nest. For a return walk the length would of course be 10km. It is a fairly easy walk to complete.

Wildflowers are a highlight of this walk between June and November, with the best displays to be found during August and September.

Begin the walk behind the surf club over the grassy Providence Park north. A detailed brochure about this walk is available from the Tea Gardens Visitors' Information Center.

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Winda Woppa Walk:

The Winda Woppa Walk begins at the Tea Gardens Visitors' Information Centre (pick up a brochure on the walk here for a detailed treatment). The walk is an easy 2 to 3 hour stroll around the Hawks Nest area. The walk takes in the Singing Bridge, where dolphins and a large variety of water birds can be seen on a regular basis. This walk offers views of beaches, mangroves, historic sites and shipwrecks.

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Yacaaba Headland Walk:

See Myall Lakes National Park

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CAMPING/FACILITIES:

Camping facilities are available around the area, including the nearby Myall Lakes National Park.

Camping is also available at the Bulga Creek Bush Camp (see accommodation below).

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PHOTOS:

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VIDEOS:

The following videos are from YouTube:

ABOVE: Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest

 

ABOVE: Dolphins at Tea Gardens

 

 

 

ABOVE: Lazy Paddles Kayak Tours

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