Hat Head Beach

Hat Head Beach

New South Wales, Mid North Coast

The southern corner of this pristine beach is another awesome spot for beginner and recreational surfers. Hat Head is a small, sleepy town surrounded by National Park and is perfect for spending lazy days on the beach. Kids also love swimming in the creek entrance that flows out to the waves.

Wave Type
The beach break offers lefts and rights and is a great spot for practicing either in the whitewater or catching green waves. The waves are normally soft and cruisy around the southern end of the beach and at times a long and fun right breaks beside the headland when the sand builds up.

If the waves are small, walk up the beach for some more exposed peaks and avoid the rips and long shore gutters that form along the beach, especially as you head north towards the more exposed middle part of the beach.

There are also a couple of very isolated beaches to the south which offer protection from north winds but can be potentially dangerous for inexperienced surfers due to high wave energy and strong currents present on most days.

Good Wind Direction
Best on South East to North West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North to moderate East to big South swells.

Rocks,  rip currents and marine life.

Have fun surfing Hat Head by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Park between the beach and the caravan park next to the creek entrance.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled from September to Easter on weekends and daily during the summer school holidays - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located behind the beach at the southern corner.

Closest Shops
Hat head is very quiet, which is part of it's appeal to many people. All you will find here is the general store, or for a meal and a drink head to the Hat Head Bowling Club.

Photos of Hat Head Beach

Hat Head Beach

Hat Head Beach
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Hat Head Beach looking north

For those seeking a relaxing, crowd free getaway, the long stretch of sand at Hat Head offers miles of empty, pristine beach.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Hat Head Beach with Arakoon in background

Morning offshores at Hat Head with the majestic Smoky Cape in the background where more stunning beaches can be explored.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe