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Awabakal Coastal Walk
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.4 km SE of Dudley
Length: 1.9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 1.9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lake Macquarie(LGA)
Climb: 21 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 21 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: One way
Track: Hard

This walk traverses the Awabakal Nature Reserve. Starting from Dudley in the north, this walk travels south through coastal heath and forest, until coming to Redhead. The vegetation throughout this walk is particularly attractive during the wildflower season of July to October. The side trip out to the Awabakal Viewpoint gives great views to the north along the coastline. A car shuffle would be ideal for this one-way walk. The walking tracks are a little overgrown, but if you like native forest and heath, or simply flowers, then this is the walk for you. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Awabakal Coastal Walk

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Awabakal Coastal Walk bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Awabakal Coastal Walk
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Awabakal Car Park (end of Ocean St, Dudley)
Int of Awabakal Walk & Lagoon Track
Int of Awabakal Walk & Lookout Track
Int of Awabakal Walk & Lookout Track
Starting point for this hiking track: Awabakal Car Park (end of Ocean St, Dudley)

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
 Wallsend 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-92323S 
 Swansea 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-92314N 
 Newcastle 1:100 000 Map Series 9232 
 Lake Macquarie 1:100 000 Map Series 9231 

Photo Gallery

 
Awabakal car park near Dudley in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Awabakal car park near Dudley in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Locked gate at the Awabakal Car Park near Dudley
 
Locked gate at the Awabakal Car Park near Dudley +
 
Metal gate and timber fence at the Awabakal car park in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Metal gate and timber fence at the Awabakal car park in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +

 
Narrow trail through forest near the Awabakal car park
 
Narrow trail through forest near the Awabakal car park +
 
Attractive forest near the Awabakal car park
 
Attractive forest near the Awabakal car park +
 
Open area with large tree and picnic table in Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Open area with large tree and picnic table in Awabakal Nature Reserve +

 
Tree and picnic table in Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Tree and picnic table in Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
A Picnic table and tree near the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
A Picnic table and tree near the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Uphill trail in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Uphill trail in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +

 
Sandy trail in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Sandy trail in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Sandy trail near the Awabakal Viewpoint
 
Sandy trail near the Awabakal Viewpoint +
 
Sandy trail near the Awabakal Viewpoint in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Sandy trail near the Awabakal Viewpoint in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +

 
Intersection near the Awabakal Viewpoint in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Intersection near the Awabakal Viewpoint in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Views from the Awabakal Viewpoint
 
Views from the Awabakal Viewpoint +
 
Sandy intersection near the Awabakal Viewpoint
 
Sandy intersection near the Awabakal Viewpoint +

 
Narrow track near the Awabakal Viewpoint
 
Narrow track near the Awabakal Viewpoint +
 
Narrow track in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Narrow track in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Track through forest on the Awabakal Coastal Walk
 
Track through forest on the Awabakal Coastal Walk +

 
Track through forest on the Awabakal Coastal Walk
 
Track through forest on the Awabakal Coastal Walk +
 
Views across the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Views across the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Intersection of track in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Intersection of track in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +

 
Sandy track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk
 
Sandy track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk +
 
Fringe Lilly on the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Fringe Lilly on the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Ant in sand on the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Ant in sand on the Awabakal Nature Reserve +

 
Views across the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Views across the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Overgrown track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Overgrown track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Vegetation on the Awabakal Coastal Walk
 
Vegetation on the Awabakal Coastal Walk +

 
Mountain Devil flower on the Awabakal Coastal Walk
 
Mountain Devil flower on the Awabakal Coastal Walk +
 
Ant on sand in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Ant on sand in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Sandy track through heath on the Awabakal Coastal Walk
 
Sandy track through heath on the Awabakal Coastal Walk +

 
Sandy track in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Sandy track in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Track through vegetation in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Track through vegetation in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk
 
Track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk +

 
Uphill sandy track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk
 
Uphill sandy track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk +
 
Views over heath in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Views over heath in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Sandy and eroded track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk
 
Sandy and eroded track on the Awabakal Coastal Walk +

 
Views on the Awabakal Coastal Walk in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Views on the Awabakal Coastal Walk in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Sandy track intersection near Redhead in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Sandy track intersection near Redhead in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Leafy track near Collier St in Redhead in the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Leafy track near Collier St in Redhead in the Awabakal Nature Reserve +

 
Looking at Collier St, Redhead from the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Looking at Collier St, Redhead from the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Collier St in Redhead near the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Collier St in Redhead near the Awabakal Nature Reserve +
 
Sign and track into the Awabakal Nature Reserve
 
Sign and track into the Awabakal Nature Reserve +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Awabakal Coastal Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Awabakal Coastal Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Awabakal Coastal Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Awabakal Coastal Walk 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 1.9km
Time 45 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
This whole walk, 1.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.6km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 320m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 1.8km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 140m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.9km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.9km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Awabakal Car Park (end of Ocean St, Dudley)
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 Awabakal Car Park (end of Ocean St, Dudley)
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|

Awabakal Nature Reserve Alt = 90 m
Awabakal Nature Reserve covers 227 hectares of coastal heath between Dudley and Redhead. The Awabakal Reserve contains a wide range of habitats including one of the largest remaining coastal heath communities, and also perched lagoons, creek catchments, dry and wet sclerophyll forest[1] and remnants of rainforest. This park was created in January 1978. The coastal viewpoints from the reserve are also great for whale watching, bird watching and wildflower[2] photography.
More info

