This walk starts with a stroll across the wooden bridge over pretty Korogoro Creek at Hat Head.
Korogoro Walking Track
Keeping left, Korogoro Walking Track passes through some pleasantly cool littoral rainforest then sunny heathlands to Korogoro Point where there is a blow hole and dramatic cliffs, as well as views north to Smoky Cape. Near the Point, a footpad follows the cliff edge (unfenced, take care!) to rejoin the main track to continue on your headland circuit.
In spring, Hat Head is a good spot for whale watching and wildflowers. The walk from Smoky Cape lighthouse to the Gaol, also in Hat Head National Park, is granite country. The geology of Hat Head and Korogoro Point is different, much older, but no less dramatic. The rock here is massive conglomerate, sloping into the sea, carved and tessellated by wave action.
Look for the summit track, about 35 metres beyond the bench seat. The summit track is a slightly overgrown footpath marked in places with orange tape. Up top, there is a trig beacon, pink hibiscus and sweeping views of the wetlands and dunes of the Macleay floodplain. Sadly, less than a quarter of the wetlands, so important for birds, remains since Europeans arrived in the 19th century. The sand dunes were mined last century.
Connors Walking Track
Connors Walking Track is a nice extension of the Korogoro circuit that leads off from the Gap carpark. The path follows the coastline, drops down to pretty Connors Beach and then climbs up to Kemps Corner before finishing at the road near Hungry Gate campground. To your south is the long Killick Beach leading to Crescent Head.