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Campbell Drive to Snapper Point
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.3 km NE of Budgewoi
Length: 4.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Munmorah State Conservation Area
Climb: 135 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 135 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: One way
Route: Hard

This walk follows the Coast Track to Frazer Beach, along the Geebung and (overgrown) Grass Tree Tracks. From the northern end of Frazer Beach, the walk heads across the exposed rockshelf to Snapper Point Beach, then on to Snapper Point (consider tide and sea conditions before setting out). From Snapper Point, there are more great ocean views and a lookout which views a large sea cave. If you have extra time, the side trip to Wybung Head is worth the effort. A very diverse walk exploring many of the highlights in the park. (open in app)

This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Campbell Drive to Snapper Point

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Int of Geebung Track and Campbell Dr
Birdie Beach View
Int of Geebung Track and Wybung Head Rd
Upper end of Grass Tree Track
Wybung Head car park
Wybung Head clearing
Upper end of Grass Tree Track
Bongon Lagoon
Frazer Beach Picnic Area
Frazer Beach Camping Ground
Northern end of Frazer Beach
Snapper Point Beach
Snapper Point Beach Buoy
Life Buoy Sign
Life Buoy Sign
Starting point for this hiking track: Birdie Beach View

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Photo Gallery

 
Campbell Dr
 
Campbell Dr +
 
Gate on Campbell Dr
 
Gate on Campbell Dr +
 
Coast track sign near Int of Geebung Track and Campbell Dr
 
Coast track sign near Int of Geebung Track and Campbell Dr +

 
Geebung Track near Campbell Dr
 
Geebung Track near Campbell Dr +
 
Low heath on the Geebung Track
 
Low heath on the Geebung Track +
 
Boardwalk across the creek
 
Boardwalk across the creek +

 
Up the timber steps
 
Up the timber steps +
 
Timber edging on the Geebung Track
 
Timber edging on the Geebung Track +
 
Taller vegetation on the Geebung Track
 
Taller vegetation on the Geebung Track +

 
A section of the Geebung track more overgrown then most
 
A section of the Geebung track more overgrown then most +
 
Walking through the low heath on the Geebung Track
 
Walking through the low heath on the Geebung Track +
 
Thysanotus tuberosus (Common Fringe Lily)
 
