Wyrrabalong Coast Walk Circuit
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

3 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min

8.9 km
circuit

↑ 317 m
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Very challenging
A fairly tough but fantastic walk in the southern section of Wyrrabalong National Park. This walk runs through a long, thin strip of beautiful coastal forest, with fantastic views of the coastline from many vantage points along the way, and returns via the boulder-strewn shoreline and beaches. There is a lot of rock-hopping along the shoreline section and it is very exposed to the ocean, so it is fairly tough going and should not be attempted at high tide or with heavy seas. The variety of scenery through the various stages of the walk is excellent. 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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Stunning views across Bateau Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coastal forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful spot to sit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Palms. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Twisted trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crackneck lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Contorted branches. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandy track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Ocean views. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Isopgen Anemonifolius (Broad-leaf Drumstick). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walkway with amazing views. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Forest in Wyrrabalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stunning views of the coastline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views from Wyrrabalong lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trig point at Cromarty Hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views over Forresters Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking on Cromarty Hill Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beach house with a view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Northern end of Forresters beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Interesting rocks on Forresters Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Shoreline scenery. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Imposing hills and boulder strewn coastline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Mind the waves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rusty old engine block. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Not an easy path. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Texture in the rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Washed up timber. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Great scenery along the coast of Wyrrabalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Interesting texture and shapes. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Plenty of boulder hopping along the way. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
On Crackneck beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The rocky beach below Crackneck lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandy track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Nice beach walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bateau Bay beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps to Bateau Bay beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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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 (-33.3820196,151.4840305)
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 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 540 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 340 m
  • Turn right onto Bateau Bay Road and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Turn right onto Harbour Street and drive for another 170 m
  • Turn left onto Reserve Drive and drive for another 60 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
Starting from the track intersection beside the beach access steps, this walk follows the faint track a very short distance across the picnic area, keeping Reserve Dr to the right. The walk soon arrives at some seats and an open viewing area, to the left, with stunning views across the water.
From the viewpoint, this walk goes south across the picnic area, keeping Reserve Dr to the right. The walk passes a fenced viewing area just before reaching an intersection at the end of the picnic area, with a concrete beach-access track to the left.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 1 m turn around.
After 65 m find the "Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout" (on your left).
Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout
Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout

This unnamed picnic area and lookout is within Wyrrabalong National Park, at the intersection of Reserve Dr and Harbour St, Bateau Bay. The picnic area overlooks Bateau Bay and the beach. There are large grass areas, plenty of shade and facilities including picnic tables, garbage bins, and beach access steps. There are beautiful views along the coast and out to sea from the picnic area. There are free electric BBQs at Sutton Reserve, a block further south along Reserve Dr. Takeaway food is available at a small shopping centre near the intersection of Harbour St and Bateau Bay Rd, one block from the picnic area.
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This unnamed picnic area and lookout is within Wyrrabalong National Park, at the intersection of Reserve Dr and Harbour St, Bateau Bay. The picnic area overlooks Bateau Bay and the beach. There are large grass areas, plenty of shade and facilities including picnic tables, garbage bins, and beach access steps. There are beautiful views along the coast and out to sea from the picnic area. There are free electric BBQs at Sutton Reserve, a block further south along Reserve Dr. Takeaway food is available at a small shopping centre near the intersection of Harbour St and Bateau Bay Rd, one block from the picnic area.

After another 15 m pass a seat (10 m on your left).
After another 175 m head into the park.
After another 70 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
After another 25 m find the "Southern Bateau Bay beach picnic area" (9 m on your right).
Southern Bateau Bay beach picnic area
Southern Bateau Bay beach picnic area

This picnic area, near the intersection of Reserve Dr and Rushby St, Bateau Bay, overlooks the southern end of Bateau Bay and the beach. The facilities include toilets, picnic tables, garbage bins and some slides for the kids. There are great views along the coast and out to sea. There is plenty of shade.
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This picnic area, near the intersection of Reserve Dr and Rushby St, Bateau Bay, overlooks the southern end of Bateau Bay and the beach. The facilities include toilets, picnic tables, garbage bins and some slides for the kids. There are great views along the coast and out to sea. There is plenty of shade.

After another 4 m continue straight.
After another 370 m veer left, to head along The Coast Track.
After another 115 m pass a seat (6 m on your left).
After another 135 m turn left, to head along The Coast Track.
After another 235 m veer right.
After another 20 m turn left, to head along Hilltop Street.
After another 330 m pass the park (6 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the picnic table (25 m on your left).
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Coast Track & Hilltop Street) turn right, to head along Coast Track (a walking track).
After another 20 m pass the sign (15 m on your left).
Then come to the "Crackneck Lookout" (40 m on your left).
Then pass a seat (25 m on your left).
After another 460 m continue straight, to head along Coast Track.
After another 930 m find the "Wyrrabalong Lookout and Cromarty Hill" (on your left).
Wyrrabalong Lookout and Cromarty Hill
Wyrrabalong Lookout and Cromarty Hill

This lookout and picnic area is on Cromarty Hill, near the end of Cromarty Hill Rd, Forresters Beach. There are picnic tables and fantastic views from the lookout point, as well as the concrete roof platform beside the large communications tower. There is a hang gliding launch spot beside the lookout.
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This lookout and picnic area is on Cromarty Hill, near the end of Cromarty Hill Rd, Forresters Beach. There are picnic tables and fantastic views from the lookout point, as well as the concrete roof platform beside the large communications tower. There is a hang gliding launch spot beside the lookout.

After another 175 m head through/around the gate.
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Cromarty Hill Road & North Scenic Road) turn left, to head along North Scenic Road (a residential road).
After another 315 m (at the intersection of Yumbool Close & North Scenic Road) continue straight, to head along North Scenic Road.
After another 335 m (at the intersection of Forresters Beach Road & North Scenic Road) turn left, to head along South Scenic Road.
After another 295 m (at the intersection of Henrys Road & South Scenic Road) continue straight, to head along South Scenic Road.
After another 25 m turn left.
After another 130 m find the "Forresters Beach" (20 m on your right).
Forresters Beach
Forresters Beach

Forresters Beach is the name of a township and beach on the Central Coast of NSW. There are public toilets and a beach access path near the intersection of Crystal St and Kalakau Ave, and a beach access path near the bottom of Henrys Rd.
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Forresters Beach is the name of a township and beach on the Central Coast of NSW. There are public toilets and a beach access path near the intersection of Crystal St and Kalakau Ave, and a beach access path near the bottom of Henrys Rd.

After another 2.8 km find the "Crackneck Beach" (on your right).
Crackneck Beach
Crackneck Beach

This unnamed beach is below Crackneck Lookout and can be reached with some difficulty by walking along the very rocky shoreline from Forresters Beach, to the south, or from Bateau Bay beach, to the north. The beach is covered in rounded rocks about the size of a fist.
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This unnamed beach is below Crackneck Lookout and can be reached with some difficulty by walking along the very rocky shoreline from Forresters Beach, to the south, or from Bateau Bay beach, to the north. The beach is covered in rounded rocks about the size of a fist.

After another 1.2 km turn right.
After another 410 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Wyrrabalong Coast Walk Circuit


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 8.9 km
Time 3 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 330 m from the start.

Seat: There are 3 on route, on average they are 2.2 km apart with the largest gap of 7.2 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
330 m[toilet]
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