An extended weekend away had us back in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales. This time to explore the gorgeous coastal town of Hat Head.


This sleepy little town is just over three hours north of Newcastle and is a beautiful area to spend some time if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the larger coastal towns.

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We booked into Hat Head Holiday Park and opted for a roomy unpowered site just back from the water. This is a large van park with all the usual facilities; power, water, amenities and it is pet friendly.

The park has the added bonus of allowing fires during the months of May to August as long as they are in a fire pit.

If you are keen on fishing and have a boat, there is a well maintained boat ramp which you access through the van park.


Korogoro Creek surrounds most of the park and flows out to meet Connors Beach on the northern side providing so many beautiful spots to swim and there’s plenty of places to throw a line in too!

There are lots of access tracks to the creek and beach and a boardwalk on the point crosses over Korogoro Creek which is a really nice walk, particularly at sunset.

The views change quite dramatically between the tides. On the run out tide the water is a brownish colour due to the tannins in the water and then when the tide turns the fresh ocean water flows in and the creek becomes perfectly crystal clear.

Korogoro Creek – just at the back of our campsite.
One of the many access tracks to the creek.
The Boardwalk.
Access track to Connors Beach from the caravan park.
Boat Ramp.
Where the ocean meets the creek.
Perfect summer swimming spot!
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There are plenty of access points (driving and walking tracks) to Connors Beach from outside the van park as well and you can purchase beach driving permits for this area.

The lookout provides a great view over the ocean and is a good vantage point when it’s whale watching season – we spotted a few the day we were there!


We really enjoyed our time in Hat Head and it is definitely a place we will come back to in the warmer months so we can take full advantage of the beautiful swimming spots.

There are some walking tracks we didn’t get to this time (as one of us had a broken leg and was on crutches) so we will tackle those when we visit again.

There is a great National Park Campground called Hungry Gate which is only 5kms from Hat Head. We loved the look of this campground and have noted it down for next time we are in the area. Watch our video below for more details on this one.

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Our WEEKEND ESCAPES series on YouTube features this trip!! 

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For more campgrounds around the Mid North Coast, click here!

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