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Mackerel Beach Community
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
12.1 km NNE of Terrey Hills
Length: 1.4 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.4 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 38 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 38 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is NO car access to start or end of this walk There is a ferry stop near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This short walk is a great way to see the beautiful Mackerel Beach and community. After a short ferry ride from Palm Beach, the walk heads up the grassed streets of Mackerel, leading to the lagoon. The track is mainly sandy beach or grass stretches, with the area behind the lagoon winding through a bushland area to bring the track back to Mackerel Beach. This loop is a great short walk, and only a hop, skip and jump away from Palm Beach. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Mackerel Beach Community

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Mackerel Beach Community
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Mackerel Beach Wharf
Digger Crescent Bridge
Mackerel Beach Bush Fire Brigade Shed
Palm Trees North end of Mackerel Beach
Starting point for this hiking track: Mackerel Beach Wharf

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 
 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Mackerel Beach Wharf
 
Mackerel Beach Wharf +
 
Seat near Mackerel Wharf
 
Seat near Mackerel Wharf +
 
Mackerel Beach community
 
Mackerel Beach community +

 
Monash Ave
 
Monash Ave +
 
Mackerel Beach Bush Fire Brigade Shed
 
Mackerel Beach Bush Fire Brigade Shed +
 
Boat on Digger Cres
 
Boat on Digger Cres +

 
Sun through leaf
 
Sun through leaf +
 
Mackerel Beach
 
Mackerel Beach +
 
Mackerel Beach Wharf
 
Mackerel Beach Wharf +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Mackerel Beach Community bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mackerel Beach Community bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mackerel Beach Community bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mackerel Beach Community 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 45 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
800m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 360m has short steep hills. The remaining (230m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 810m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 580m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 810m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 580m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.4km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 940m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 450m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the ferry to Mackerel beach
Public transport (ferry) available to this Bushwalk Palm Beach Ferry service operates hourly from 9am to about 8pm - check their timetable for more info. The ferry starts at Palm Beach and goes via Bennett's, Bonnie Doon, The Basin, Currawong then Mackerel. Ph: 9974 2411 Please check with the ferry operator for latest info on services --> Timetable
Mackerel Beach Alt = 2 m
Mackerel Beach, also known as Great Mackerel Beach, is a 600m stretch of sand facing east over Pittwater. The beach is backed by a lagoon and a small community of houses. Mackerel Beach has a wharf with public ferry access. Mackerel Beach and its southern neighbour, Little Mackerel or Currawong Beach, were originally purchased for farming in 1823 by John Clarke. The land was then subdivided and more than a hundred houses were built, many of which still stand today.

(0 km) Mackerel Beach Wharf to Digger Crescent Bridge
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 361 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -1 m
From the wharf, this walk follows the tarmac pavement to the the corner beneath a large, yellow 'Submarine Cable' sign. The track then turns right, heading along a grassy pathway of Monash Ave. The walk continues along this for approximately 300m to a bridge.

(0.36 km) Digger Crescent Bridge to Mackerel Beach Bush Fire Brigade Shed
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 229 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the bridge, this walk crosses the bridge and leads along the grassy path of Diggers Crescent. The walk turns right after approximately 100m, then continues another 100m to a large shed, the 'Mackerel Beach Bush Fire Brigade' shed.

(0.59 km) Mackerel Beach Bush Fire Brigade Shed to Mackerel Beach Wharf
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 801 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -35 m
Continue straight: ****Warning: This section of track has been reported as overgrown and no longer passable**** From the shed, this walk passes along the left side of the shed, to a small grassy clearing near a lagoon. The walk travels alongside the lagoon for approximately 300m, tending right with the lagoon to open onto a sandy creek bed behind the beach. This walk then continues to the right side of the creek, to continue to the two palm trees on this end of Mackerel Beach. A boulder below the two trees is painted with a black arrow.
Turn right: From the arrow painted boulder, the walk heads along the beach, keeping the water to the left. After approximately 300m, the walk comes to the wharf in the middle of the beach.

Catch the ferry from Mackerel beach
Public transport (ferry) available from this Bushwalk Palm Beach Ferry service operates hourly from 9am to about 8pm - check their timetable for more info. From The Basin ferry wharf, the ferry heads back to Palm Beach. Ph: 9974 2411 Please check with the ferry operator for latest info on services --> Timetable

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

Catch a ferry to Mackerel beach
Palm Beach Ferry service operates hourly from 9am to about 8pm - check their timetable for more info. The ferry starts at Palm Beach and goes via Bennett's, Bonnie Doon, The Basin, Currawong then Mackerel. Ph: 9974 2411 Get Timetable
From the end of the walk

Catch a ferry to Palm Beach
Palm Beach Ferry service operates hourly from 9am to about 8pm - check their timetable for more info. From The Basin ferry wharf, the ferry heads back to Palm Beach. Ph: 9974 2411 Get Timetable


Near by


Campsites in the park
The Basin campground


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 7.7 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 15.7 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 16.3 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 18.5 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 18.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mackerel Beach Community.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mackerel Beach Community
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 15 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 17 km (to the N)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
25 km (to the SW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 28 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 42 km (to the WSW)

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      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
A largely untouched wilderness on the northern boundary of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP is one of Australia's oldest national parks. Here at the head of the Hawkesbury River, you'll find Aboriginal engravings and sites, as well as sandstone escarpments,
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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Anonymous IP:211.30.211.xxx | 2015-07-20 04:38:42
I couldn't find the path behind the fire brigade shed. I don't think it's passable any more.
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