Backpacking South West Rocks

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    GET SOME GREAT WAVES AT ONE OF THE LOCAL OR NEARBY BEACHES, SUCH AS HAT HEAD: Photo - Don Fuchs, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    LEARN ABOUT THE INFAMOUS HISTORY OF TRIAL BAY GOAL: Photo - Grahame McConnell, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    KAYAK THE LOCAL WATERWAYS: Photo - Don Fuchs, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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South West Rocks Highlights

  • Enjoy the unspoilt beaches and sub-tropical climate that provides a great environment for many water sports including swimming, sailboarding, surfing and scuba diving.

  • Visit Arakoon National Park and see the historic Trial Bay Gaol (jail) and learn about its infamous past and also see some spectacular views.

  • Spot some migrating Humpback Whales during the months of May to November, as they make their way along the coast. 

  • A little further south of the town is Hat Head National Park. This is known for is rugged headlands, long sandy beaches and has one of the largest sand dune systems in New South Wales.

About South West Rocks

Population 6,000

Southwest Rocks is easily missed as it is off the highway and not on the regular tourist trail. However, this little gem is worth a visit if you are looking for somewhere with unspoilt beaches, crystal clear waters and a sub-tropical climate that provides great opportunities for many water sports including swimming, sailboarding, surfing and scuba diving. Fishing is also very popular here with a choice of locations including on the beach, at sea, or in the estuary.

A visit to historic Trial Bay Gaol (jail) to learn about its infamous past and see some spectacular views is a must and for some more great views of the coastline, check out Smoky Cape Lighthouse.

During the migrating months of May to November, you may even spot a few Humpback Whales, as they make their way along the coast. 

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South West Rocks Visitor Information Centre

Boatmans Cottage, Ocean Avenue
South West Rocks, New South Wales
Phone (02) 6566 7099
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