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Freemans camping area to Birdie Beach
Time: 25 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5 km NE of Budgewoi
Length: 1.2 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.2 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Munmorah State Conservation Area
Climb: 12 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 12 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

A short walk to access the beach from Freemans camping area. This easy walk takes campers along a wide path to Birdie Beach car park, then to Birdie Beach. The campsite is far enough back from the beach to be protected from the sea breeze, so this walk saves the longer trip via the road. Further north on Birdie Beach is Red Ochre Beach (a nude beach) and also Birdie Lagoon. Birdie Beach is not patrolled. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Freemans camping area to Birdie Beach

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Freemans camping area to Birdie Beach
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Freemans camping ground
Birdie Beach car park bridge
Int of Red Ochre and Birdie Beach tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Freemans camping ground

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
 Catherine Hill Bay 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-92314S 
 Lake Macquarie 1:100 000 Map Series 9231 

Photo Gallery

 
Flat grassy area
 
Flat grassy area +
 
Welcome to Freemans Camping area
 
Welcome to Freemans Camping area +
 
Central area with toilet block
 
Central area with toilet block +

 
Looking back to campsite from beach track
 
Looking back to campsite from beach track +
 
Access to Birdie Beach
 
Access to Birdie Beach +
 
Sealed track between Freemans Camping area and Birdie Beach carpark
 
Sealed track between Freemans Camping area and Birdie Beach carpark +

 
Tall heath beside path
 
Tall heath beside path +
 
Freemans Camp path leading to Birdie Beach carpark
 
Freemans Camp path leading to Birdie Beach carpark +
 
Bridge at Car park
 
Bridge at Car park +

 
Birdie Beach car park
 
Birdie Beach car park +
 
Most northern access track for Birdie Beach
 
Most northern access track for Birdie Beach +
 
Looking to car park from Birdie Beach access track
 
Looking to car park from Birdie Beach access track +

 
Beach access track
 
Beach access track +
 
Northern end of Birdie Beach
 
Northern end of Birdie Beach +
 
Looking across dune on Birdie Beach
 
Looking across dune on Birdie Beach +

 
Looking to the far northern end of Birdie Beach
 
Looking to the far northern end of Birdie Beach +
 
Looking south along Birdie Beach
 
Looking south along Birdie Beach +
 
Walking back over the dune to access track
 
Walking back over the dune to access track +

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 Freemans camping area to Birdie Beach bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Freemans camping area to Birdie Beach bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Freemans camping area to Birdie Beach bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Freemans camping area to Birdie Beach 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 1.2km
Time 25 mins
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Grade 2/6

Walk: Easy
AS 2156.1 Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
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, 600m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 410m of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 200m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 600m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 600m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 600m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 600m 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 Freemans camping ground
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
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|

Freemans camping ground Alt = m
A well establish campsite. There are 8 caravan sites and 28 tent based camping sites. Groups of more than 8 are required to fill in a group booking form which can be obtained through the booking office. There is a short walk along a footpath to Birdie Beach. The campsite is flat and in an open area, reasonably well protected from the sea breeze. There is some but limited shaded area. The amenities block and cooking shelter are in great condition and provide good facilities. There is an emergency only phone near the amenities block.

(0 km) Freemans camping ground to Birdie Beach car park bridge
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 405 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -7 m
From speed hump on the Men's side of the toilet block in Freemans Camping Ground[1], this walk follows the 'Birdie Beach Access' sign[2]. The walk follows the sealed path (old road) through the tall heath[3], passing a couple of glimpses of Red Ochre Beach[4] (on the left) before coming to timber foot bridge[5] in the middle of Birdie Beach car park.

Birdie Beach car park Alt = 5 m
Birdie Beach car park is a large parking area at the end of Birdie Beach Road. The are a few small grassy clearings, as well as garbage and recycling bins. Three tracks lead to Birdie Beach and another path leads to Freemans camping ground. There is a toilet[6] and hand washing basin[7] near the start of the car park, as well as a large information sign[8]. There is parking[9] and toilet facilities[10][11] for people with disabilities.

(0.41 km) Birdie Beach car park bridge to North Birdie Beach
Walk: Easy - footpath,bushtrack
Length = 195 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the bridge[12], this walk heads to the very end of the car park[13], then turns right to find the beach access track[14]. The walk follows this track a short distance, passing a 'Vehicles fire & camping prohibited on beaches' sign[15]. The track soon comes to a 'Y' intersection marked with a sign pointing to 'Unclad Bathing 150m'[16].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill along the timbered track and over the rise, in the opposite direction to the 'Unclad Bathing 150m' sign[17] (directly away from the car park). The sandy track then leads to another 'Unclad Bathing 150m' sign[18] (pointing left), then comes to the northern end of Birdie Beach[19].

Birdie Beach Alt = 1 m
Birdie Beach is a several kilometre long beach stretching from Budgewoi in the south to near Wybung Head in the north[20]. The sandy beach faces south-east and Bird Island is found about 1.5km from the shore. There are several access points along this beach. The beach is not patrolled.

Drive from Freemans camping ground
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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


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 15.5 km
Central Coast Canvas 33 Holloway Drv, Jilliby (02) 4353 9885 18.6 km
Camping Country 401 Pacific Hwy, Belmont North (02) 4945 1555 20.4 km
Wyong Warehouse & Camping World 59 Howarth St , Wyong (02) 4352 1501 18.9 km
Camping World Cnr Hillsborough & Macquarie Rds, Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 26.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Freemans camping area to Birdie Beach.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Freemans camping area to Birdie Beach
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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 28 km (to the NNE)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
28 km (to the NNE)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 30 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 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 )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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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