At the lighthouse you will enjoy stunning views along the coastline, from Hat Head in the south to Green Island in the north. But it was a little beach to the north of the lighthouse which captured our attention. With its white sandy beach and inviting aquamarine coloured water we wondered how we could get down there for a closer look.
To our surprise we found it was actually quite simple. The stunning beach is named North Smoky Beach and it can be easily accessed via a short bush walking track.
Access is via the Jack Perkins Walking Track, located within the park at Captain Cooks Lookout, near the entrance to the lighthouse.
The track is approximately 800 metres one way. At the start of the track is a sign to advise and warn you that this beach is not patrolled and may have strong currents, unexpected large waves, shallow water and / or a drop off.
Parts of the track are open to the sunlight while in other sections you will be sheltered under the canopy in dappled light. However, there were a few spots along the way which allow you to glimpse the lighthouse above and the beach below.
If you are lucky you may see some wildlife on this walk, such as wallabies, birds or perhaps even a snake sunning itself on the track. Unfortunately the only wildlife we saw were plenty of spiders in their webs amongst the trees along the track. And there were also plenty of annoying mosquitoes (insect repellent is highly recommended for this walk).
Towards the end of the track there is a neat little boardwalk section offering tantalising glimpses of the beach between the foliage.
For me it's impossible not to be impressed with this picture perfect beach. With tropical cabbage tree palms lining the perimeter, fine white clean sand, sparkling water in gorgeous shades of aqua and blue, rocky headlands and the handsome lighthouse standing watch above you.
We took a picnic lunch with us and found a shady spot on the beach sitting on some large rocks before going in to the water for a refreshing dip.
There are some rock pools to explore and you can even get around the rocks and explore the beach further along to the north. On the day we visited there were only a handful of other people around so there is every chance you will have the beach to yourself.
We didn't know it at the time, but I have since read online that North Smoky is a "clothing optional" beach. This would certainly explain the abandoned swimming costume we found draped across a branch on the beach.
We spent about an hour or so on the beach, enjoying the water, playing beach cricket and taking plenty of photos of this beautiful spot.
Our walk back up the track was not as much fun as the walk down and would probably be difficult for less mobile people, but this beach is definitely worth the effort.
What to take:
✔ Plenty of drinking water
✔ Insect repellent
✔ Swimming costume (optional)
At Captain Cooks Lookout you will find a park with toilets, picnic tables and information signs.
For more information regarding the Jack Perkins Walking Track please click here.
Free parking is available at the Smoky Cape Lighthouse. For information about getting there please click here.