Bennetts Beach to Broughton Island
Golf Club
Village Shops

Local Attractions

  • Art & craft displays and sales
  • Bushwalking along a number of walking trails
  • Dolphin Watch Cruises and Ferry Services
  • Fishing and Game Fishing
  • 4WD enthusiasts to explore the local beaches and National Parks on established tracks
  • Golf at Hawks Nest Golf Club; a quality 18 hole golf course
  • Hire a boat, or bring your own and explore the magnificent waterways
  • Sporting activities tennis, swimming, bowls, indoor bowls
  • Water activities Jet Boat, catamaran, canoe, sea kayak and surf ski, hire and tuition, are available
  • Whale Watching


The tranquillity of this particular region and its proximity to many outstanding natural attractions has made it a favourite holiday destination for those wishing to escape city and suburban stress. Many holiday regulars return here to Hawks Nest year after year.

Hawks Nest is one of the main gateways to the beaches at Bennett's Beach, Jimmy's Beach & Winda Woppa, the Myall Lakes National Park, a network of interconnected lakes and rivers. These lakes are also superbly equipped for recreational boating and fishing.

Choose a place for great food at one of several Hawks Nest or Tea Gardens restaurants.



Cruise the magnificent Port Stephens Harbour and the lower Myall River system & see first hand the incredible wildlife. Friendly dolphins usually can be seen riding our bow wave as we proceed down the river towards port Stephens Harbour Complimentary Coffee/Tea Informative commentary All weather panoramic viewing FREE BOOM NET RIDES 70 passenger capacity Licensed Bar Snacks Friendly experience crew Available for exclusive charter


Ferry / Dolphin watch - 1 hour cruise of the calm waters of Port Stephens & Lower Myall river, a wonderful chance to see the resident bottlenose dolphins, birdlife and magnificent scenery of this beautiful waterway. Port Stephens Ferry Services operates two classic ferries that run daily between Tea Gardens and Nelson Bay. Departing Tea Gardens Wharf - 10am, 2.30pm & 4.30pm. Departing Nelson Bay Public Wharf - 8.30am, 12pm & 3.30pm. Mobile 0412 682 117 Email psferryservice@op


This Golf Club offers modern Clubhouse facilities and a fantastic Championship rated 18 hole course of 6058 metre of easy walking. Hawks Nest welcomes all standards of players. Today, the golf course has a reputation as one of the premier golf courses on the North Coast of New South Wales.


The Tea Gardens Country Club has full club facilities including two grass bowling greens, TAB, Keno and Courtesy Bus. Ladies and Mens Lawn bowls Darts club Fishing club


The Club has 4 synthetic surface courts in Yamba Street Hawks Nest. Visitor Bookings for the tennis courts are made at Hawks Nest Real Estate (phone: 02 4997 0262) at the Tuloa Avenue Shopping Centre during business hours. A key deposit is required. Currently the fee is $12 per hour per court plus deposit. Myall Park Tennis Club Group Sessions Monday Mixed 9am Mens 7pm Tuesday Ladies 9am Wednesday Ladies 9am Mixed 2pm Mixed 7pm Saturday Mixed 2pm Sunday Mixed 9am


Beach patrol between Sept and the April school holidays. Specialist first aid and life support facilities, inflatable rescue boats known as IRBs or rubber duckys. Nippers junior programs for the 5 -14's.


Organised rides are scheduled every Wednesday and Sunday mornings and generally depart either Hawks Nest Golf Club or Tea Gardens Swimming Pool. Programmes available at Tea Gardens Visitor Information Centre and Tea Gardens CTC and include options for short rides for families and longer rides for enthusiasts. Enquiries phone 4997 1352. Bike Hire is available from Oaks Boathouse - enquiries phone 02 4997 0833 - 1800 336 922


Beach driving is strictly regulated on Bennett?s Beach and is prohibited on Jimmy?s Beach. Driving permits can be obtained from the Council Offices in Myall Street, Tea Gardens or at the Information Centre at week ends.


The Myall Park Croquet Club is located at Myall Park in Yamba Street. Times: Mondays at 9.00am Thursdays at 3.00pm Saturdays at 9.00am For all enquiries phone Michael Orvis on 02 4997 1261 Email:


Ocean swimming can be found at Bennett?s Beach and Jimmy?s Beach, Hawks Nest. If swimming at Bennett?s Beach care should be taken to swim only in front of the Surf Club building. Safer swimming for children can be found at Jimmy?s Beach. Tea Gardens hosts a swimming pool which is open during the summer. Opening times are 6.00am to 6.00pm. The swimming pool is to be found near the Singing Bridge on Marine Drive.


Benchmark on Booner Restaurant 100 Booner St, Hawks Nest 49972980 Moongarden Restaurant 3/41 Booner St, Hawks Nest 4997 9156 Broughtons Brasserie Hawks Nest Golf Club Sanderling Ave, Hawks Nest 49971397 Mumm's on the Myall 46 Marine Dve, Tea Gardens 49971162 Tea Gardens Boat Shed - Marina & Cafe 110 Marine Dve, Tea Gardens 49970307 Ocean Breeze Chinese Restaurant 79 Marine Dve, Tea Gardens 49971247 Tillermans Cafe Restaurant 77 Marine Dve, Tea Gardens 49970138