Covering almost the entire coast from Crescent Head to South West Rocks, this 74-sq-km national park (vehicle entry $8) protects scrubland, swamps and some amazing beaches, backed by one of the largest dune systems in NSW.
The isolated beachside village of Hat Head (population 326) sits at its centre. At the far end of town, behind the holiday park, a picturesque wooden footbridge crosses the Korogoro Creek estuary. The water is so clear you can see fish darting around.
The best views can be had from Smoky Cape Lighthouse, at the northern end of the park. During the annual whale migration (May to September) it's a prime place from which to spot them.