Check out the New Wildwalks site -- This site is no longer maintained and is just for archive

Home arrow Hiking near Sydney arrow Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach     

Bushwalking track notes, photographs, maps and more for Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach are found in each of the tabs below
Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach
Time: 1 hr 15 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.9 km SSW of The Entrance
Length: 3.4 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 3.4 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Wyrrabalong National Park
Climb: 99 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 99 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
Route: Hard

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. (open in app)

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.
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach
Problem loading PDF Try here
Map Controls - Show Contours | Hide Path | Hide Distances | Hide Names
Map Scale 500 meters
Top of northern Bateau Bay Beach access steps
Bottom of northern Bateau Bay Beach access track
Bottom of southern Bateau Bay Beach access track
Southern end of Bateau Bay Beach
Mangrove grove
Crackneck rockshelf
Starting point for this hiking track: Top of northern Bateau Bay Beach access steps

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
 Gosford 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91312S 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 

Photo Gallery

 
Views along Bateau Bay beach
 
Views along Bateau Bay beach +
 
The stairs down to the beach
 
The stairs down to the beach +
 
Stormwater outflow
 
Stormwater outflow +

 
Beach scenery
 
Beach scenery +
 
Nice rock edge along the beach
 
Nice rock edge along the beach +
 
Nice beach walking
 
Nice beach walking +

 
A small patch of Mangroves
 
A small patch of Mangroves +
 
Sandy track
 
Sandy track +
 
Shapes in the rock
 
Shapes in the rock +

 
Looking for waves
 
Looking for waves +
 
Texture and salt crust on the rocks
 
Texture and salt crust on the rocks +
 
Rockshelf
 
Rockshelf +

 
Narrow rocky shoreline
 
Narrow rocky shoreline +
 
On Crackneck beach
 
On Crackneck beach +
 
The beach below Crackneck lookout
 
The beach below Crackneck lookout +

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 Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach bushwalking track

Cross Section 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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach 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 3.4km
Time 1 hr 15 mins
.


Grade 5/6

Route: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
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
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.

Signs
Around 1.6km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 110m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 1.2km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 470m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
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.

Infrastructure
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).

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 Top of northern Bateau Bay Beach access steps
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 Top of northern Bateau Bay Beach access steps
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|

Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout Alt = 12 m
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.

(0 km) Top of northern Bateau Bay Beach access steps to 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[1].

(0.11 km) Bottom of northern Bateau Bay Beach access track to 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[2] 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[3] 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[4], with a much narrower strip of sand continuing south.

(0.53 km) Southern end of Bateau Bay Beach to 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.

(1.24 km) Crackneck rockshelf to 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.

Crackneck Beach 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
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 Top of northern Bateau Bay Beach access steps
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)
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 9.7 km
Wyong Warehouse & Camping World 59 Howarth St , Wyong (02) 4352 1501 12.1 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 11.1 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 12.8 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 14.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach
Click to re-center search
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 2 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 19 km (to the WSW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 41 km (to the SW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 49 km (to the N)
1 CHT01 Our Town Repeater Group 244 Pacific Highway CHARLESTOWN 51 km (to the NNE)

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

Wyrrabalong National Park Link 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 fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

Walker Feedback

Comments
Add NewSearch
Only registered users can write comments!
 
Loading the images not too much longer now :)


-server web1.wildwalks.com- Page was generated in 0.372693 seconds Copyright | Privacy | About us | Disclaimer | Contact Us | Sponsorship | Newsletter