Hawks Nest is famous for its sun, surf and sand. In summer visitors enjoy clear blue skies and spectacular days by the water.
Hawks Nest beaches
The two main beaches at Hawks Nest are Bennett’s Beach and Jimmy’s Beach. Bennett’s Beach is a 14.3 kilometre stretch of sand that runs from Hawks Nest up to Dark Point in the north. It is primarily this beach that makes the town a well known surf destination. Jimmy’s Beach faces the calmer waters of Port Stephens. It is ideal for those who prefer a more sedate swim in crystal-clear waters and is often preferred by families with younger children.
Find more surf details for Bennett’s Beach at Surf Life Saving Australia’s Beach Safe website.
About the town
The town still has its original shopping precinct with a village atmosphere. Aside from the cafes, newsagent, chemist, post office, bakery and supermarket, the town has a wide range of facilities. Enjoy clubs, restaurants and bars, or make use of one of the local parks. There are boat ramps, a small library and even a thespian society (we are not without our culture). Hawks Nest also offers a wide range of accommodation types with something to suit every budget.
The Geographical Names Board Register states that Hawks Nest is named after a large hawk’s nest in a tree on the Myall River that was used as a navigational aid. Hawks Nest is also featured on the Destination NSW website.
Yacaaba headland forms the northern headland of Port Stephens. It sits at the southern tip of Bennetts’ Beach and is a distinct landmark that rises to 210 metres from what is otherwise flat coastal land. There is a track (albeit sometimes overgrown) that leads to the top of the headland, offering adventurers a little challenge.
We encourage you to make the most of the quieter winter months to recharge your batteries. Winter offers plenty of places to take long walks, eat, drink and relax so why wait until summer to visit us? Winter also brings whale watching season with tours available by local operators.
For a list of businesses in Hawks Nest, please visit our our business directory.