Thysanotus tuberosus (Common Fringe Lily) +

 
Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil) on Geebung Track
 
Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil) on Geebung Track +
 
Wildflower
 
Wildflower +
 
A glimpse of Birdie Beach
 
A glimpse of Birdie Beach +

 
Wide vista from Geebung Track
 
Wide vista from Geebung Track +
 
Birdie Beach View
 
Birdie Beach View +
 
Birdie Beach View
 
Birdie Beach View +

 
Tall heath on the wide northern section of Geebung Track
 
Tall heath on the wide northern section of Geebung Track +
 
Ocean glimpse through the taller heath on Geebung Track
 
Ocean glimpse through the taller heath on Geebung Track +
 
Geebung Track
 
Geebung Track +

 
Ocean vew from the northern end of Geebung Track
 
Ocean vew from the northern end of Geebung Track +
 
Ocean Views from near Wybung Head Rd on the Geebung Track
 
Ocean Views from near Wybung Head Rd on the Geebung Track +
 
Clearing near Wybung Head Rd on the Geebung Track
 
Clearing near Wybung Head Rd on the Geebung Track +

 
gate at nt of Geebung Track and Wybung Head Dr
 
gate at nt of Geebung Track and Wybung Head Dr +
 
Wybung Head Dr
 
Wybung Head Dr +
 
view north from Wybung Head
 
view north from Wybung Head +

 
View south from Wybung Head
 
View south from Wybung Head +
 
Upper end of Grass Tree Track
 
Upper end of Grass Tree Track +
 
Upper end of Grass Tree Track
 
Upper end of Grass Tree Track +

 
Upper end of Grass Tree Track
 
Upper end of Grass Tree Track +
 
Over grown upper end of Grass Tree Track
 
Over grown upper end of Grass Tree Track +
 
View from Grass Tree Track
 
View from Grass Tree Track +

 
Overgrown track on Grass Tree Track
 
Overgrown track on Grass Tree Track +
 
A grass tree on the Grass Tree Track
 
A grass tree on the Grass Tree Track +
 
At the lower end of the Grass Tree Track
 
At the lower end of the Grass Tree Track +

 
View of ocean at the from the bush on Grass Tree track
 
View of ocean at the from the bush on Grass Tree track +
 
Fazer Beach and Bongon Lagoon
 
Fazer Beach and Bongon Lagoon +
 
Frazer Beach Picnic Area
 
Frazer Beach Picnic Area +

 
Welcome to Frazer Camping area
 
Welcome to Frazer Camping area +
 
Table with a view over snapper point
 
Table with a view over snapper point +
 
Track from Frazer camp area to norther end of Frazer Beach
 
Track from Frazer camp area to norther end of Frazer Beach +

 
Northern end of Frazer Beach
 
Northern end of Frazer Beach +
 
Looking south along Frazer Beach
 
Looking south along Frazer Beach +
 
Crossing the rocks at the northern end of Frazer Beach
 
Crossing the rocks at the northern end of Frazer Beach +

 
Looking south west from Snapper Point beach
 
Looking south west from Snapper Point beach +
 
Looking out from Snapper Point beach
 
Looking out from Snapper Point beach +
 
Some rubbish on Snapper Point beach
 
Some rubbish on Snapper Point beach +

 
Water on rocks at Snapper Point beach
 
Water on rocks at Snapper Point beach +
 
Life Bouy on the western side of Snapper Point
 
Life Bouy on the western side of Snapper Point +
 
View from Snapper Point
 
View from Snapper Point +

 
Snapper Point
 
Snapper Point +
 
Memorial at Snapper Point
 
Memorial at Snapper Point +
 
Snapper point
 
Snapper point +

 
Snapper Point Lookout
 
Snapper Point Lookout +
 
Sea Cave at Snapper Point
 
Sea Cave at Snapper Point +
 
Looking out to the ocean from Snapper Point Lookout
 
Looking out to the ocean from Snapper Point Lookout +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Campbell Drive to Snapper Point bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Campbell Drive to Snapper Point bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Campbell Drive to Snapper Point bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Campbell Drive to Snapper Point 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.
Length 4.2km
Time 1 hr 45 mins
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Grade 5/6

Route: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)
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
2.6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.3km has short steep hills. The remaining (340m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
2.8km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.2km follows a rough unclear track. Whilst another 100m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and the remaining 55m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
2.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 1.2km Has no directional signs. The remaining (540m) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
2.5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 740m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. Whilst another 540m requires no previous bushwalking experience and the remaining 480m requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
2.6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 840m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (480m) forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 3.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 640m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Int of Geebung Track and Campbell Dr
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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(0 km) Int of Geebung Track and Campbell Dr to Birdie Beach View
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.67 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 60 m Descent = -5 m
From Campbell Dr (800m east of the intersection with Blue Wren Dr)[1], this walk heads south around the locked gate[2], though a clearing then follows the 'Coast Track' sign[3] along the management trail. After about 350m, the management trail ends, and the walk crosses a small creek using a timber boardwalk[4]. The walk heads up a series of timber steps (where the track is now lined with timber) and across a small clearing[5], then back through tall dense heath for about 200m. Here, the track is no longer lined with timber edging[6], but is still clear as it soon bends left and heads up the wide ridge through the low heath, with great district views behind[7]. The track continues up the hill as Birdie Beach comes into view[8] (on the right) and, just after a significant left-hand bend, the track comes to the top of the hill with a great view down Birdie Beach (now behind)[9].

Birdie Beach View Alt = 65 m
Birdie Beach View is an informal lookout found on a sweeping bend[10] along the Geebung Track, north of Birdie Beach. The view south over Red Ochre Beach and along Birdie Beach is fantastic. Norah Head can be seen in the distance, past Bird Island. Since the re-vegetation of the track to Birdie Beach Lookout[11] this is the best point from which to enjoy the view. A great spot to enjoy the coast.

(1.67 km) Birdie Beach View to Int of Geebung Track and Wybung Head Rd
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 685 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 32 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From Birdie Beach View, this walk heads north directly away from Birdie Beach[12], following the wide track into the taller heath[13]. The track leads past a view down to an un-named bay[14] (on the right) and continues through the tall heath for a while. Not long before Wybung Head Rd, the track comes to a 'Y' intersection[15], this walk follows the right branch (however the left branch also goes to the same point), skirting around to a clearing[16]. The walk then heads around the locked gate[17] and comes to a turning area and car park on Wybung Head Rd[18] (120m south-west of Wybung Trig).

