A great walk along the beach and rocky shoreline near Bateau Bay. The unnamed, rocky beach below Crackneck Lookout is a beautiful spot and there are plenty of interesting shapes and textures in the rocks and rockshelf along the way. There is a bit of rockhopping, but much less than when approaching 'Crackneck' beach from the south. Parts of the walk are very exposed to the ocean and should not be attempted at high tides or during high seas.
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This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
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 Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck 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.
1 hr 15 mins
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Rough unclear track (5/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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
Around 1.1km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 570m has short steep hills.
Quality of track
870m of this walk follows a rough unclear track and another 730m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (110m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 1.6km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 110m has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 1.2km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 470m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
710m of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety and another 530m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation). The remaining (470m) is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.
Around 1.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 110m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
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Catch the bus to Top of northern Bateau Bay Beach access steps
This unnamed picnic area and lookout is within Wyrrabalong National Park, at the intersection of Reserve Dr and Harbour St, Bateau Bay. The picnic area overlooks Bateau Bay and the beach. There are large grass areas, plenty of shade and facilities including picnic tables, garbage bins, and beach access steps. There are beautiful views along the coast and out to sea from the picnic area. There are free electric BBQs at Sutton Reserve, a block further south along Reserve Dr. Takeaway food is available at a small shopping centre near the intersection of Harbour St and Bateau Bay Rd, one block from the picnic area.
Top of northern Bateau Bay Beach access steps
Bottom of northern Bateau Bay Beach access track Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 108 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -6 m
From the intersection, this walk goes down the timber steps, towards the beach. The walk follows the boardwalk and timber steps down the hill until reaching Bateau Bay Beach.
Bottom of northern Bateau Bay Beach access track
Southern end of Bateau Bay Beach Track: Hard - beach
Length = 419 m
Time = 8 mins
Climb = 13 m
Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the bottom of the northern Bateau Bay Beach access stairs, this walk goes south along the beach, keeping the ocean to the left. Towards the southern end of the beach, the walk arrives at the base of some concrete steps, beside a concrete management trail. Turn left: From the bottom of the southern Bateau Bay Beach access track (beside the concrete management trail), this walk goes south across the sand, keeping the ocean to the left. After a very short distance, the walk arrives at the southern edge of Bateau Bay Beach, with a much narrower strip of sand continuing south.
Southern end of Bateau Bay Beach
Crackneck rockshelf Route: Hard - beach,bushtrack
Length = 712 m
Time = 13 mins
Climb = 18 m
Descent = -17 m
Continue straight: From the southern end of Bateau Bay Beach, this walk goes south, along the narrow strip of sand, keeping the ocean to the left. The walk passes a concrete stormwater outlet (to the right) and a short distance later reaches the end of the sandy strip, with some mangrove trees to the left. Continue straight: From the end of the narrow beach strip, this walk passes some mangrove trees, to the left, and follows the sandy track south, keeping the ocean to the left. After a short distance, the walk reaches the end of the sandy track, at the rockshelf.
Crackneck beach Route: Hard - beach
Length = 466 m
Time = 9 mins
Climb = 18 m
Descent = -15 m
Continue straight: From the end of the sandy track, the walk goes across the rockshelf, following the coastline south, keeping the ocean to the left. There are some interesting textures in the rock, with some regular, angular cracks in places, making for some intriguing scenery. The walk then goes around the headland and continues a short distance to the unnamed beach beneath Crackneck Lookout, covered in rounded fist-sized rocks.
Alt = 14 m
This unnamed beach is below Crackneck Lookout and can be reached with some difficulty by walking along the very rocky shoreline from Forresters Beach, to the south, or from Bateau Bay beach, to the north. The beach is covered in rounded rocks about the size of a fist.
Catch the bus from Top of northern Bateau Bay Beach access steps
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.
Wyrrabalong National ParkLink to official closures and fire bans page Wyrrabalong National park on the NSW Central Coast is divided into two main sections. The northern section sits between the South Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake (with the Central Coast Hwy cutting up the middle) south of Norah Head. The south section covers a coastal strip from Forresters Beach to Bateau Bay. The park is rich with great views, sandy beaches and the last significant coastal rainforest in the area. A great place for walking, swimming, fishing and relaxing. Region: Sydney & Surrounds Park feesCampingFacilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.