IS THE SMOKY CAPE THE MOST AMAZING COASTAL VIEW IN NSW?
The winding road through the Arakoon NP toward Smoky Cape is as beautiful as it is natural, but as we edged closer to this iconic NSW easterly point, it occurred to me that I could not think of another spot along the NSW coast where the view looking back inland might just be as amazing as looking out over the ocean.
Captain James Cook sighted and named Smoky Cape on Sunday 13 May, 1770 but it was not until 1891 that the Smoky Cape lighthouse began to shine. This working lighthouse is now a beacon for tourists and for good reason. She’s a steep trek to the top but completely worth every step!
Welcome to your 360 degree view of one of the most incredible parts of the NSW Pacific Coast. This heritage listed site sits 111 metres above sea level and its basically straight down.
Smoky cape is a short drive from South West Rocks, a perfect place for a spot of lunch and a lazy swim. Head south toward Trial Bay and don’t forget to take an hour or so and visit the ruins of Trial Bay Gaol. There are plenty of accommodation options in the area and you can even pitch a tent right next to the gaol – just watch out for ’Charlie the ghost’ rumoured to haunt the campground. Follow the signs into the Arakoon National Park and twist and turn along the road to the Cape.
THE INCREDIBLE SMOKY WALKING TRACK
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….
YOU CAN STAY IN THE ORIGINAL KEEPERS’ QUARTERS!
Originally built to accommodate the Keepers’ of the Light and their families, these Heritage Listed Cottages have now been restored and re-purposed to offer a variety of short term stay accommodation.
OUR TOP THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN THE AREA
SOUTH WEST ROCKS DIVE CENTRE
BIG4 NRMA SOUTH WEST ROCKS HOLIDAY RESORT
FULLER FOOD CO.