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The Pinnacles Loop
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.9 km SE of Pambula
Length: 1.1 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.1 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Ben Boyd National Park
Climb: 43 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 43 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

The Pinnacles are an amazing brightly coloured rock feature, and the centre piece of this walk. The reds and white of the rock contrasts with the green heath and blue sea creating a fantastic sight. The smaller lookout, one without a sign, is a better lookout than the larger area. However, both lookouts give a good view of the Pinnacles. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for The Pinnacles Loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of The Pinnacles Loop
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Pinnacles car park
Int. Pinnacles and Long Beach Trks
Int. Pinnacles and Long Beach Trks
Small Pinnacles Lookout
Pinnacles Lookout
Starting point for this hiking track: Pinnacles car park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Pambula 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-88242S 
 Bega 1:100 000 Map Series 8824 

Photo Gallery

 
Signpost at Pinnacles car park
 
Signpost at Pinnacles car park +
 
Track down from the Pinnacles car park
 
Track down from the Pinnacles car park +
 
Signpost at Long Beach intersection
 
Signpost at Long Beach intersection +

 
Stairs to the Pinnacles
 
Stairs to the Pinnacles +
 
Track along the hillside
 
Track along the hillside +
 
View down to the surf at Long Beach
 
View down to the surf at Long Beach +

 
Smaller lookout and view of Pinnacles
 
Smaller lookout and view of Pinnacles +
 
The Pinnacles
 
The Pinnacles +
 
Track between lookouts
 
Track between lookouts +

 
Track from large lookout to car park
 
Track from large lookout to car park +
 
Bridge before the car park
 
Bridge before the car park +
 
Sign at Pinnacles car park
 
Sign at Pinnacles car park +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the The Pinnacles Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the The Pinnacles Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Pinnacles Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the The Pinnacles Loop bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 1.1km
Time 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure 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 560m of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 520m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 1.1km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.1km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 630m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 450m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Pinnacles car park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Pinnacles car park to Int. Pinnacles and Long Beach Trks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 111 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -9 m
From the corner of the car park below the toilet, this walk follows the 'Long Beach' sign. The track winds down the hill for a short time to a signposted intersection.

(0.11 km) Int. Pinnacles and Long Beach Trks to Long Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 240 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -37 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Long Beach' sign down the hill. The track winds for a short time before turning right and steeply winding down steps onto the beach.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Long Beach Alt = 7 m
Long Beach (aka Haycock Beach), in Ben Boyd National Park, has well-earned its name, as the crescent shaped, yellow sand beach is about 7.25km long. The beach stretches from Haycock Point in the north, and is roughly divided into three section by two small rocky points. There are plenty of places to access the beach by a short walk from the road. Some entrances to the beach are quiet spectacular, passing through pinnacle-like gorges. The surf is not patrolled, but the beach is a popular fishing spot for locals.

(0.11 km) Int. Pinnacles and Long Beach Trks to Pinnacles Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 521 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -29 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Pinnacles 600m' sign[1] across the hillside, with the higher side of the hill to the right. The track winds along the hillside, tending left, down and across a wooden bridge. The track then rises up and tends right, around to a wooden-fenced viewing area over the Pinnacles.
Veer right: From the small lookout, the walk heads through the bush, keeping the Pinnacles and the ocean behind to the left. The track soon reaches a larger wooden viewing area of the Pinnacles.

The Pinnacles Alt = 29 m
The Pinnacles are a spectacular geological formation in the northern section of Ben Boyd National Park. The Pinnacles were formed from the erosion of a hill, which was made from a layer of white sand, topped with red clay[2]. This leaves an fantastic sight of contrasting white and red bands in the rock face. The Pinnacles are best viewed from the lookout on the Pinnacle walking track, but they can also be seen from Long Beach.

(0.63 km) Pinnacles Lookout to Pinnacles car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 445 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill away from the view of the Pinnacles, heading in the opposite direction to the 'Return Loop' arrow[3]. The track winds up the hill, with the vegetation becoming more like a pine forest. The track winds over the small hill then drops down onto a bridge. From the small wooden bridge, the track heads up to the signposted car park. From this end of the car park, the track heads to the 'Long Beach 350m' signpost[4] below the toilets.

Drive from Pinnacles car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Bittangabee campground
Saltwater Creek campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Gas Connection The Arthur Kaine Drv, Pambula (02) 6495 7121 7.7 km
Camping Plus 6 Alice St , Merimbula (02) 6495 2571 11.2 km
Barbeques Galore (Bega) 274 Carp St , Bega (02) 6492 4054 35.7 km
Camping Outdoors Centre 43 Vulcan St , Moruya (02) 4474 3081 120.9 km
Gone Fishin Cnr Ford & Queen Sts, Moruya (02) 4474 4381 120.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to The Pinnacles Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from The Pinnacles Loop
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2 EDN02 PJ OBrien / Optus site BIMMIL HILL 4 km (to the SW)
3 MER03 CB Repeater Site Hill 217 5 km NNE of WYNDHAM 29 km (to the WNW)
4 MCA04 DCNR / Ambulance Site MARAMINGO HILL 58 km (to the SW)
5 VKE5 Broadcast Site EMERALD HILL
Emergency use only
73 km (to the NW)
7 PKA07 Wandella Trig PEAK ALONE 77 km (to the N)

Weather and Park 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 2 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.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      24°Possible late shower.
Thu14°|22°Possible shower.
Fri15°|26°Possible shower.
Sat11°|21°Partly cloudy.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Ben Boyd National Park Link 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 fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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