Awabakal Car Park Alt = 90 m
The Awabakal car park[3] at the end of Ocean Street, Dudley is a good spot to start a walk within the Awabakal Nature Reserve. The car park[4] contains a turning circle[5] and is fenced amongst open forest[6]. No other facilities exist here. Please do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

(0 km) Awabakal Car Park (end of Ocean St, Dudley) to Int of Awabakal Walk & Viewpoint Track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 317 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -3 m
From the Awabakal car park[7][8] (end of Ocean St, Dudley), this walk passes around the locked metal gate[9] and follows the track gently downhill. The walk continues through native forest[10] for about 110m until coming to a three-way intersection[11], with a large stand-alone tree[12] and picnic table[13].
Turn right: From the intersection[14], this walk follows the track gently uphill[15], while leaving the stand-alone tree[16] directly behind you and keeping the ocean on your left. This walk continues, undulating through coastal vegetation for about 160m, until coming to a level three-way intersection[17] with a smaller track[18] on the right.

(0.32 km) Int of Awabakal Walk & Lookout Track to Awabakal Viewpoint
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 157 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -2 m
Veer left: From the intersection[19], this walk follows the wider track[20] gently uphill, while initially passing the narrower, overgrown track[21][22] on the right. This walk continues through attractive natural vegetation[23] for about 150m, to find the end of the wide track[24] and a number of small tracks[25] ahead. Then this walk follows the left-hand track for about 30m, until coming to the Awabakal Viewpoint[26].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Awabakal Viewpoint Alt = 89 m
The Awabakal Viewpoint[27] offers excellent views[28] out over the ocean from its elevated viewpoint. This viewpoint[29] is unfenced and care should therefore be taken. The views are paricular good to the north towards Newcastle. Please stay on the tracks already created to reduce the erosion of the cliff top.

(0.32 km) Int of Awabakal Walk & Lookout Track to Int of Awabakal Walk & Collier St, Redhead
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.6 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -47 m
Veer right: From the intersection[30][31], this walk follows the narrow and overgrown (but well defined) track[32][33], while leaving the wide track behind and keeping the ocean to your left. This walk continues on the overgrown track[34][35][36], undulating gently through attractive native forest and heath[37][38] (with occasional views across the landscape[39][40])(ignoring side tracks[41][42]) for about 1.6km, until coming out of the bush to Collier St[43], Redhead, with a 'No Pets Allowed' sign[44] (on the right).

Catch the bus from Int of Awabakal Walk & Collier St, Redhead
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 Int of Awabakal Walk & Collier St, Redhead
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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
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
Map Car Shuffle
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Aussie Disposal Newcastle 4/ 14 Northcott Drv, Kotara (02) 4965 5500 6.6 km
Kathmandu 6 Northcott Drv, Kotara (02) 4952 1233 6.7 km
Boots Great Outdoors 27 Lambton Rd , Broadmeadow (02) 4969 4655 7.9 km
Camping Country 401 Pacific Hwy, Belmont North (02) 4945 1555 6.8 km
Mountain Designs Cnr King & National Park Sts, Newcastle West (02) 4962 3311 8.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Awabakal Coastal Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Awabakal Coastal Walk
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1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 5 km (to the NW)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
5 km (to the NW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 21 km (to the WNW)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 22 km (to the WNW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 50 km (to the SSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Hunter 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
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A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Walker Feedback

Comments
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admin - Feedback Super Administrator | 2012-03-09 01:32:57
There where 4 comments left by the same person on 09/03/2012. It was clear that they did not enjoy the walk, but the feedback was not constructive and contained offensive language so I have removed them. I would love to hear any constructive feedback and ideas on things could be improved.
Thanks
Matt :)
Sue - Wonderful day made even better IP:101.175.165.xxx | 2015-08-02 07:06:02
We had beautiful, clear, and warm weather, and although the directions from the Redhead start were not that clear, we found the start point after asking a local. This is a magnificent walk, due to the views, the wonderful spring flowers starting to bloom and the fact that one feels as if one is miles from civilisation.
It is also super easy and the path was very well worn, so easy to follow.
Pete - Sunny Winter Walk IP:60.240.4.xxx | 2015-08-09 07:05:06
Headed to the walk from the northern Ocean Street point. The initial part is very well marked, and the view off the cliff is spectacular.

The way south seems very narrow compared to the initial part, so be aware of that. Heading south, there is a junction that allows left (South East) or right (South West) and currently the western trail is quite overgrown due to lack of use. The eastern trail however is narrow but very clear with rewarding views as you travel.

It is NOT a loop trail, but ends at the northern end of a quiet Redhead street.

Quite a bit of brush against the legs, so pants rather than shorts would be advised. The flowers were out, and while not a problem, there was definitely a lot of honey bees enjoying the flora along the trail.

I'd put the trail on the higher end of an easy trail. There is some sandy parts, exposed roots and gentle inclines. No wheelchairs or walkers, but otherwise not difficult.

The maps are really not much chop. I'd highly recommend checking out Google Earth or even maps.google.com before leaving just to have a better idea.

An excellent trail, and would recommend.
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