Surrounded by lush bushland of the Hat Head National Park, Hat Head is renowned for its fishing being the closest place to the Continental Shelf in Australia (3 nautical miles). Popular for swimming, surfing and snorkelling in Korogoro Creek.
Follow these instructions to enjoy the Hat Head Scenic Drive.
42kms bitumen and gravel.
To visit Hat Head, follow Tourist Drive 12, turn right off the South West Rocks Rd at Kinchela.
Follow Hat Head Rd through Hat Head Village to the Day Visitor Area located within the Holiday Park, which provides a boat ramp, beach access and a bridge across to National Park walking trails.
Next, drive back through the village and across the bridge before turning left towards The Gap, a short 2km drive away. Park the car and explore the walking trail across to Connors Beach for some excellent bird and whale watching.
Retrace along Gap Rd, turn left into Hungry Access Rd to the Hat Head National Park. Drive through to the camping ground (day access fees apply), then walk through to the beach to access one of the state’s largest live sand dune systems. Return to Gap Rd, and turn left into Hat Head Rd. Turn left at Kinchela Creek Right Bank Rd, continue until a right turn across a narrow bridge into Kinchela Creek Left Bank Rd, which takes you back to South West Rocks Rd.
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