Wyrrabalong Lookout to Crackneck Lookout
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

40 min to 45 min

1.5 km
oneway

↑ 36 m
↓ -63 m

Moderate track
The fantastic scenic walk includes some of the highlights of the longer Wyrrabalong Coast Walking Track. The walk passes through a variety of beautiful forest landscapes, and there are excellent views of the coastline from many spots along the way, including the lookouts at the start and finish of the walk. You could also do this as a return walk to avoid a car shuttle. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai 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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The end of Cromarty Hill Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking south along the coastline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trig point and communications tower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views from Wyrrabalong lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Ocean glimpses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Nice forest walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stunning views of the coastline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Thick forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Well formed tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walkway with amazing views. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Isopgen Anemonifolius (Broad-leaf Drumstick). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grasstrees and flannel flowers. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Narrow track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Through the coastal forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Thick heath vegetation. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Contorted branches. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tall forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views from Crackneck. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crackneck lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Picnic tables at Crackneck lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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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 (-33.4047857,151.4752526)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom The Entrance Road, A49
  • Turn on to The Entrance Road, A49 then drive for 800 m
  • Turn right onto Forresters Beach Road and drive for another 520 m
  • Turn left onto North Scenic Road and drive for another 335 m
  • Keep right onto North Scenic Road and drive for another 610 m
Finish (-33.3943391,151.4826747)
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 end of Cromarty Hill Rd, this walk goes around the gate, passing the 'Wyrrabalong National Park' sign and following the management trail up the hill. The trail passes between the communications tower and satellite dish. There are great views back over Forresters Beach from the concrete platform on top of the building, next to the tower. The walk then heads across the open grassy area, passing a trig point (to the right) and arriving at the Wyrrabalong Lookout, with beautiful views along the coast and out to sea.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 125 m come to the "Wyrrabalong Lookout" (8 m on your right).
After another 1.4 km come to a car park.
The end.
About 15 m past the end is a sign.
About 20 m past the end is a seat.
About 40 m past the end is "Crackneck Lookout".
Crackneck Lookout
Crackneck Lookout

This lookout, at the end of Hilltop St, Bateau Bay, has stunning views up and down the coastline, and out to sea. There are picnic tables and an information board about marine mammals. There is a hangliding launch spot beside the lookout.
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This lookout, at the end of Hilltop St, Bateau Bay, has stunning views up and down the coastline, and out to sea. There are picnic tables and an information board about marine mammals. There is a hangliding launch spot beside the lookout.

About 55 m past the end is a picnic table.
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Terrain
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Wyrrabalong Lookout to Crackneck Lookout


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.5 km
Time 40 min to 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 1.5 km from the start.


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