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Norah Head Nature Trail
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.7 km ESE of Toukley
Length: 2.2 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 2.2 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve
Climb: 65 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 65 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: Return
Track: Moderate

A beautiful walk with a great variety of scenery. The walk starts with some beautiful forest scenery, visits an interesting memorial to the merchant navy, wanders past the scenic Norah Head lighthouse with its stunning coastline views, and finishes with some exploration of the rockshelf below the lighthouse. On weekends, you even have the option to join a tour of the lighthouse. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Norah Head Nature Trail

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Norah Head Nature Trail
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Bush St Reserve car park
Headland Nature Trail trackhead
Int near headland lookout
Headland lookout
Int near headland lookout
Lighthouse car park
Merchant Mariners memorial lookout
Cottage car park
Lighthouse
Lighthouse Point lookout
Starting point for this hiking track: Bush St Reserve 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
 Toukley 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-92313N 
 Lake Macquarie 1:100 000 Map Series 9231 

Photo Gallery

 
Bush St reserve
 
Bush St reserve +
 
Views from the Bush St reserve
 
Views from the Bush St reserve +
 
Norah Head nature trail
 
Norah Head nature trail +

 
Surrounded by green
 
Surrounded by green +
 
Through the coastal forest
 
Through the coastal forest +
 
Lookout on the nature trail
 
Lookout on the nature trail +

 
Shady walking
 
Shady walking +
 
Narrow track and thick undergrowth
 
Narrow track and thick undergrowth +
 
Over the gully
 
Over the gully +

 
Lighthouse car park
 
Lighthouse car park +
 
Merchant Navy memorial
 
Merchant Navy memorial +
 
Merchant Navy memorial lookout
 
Merchant Navy memorial lookout +

 
Footpath to the lighthouse
 
Footpath to the lighthouse +
 
Views from the lighthouse path
 
Views from the lighthouse path +
 
Norah Head lighthouse
 
Norah Head lighthouse +

 
Views from Norah Head
 
Views from Norah Head +
 
Steps at Norah Head
 
Steps at Norah Head +
 
Norah Head rockshelf
 
Norah Head rockshelf +

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 Norah Head Nature Trail bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Norah Head Nature Trail bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Norah Head Nature Trail bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Norah Head Nature Trail 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 2.2km
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 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
490m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 380m is flat with no steps. The remaining (200m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
600m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 380m follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (95m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 630m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 450m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 1km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 45m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.1km 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.
Catch the bus to Bush St Reserve 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 Bush St Reserve 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|

(0 km) Bush St Reserve car park to Headland Nature Trail trackhead
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 93 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -1 m
From the car park at the Bush St Reserve, Norah Head (near the intersection with Young St), this walk goes past the toilet block and across the park to the information board and trackhead at the back corner of the park.

Bush St reserve Alt = 25 m
This picnic area is in Bush St, Norah Head, near the intersection with Young St. The reserve has parking, toilets, picnic tables and garbage bins. There are fantastic views along the coastline. The Headland Nature Trail starts here, and it also a short walk to the beach and ocean rockpool.

(0.09 km) Headland Nature Trail trackhead to Int near headland lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 156 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -5 m
Veer right: From the trackhead at the back of Bush St Reserve, this walk goes through the timber barricade, passing the 'Headland Nature Trail' sign and following the bush track. The track winds through the beautiful area of bush for a while before reaching an intersection with another bush track, close to a fenced lookout platform.

(0.25 km) Int near headland lookout to Headland lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 17 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk goes a very short distance along the bush track to the fenced lookout platform.

Headland lookout Alt = 20 m
This unnamed lookout is on the Headland Nature Trail at Norah Head and has excellent views along the coastline and out to sea. The lookout is on a small, fenced, wooden platform.

(0.27 km) Headland lookout to Lighthouse car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 384 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -2 m
Turn around: From the lookout platform, this walk goes a very short distance along the bush track to a 'Y' intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, taking the left fork, directly away from the nearby lookout platform. After a short distance, the track follows a 'Nature Trail' arrow to the left, ignoring a track to the right, and continues meandering through the bush. The track passes over a small timber bridge and bends to the right, continuing through the bush for some time and arriving at the end of the lighthouse car park.

(0.65 km) Lighthouse car park to Merchant Mariners memorial lookout
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 87 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the end of the car park, this walk crosses the car park, tending to the left, then crosses Bush St to the Merchant Mariners memorial and lookout. There are numerous plaques in the footpath and set in rocks at the memorial, providing information about merchant ships and lives lost during times of war.

Merchant Mariners memorial and lookout Alt = 23 m
This memorial and lookout point commemorates the loss of lives in the merchant navy, during times of war, primarily WWII [1]. There are several plaques with details of the ships and number of lives lost. The stunning views from the lookout take in the nearby Norah Head lighthouse and much of the coastline to the south.

(0.74 km) Merchant Mariners memorial lookout to Cottage car park
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 117 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -11 m
Turn sharp left: From the lookout, this walk follows the footpath towards the lighthouse, passing an information board, to the right, and keeping the driveway to the left. The walk soon arrives at the corner of the lighthouse cottage yard, beside the car park.

Lighthouse cottages and weddings Alt = 19 m
The cottages at the Norah Head Lighthouse can be booked as accommodation (ph: 1300 132 975[2]) and the Lighthouse grounds can be booked for weddings (ph: (02) 4396 4102[3]). More info

(0.85 km) Cottage car park to Lighthouse
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 100 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the corner of the cottage yard, this walk follows the footpath past the lighthouse cottages, to the left, to the gate beside the lighthouse.

Norah Head Lighthouse Alt = 18 m
The lighthouse was established in 1903 and was converted from a kerosene burner to mains electricity power in 1961[4]. Tours of the lighthouse are available on weekends [5], every half hour between 10am and 1:30pm [6]. More info

(0.95 km) Lighthouse to Lighthouse Point lookout
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 77 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the gate beside the lighthouse, this walk follows the footpath, gently down the hill, towards the ocean. The walk soon reaches a viewing point at the top of the beach access steps.

Norah Head Lighthouse Point lookout Alt = 13 m
This lookout, on the point of Norah Head, near the lighthouse, has amazing views in all directions, up and down the coastline, across the rockshelves and beaches below, and of the lighthouse itself.

(1.03 km) Lighthouse Point lookout to Bottom of Norah Head steps
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 44 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the top of the steps, this walk goes down the timber steps to the beach at the bottom.

Catch the bus from Bush St Reserve car park
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 Bush St Reserve car park
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)
Wyong Warehouse & Camping World 59 Howarth St , Wyong (02) 4352 1501 13.3 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 14.2 km
Central Coast Canvas 33 Holloway Drv, Jilliby (02) 4353 9885 15.7 km
Lake Macquarie Kayaks & Camping Unit 1 61 Alliance Ave, Morisset (02) 4973 2028 20.5 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 24.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Norah Head Nature Trail.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Norah Head Nature Trail
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3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 15 km (to the SW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 31 km (to the SW)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 37 km (to the NNE)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
37 km (to the NNE)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 38 km (to the N)

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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve is home to a small parcel of bushland and a lighthouse, north of The Entrance on the NSW Central Coast. The land and lighthouse is managed by the Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve Trust who was appointed by the NSW Minister for Lands in 2007. The trust maintains some walking track and the lighthouse. The lighthouse can be booked for overnight accommodation. The Lighthouse was opened on 15th November 1903 and is still in active use today.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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