Hirtle's Beach & Ovens Day
A unique landmark with a golden opportunity, the privately-owned Ovens Natural Park features a breathtaking walk along a high-cliff nature trail with caves below that rumble like thunder when the waves wash into them. The steep steps down into the caves are difficult for anyone with mobility issues. Instead, rent a pan and see if you can find a little gold left over from the Gold Rush of 1861.
Next, head for a snack at the Rose Bay General Store and explore Sand Dollar Beach (only accessible at low tide) or make your way straight towards Kingsburg and Hirtle’s Beach. This is a favourite beach for many locals and can get busy at the height of summer. The waves provide excellent conditions for surfing, while the quieter lagoons behind the beach are warmer and much calmer for those looking to relax. At one end of the beach is the start of the premier hike around Gaff Point — look for seals and even whales and dolphins off the point.