Hawks Nest is on the coast of New South Wales just north of Newcastle. It is on a peninsula of land between the Tasman Sea and the Myall River. The town was named after a huge hawk's nest in a tree that was once used as a navigational aid to guide boats on the Myall River!
Hawks Nest is the perfect spot to choose for those wanting a quiet beach holiday in a relatively unpopulated area, although it can be busy with Syndeysiders at weekends. The sandy beach runs for miles and is ideal for long walks along the edge of the waves, swimming, snorkeling, diving, bush walking, dolphin spotting and fishing. Much of the area is covered in coastal scrubland and is best explored by 4WD. There are plenty of small shops and restaurants serving Hawks Nest holiday rentals along with a local golf course.
Just across the river is the community of Tea Gardens which is a pleasant place to visit across the Singing Bridge. It got its name from the sound the wind makes in the bridge railings which at times sounds like a wind harp. At the northeast end of the bridge is the Jean Shaw Koala Reserve which is a wildlife corridor for native wildlife such as koalas and dingoes to reach the Myall Lakes. Myall Lakes National Park is a great area to visit. Cross the lake system on a small car ferry run by the National Parks and Wildlife Service at Bombah Point. This was a traditional aboriginal crossing point on the four lake system. The village of Bungwahl and the Seal Rocks are worth a visit.
Holiday rentals in Hawks Nest enjoy a pleasant temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. The hottest months are December through March, averaging 26°C (79°F). July is the coldest month with daytime highs around 17°C (63°F). The area has rainfall throughout the year but the wettest months are from December to March. The total annual rainfall in this area is 1212mm or 47 inches.
The nearest airport to holiday rentals in Hawks Nest is Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) Airport which is 234km away. It can be reached in about 3 hours by car along the F3 Newcastle Freeway and the Pacific Highway. Alternatively, local flights connect from Sydney to Newcastle (NTL) Airport just 55 km away. Sydney Airport is the major hub for Qantas and a secondary hub for Virgin and Jetstar Airways. It handles 47 domestic destinations and many more international flights, handling over 35 million passengers a year. The airport is linked by underground trains with stations under each terminal linked to the main Cityrail network making it easy to reach Sydney city centre.