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.
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Cross sectional view of the The Pinnacles Loop bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Pinnacles Loop 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
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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 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.
This whole walk, 1.1km has directional signs at most intersection.
This whole walk, 1.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 1.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
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).
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Pinnacles car park
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.
Int. Pinnacles and Long Beach Trks
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.)
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.
Int. Pinnacles and Long Beach Trks
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 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.
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. 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.
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. 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 below the toilets.
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.