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The Lookout Circuit
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.3 km W of Belmont
Length: 2.4 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.4 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Lake Macquarie(LGA)
Climb: 91 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 91 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 There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

The Lookout Circuit is a classic Green Point reserve walk. This walk offers walkers plenty of picnic opportunities, elevated views over Lake Macquarie and travel through eucalyptus forest. There is also good historical and environmental interpretative signage along much of this walk. This recommended walk makes a lovely half day walk if a picnic is included and remember to keep a lookout for Sea Eagles. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of The Lookout Circuit bushwalking tracknotes
Map of The Lookout Circuit
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The Shores Way Car Park
Int of Foreshore Track AND The Shores Way Carpark
Jetty Picnic Area (Green Point Foreshore Reserve)
Int of Foreshore Track & Sea Eagle Park
Int of Foreshore & Lookout Tracks
Lower Lookout (Sea Eagle Park)
Middle Lookout (Sea Eagle Park)
Upper Lookout (Sea Eagle Park)
Int of Lookout & Linkage Tracks
Int of Lookout & Link Tracks
Int of The Shores Way AND Crown St
Starting point for this hiking track: The Shores Way 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
 Swansea 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-92314N 
 Lake Macquarie 1:100 000 Map Series 9231 

Photo Gallery

 
The Shores Way car park
 
The Shores Way car park +
 
Welcome to the Green Point Foreshore Reserve
 
Welcome to the Green Point Foreshore Reserve +
 
The Foreshore Track, alongside Lake Macquarie
 
The Foreshore Track, alongside Lake Macquarie +

 
Views from the Jetty Picnic Area
 
Views from the Jetty Picnic Area +
 
Interpretive signs along the Foreshore Track
 
Interpretive signs along the Foreshore Track +
 
The Jetty
 
The Jetty +

 
Sea Eagle Picnic area and lookouts above
 
Sea Eagle Picnic area and lookouts above +
 
Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve
 
Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve +
 
A seat on the path near the lower lookout
 
A seat on the path near the lower lookout +

 
Lower lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area
 
Lower lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area +
 
Lower lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area
 
Lower lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area +
 
Lower lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area
 
Lower lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area +

 
Stairs between the lower and middle lookouts
 
Stairs between the lower and middle lookouts +
 
Middle lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area
 
Middle lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area +
 
Middle lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area
 
Middle lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area +

 
Upper lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area
 
Upper lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area +
 
Junction near lookout
 
Junction near lookout +
 
Picnic table near upper lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area
 
Picnic table near upper lookout, Sea Eagle Picnic Area +

 
Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve
 
Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve +
 
Wide trail through Green Point Reserve
 
Wide trail through Green Point Reserve +
 
Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve
 
Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve +

 
Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve
 
Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve +
 
Signposts guide bushwalkers through Green Point Reserve
 
Signposts guide bushwalkers through Green Point Reserve +
 
Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve
 
Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve +

 
Track through Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve
 
Track through Eucalypt forest, Green Point Reserve +
 
Green Point Reserve bushland
 
Green Point Reserve bushland +
 
Grassy Track, Green Point Reserve
 
Grassy Track, Green Point Reserve +

 
Nearing houses, Green Point Reserve
 
Nearing houses, Green Point Reserve +
 
Crown St meets The Shores Way
 
Crown St meets The Shores Way +
 
Posts in bushland, Green Point Reserve
 
Posts in bushland, Green Point Reserve +

 
Wood steps near Crown St and The Shores Way
 
Wood steps near Crown St and The Shores Way +
 
Crown St and The Shores Way, Valentine
 
Crown St and The Shores Way, Valentine +
 
The Shores Way, Valentine
 
The Shores Way, Valentine +

 
The Shores Way, Valentine
 
The Shores Way, Valentine +
 
The Shores Way entrance to Green Point Reserve
 
The Shores Way entrance to Green Point Reserve +
 
The Shores Way car park
 
The Shores Way car park +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the The Lookout Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the The Lookout Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Lookout Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the The Lookout Circuit 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 2.4km
Time 1 Hr
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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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
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
1.9km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 390m is flat with no steps. The remaining (100m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
1.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1km follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (260m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 1.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 890m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 2.3km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 100m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 870m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to The Shores Way Car Park
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to The Shores Way 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|

Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie Alt = 38 m
The Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie is a great place for a bush walk, bicycle or picnic. The Green Point Foreshore reserve offers many historical and environmentally interpretative signs along its multi use pathways. There is an unformed foreshore pathway beside Lake Macquarie, or more physically demanding walks away from the lake foreshore and into rainforest.
Historically, the Green Point area was involved in a coal rush from the 1860's. This coal rush was spearheaded by the Cardiff Coal Company. Coal was proposed to be transported by barge to Threlkeld's old wharf at Reid's Mistake (Swansea Heads) for shipping to Sydney. However, the coal was poor quality 'boiler coal' and used mostly for steamer boilers. This coal rush finished in 1870. Timber was also milled on site after the coal rush. The Lake Macquarie Council is undergoing extensive rehabilitation works to improve the area for recreation. For more information contact the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre on (02) 4921 0740 More info

The Car Park (off The Shores Way, Green Point) Alt = 11 m
The Shores Way park entrance[1] and car park[2] is a great place to start a walk within the Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie. The park entrance offers a toilet[3], a water tap[4], seating and plenty of car parking. There are attractive grass slopes here dropping into the water, that make a fine spot to have a picnic.

(0 km) The Shores Way Car Park to Int of Foreshore Track AND Jetty Picnic Area
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 549 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -13 m
From the car park[5](on The Shores Way, Green Point), this walk heads towards the lake[6] past the toilet block[7] and along the footpath for 25m, to a four-way intersection[8] with a 'Welcome to Green Point Foreshore Reserve' sign[9] (on the right).
Turn right: From the intersection[10], this walk follows the shared concrete cycle/footpath gently downhill, while keeping the Shores Way car park[11] on your right and the water[12] on your left. This walk continues, undulating[13] for about 500m, until coming to the Jetty picnic area[14] on the right and jetty[15] on your left.


Jetty Picnic Area Alt = 8 m
The Jetty Picnic area[16] in the Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie offers a public jetty[17], a sheltered picnic table[18], seating[19][20], a drinking fountain[21] and historical interpretative signs[22]. The historical signs detail the 'timber getting' period of Green Point from 1860, with the timber used to build jetty's, pit prop for coal mining, ships and boats. There is also an historical sign detailing 'The Cardiff Coal Company', which mined coal out of Green Point during a minor coal rush.

(0.55 km) Jetty Picnic Area (Green Point Foreshore Reserve) to Int of Foreshore Track & Sea Eagle Park
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 255 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the Jetty Picnic Area[23], this walk follows the footpath gently uphill[24], while keeping the lake on your left. This walk continues for about 260m, until coming to a three-way intersection[25] with a track and the Sea Eagle Park[26] on your right.

Sea Eagle Park Alt = 11 m
Sea Eagle Park in Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie is a large grassed picnic area[27], with a toilet[28], sheltered picnic tables[29], water from a tap[30][31] and gas/electric barbeque's[32]. This picnic area is particularly good for larger family group, for there is room to play ball games or just sit and look at the views. The short walk up to the Sea Eagle Lookouts is recommended for the commanding views south towards Swansea.

(0.8 km) Int of Foreshore Track & Sea Eagle Park to Int of Foreshore & Lookout Tracks
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 83 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[33], this walk follows the footpath gently uphill[34], while keeping Sea Eagle Park[35] on your right. This walk continues for about 70m, until coming to a three-way intersection[36] with a track and 'Lookout' sign on your right and a 'Getting about at Green Point' sign[37] on your left.

(0.89 km) Int of Foreshore & Lookout Tracks to Lower Lookout (Sea Eagle Park)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 109 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection[38][39], this walk heads up timber steps, directly away from the face of the 'Getting about at Green Point' sign[40]. This walk continues gently uphill, with occasional timber steps (and passing a seat[41]) for about 110m, until coming to the Lower Lookout[42][43] above Sea Eagle Park (on the right).

