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The tranquil and beautiful coastal village of Hawks Nest, with both ocean and river frontage, is located across the Myall River from Tea Gardens. It was named after a large tree which was a favourite nesting place of hawks, situated near the old hotel and used as a navigational marker in the early days. Today the village is home to holiday houses, beachside caravan and camp grounds and surrounded by water. Hawks Nest beaches have something for everyone from the surfing at Bennett’s beach to the safe swimming of Jimmy Beach. The area is also home to one of the few remaining wild Koala colonies and they can often be spotted in backyards. From Hawks Nest you can journey into the Myall Lakes National Park which is a spectacular blend of lakes, coastal forests, pristine beaches and a huge sand dune system. The National Park is internationally recognised for its wetland ecology and home to hundreds of bird species.