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Mt Ettalong Lookout
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.4 km SSW of Umina
Length: 1.4 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.4 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Gosford(LGA)
Climb: 34 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 34 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: Return
Walk: Easy

This lovely short walk takes you from the large water tank, along an old trail and track to two fantastic fenced lookout platforms. There are a few unfenced views along this shaded walk. A picnic table among the Sydney Red Gums, just before the two main lookouts, makes a wonderful spot for a snack. The lookouts provide great views over Umina Beach, Brisbane Water, Bouddi National Park, Pearl Beach and out to the ocean. A great spot on a sunny day or for a sunset. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Mt Ettalong Lookout

Map of Walk

Location

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Mt Ettalong Water Tank
End of management trail
Lookout intersection
Lookout intersection
Starting point for this hiking track: Mt Ettalong Water Tank

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
 Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91301N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Patonga Drive from car park
 
Patonga Drive from car park +
 
Water tank
 
Water tank +
 
Locked gate at the car park
 
Locked gate at the car park +

 
One of several painted lookout signs
 
One of several painted lookout signs +
 
Old management trail
 
Old management trail +
 
Walking along the trail
 
Walking along the trail +

 
Side track and filtered views
 
Side track and filtered views +
 
An unfenced informal view over Pearl Beach
 
An unfenced informal view over Pearl Beach +
 
An unfenced rock slab beside the trail
 
An unfenced rock slab beside the trail +

 
View from beside the trail
 
View from beside the trail +
 
End of the management trail
 
End of the management trail +
 
Picnic table
 
Picnic table +

 
Angophora lanceolata Sydney Red Gum
 
Angophora lanceolata Sydney Red Gum +
 
Lookouts intersection
 
Lookouts intersection +
 
Pearl Beach lookout
 
Pearl Beach lookout +

 
View from Pearl Beach lookout
 
View from Pearl Beach lookout +
 
Looking over Pearl Beach
 
Looking over Pearl Beach +
 
Out to Lion Island, the ocean and the Pittwater
 
Out to Lion Island, the ocean and the Pittwater +

 
Ducking under the Sydney Red Gum
 
Ducking under the Sydney Red Gum +
 
Following the track at the top of the ridge
 
Following the track at the top of the ridge +
 
View just near Mt Ettalong Lookout
 
View just near Mt Ettalong Lookout +

 
ramp to Mt Ettalong Lookout
 
ramp to Mt Ettalong Lookout +
 
Compass plaque at Mt Ettalong Lookout
 
Compass plaque at Mt Ettalong Lookout +
 
View along Umina Beach from Mt Ettalong Lookout
 
View along Umina Beach from Mt Ettalong Lookout +

 
Looking up the Brisbane water from Mt Ettalong
 
Looking up the Brisbane water from Mt Ettalong +
 
Umina Beach
 
Umina Beach +
 
Brisbane Water
 
Brisbane Water +

 
Rock outcrop next to lookout
 
Rock outcrop next to lookout +
 
Lookout past Box Head to the ocean
 
Lookout past Box Head to the ocean +
 
Lion Island and Barrenjoey
 
Lion Island and Barrenjoey +

Terrain


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 Mt Ettalong Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mt Ettalong Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mt Ettalong Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mt Ettalong Lookout 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 1.4km
Time 30 mins
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Grade 2/6

Walk: Easy
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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
This whole walk, 680m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 680m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 680m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 680m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 680m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 680m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Mt Ettalong Water Tank
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) Mt Ettalong Water Tank to End of management trail
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 515 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -8 m
From the car park (next to the large water tank beside Patonga Dr, 200m east of Pearl Beach Dr), this walk follows the management trail around the water tank and then around the locked gate. The trail then leads through the bush, passing a few painted 'Lookout' signs. The walk leads passed some lovely Sydney Red Gums and a few tracks off to the side (to informal unfenced viewpoints). The trail continues along the top of the ridge until coming to a turning circle and the end of the management trail, marked by a picnic table on the right.

(0.52 km) End of management trail to Lookout intersection
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 83 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the end of the management trail, this walk follows the track up the hill and over the rocky platform. The track continues along the top of the ridge until coming to the 'Lookouts' sign with two arrows.

(0.6 km) Lookout intersection to Pearl Beach Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 17 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the right-hand arrow on the 'Lookouts' sign to the fenced rock platform with views of Pearl Beach.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Pearl Beach Lookout Alt = 69 m
Pearl Beach Lookout is a fenced lookout on a sandstone platform, looking south from Mount Ettalong. The main view below the lookout is along Pearl Beach and the village. There is a great view to Lion Island siting in the middle of the water. There are also distant views out the heads to the ocean, to West Head, Barrenjoey and up the Pittwater. The views on a sunny day are amazing.

(0.6 km) Lookout intersection to Mt Ettalong Lookout
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 79 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the left-hand arrow on the 'Lookouts' sign, ducking under the Red Gum branch and heading along the top of the ridge. The track soon leads to a ramp and to the fenced Mt Ettalong lookout, with its fantastic views.

Mt Ettalong Lookout Alt = 70 m
Mt Ettalong Lookout is found at the eastern end of Mount Ettalong and is a fenced lookout on a large sandstone boulder. A metal compass plaque helps visitors identify the major landmarks. From the left to right, there are great views along Umina Beach, up the Brisbane Water, across Brisbane Water National Park, Box Head, out the heads to the South Pacific Ocean, Lion Island, Barrenjoey and up the Pittwater. An amazing spot on a sunny day, well worth the walk.

Drive from Mt Ettalong Water Tank
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

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Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 13.7 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 12.8 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 13.8 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 14.8 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 13.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mt Ettalong Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mt Ettalong Lookout
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 11 km (to the N)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 18 km (to the WSW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 22 km (to the NE)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
29 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 46 km (to the SW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region 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      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|26°Possible shower.
Fri18°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|25°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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