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Caves Beach Caves Walk
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km SSE of Caves Beach
Length: 0.9 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.9 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Lake Macquarie(LGA)
Climb: 22 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 22 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

Caves Beach caves are just fabulous for exploring. This walk allows you to meander along the beach, looking and exploring in the many different sized and shaped caves. There are also good tidal pools to look in, making this a great walk for families. This walk requires low tide and calm sea conditions. Seek local advice before undertaking this walk. This is a must-do experience and a classic for the area. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Caves Beach Caves Walk
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Cafe Acquablu on Caves Beach
Base of timber steps on Caves Beach
Caves Beach Caves (first section)
Starting point for this hiking track: Cafe Acquablu on Caves Beach

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
 Swansea 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-92314N 
 Lake Macquarie 1:100 000 Map Series 9231 

Photo Gallery

 
Cafe at Caves Beach
 
Cafe at Caves Beach +
 
Lifesaver lookout at Caves Beach
 
Lifesaver lookout at Caves Beach +
 
Southern end of Caves Beach
 
Southern end of Caves Beach +

 
Timber steps up and out of Caves Beach
 
Timber steps up and out of Caves Beach +
 
Small creek at the southern end of Caves Beach
 
Small creek at the southern end of Caves Beach +
 
Caves Beach looking south at Caves Beach
 
Caves Beach looking south at Caves Beach +

 
Caves Beach looking north
 
Caves Beach looking north +
 
Man made feature on Caves Beach
 
Man made feature on Caves Beach +
 
Large dark cave on Caves Beach
 
Large dark cave on Caves Beach +

 
Low tide at Caves Beach
 
Low tide at Caves Beach +
 
Caves beach caves with Caves Beach beyond
 
Caves beach caves with Caves Beach beyond +
 
The view from Caves Beach Lookout
 
The view from Caves Beach Lookout +

 
Caves Beach caves
 
Caves Beach caves +
 
Rock pools at Caves Beach
 
Rock pools at Caves Beach +
 
Sandy beach with rocks at Caves Beach Caves
 
Sandy beach with rocks at Caves Beach Caves +

 
End of first section at Caves Beach Caves
 
End of first section at Caves Beach Caves +
 
End of first section at Caves Beach Caves
 
End of first section at Caves Beach Caves +
 
Large deep cave at Caves Beach Caves
 
Large deep cave at Caves Beach Caves +

 
From the inside of a cave at Caves Beach
 
From the inside of a cave at Caves Beach +
 
Attractive cloud at Caves Beach Caves
 
Attractive cloud at Caves Beach Caves +
 
Sandy beach outside Caves Beach Caves
 
Sandy beach outside Caves Beach Caves +

 
Rocks at Caves Beach Caves
 
Rocks at Caves Beach Caves +
 
Rock platforms at Caves Beach Caves
 
Rock platforms at Caves Beach Caves +
 
End of the second section of Caves Beach Caves with deep water beyond
 
End of the second section of Caves Beach Caves with deep water beyond +

 
Deep water beyond the end of the second section at Caves Beach Caves
 
Deep water beyond the end of the second section at Caves Beach Caves +
 
Rock pools at Caves Beach Caves
 
Rock pools at Caves Beach Caves +
 
Deep water at the end of the second section of Caves Beach Caves
 
Deep water at the end of the second section of Caves Beach Caves +

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 Caves Beach Caves Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Caves Beach Caves Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Caves Beach Caves Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Caves Beach Caves 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 900m
Time 30 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 Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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
This whole walk, 450m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 360m of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 95m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 360m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 95m has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 360m of this walk requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 95m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 360m of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 95m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 360m of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 95m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

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 Cafe Acquablu on Caves Beach
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 Cafe Acquablu on Caves Beach
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|

Stuart Chalmers Park Alt = 9 m
Named after a cancer victim[1], Stuart Chalmers Park is a well established park close to Caves Beach. Stuart Chalmers Park has toilets[2], car parking[3], water, sheltered electric barbeques[4] and picnic tables[5]. The park has easy access to Caves Beach, the cafe Acquablu[6] and the Caves Beach SLSC.

Caves Beach SLSC Alt = 8 m
The Swansea-Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club, south of Newcastle, was founded in 1929. The SLSC looks after Caves Beach, which runs from this southern end of the beach, for 300m to the northern Swansea (Hams) Beach. A road runs the length of the beach, with car parking along much of it. Though Caves Beach faces the south-east, it is afforded a moderate degree of wave protection by reefs in the centre and north and Spoon Rocks to the south-east. More info

(0 km) Cafe Acquablu on Caves Beach to Caves Beach Caves (first section)
Track: Hard - beach
Length = 356 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -8 m
From Cafe Acquablu[7], this walk leaves the concrete footpath and enters Caves Beach[8], turning to the right. This walk then follows the sandy beach, keeping the ocean on your left, and after about 80m, crosses a small creek[9] and comes to the bottom of timber steps[10].
Turn left: From the bottom of the timber steps on Caves Beach, this walk follows the beach while keeping the ocean on your left. This section of the walk is only accessible at low tide and calm seas, and is a particularly hazardous area. If unsure, seek local advice at Surf Life Saving Club. This walk passes many large and attractive caves (on your right) for about 280m, until coming to a narrower section of beach between rocks[11], at the next small headland.

Caves at Caves Beach Alt = 3 m
Caves Beach derives its name from the sea caves[12] in the headland at it's southern end. The caves[13] are only accessible at low tide. It is best to ask at the Caves Beach SLSC for local advice before attempting to visit the caves. The caves[14] are roughly broken into two halves, with somewhat easier access to the first section of caves, while access to the second section[15] (further to the south) is certainly restricted to low tide and light conditions. Allow time to return before the tide changes. These caves are pleasantly cool on a hot day and offer plenty of exploring potential. More info

(0.36 km) Caves Beach Caves (first section) to Caves Beach Caves (second section)
Track: Hard - beach
Length = 96 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the end of the first section of Caves Beach[16][17], this walk follows the beach (only at low tide, calm seas and with local advice), while keeping the ocean on your left. The walk continues for about 100m (wet feet are likely), passing more caves[18][19][20], until coming to a rock step[21] with deep water beyond[22].

Catch the bus from Cafe Acquablu on Caves Beach
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 Cafe Acquablu on Caves Beach
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
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)
Camping Country 401 Pacific Hwy, Belmont North (02) 4945 1555 9.6 km
Camping World Cnr Hillsborough & Macquarie Rds, Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 16 km
Camping World 3/ 276 Macquarie Rd , Warners Bay (02) 4956 6183 16.7 km
Lake Macquarie Kayaks & Camping Unit 1 61 Alliance Ave, Morisset (02) 4973 2028 16.1 km
East Lake Refrigeration 511 Lake Rd , Argenton (02) 4958 6255 19.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Caves Beach Caves Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Caves Beach Caves Walk
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1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 17 km (to the NNE)
5 CHN05 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN
Emergency use only
17 km (to the NNE)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 22 km (to the NW)
2 VMB4 Auzcom Communications Site 1 Sugarloaf Range Via NEWCASTLE 25 km (to the NNW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 35 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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