Perhaps the most recognisable feature to our north is the Myall Lakes National Park. This 47,000 hectare park stretches from Hawks Nest / Tea Gardens, north to Forster (one of our major regional centres) and inland to surround the township of Bulahdelah and even extends east to include Broughton Island.
The Myall Lakes – a coastal lake system inside the national park – remains relatively untouched by human activities. These lakes are listed as a Ramsar Wetlands site, making the area an internationally recognised region.
Inside the national park you will find Seal Rocks, Sugarloaf lighthouse, camp grounds, walking trails and 4WD access to a number of beaches.
Also to the north are the townships of Nerong (just off the highway) and Bulahdelah (where the Pacific Highway bypass will soon skirt around the town).
To the north west are the towns of Stroud and Gloucester. These are lovely towns and are a nice day trip from Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens.