The walk to Haycock Point is a great one, with Barmouth Beach as an optional side trip, there is also an interesting arched rock formation and great panoramic views from Haycock Point. The walk passes through a few different vegetation types which splits the walk into sections, including open grassy plains and dense woody forests.
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Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)
Cross sectional view of the Haycock Point bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Haycock Point bushwalking track
Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing
Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk. Gradient
Around 1.9km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 530m has short steep hills.
Quality of track
Around 1.9km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 530m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
This whole walk, 2.4km has directional signs at most intersection.
This whole walk, 2.4km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 2.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 2.4km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
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Barmouth Beach car park
Int. Barmouth Beach and Haycock Point Trks Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 36 m
Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -5 m
From the car park, this walk heads down the hill, following the path made by the cut logs. The track soon comes to a signposted intersection.
Int. Barmouth Beach and Haycock Point Trks
Barmouth Beach Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 144 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -24 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign 'Barmouth Beach 150m' down the hill. The walk leads down steps which are in sight of the beach, passing an information sign and coming to the southern end of Barmouth Beach. (Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)
Alt = 7 m
Barmouth Beach is in Ben Boyd National Park, at the mouth of Pambula River. The beach is opposite the township of Pambula Beach and can be access from inside the national park via a small track, not too far from Haycock Point. The beach is a small north-facing, yellow sand beach with no facilities (no Surf Life Saving patrols). The beach has some bright red rock platforms at either end that are worth exploring. Exploration is a part of Barmouth Beach's history, with George Bass escaping the winds, landing on the beach in 1797. He explored the area and named Barmouth River, today Pambula River.
Int. Barmouth Beach and Haycock Point Trks
Arched Rock Lookout Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 494 m
Time = 10 mins
Climb = 17 m
Descent = -25 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Haycock Point 2.4km'. The track heads down a gully then continues further across the hillside to a 'Haycock Point' sign. The walk follows this sign across a wooden bridge and up some stairs, then continues up the hillside (beach below on the left. The walk then heads along the flat hilltop, winding through the bush, before leading nearer the cliff edge on the left, to a small track and clearing to the left (leading to a view of a rock arch.)
Arched rock lookout
Alt = 20 m
This is an informal, unnamed, and unfenced lookout, on the southern side of the headland forming the mouth of the Pambula River. The lookout is in Ben Boyd National Park and can be accessed by walking track to Haycock Point. There is a great view out to sea and up the coast as far as Merimbula. The view is memorable for the unusual rock arch, formed from the eroding force of the ocean.
Arched Rock Lookout
Haycock Point Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.86 km
Time = 34 mins
Climb = 34 m
Descent = -38 m
Continue straight: From the arch rock lookout, the walk keeps the ocean on the left of the track as it continues up the slight hill along the hilltop. The track follows numerous arrow signs, marking the way through the bush as the track tends right into a valley. The track then heads up a hill to an area behind sea cliffs. The track continues tending right, keeping these sea cliffs to the left. The walk follows another arrow - 'Haycock Point 1.3km'. The track continues along the cliff tops, with the ocean below on the left. The walk continues through an area of thicker, taller heath, then opens out onto a grassy area with a number of arrow signs directing the way. The track follows these signs out along the point to a 'Barmouth Beach 2.2km' sign. Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads in the opposite direction to the 'Barmouth 2.4km' sign, up the slight hill. The track continues to follow the arrow signs through the low heath and grass, out to the point on the edge of the headland.
Alt = 19 m
Haycock Point, in the northern part of Ben Boyd National Park, provides a great vantage point across the red rock platform, out to sea and north up the rocky coast. An interesting dome-shaped rock, called Haystack Rock, is memorable for its unusual shape and also as a dive location. The SS Empire Gladstone struck rocks here in calm seas in 1950, after mistaking the lights of Merimbula for a lighthouse. Thankfully, no lives were lost and some cargo was recovered, but the wreck forms a popular dive spot today. More info
Fire Danger This walk passes Far South Coast fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place. (Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago) Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Ben Boyd National ParkLink to official closures and fire bans page Ben Boyd National park is on the NSW South Coast, near Eden. The park was named and established in 1971, in the honour of Benjamin Boyd (1801-1851). Ben Boyd National park protects a wonderful section of coast line from Pambula to Green Cape, split into two distinct sections, one north of Eden and the other south. The park is well known for its contrasting red rocks, whale sighting, Boyd Tower, Green Cape Lighthouse and associated history. Ben Boyd National park offers some great insights into recent European history, Indigenous occupation and natural history. The park provides two campsites some other great recreational experiences. Region: South Coast & Highlands Park feesCampingFacilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.