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Korogoro Headland Circuit @ Hat Head National Park

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Published January 19th 2022
Enjoy dramatic views around the headland
If you enjoy challenging bushwalks, featuring a diverse range of landscapes and scenery, this walk is perfect for you.

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head Creek
Korogoro Creek looks spectacular at high tide

As the name suggests, the Korogoro Headland Circuit loops from the beautiful Korogoro Creek around the headland of Hat Head. Access is from the southern side of the Hat Head footbridge. The walk is signposted as a 3.2km return walk, however, it is a challenging walk and it took us around 1.5 hours to complete.

The track is rough and steep, with limited signage, and is regarded by National Parks as a Grade 4 walk. It is recommended for experienced walkers only.

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head
Choose your own adventure...via the creek or via the ocean

There are two starting options for this walk. You can walk via the Korogoro Creek track in a clockwise direction around the headland, or you can choose to start from The Gap and walk in an anti-clockwise direction via the ocean, which is what we did.

Along this walk, you will be rewarded with many dramatic views of the coastline, down to Hungry Hill in the south, out to the ocean east of the headland, and north towards Smoky Cape.

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head
The view south towards Hungry Hill

At the start of the walk the track is wide, even and well-maintained but before long, it narrows considerably and becomes rocky and uneven. It is also quite steep and overgrown in some sections.

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head
Careful footwork is required on the rocky and uneven track

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head
You will be spoilt for choice with dramatic ocean views

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head
and rugged headlands

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head
The track winds through heathland dotted with coastal banksias

It's important to be aware of wildlife on this walk. We saw a mob of kangaroos resting on the headland and we also made sure we kept an eye out for snakes on the track but were lucky not to come across any.

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head
Keep an eye out for the wildlife

Just before you reach the most easterly point of the headland, there is a steep track down to a ravine with an opening out to the ocean allowing waves to crash though. It is quite a spectacular and dramatic natural landscape.

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head
Trust is much more spectacular in person

As you round the northern part of the headland, you are rewarded with stunning views of South Smoky beach and Smoky Cape in the distance. The track on this side of the headland is dotted with pandanus trees before descending in to littoral rainforest along Korogoro Creek.

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head
Views of South Smoky beach

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head
The surf was up on this day

Korogoro Headland Circuit Hat Head Creek
The track loops back through littoral rainforest along Korogoro Creek

This walk is suitable for experienced bushwalkers only. If you are visiting in summer, don't forget to take a hat and apply sunscreen and insect repellent before you go.

Hat Head National Park lies between Crescent Head to the south and Smoky Cape to the north. It is around 500km from both Sydney and Brisbane and about an hour's drive from Port Macquarie.

Other walks nearby include the Connor's Beach and Walking Track and Third Beach.

For information about how to get to Hat Head National Park, please click here.
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Why? A challenging walk with rewarding views
When: All year round
Where: Hat Head National Park
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Certainly a diverse range of landscapes Shayne. The mob of kangaroos was a bonus. The walk may be rough and steep, but we have all experienced it through your article.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4259) 204 days ago
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