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Just five minutes from Forster, the Cape Hawke lookout offers spectacular 360-degree views along the coast from the top of a dedicated tower, perfect for whale watching.
Positioned right at the northern end of the national park, this superb lookout is worth every step of the 500m hike through regenerating littoral rainforest. Pull on your walking shoes and bring some binoculars and a camera – after approximately 420 steps you’ll reach an 8.4m tower with 360-degree views of the surrounding area.
There’s Booti Booti to the south, and Wallingat National Park beyond and slightly to the west. On a clear day you can even see as far as Barrington Tops and Crowdy Bay National Park.
Birdwatching is wonderful year-round here, with pelicans and terns in great abundance, but winter holds an extra special surprise – whales break the surface of the sea, blowing water, and there’s no better place to watch them in their annual migration.
$8 per vehicle per day
The park has coin-operated pay and display machines
Entry to the lookout is free
To find out more about what you can do during your stay in the area, there is a heap of information available on www.barringtoncoast.com.au. Alternatively, you can visit www.forsterdirectory.com.au, which is a comprehensive directory of attractions, events and places for you and your family to visit.