Hawks Nest is located on the northern shores of Port Stephens some 3 hours north from the Sydney CBD.
The township is surrounded by 4 key features these being Port Stephens Bay to its south, the Myall River to its west, the Myall National Park to its north and the Pacific Ocean to its east. Surrounded by water and forest Hawks Nest and its surrounding area is a playground for people, fauna and flora alike.
As water borders Hawks Nest on 3 sides, we are a mecca for fishermen and boating enthusiasts. Fishing is a favourite past time with both fresh and saltwater available offering an array of species. The Myall River is also famous for the Myall River prawn. Nothing beats fresh prawns straight from the river.
Beach fishing is another option and this can be done on both beaches operated by Great Lakes Council and Myall Lakes National Park. Permits are available from our store.
Apart from fishing and boating, our beaches are great for the family. Hawks Nest Beach (Bennett’s Beach) is a great surf and swim beach with a beautiful view of Broughton and Cabbage Tree islands. Hawks Nest Beach is patrolled by the Tea Gardens / Hawks Nest Surf Life Saving Club during the patrolled period of the year. Keep a look out for signs erected at the beach as like most beaches Hawks Nest also has rips that can be dangerous.
Jimmy’s Beach, our bay beach, offers a more tranquil environment for a family beach outing, but when the winds blow it becomes a world class wind surfing and kite boarding beach. The beach is so good a heat of the state championships are held here each year in early February which attracts world class competitors.
While you are out and about keep an eye out for our local dolphins. They are very playful, whether it be riding the waves on Bennett’s Beach or just frolicking under the singing bridge.