Visit Bennetts Beach in Hawks Nest

Last updated: October 1, 2020

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 sits between Seal Rocks in the north and Yacaaba Headland in the south.

How to Get to Bennetts Beach

From the Pacific Highway, follow Myall Way heading towards Tea Gardens, followed by Hawks Nest.

Head towards the SLSC on Beach Road (map) which has (limited) car parking facilities. Alternatively, there is lots of street parking available nearby.

Bennetts Beach

Also known as Hawks Nest Beach, Bennetts Beach is a scenic 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.

Bennetts Beach on a sunny day
Bennetts Beach on a sunny day

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.

Tea Gardens Hawks Nest SLSC
Lost thong wall at the SLSC

If you want to go swimming, it’s important to always follow the 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.

Beautiful Bennetts Beach
Beautiful Bennetts Beach

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 will find a few signed 4WD tracks that lead to the beach.

Keen to find more great beaches in Australia’s prettiest state? Check out our list of the best beaches in New South Wales for some great ideas!

Yacaaba Headland Walking Track

If you’re feeling energetic and adventurous, why not venture south and explore the Yacaaba Headland, also known as the Yakaba Headland.

The challenging 7km return walking trail starts at the southern end of Bennetts Beach and brings you to the top of Mount Yacaaba.

Yacaaba Headland in Hawks Nest
Yacaaba Headland

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.


Bennetts Beach in Hawks Nest

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