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Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.8 km WNW of Wamberal
Length: 5.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 5.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Wyrrabalong National Park
Climb: 254 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 254 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 boulder strewn shoreline to the unnamed beach below Crackneck Lookout. Much of this walk is very exposed to the ocean and should not be attempted at high tide or during rough seas. Plenty of rock hopping over the boulders makes the walking harder but also makes the scenery more interesting. The shapes and textures in the rock, combined with the imposing hills and low cliffs of the coastline give quite dramatic scenery and atmosphere for the walk. (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 Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach
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Int of South Scenic Rd and Henrys Rd
Bottom of Henrys Rd beach access
Northern end of Forresters Beach
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of South Scenic Rd and Henrys Rd

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

 
Beach access
 
Beach access +
 
Looking across Forresters beach
 
Looking across Forresters beach +
 
Along Forresters beach
 
Along Forresters beach +

 
Northern end of Forresters beach
 
Northern end of Forresters beach +
 
Interesting rocks on Forresters Beach
 
Interesting rocks on Forresters Beach +
 
Imposing hill and rocky shoreline
 
Imposing hill and rocky shoreline +

 
Rock texture
 
Rock texture +
 
Shoreline scenery
 
Shoreline scenery +
 
Erosion art
 
Erosion art +

 
Mind the waves
 
Mind the waves +
 
Rusty old engine block
 
Rusty old engine block +
 
Not an easy path
 
Not an easy path +

 
Beautiful coastline views
 
Beautiful coastline views +
 
Rugged coastline
 
Rugged coastline +
 
Interesting texture and shapes
 
Interesting texture and shapes +

 
Plenty of boulder hopping along the way
 
Plenty of boulder hopping along the way +
 
Rounded rocks on Crackneck beach
 
Rounded rocks on Crackneck beach +
 
Rocky beach below Crackneck lookout
 
Rocky 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 Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Forresters 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.
Length 6km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
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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 No facilities provided (5/6)
*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 2.1km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 800m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
2km of this walk follows a rough unclear track and another 800m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (80m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 2.8km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 80m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 2km of this walk requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 880m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 2km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 880m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
2km of this walk has no facilities provided and another 800m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (80m) 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 Int of South Scenic Rd and Henrys Rd
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 Int of South Scenic Rd and Henrys Rd
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) Int of South Scenic Rd and Henrys Rd to Bottom of Henrys Rd beach access
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 80 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -18 m
From the top of the beach access track, this walk goes over the low gate and follows the management trail steeply down the hill. The walk passes a shower area, to the right, and continues a short distance down the boarded trail to Forresters Beach.

Forresters Beach Alt = 8 m
Forresters Beach is the name of a township and beach on the Central Coast of NSW. There are public toilets and a beach access path near the intersection of Crystal St and Kalakau Ave, and a beach access path near the bottom of Henrys Rd.

(0.08 km) Bottom of Henrys Rd beach access to Northern end of Forresters Beach
Track: Hard - beach
Length = 803 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -21 m
Turn left: From the bottom of the Henrys Rd beach access trail, this walk goes north along the beach, keeping the ocean to the right. After a while, the walk reaches the end of the sandy beach where the rocky shoreline starts.

(0.88 km) Northern end of Forresters Beach to Crackneck beach
Route: Hard - beach
Length = 2.02 km Time = 45 mins
Climb = 104 m Descent = -95 m
Continue straight: From the northern end of Forresters Beach, this walk follows the coast north, keeping the ocean to the right. The walk travels over the rocky, boulder-covered shoreline for quite a while, with a lot of rock-hopping involved. There is only a narrow strip between the water and the steep hills, to the left, and great care should be exercised. The imposing hills, interesting textures and shapes in the rocks, and the crashing waves all combine to provide fantastic scenery and atmosphere. A fair number of old engine blocks and other car parts are lying in the rocks, rusting away slowly. The walk eventually reaches the unnamed beach beneath Crackneck Lookout, covered in rounded fist-sized rocks. Note: This section of the walk may be impassible at high tide or during high seas.

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 Int of South Scenic Rd and Henrys Rd
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 South Scenic Rd and Henrys Rd
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)
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 8.1 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 10.8 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 12.3 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 11.6 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 11.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach
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3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 3 km (to the N)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 16 km (to the W)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 38 km (to the SW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
50 km (to the SW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 52 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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|26°Possible shower.
Fri18°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|25°Possible late shower.
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.

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