Stephenson Rd to Crackneck Lookout
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

15 min to 30 min

670 m
oneway

↑ 15 m
↓ -27 m

Moderate track
A great short walk through some beautiful coastal forest, with some brilliant coastal views along the way. Crackneck Lookout, at the end of the walk, is a great spot for a picnic lunch, enjoying the views and atmosphere of this part of Wyrrabalong National Park. If you are doing this as a return walk, the alternative exit to Stephenson Rd, through some beautiful forest scenery, is a nice way to finish. 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 Stephenson Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Water tanks near Stephenson Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track junction. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandy tack through the heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grasstrees and flannel flowers. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandy track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Thick heath vegetation. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Through the forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Contorted branches. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Endless coastline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views from Crackneck. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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 (-33.3977904,151.4793293)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to Central Coast Highway, A49 then drive for 7.8 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Dane Drive, A49 and drive for another 6.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 3.6 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 710 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 1.6 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Enterence Road, A49 and drive for another 100 m
  • Continue onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 870 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Coleridge Road and drive for another 390 m
  • Turn right onto Shakespeare Avenue and drive for another 440 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Kipling Drive and drive for another 130 m
  • Turn left onto Stephenson Road and drive for another 360 m
Finish (-33.3940339,151.4829664)
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 Stephenson Rd, Bateau Bay, this walk passes around the gate and follows the management trail up the hill. The trail passes a house and then several large water tanks, to the left, before narrowing and going a short distance further to an intersection with a sandy track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 145 m turn sharp left, to head along Coast Track.
After another 480 m to find the car park.
At the intersection of Coast Track & Hilltop Street turn right, to head along Coast Track.
Then pass the park (on your left).
After another 45 m come to the end.
Then pass the sign (on your right).
A seat.
About 10 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 10 m past the end is a picnic table.
About 30 m past the end is a picnic table.
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Terrain
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Stephenson Rd to Crackneck Lookout


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 670 m
Time 15 min to 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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 680 m from the start.


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