Experience one of the largest remnants of unique littoral rainforest on the New South Wales coast on this moderately challenging hike. Smoky Cape walking track is a 4.4-kilometre track that forms part of the longer Little Bay to Smoky Cape walk in the northern precinct of Hat Head National Park.
The track starts at Captain Cook’s lookout, where you can take in the spectacular views along the coast. Leading along ridges and down gullies behind North Smoky Beach, you’ll meander through dense rainforest of cabbage tree palms and lush ferns. Keep an eye out for epiphytic orchids and swallow-tailed butterflies. Swamp wallabies and red-necked wallabies are often seen darting through the undergrowth.
Stop for a picnic break along the way and soak up the tranquil setting. If you’re not ready to turn back, the optional Green Island walking track is excellent for birdwatching.