(2.35 km) Int of Geebung Track and Wybung Head Rd to Upper end of Grass Tree Track
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 54 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the car park and turning circle, this walk heads north-east (towards the ocean) along the road[19]. After 60m, just before the right-hand bend, this walk comes to an intersection with the faint 'Grass Tree Track' on the left[20], just as the heath becomes taller.

(2.41 km) Upper end of Grass Tree Track to Tip of Wybung Head
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - road,servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 793 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -74 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill, towards the ocean along Wybung Head Rd. Soon after passing a sweeping right-hand bend, the walk come to a car park and the end of Wybung Head Rd, signposted 'Wybung Head'[21].
Continue straight: From the locked gate at the car park[22] (at the end of Wybung Head Rd), this walk heads downhill along the management trail. The trail soon passes a track (on the left, that leads to the whale watching area), and continues downhill along the wide trail to find the grand ocean views[23]. The trail then bends left and passes along the top of an unfenced cliff[24]. As the trail flattens out, it passes a grassy clearing and ends on the narrow saddle[25], with views up and down the coast.
Continue straight: From the narrow saddle, this walk follows the narrower track towards the ocean along middle of the headland[26]. The track leads up a small rise and through some heath, to then suddenly open up at the top of an unfenced cliff and view across the ocean[27].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Wybung Head Alt = 25 m
Wybung Head is distinct headland found at the end of Wybung Head Rd, and provides great views up[28] and down[29] the coast. Wybung is a local Aboriginal word meaning 'Dangerous Sea'[30]. The narrow headland has sheer unfenced cliffs all around, and sweeping views of the ocean. There is no shade, or protection from the wind. A great spot to enjoy the pounding sea.

(2.41 km) Upper end of Grass Tree Track to Bongon Lagoon
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 737 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -89 m
Veer left: From the intersection (60m east of the turning area at the top of Geebung Trail[31]), this walk follows the faint Grass Tree track north over a small rise and through the dense vegetation[32]. Soon the vegetation become shorter and the distant ocean views return[33]. The track is flat for a while, then starts to head down the ridge. In places, the track is quiet eroded[34] and a few parallel tracks have formed (please try to follows the main track). As the track approaches the beach, it enters a forest of taller trees[35] and then leads to the sandy Frazer Beach, just at the bottom end of Bongon Lagoon (on the left)[36].

Frazer Beach Alt = 3 m
Frazer Beach is a 650m-wide sandy beach, facing south-east. The beach is a popular swimming area with a patrol service provided during Christmas, Easter and April School Holidays[37]. The back of the beach is home to Bongon Lagoon[38]. Up the hill near the road is a large car park[39], several picnic tables[40], an amenities block[41] (with shower[42] and toilets[43]), an emergency phone[44] and Frazer camping ground[45]. There is limited natural shade, but the beach is a interesting place to explore and relax.

(3.15 km) Bongon Lagoon to Frazer Beach Picnic Area
Sorry I am not sure of the rateing - bushtrack
Length = 125 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the beach, this walk heads inland across the sand, keeping Bongon Lagoon to the left. The walk soon tends right up to the lower car park, then continues uphill along the grass to the turning loop of Frazer Beach Road (on the left) and the picnic tables and shelter on the right[46].

(3.27 km) Frazer Beach Picnic Area to Frazer Beach Camping Ground
Sorry I am not sure of the rateing - bushtrack
Length = 180 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -1 m
Veer left: From the picnic area, this walk heads uphill across the grass, past to the upper car park, keeping the beach to the right. The walk then follows the road (passing the toilet block) through the scrub and soon comes to the signposted 'Frazer Beach Camping Area'[47].

Frazer camping ground Alt = m
A nice and quite campsite within a short walk of Bongon Lagoon, Fazer Beach and some nice sand dunes. A a nice base camp for those who like ocean fishing. Water is from a bore. Groups of more than 8 are required to fill in a group booking form which can be obtained through the booking office. Campsites are right next to the car park. A 100m walk to the amenities block with flush toilets and cold showers. There is also an emergency phone in front of the amenities block.

(3.45 km) Frazer Beach Camping Ground to Northern end of Frazer Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 73 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -9 m
Turn right: From the information sign[48] at the bottom of Frazer Beach Camping Area[49], this walk follows the concrete track down the hill towards the beach. The walk then heads down a timber stair case and along the sandy track[50], coming to the northern end of Frazer Beach.

