the location

Frangipani Beach House is located in the heart of Hat Head.   It offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle of modern day living. Hat Head is a small coastal town on the mid north coast situated between South West Rocks and Crescent Head. By car approximately 5 hours from Sydney or Brisbane and 1 hour from Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie. Hat Head offers a beautiful white sandy beach with tidal creek inlet, fantastic coastal walks through the National Park to other secluded beaches, a Bowling Club with greens and restaurant, in a quiet seaside village. Nearby at South West Rocks is Arakoon State Recreation Area with the historic Trial Bay Gaol.  At the northern end of the long beach there is Smoky Cape Lighthouse which is a lovely trip to take if you are feeling like exploring.

Explore

Rated as one of our favourite NSW National ParksHat Head National Park is a little pocket of paradise. Boasting incredible sand dunes, tranquil rainforest and crystal-clear lakes make this famous National Park the perfect backdrop for some truly spectacular.

Korogoro Walking Track is a popular walking track located on the eastern tip of Hat Head National Park, with direct access from Hat Head Holiday Park. The track is 3.2km long and will take roughly 1 – 2 hours. On the track, you’ll find beautiful wildflowers, breathtaking coastal views, mesmerising rock formations and even some wild kangaroos. Stop along the track for a picnic lunch while you take in the fresh ocean breeze. Just remember to also pack our hat, sunscreen and plenty of drinking water.

Less than half an hour out of town, take a scenic drive and discover Smokey Cape Lighthouse. Built in 1891, the lighthouse is a great spot for whale watching and birdwatching. Climb the winding staircase and be rewarded with a scenic treat, with spectacular views of Hat Head National Park and the beautiful coastline. Bring along a picnic basket and blanket.

Just 9.2 km from Smokey Cape Lighthouse is the historic Trial Bay Gaol, which offers a glimpse into Australian history. The hauntingly beautiful location originally opened in 1886 and was home to prison labourers before becoming an internment camp during World War I. Spend the day stepping back in history by exploring the ruins and old cells while learning about how the gaol shaped the Macleay Valley Coasts future.

South West Rocks is a coastal town which attracts many holidaymakers all year round. The town is home to a lively local shopping and dining scene, offering a number of fashion boutiques, trendy cafes and restaurants serving up delicious seasonal produce. If you’re a diving enthusiast, South West Rock has one of the coolest dive spots in the country, Fish Rock Cave, the only true ocean cave dive in Australia running 125 metres long! Fish Rock is home to a completely unique ecosystem, with Grey Nurse Sharks offering a rush of adrenaline and truly amazing photograph opportunities.  Check out South West Dive Centre for more information on dive tours.

Surf

Hat head is a renowned surfing destination, boasting world-class waves with awesome right breaks beside the headland.

For more experienced surfers, there’s a couple of very isolated beaches to the south of Hat Head, offering protection from north winds. Just be aware of the high wave energy and strong currents.

If you’re a beginner, the southern end of Hat Head beach is a great spot to ease into some light and cruisy waves. If the waves are too small, head up the beach for some more exposed peaks, just make sure you avoid the rips and longshore gutters that form, especially as you head north towards the more exposed middle part of the beach.

Fish

If you love to have a fish, then Hat Head is the prime destination for dropping a line. For some epic beach fishing, Main beach north from Hat Head to Crowdy Head and is accessible by foot and 4WD. The most common catches here are bream, flathead, whiting and dart. Hungry Beach is located south from Hat Head to Crescent Head and is also accessible by foot and 4WD. Most common catches here are bream, flathead, dart, whiting, tailor and occasionally Australian salmon. Connors Beach is another excellent fishing spot that’s accessible by foot. Just head over to the walking trail over the headland which is south of the township. Common catches here are bream, dart, tailor and mulloway.

For some good ol’ fashioned rock fishing, there is a walking trail from the township all the way out to and around the headland. In addition to catches of bream, blackfish, trevally and tailor, this area is famous for land-based game fishing for mulloway, kingfish, bonito, spanish mackerel, tuna and even marlin.

If deep-sea fishing is more your style, the most obvious and very popular is the mark you can see from the shore, namely Fish Rock. You need to be aware this is a Grey Nurse critical habitat area and the restrictions that apply there. However, there are three main reefs running north/south and following is a list of commonly used and productive marks.
When the wind or swell makes it too rough for offshore and rock fishing, grab the lighter rods and hit Korogoro creek for fun with the resident whiting and mullet which are prolific with the incoming tides. Other species regularly caught here include flathead, luderick and seasonally frigate mackerel and mud crabs.