Welcome to Hat Head National Park
The isolated beachside village of Hat Head (population 325) 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.
Stop off at Gladstone's Heritage Hotel, around a 20-minute drive inland and along the river.
The best views can be had from Smoky Cape Lighthouse, at the northern end of the park. During the annual whale migration it's a prime place from which to spot them.