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Rockpool to Norah Head Lighthouse
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.6 km ESE of Toukley
Length: 2.6 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 2.6 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve
Climb: 60 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 60 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: Hard

A great, scenic walk along the shoreline at Norah Head, to the lighthouse with it's picturesque location and beautiful views. The walk along the beach and rockshelf is interesting, with lots of shapes and textures making the rockshelf interesting to explore. The Norah Head lighthouse is very picturesque and the views of the surrounding area from the lighthouse and lookout are fantastic. The very short sidetrip to the merchant mariners memorial adds some more interest. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Rockpool to Norah Head Lighthouse
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Map Scale 1 km
Boat ramp
Rock Pool
Northern end of Lighthouse Beach
Southern end of Lighthouse Beach
Bottom of Norah Head steps
Lighthouse Point lookout
Lighthouse
Cottage car park
Starting point for this hiking track: Boat ramp

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

 
Norah Head boat ramp
 
Norah Head boat ramp +
 
Beach and rockpool at Norah Head
 
Beach and rockpool at Norah Head +
 
The rockpool
 
The rockpool +

 
The track past the rockpool
 
The track past the rockpool +
 
Rockshelf near Lighthouse beach
 
Rockshelf near Lighthouse beach +
 
Lowtide
 
Lowtide +

 
Rusting away
 
Rusting away +
 
Looking along Lighthouse beach
 
Looking along Lighthouse beach +
 
Norah Head lighthouse in the distance
 
Norah Head lighthouse in the distance +

 
Walking on Lighthouse beach
 
Walking on Lighthouse beach +
 
Norah Head rockshelf
 
Norah Head rockshelf +
 
Interesting textures in the rock
 
Interesting textures in the rock +

 
Regular shapes in the rockshelf
 
Regular shapes in the rockshelf +
 
Rockshelf and lighhouse
 
Rockshelf and lighhouse +
 
Relaxing
 
Relaxing +

 
Steps at Norah Head
 
Steps at Norah Head +
 
Views from the lighthouse path
 
Views from the lighthouse path +
 
Lighthouse and signal flag pole
 
Lighthouse and signal flag pole +

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 Rockpool to Norah Head Lighthouse bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Rockpool to Norah Head Lighthouse bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Rockpool to Norah Head Lighthouse bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Rockpool to Norah Head Lighthouse 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 2.6km
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
1.2km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 75m is flat with no steps. The remaining (45m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
1.1km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 75m follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 75m follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 45m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
1.1km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 150m is clearly signposted. The remaining (45m) has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 1.1km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 150m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 850m of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 450m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
750m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 360m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (200m) 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 Boat ramp
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 Boat ramp
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) Boat ramp to Rock Pool
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 75 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -2 m
From the boat ramp at the bottom of Bald St, Norah Head, this walk follows the concrete footpath towards the rock pool, keeping the ocean to the left. After a short distance, the walk goes down the concrete ramp and continues along the beach a little to the steps at the bottom of the Bush St Rock Pool Path, just below the toilet block.

Norah Head Rock Pool Alt = 9 m
This tidal ocean pool is in Cabbage Tree Harbour at Norah Head. It is a beautiful, sheltered place to swim or to relax on the sand. There are public toilets nearby. More info

(0.08 km) Rock Pool to Southern end of Lighthouse Beach
Track: Hard - rockshelf,beach
Length = 746 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -16 m
Continue straight: From the bottom of the steps, just below the toilet block, this walk goes along the water's edge, keeping the ocean pool to the left. The walk crosses the rock shelf using some steps and metal handrails before going around the headland on a concrete footpath with metal handrail. The walk then drops down a few steps and crosses the next section of rock shelf, keeping the ocean to the left, before arriving at the northern end of Lighthouse Beach[1].
Continue straight: From the northern end of Lighthouse Beach[2], this walk follows the beach south, keeping the ocean to the left, until reaching the southern end of the beach.

Norah Head rockshelf Alt = 8 m
This rockshelf is at the tip of Norah Head, below the lighthouse. The general scenery in the area is beautiful and the rockshelves have a lot of interesting shapes and textures, making the area interesting to explore. The rockshelf can be reached from the nearby beaches or via steps from the lighthouse.

(0.82 km) Southern end of Lighthouse Beach to Bottom of Norah Head steps
Track: Hard - rockshelf
Length = 357 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the southern end of Lighthouse Beach[3], this walk goes south, onto the extensive rock platform beneath the lighthouse. After exploring the rock platform, the walk continues south, around the headland, keeping the ocean to the left, and arriving at the bottom of the wooden staircase leading up to the lighthouse.

(1.18 km) Bottom of Norah Head steps to Lighthouse Point lookout
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 44 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the bottom of the steps, this walk goes up the steps to the viewpoint at the top, near the lighthouse.

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.

(1.22 km) Lighthouse Point lookout to Lighthouse
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 77 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left : From the lookout point, this walk follows the footpath gently up the hill, to the gate beside the lookout.

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

(1.3 km) Lighthouse to Merchant Mariners memorial lookout
Optional sidetrip: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 217 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the gate beside the lighthouse, this walk folllows the footpath gently up the hill, leaving the lighthouse to the right. The footpath continues past the cottages, on the right, to the car park beside the cottages.
Continue straight: From the corner of the cottage yard, this walk follows the footpath away from the lighthouse, keeping the car park and driveway to the right. The walk passes an information board, to the left, then arrives at the merchant navy memorial 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 [7]. 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.

Catch the bus from Boat ramp
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 Boat ramp
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 13.2 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 14.1 km
Central Coast Canvas 33 Holloway Drv, Jilliby (02) 4353 9885 15.6 km
Lake Macquarie Kayaks & Camping Unit 1 61 Alliance Ave, Morisset (02) 4973 2028 20.3 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 24.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Rockpool to Norah Head Lighthouse.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Rockpool to Norah Head Lighthouse
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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 37 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
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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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