Top Bushwalks in the Macleay Valley


Top Bushwalks in the Macleay Valley


The Macleay Valley on the New South Wales Mid North Coast is a haven for outdoor adventurers who love to explore local landscapes on foot. Bursting with breathtaking national parks and bushlands, the region boasts a variety of bushwalks, each offering unique experiences with nature. To make your holiday with us even more memorable, we’ve rounded up a list of our favourite Macleay walking trails. 

Korogoro Walking Track – Teeming with Wildlife

A must-do for holidayers camping at Hat Head Holiday Park, the Korogoro walking track takes you on a journey around the headland at Hat Head. The trail has some exciting moments and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views and stunning scenery. Keep a lookout for kangaroos, birds, lizards, and migrating whales (May to November) along the way.

Distance: 3.2km loop

Difficulty: Perfect for families, but some bushwalking experience is recommended.

More information: Korogoro Walking Track 

The Lookout at Yarriabini National Park – A Breathtaking View

Enjoy coastal views with a stroll leading to the summit of Yarriabini National Park. Whether you choose the wheelchair-accessible walk or the 13km Sea to Summit adventure, the views of the Macleay Valley, Pacific Ocean, and beyond are nothing short of magical. While you can drive to the lookout, the 13km Sea to Summit walk is perfect for the dedicated bushwalker.

Don’t forget your binoculars for some birdwatching along the way. We also recommend a visit at sunrise or sunset for spectacular photo opportunities. 

Distance: Drive to the summit or hike 13km from the base.

Difficulty: Ranges from easy to hard, depending on your choice of walk.

More information: Yarriabini Lookout

Bellbrook Walk – Leisurely Stroll by the River

You might prefer a more relaxed stroll along the Bellbrook Walk, meandering along the Macleay River. Discover a heritage town and rural landscapes as you walk along the water’s edge. Pack a picnic, find a designated spot, and revel in the tranquility.

Distance: 1.2km circuit

Difficulty: Easy 

More information: Bellbrook Walk 

Smoky Cape Range Walking Track – Find your Adventure 

If you’re seeking an adventure, the Smoky Cape Range walking track is perfect. This coastal bushwalk, dotted with picnic spots and beaches along the way, guides you through heathlands, rainforests, and woodlands, offering stunning views of the coastline. Learn about the maritime history surrounding the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, which has been guiding ships since 1891.

Distance: 5.5km one-way

Difficulty: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience.

More information: Smoky Cape Range Walking Track

Big Hill Rainforest Walking Track – Breathe in the Pristine Coastline

Embark on a short loop walk along the Big Hill Rainforest walking track. Wind through heath vegetation, pandanus palms, and coastal rainforest while enjoying stunning ocean views. Keep an eye out for migrating whales between May and November.

Distance: 1.4km loop

Difficulty: Perfect for people with some bushwalking experience.

More information: Big Hill Rainforest Walking Track

Connors Walking Track – A Day-Tripper’s Delight

Challenge yourself with a moderate walking track that offers natural delights all year round, including secluded warm water beaches in summer, banksias in autumn, whale watching in winter, and paper daisies and pea flowers in spring.

Known for its sheltered rainforest canopies, rocky platforms, and spectacular coastal views, after a morning’s hike, treat yourself to a refreshing seaside picnic or swim at Connors Beach in the clear ocean water. 

Distance: 3.7km one-way

Difficulty: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience with moderate fitness to tackle steep inclines.

More information: Connors Walking Track

Stuarts Point to Grassy Head – Where the Forest Meets the Sea

Grassy Head is one of Macleay Valley’s hidden gems. Take your time to trace along its white sandy beaches and hike through dense bushland that’s abundant with birdlife. 

If you’re an ocean swimmer who enjoys gentle waves, bring your togs and take a dip. Or, bring a packed lunch and take a rest in the Pines Picnic Area behind Grassy Head. If you’re seeking more adventure, there are four-wheel drive tracks within the Way State Forest and Yarriabini National Park nearby.

Distance: 10km circuit along the beach and back along the footpath.

Difficulty: Easy.

More information: Stuarts Point to Grassy Head

Start Planning Your Next Trip

Have a look at our accommodation options and don’t forget to pack your walking shoes. The Macleay Valley offers promising panoramic views, coastal landscapes, and rainforest adventures suitable for all levels of fitness. Get ready for an unforgettable holiday filled with nature, laughter, and shared moments on these bushwalks.