(3.52 km) Northern end of Frazer Beach to Snapper Point Beach
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 374 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -9 m
Veer left: From the northern end of Frazer Beach, this walk crosses the sand to the rock platform at the water's edge[51]. This next section of the walk is only passable during low tide and low seas. Here, the walk follows the rock platform around the small headland for about 200m[52] (climbing too high, the rock becomes very steep). The platform[53] soon leads to the small Snapper Point Beach.

Snapper Point Beach Alt = 9 m
Snapper Point Beach is an informally named beach, just north of Frazer Beach and south of Snapper Point. The deep[54] south-west facing sandy beach has a rock platform either side[55][56]. Some rusted rubbish has washed up on the beach[57] but otherwise the beach feels remote and secluded. Access to the beach is possible along the rocky shore line, but only during low tides and low seas.

(3.9 km) Snapper Point Beach to Snapper Point Beach Buoy
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 105 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -4 m
Turn right: From the beach, this walk follows the rock shelf south, keeping the water to the right[58]. The rock shelf is only passable during low tide and low seas. The walk soon follows a short track to find an intersection marked with a red housing, holding a life buoy[59].

(4 km) Snapper Point Beach Buoy to Life Buoy Sign
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 104 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track through the grassy section up the hill(away from the beach), keeping the water to the right[60]. The track keeps back from the cliff and soon comes to a 'Life Buoys - 100m' arrow[61] pointing back down the hill.

(4.11 km) Life Buoy Sign to Snapper Point Memorial
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 34 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Life Buoys - 60m' arrow[62], keeping the ocean to the right. The rocky track soon leads to a concrete pillar and memorial to people who lost their lives here[63].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Snapper Point Memorial Alt = 18 m
Snapper Point is located north-east of Frazer Beach and is home to a memorial to 7 lives lost on this point in the ten years before 1979 (when the plaque was placed)[64]. Since then, three more names have been added to the memorial[65]. Please heed the warning and avoid your name appearing here. Snapper Point is a popular rock fishing spot, with a large flat platform providing great panoramic views of the ocean. A 'Life Buoy' sign[66] points to two nearby floatation aids if needed.

(4.11 km) Life Buoy Sign to Snapper Point car park
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 106 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the sign, this walk follows the wide management trail away from the face of the sign and the water, into the heath[67]. The trail soon leads around a locked gate to a car park at the end of Snapper Point Rd[68].

Snapper Point Cave Lookout Alt = 21 m
The Snapper Point Cave Lookout[69] is on the northern side of Snapper Point car park (at the end of Snapper Point Rd). The fenced lookout[70] enjoys views over a large inlet with a Frazer Blowhole and the large sea cave[71]. The cave was mined for pebbles during 1975/76[72]. Now protected as part of the State Conservation Area, the cave and this inlet stands as a monument to the struggle of power between the sea and the rocks.

Drive from Snapper Point car park
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Near by


Campsites in the park
Frazer camping ground
Freemans camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Lake Macquarie Kayaks & Camping Unit 1 61 Alliance Ave, Morisset (02) 4973 2028 14.9 km
Camping Country 401 Pacific Hwy, Belmont North (02) 4945 1555 19.8 km
Central Coast Canvas 33 Holloway Drv, Jilliby (02) 4353 9885 18.5 km
Wyong Warehouse & Camping World 59 Howarth St , Wyong (02) 4352 1501 19.1 km
Camping World Cnr Hillsborough & Macquarie Rds, Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 25.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Campbell Drive to Snapper Point.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from Campbell Drive to Snapper Point
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3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 24 km (to the SSW)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 27 km (to the NNE)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
27 km (to the NNE)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 29 km (to the NNW)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 32 km (to the NNW)

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 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
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Munmorah State Conservation Area Link to official closures and fire bans page
Munmorah State Conservation Area is a coastal park south of Catherine Hill Bay at the northern end of the NSW Central Coast. The park is blessed with some wonderful beaches popular with swimmers and surfers. You can stay overnight in either of the two well established campsites, both a short walk from the beach. The park puts on a wonderful wildflower in spring and summer each year. The park entrance gates are locked overnight and are open 5:30am to 9:00p.m during daylight savings period, 6:00am to 6:00pm outside of daylight savings time.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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Alan Monroe - November 2010 IP:125.254.75.xxx | 2010-11-25 22:54:01
The Grass Treet track is very overgrown and finding the entrance to it at the top is difficult (Small cairn only - push between the bushes!)

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