Discover the Magic of Winter in South West Rocks

Winter in South West Rocks brings a calm and peaceful atmosphere. With fewer tourists, it is the perfect time to enjoy the serenity of our beautiful town and the surrounding nature.

Enjoy sensational sunny days and mild nights, with warm ocean temperatures reaching 21-degrees, perfect for a swim in the surf or relaxing on the beach. Alternatively, simply unwind in our toasty 28-degree magnesium swimming pools at Salt @ South West Rocks.

 Witness Nature’s Beauty – Whale Migration

Whale Beaching

Photo courtesy of Macleay Valley Coast

From May to November, South West Rocks becomes a prime location for whale watching. You can witness the awe-inspiring migration of humpback whales, marvelling at their breaching, blowing, and tail slapping as they travel along the coast. Prime viewing spots include the historic Trial Bay Gaol, Smoky Cape Lighthouse, and along our scenic coastal trails.



Reconnect with Nature

South West Rocks is a coastal paradise filled with scenic walking and hiking trails, offering unique opportunities to connect with nature and experience the area’s breathtaking beauty. Here is why you should lace up your hiking boots and explore:

* Diverse Landscapes

Explore a variety of landscapes, ranging from sandy beaches and rocky cliffs to lush parks, creeks, and rivers. Each trail offers a unique perspective, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the region’s natural diversity.




* Spectacular Beaches and Coastal Views

Renowned for its pristine beaches and stunning coastal views, South West Rocks is best experienced in winter, offering fewer tourists and more tranquility. Enjoy leisurely strolls along the shore, collect seashells, or simply listen to the soothing sounds of the waves.

Our coastal walking trails offer breathtaking views, with trails such as Monument Hill to Little Bay & Little Bay to Smoky Cape Lighthouse providing panoramic ocean vistas. These coastal trails will provide the opportunity to view whales during the migration season.

* Rich Flora and Fauna

Our trails are teeming with rich flora and fauna, offering a truly immersive experience in nature. You can discover a variety of native plants, ranging from vibrant wildflowers to tall eucalyptus trees. When hiking, be sure to keep an eye out for the chance to spot some of our beautiful native wildlife, such as kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Bird enthusiasts, will be delighted by the variety of bird species, especially the migratory birds that visit the area.



* Historical Landmarks

Several trails lead to notable historical landmarks, including Trial Bay Gaol, the German Monument, and Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Exploring these trails provides you with an opportunity to discover our town’s history while enjoying its natural beauty. You might also stumble across remnants of shipwrecks, such as the Koondooloo along Trial Bay Beach.





Aquatic Adventures

Winter brings exceptional water clarity, perfect for scuba diving, snorkelling, and spearfishing adventures. You can book a dive or learn to dive with South West Rocks Dive Centre,  and explore sites famous for their incredible marine life and stunning underwater landscapes, including the cave at Fish Rock.

Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the abundance of fish, especially snapper, kingfish, and tailor during this season. You can book a charter with South West Rocks Estuary Charters, or hire a tinny for your fishing adventure. If you prefer offshore fishing, you can book with Wildside Sportfishing or The Rocks Fishing Charters.

Experience the thrill and joy of paddle boarding by hiring a board from Wave Wear. Glide along the crystal-clear waters of Back Creek or try riding the small waves at Trial Bay, which is perfect for beginners and intermediate paddlers.

Staying at Salt @ South West Rocks provides the gateway to various water activities, with all charters departing just down the road.

Local Delights and Experiences

Winter is the ideal time to indulge in local cuisine and experiences. Embark on a road trip around the valley to explore the culinary delights, make a stop in Gladstone for delicious meals at any of the charming cafes and restaurants, and visit Eungai Creek Buffalo for a farm experience offering delicious cheeses and buffalo products.

On you way back to the South West Rocks, be sure to stop in at Macleay Valley Farm to see and pet adorable farm animals. No South West Rocks holiday is complete without enjoying the fresh seafood from the Macleay Valley Co-op.

Uncover the charm of our town by taking leisurely strolls, exploring unique locally-owned shops, and savouring delicious meals at the many cafes. You can engage in local art, by visiting the South West Rocks Community Art Gallery.

Book your Winter Escape at Salt @ South West Rocks

Escape to a fantastic winter getaway by booking your stay at Salt @ South West Rocks. Relax in our heated magnesium swimming pool, then unwind on your private deck with a glass of bubbly and a charcuterie board. Take in the stunning sunset views while watching kangaroos and water activities along the river. It is the perfect setting for a truly memorable escape. BOOK NOW for an amazing winter deal!

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