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.
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Cross sectional view of the Mackerel Beach Community bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mackerel Beach Community 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
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.
Around 810m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 580m is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 1.4km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
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).
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Catch the 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 Please check with the ferry operator for latest info on services --> Timetable
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.
Mackerel Beach Wharf
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.
Digger Crescent Bridge
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.
Mackerel Beach Bush Fire Brigade Shed
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
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
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
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.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National ParkLink 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 feesCampingFacilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.