Bound by the Pacific Ocean and a national park, Hat Head is a tranquil fishing village, about 20km due east of Kempsey as the pelican flies.
Set on the mouth of Korongo Creek, Hat Head offers anglers the choice of fishing in the stream, off the rocks, in the surf or joining a local charter craft to chase the marlin and Spanish mackerel offshore.
The Gap picnic reserve leads to a track and sharp climb to the summit of Hat Hill which presents a panoramic view of the coast.
Nearby Crescent Head and South West Rocks lie at the southern and northern boundaries of Hat Head National Park, while Nambucca Heads is about an hour’s drive to the north.
Extending over 6445ha, Hat Head Park offers camping facilities at Smoky Cape and Hungry Head. Most visitors take the 2km Korogoro Point bushwalk that begins at the town reserve and leads through coastal rainforest, paperbarks and casuarinas to the signature arch and cave which can be safely explored at low tide.