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Stephenson Rd to Crackneck Lookout
Time: 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.7 km SSW of The Entrance
Length: 0.6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 0.6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Wyrrabalong National Park
Climb: 17 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 17 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: Moderate

A great short walk through some beautiful coastal forest, with some brilliant coastal views along the way. Crackneck Lookout, at the end of the walk, is a great spot for a picnic lunch, enjoying the views and atmosphere of this part of Wyrrabalong National Park. If you are doing this as a return walk, the alternative exit to Stephenson Rd, through some beautiful forest scenery, is a nice way to finish. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Stephenson Rd to Crackneck Lookout

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Stephenson Rd to Crackneck Lookout
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End of Stephenson Rd
Int of Coast Track and southern Stephenson Rd access track
Int of Coast Track and northern Stephenson Rd access track
Int of Coast Track and northern Stephenson Rd access track
End of Crackneck management trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Coast Track and southern Stephenson Rd access track

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)

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Photo Gallery

 
The end of Stephenson Rd
 
The end of Stephenson Rd +
 
Water tanks near Stephenson Rd
 
Water tanks near Stephenson Rd +
 
Track junction
 
Track junction +

 
Sandy tack through the heath
 
Sandy tack through the heath +
 
Grasstrees and flannel flowers
 
Grasstrees and flannel flowers +
 
Sandy track
 
Sandy track +

 
Thick heath vegetation
 
Thick heath vegetation +
 
Through the forest
 
Through the forest +
 
Contorted branches
 
Contorted branches +

 
Endless coastline
 
Endless coastline +
 
Views from Crackneck
 
Views from Crackneck +
 
Crackneck lookout
 
Crackneck lookout +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Stephenson Rd to Crackneck Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Stephenson Rd to Crackneck Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Stephenson Rd to Crackneck Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Stephenson Rd to Crackneck Lookout 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 650m
Time 15 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
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
Around 620m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 25m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 400m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 240m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 370m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 270m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 650m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 650m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 370m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 270m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to End of Stephenson 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 End of Stephenson 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) End of Stephenson Rd to Int of Coast Track and southern Stephenson Rd access track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 132 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -1 m
From the end of Stephenson Rd, Bateau Bay, this walk passes around the gate and follows the management trail up the hill. The trail passes a house and then several large water tanks, to the left, before narrowing and going a short distance further to an intersection with a sandy track.

(0.13 km) Int of Coast Track and southern Stephenson Rd access track to Int of Coast Track and northern Stephenson Rd access track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 217 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -17 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sandy bush track north, keeping the ocean to the right. The track passes through lovely bush with plenty of grass trees for a short distance before reaching an intersection with another sandy bush track, to the left, marked with several wooden posts and a signpost (indicating walkers are permitted but no dogs or motorbikes).

(0.35 km) Int of Coast Track and northern Stephenson Rd access track to 14 Stephenson Rd
Alternate Exit: Track: Moderate - bushtrack ( Show detail)
Length = 213 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -6 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sandy bush track away from the ocean, past the wooden posts and track signpost. The walk meanders through a beautiful patch of forest and emerges at a vacant block at 14 Stephenson Rd, Bateau Bay. (End of the alternative exit track)

(0.35 km) Int of Coast Track and northern Stephenson Rd access track to Crackneck Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 297 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sandy bush track north, leaving the signpost behind on the left. After a very short distance, the walk arrives at a junction with the end of a sandy management trail, marked with some timber posts.
Veer left: From the junction at the end of the management trail, this walk follows the management trail north. Ignoring numerous side tracks (some of which lead to clifftop viewpoints), the walk continues along the trail for a while before passing a National Park information board, to the right, then passing around a gate and arriving at Crackneck Lookout.

Crackneck Lookout Alt = 98 m
This lookout, at the end of Hilltop St, Bateau Bay, has stunning views up and down the coastline, and out to sea. There are picnic tables and an information board about marine mammals. There is a hangliding launch spot beside the lookout.

Catch the bus from Crackneck Lookout
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 Crackneck Lookout
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

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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

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From the end of the walk

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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 9.9 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 12.1 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 10.9 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 13.7 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 13.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Stephenson Rd to Crackneck Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Stephenson Rd to Crackneck Lookout
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3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 2 km (to the NW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 18 km (to the WSW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 40 km (to the SW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 50 km (to the N)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
52 km (to the SW)

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 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
°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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