Things to do on Hawks Nest and Winda Woppa holidays

I always run out of time when on holiday in Hawks Nest. There is just so much to do! But here are some of my favourites that I would like to share with you ;

  • Bike rides.

The Hawks Nest, Tea Gardens area is very flat and so is ideal for riding bikes. The biggest workout is riding over The Singing bridge from Hawks Nest to Tea Gardens. Be sure to stop at the top of the bridge and look out for dolphins. The Mothers bring their babies here to play safely and we’ve spent many an hour on the top of this bridge watching dolphins play in the clear water below.

  • Boat trips.

We take our own boat up, which we can park safely in the driveway. But you can also hire boats from Tea Gardens and go up or down the beautiful Myall River at your own leisure.

  • Fish and chips at the Tea Gardens Motel.

For only $ 10 you order a “cone” of fish and chips and get a heap of chips and about four pieces of fish! Well cooked and great value. The dining room looks out onto the river, so it’s a lovely little spot to have lunch.

  • Golf.

Hawks Nest boasts a beautiful well tended golf course. Golfers come from all over Australia to play on this lovely course. I’m not a great golfer myself, but my husband enjoys a round or too. It’s always a treat for our friends when they come to stay and we take them for a round of golf on such a fabulous course.

  • Fishing

The fishing is good all around Hawks Nest. We often fish from the boat, but many locals fish along the river bank, just down the road from The Boathouse seems to be a popular spot; and also on Jimmy’s beach which is just round the corner from The Boathouse. Bream, flathead and whiting seem to be the most common catches and my favourite of all CRABS! Mmmm.

  • Driving along the beach to the Little Gibber.

My other blog posts show some photos of this place. For me it is just heaven. Like no other place on earth. Lighting a fire and cooking a barby on it is the best thing of all. I just never want to leave.

  • Wildlife spotting

When we bring overseas guest to The Boathouse we are always confident that we will be able to show them the local fauna. There’s an area called Shearwater, just before you get to Tea Gardens off The Myall Way; and if you drive around the acreages there at dusk you are guaranteed to see wallabies and/or kangaroos. They are everywhere.

Koalas are harder to spot, but they are around and it is a real privilege to spot one of these darling little creatures.

Dolphins are absolutely everywhere, in the bay, the ocean and the river, so it’s hard NOT to see them!

Some people don’t like dingoes, but I do. They’re part of our native wildlife. I have had occasions at dawn when I have seen an odd one strolling down The Anchorage. If you’re really keen to go dingo spotting, drive up towards Myall Lake towards Mungo Brush and drive around the campsites there. They are certainly there in the summer as I think campers feed them. (more fool them and certainly not adviseable)

Birds are prolific. Magnificent black Cockatoos, every imaginable type of honeyeater and the ubiquitous kookaburra.

I love the dawn chorus at Hawks Nest. It’s a different one to my home dawn chorus and I love to listen to the contrast of calls and songs.

  • Lazing on the beach and splashing in the water.

Yes I’m just a beach bum at heart, and I adore the white sand beaches in this area. If I feel like a proper swim, I stroll out of The Boathouse with towel over shoulder, taking 2 minutes to get to the perfect swimming beach. The water is generally calm here as it’s the bay beach.

If I fancy a bit more action, then we head over to the surf beach and play in the surf. Our surfing friends love this beach.

  • Walking.

I love walking and there are some great tracks and beaches to walk on from The Boathouse. Go the beach, and decide whether to turn left or right! Both walks are great and really different. If you turn left, you will end up at the rocks at the bottom of Yacabaa, and near the heads of the bay. If you turn right, yo will go past Barnes Rocks and end up at a beautiful sheltered isolated bay area and can walk right down to the mouth of the river. If you’re feeling energetic, a walk up Yacabaa itself is always a good work out. Best to do this walk when it’s not too hot though.

  • Ferry ride to Nelson Bay

I love watching the ferries sail past when I’m sitting on the verandah of The Boathouse. If I feel like a bit of change of scenery, I take the ferry from Tea Gardens to Nelson Bay. There’s a cinema over there, and a more commercial atmosphere. Nice for a day, but always good to get back to beautiful Winda Woppa.

Well that is only a sample of things I like to do…. so next time I write, I’ll share some more. And if you’ve stayed at The Boathouse or in Winda Woppa or Hawks Nest yourself, we’d love to hear some of the activities you’ve enjoyed most.

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