Sea Eagle Park Lookouts (lower, middle & upper) Alt = 28 m
These three lookouts (lower, middle and upper lookouts) are above Sea Eagle Park in Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie and give great views[44][45] across Lake Macquarie towards Swansea. The upper lookout has a picnic table[46] in the shade behind the lookout, which gives relief on a hot day. The upper lookout also a picnic table[47] at the lookout, offering fabulous views to the south. Each of these lookouts has a bench seat and interpretative signs[48]. White Bellied Sea Eagles have been known to nest nearby and are often seen flying in the area.

(1 km) Lower Lookout (Sea Eagle Park) to Middle Lookout (Sea Eagle Park)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 103 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From Lower Lookout[49][50], this walk heads gently uphill, while keeping the views on your right. This walk continues along the track for about 100m, using timber steps[51][52], until coming to Middle Lookout[53].

(1.1 km) Middle Lookout (Sea Eagle Park) to Upper Lookout (Sea Eagle Park)
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 40 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left : From the Middle Lookout[54], this walk heads up timber steps[55] for 30m, until coming to the Upper Lookout[56][57] (with Sea Eagle Park below).

(1.14 km) Upper Lookout (Sea Eagle Park) to Int of Lookout Track and Lookout Footpath
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 46 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the Upper Lookout[58][59], this walk follows the concrete footpath[60][61] gently uphill and away from the viewpoint. This walk continues for 45m, until coming to a three-way intersection[62] with a gravel track[63] (on the right) and a picnic table[64] (on the left just beyond).

(1.19 km) Int of Lookout & Linkage Tracks to Int of The Shores Way & Crown St
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 873 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 26 m Descent = -32 m
Turn right: From the intersection[65][66][67], this walk follows the gravel track gently uphill, while leaving the concrete foot path and keeping the viewpoint directly behind you. This walk continues through forest for about 60m, to veer right at a open gravel clearing[68] (with vandalized timber post). Then this walk continues, undulating along a forest[69] covered ridge (ignoring side tracks) and passing vandalized timber posts[70] for about 700m, until coming to a three-way intersection[71][72][73], with a faint track (into grassland[74] on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection[75][76], this walk follows the track gently downhill, while initially keeping the faint track[77] (into grassland) on your left. This walk continues through forest (passing a leaf symbol post[78]) for about 100m, until coming down timber steps and coming to a four-way intersection[79][80], with Crown St and The Shores Way.

(2.06 km) Int of The Shores Way AND Crown St to The Car Park (off The Shores Way, Green Point)
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 322 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -29 m
Turn right: From the corner of The Shores Way and Crown Street, [81], this walk follows The Shores Way moderately steeply downhill, while initially keeping the timber steps and 'Lake Macquarie' sign[82] on the right. This walk continues (passing The Capstan and The Mainsail streets) for 250m, to turn left into the Green Point Foreshore Reserve car park[83]. Then this walk continues gently downhill for 90m, until coming to the toilet block[84][85].

Catch the bus from The Car Park (off The Shores Way, Green Point)
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from The Car Park (off The Shores Way, Green Point)
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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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Camping Country 401 Pacific Hwy, Belmont North (02) 4945 1555 2.1 km
Camping World Cnr Hillsborough & Macquarie Rds, Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 7.1 km
Camping World 3/ 276 Macquarie Rd , Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 7.9 km
East Lake Refrigeration 511 Lake Rd , Argenton (02) 4958 6255 10.5 km
Wallsend Army Disposal Store Cnr Tyrrell & Council Sts, Wallsend (02) 4951 5725 14.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to The Lookout Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from The Lookout Circuit
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1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 9 km (to the NNE)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
9 km (to the NNE)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 15 km (to the NW)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 17 km (to the NW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 43 km (to the SSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Hunter 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.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu21°|25°Possible shower.
Fri20°|30°Becoming windy. Partly cloudy.
Sat19°|24°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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