Awabakal Coastal Walk
Awabakal Country

40 min to 45 min

1.9 km
oneway

↑ 19 m
↓ -47 m

Hard track
This walk traverses the Awabakal Nature Reserve. Starting from Dudley in the north, this walk travels south through coastal heath and forest, until coming to Redhead. The vegetation throughout this walk is particularly attractive during the wildflower season of July to October. The side trip out to the Awabakal Viewpoint gives great views to the north along the coastline. A car shuffle would be ideal for this one-way walk. The walking tracks are a little overgrown, but if you like native forest and heath, or simply flowers, then this is the walk for you. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Awabakal car park near Dudley in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Locked gate at the Awabakal Car Park near Dudley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Metal gate and timber fence at the Awabakal car park in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Narrow trail through forest near the Awabakal car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Attractive forest near the Awabakal car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Open area with large tree and picnic table in Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Tree and picnic table in Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
A Picnic table and tree near the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Uphill trail in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy trail in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy trail near the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy trail near the Awabakal Viewpoint in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Intersection near the Awabakal Viewpoint in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Views from the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy intersection near the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Narrow track near the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Narrow track in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Track through forest on the Awabakal Coastal Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Track through forest on the Awabakal Coastal Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Views across the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Intersection of track in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Fringe Lilly on the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Ant in sand on the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Views across the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Overgrown track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Vegetation on the Awabakal Coastal Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Mountain Devil flower on the Awabakal Coastal Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Ant on sand in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy track through heath on the Awabakal Coastal Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy track in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Track through vegetation in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Uphill sandy track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Views over heath in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy and eroded track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Views on the Awabakal Coastal Walk in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy track intersection near Redhead in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Leafy track near Collier St in Redhead in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Looking at Collier St Redhead from the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Collier St in Redhead near the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sign and track into the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-32.9951837,151.7272733)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Highway, A43
  • Turn on to Pacific Highway, A43 then drive for 500 m
  • Turn right onto Oakdale Road and drive for another 2.3 km
  • Turn left onto Redhead Road and drive for another 315 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Ocean Street and drive for another 1.5 km
Finish (-33.0108133,151.7250428)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Awabakal car park (end of Ocean St, Dudley), this walk passes around the locked metal gate and follows the track gently downhill. The walk continues through native forest for about 110m until coming to a three-way intersection, with a large stand-alone tree and picnic table.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track gently uphill, while leaving the stand-alone tree directly behind you and keeping the ocean on your left. This walk continues, undulating through coastal vegetation for about 160m, until coming to a level three-way intersection with a smaller track on the right.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 105 m find the "Awabakal Nature Reserve" (6 m on your right).
Awabakal Nature Reserve
Awabakal Nature Reserve

Awabakal Nature Reserve covers 227 hectares of coastal heath between Dudley and Redhead. The Awabakal Reserve contains a wide range of habitats including one of the largest remaining coastal heath communities, and also perched lagoons, creek catchments, dry and wet sclerophyll forest and remnants of rainforest. This park was created in January 1978. The coastal viewpoints from the reserve are also great for whale watching, bird watching and wildflower photography.
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Awabakal Nature Reserve covers 227 hectares of coastal heath between Dudley and Redhead. The Awabakal Reserve contains a wide range of habitats including one of the largest remaining coastal heath communities, and also perched lagoons, creek catchments, dry and wet sclerophyll forest and remnants of rainforest. This park was created in January 1978. The coastal viewpoints from the reserve are also great for whale watching, bird watching and wildflower photography.

Then find the "Awabakal Car Park" (5 m on your right).
Awabakal Car Park
Awabakal Car Park

The Awabakal car park at the end of Ocean Street, Dudley is a good spot to start a walk within the Awabakal Nature Reserve. The car park contains a turning circle and is fenced amongst open forest. No other facilities exist here. Please do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
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The Awabakal car park at the end of Ocean Street, Dudley is a good spot to start a walk within the Awabakal Nature Reserve. The car park contains a turning circle and is fenced amongst open forest. No other facilities exist here. Please do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

After another 40 m (at the intersection of Ocean Street Trail & Lagoon Trail) continue straight, to head along Ocean Street Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Awabakal Viewpoint. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 185 m veer right.
After another 410 m veer left.
After another 610 m continue straight.
After another 290 m veer right.
After another 215 m veer left.
After another 65 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Awabakal Viewpoint.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Ocean Street Trail.
After another 135 m turn left.
After another 30 m come to the end.
About 15 m past the end is "Awabakal Viewpoint".
Awabakal Viewpoint
Awabakal Viewpoint

The Awabakal Viewpoint offers excellent views out over the ocean from its elevated viewpoint. This viewpoint is unfenced and care should therefore be taken. The views are paricular good to the north towards Newcastle. Please stay on the tracks already created to reduce the erosion of the cliff top.
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The Awabakal Viewpoint offers excellent views out over the ocean from its elevated viewpoint. This viewpoint is unfenced and care should therefore be taken. The views are paricular good to the north towards Newcastle. Please stay on the tracks already created to reduce the erosion of the cliff top.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 165 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Awabakal Coastal Walk


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 1.9 km
Time 40 min to 45 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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