Gap Beach via Smoky Cape Track is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South West Rocks, New South Wales, Australia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length3.7 miElevation gain1,279 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingBeachForestViewsWildflowersNo dogs
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This moderate to hard walk in Hat Head National Park commences from the Overshot Dam car park. It traverses a range of plant communities and is great for bird watching. There are great vantage points for whale watching as well. Enjoy a picnic lunch and swim before climbing back out.

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Matt B
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HikingFlooded

Bottom of Gap Beach unmarked, and flooded in rainy conditions. Better to trace the beach back the way you came.

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Rebecca Scott
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Hiking

Great Trail - trail was clear with only a few obstacles to climb over. Views were spectacular with the water being crystal clear. Track Signs are in disrepair but the tracks are clear enough to follow.

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Michael Chwee
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Hiking

Fantastic views at the start of the trail. Quite a few spiders if track unclear

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Sophie Meixner
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HikingGreat!

It is very steep. Basically up a very steep headland then back down the other side, and repeat on the way back. I am relatively fit and I was struggling - but it’s definitely doable at about 2 hours return. Worth it for the lush rainforest, glimpses of the blue ocean between the trees, and beautiful secluded Gap Beach.

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Ciara D'Aprile
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HikingRocky

Good trail however very steep and rocky in some areas. Leaf’s all over the floor make it a little slippery when steep. Really beautiful scenery and took around 40 min from little bay to gap beach. The way back to little bay is very up hill at the start and exhausting. I would overall recommend if you have a decent fitness level and good shoes.

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Brent Arnold
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Hiking

Very fun 4X4

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David Gray
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This was a great walk however very steep in some sections. Opportunities to extend the walk are possible if desired but all have considerable elevation gain. Would do this again.

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John Heckenberg
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Ron Payne
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Walking

This moderate to hard return walk in Hat Head National Park commences from the Overshot Dam car park. It traverses a range of plant communities and is great for bird watching. There are great vantage points for whale watching as well. In this particular walk the rainforest track was commenced but some large fallen trees and lack of time forced a turn around. It would be ideal to complete this section and return along the beach. Maybe a picnic lunch and swim before climbing back out.

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Natalie Bissett
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Ben Neville
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Taegan Maree
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Lisa Nivison
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Fiona Sainsbury
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Ian Gray
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Ron Payne
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Ben Moroney
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Hiking
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