Bennetts Beach in Hawks Nest
Bennetts Beach is a beautiful 14km long strip of white sand on the Myall Coast in Hawks Nest. Popular with surfers, swimmers and sunbathers, the beach runs between Seal Rocks in the north and Yakaba Headland in the south.
Also known as Hawks Nest Beach, Bennetts Beach is an isolated 14.3km long strip of sand on the Myall Coast. The beach is a very popular weekend destination for both locals and tourists, with great swimming and surfing conditions.
The southern end of Bennetts Beach is usually the busiest part of the beach as that’s where the local Surf Life Saving Club – Tea Gardens Hawks Nest SLSC – is located. There are also a few cafes and restaurants in the area where you can go for lunch or a coffee. Dogs can go off leash a few kilometres north of Sanderling Avenue and further south towards Yacaaba Headland.
If you want to go swimming, it’s important to always follow instructions provided by the SLSC as Bennetts Beach can be quite hazardous at times. Especially on windy days, the ocean water can be rough with strong waves and rips. Bennetts Beach is patrolled during the swimming season from October to April.
Hawks Nest is also reasonably popular with surfers. Some good surf spots are south of the SLSC and further north towards Dark Point.
Certain parts of Bennetts Beach are accessible for 4WD vehicles. Follow Mungo Brush Rd towards Dark Point and you’ll find a few signed 4WD tracks that lead to the beach.
Mount Yakaba (Yacaaba) Walking Track
If you’re feeling energetic and adventurous, why not venture south and climb Mount Yakaba, also known as Mount Yacaaba. The challenging 7km return walking trail starts at the southern end of Bennetts Beach and brings you all the way to the top of Mount Yakaba.
The panoramic views from the peak are amazing and on a clear day can reach as far as the Barrington Tops National Park.
Bennetts Beach in Hawks Nest is very easily accessible. The best option is to find parking close to the SLSC on Beach Road where the beach is patrolled during the swimming months.