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Wyrrabalong Lookout to Crackneck Lookout
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.5 km NNW of Wamberal
Length: 1.6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 1.6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Wyrrabalong National Park
Climb: 56 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 56 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

The fantastic scenic walk includes some of the highlights of the longer Wyrrabalong Coast Walking Track. The walk passes through a variety of beautiful forest landscapes, and there are excellent views of the coastline from many spots along the way, including the lookouts at the start and finish of the walk. You could also do this as a return walk to avoid a car shuttle. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Wyrrabalong Lookout to Crackneck Lookout
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End of Cromarty Hill Rd
Wyrrabalong Lookout
Int of Coast Track and southern 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: Wyrrabalong Lookout

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
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Photo Gallery

 
The end of Cromarty Hill Rd
 
The end of Cromarty Hill Rd +
 
Looking south along the coastline
 
Looking south along the coastline +
 
Trig point and communications tower
 
Trig point and communications tower +

 
Views from Wyrrabalong lookout
 
Views from Wyrrabalong lookout +
 
Steps
 
Steps +
 
Ocean glimpses
 
Ocean glimpses +

 
Nice forest walking
 
Nice forest walking +
 
Stunning views of the coastline
 
Stunning views of the coastline +
 
Thick forest
 
Thick forest +

 
Well formed tracks
 
Well formed tracks +
 
Walkway with amazing views
 
Walkway with amazing views +
 
Isopgen Anemonifolius (Broad-leaf Drumstick)
 
Isopgen Anemonifolius (Broad-leaf Drumstick) +

 
Grasstrees and flannel flowers
 
Grasstrees and flannel flowers +
 
Narrow track
 
Narrow track +
 
Through the coastal forest
 
Through the coastal forest +

 
Thick heath vegetation
 
Thick heath vegetation +
 
Contorted branches
 
Contorted branches +
 
Tall forest
 
Tall forest +

 
Views from Crackneck
 
Views from Crackneck +
 
Crackneck lookout
 
Crackneck lookout +
 
Picnic tables at Crackneck lookout
 
Picnic tables at Crackneck lookout +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Wyrrabalong Lookout to Crackneck Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Wyrrabalong Lookout to Crackneck Lookout bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Wyrrabalong Lookout to Crackneck Lookout 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 1.6km
Time 45 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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
920m of this walk has short steep hills and another 680m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (25m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 460m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 1.2km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 430m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.6km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 240m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to End of Cromarty Hill 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 Cromarty Hill 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 Cromarty Hill Rd to Wyrrabalong Lookout
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 191 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -7 m
From the end of Cromarty Hill Rd, this walk goes around the gate, passing the 'Wyrrabalong National Park' sign and following the management trail up the hill. The trail passes between the communications tower and satellite dish. There are great views back over Forresters Beach from the concrete platform on top of the building, next to the tower. The walk then heads across the open grassy area, passing a trig point (to the right) and arriving at the Wyrrabalong Lookout, with beautiful views along the coast and out to sea.

Wyrrabalong Lookout and Cromarty Hill Alt = 124 m
This lookout and picnic area is on Cromarty Hill, near the end of Cromarty Hill Rd, Forresters Beach. There are picnic tables and fantastic views from the lookout point, as well as the concrete roof platform beside the large communications tower. There is a hang gliding launch spot beside the lookout.

(0.19 km) Wyrrabalong Lookout to End of Crackneck management trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.17 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 32 m Descent = -62 m
Veer left: From the northern edge of Wyrrabalong Lookout, this walk follows the 'Coast Track' arrow, towards 'Crackneck Lookout', going down the wooden steps and keeping the ocean to the right. The walk goes down several sets of wooden steps, with occasional ocean views, before emerging briefly at a fenced viewpoint on the clifftops. The walk then passes through thick heath vegetation for a while before climbing a long set of metal stairs. From the top of the stairs, the walk runs along the top of a ridge with extensive views out to sea and inland, then passes a 'Coastal Heathlands' information board and arrives at an intersection with a sandy bush track, to the left.
Veer right: 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).
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.

(1.36 km) End of Crackneck management trail to Crackneck Lookout
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 272 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -6 m
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

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
Map Car Shuffle
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 9.1 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 11.6 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 11.5 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 13.2 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 12.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Wyrrabalong Lookout to Crackneck Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Wyrrabalong Lookout to Crackneck Lookout
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3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 3 km (to the NNW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 17 km (to the WSW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 39 km (to the SW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
51 km (to the SW)
6 NEW06 Gencom Site 1 Sugarloaf Range via NEWCASTLE 51 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.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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susie IP:121.217.246.xxx | 2011-10-23 00:24:15
Absolutely love walking this track, wish I could identify the flowers that are out now. There must be some clever person who could photograph and label the shrubs that are flowering each spring, and then add to this site?
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2011-10-24 00:48:36
susie wrote:
...There must be some clever person who could photograph and label the shrubs that are flowering each spring, and then add to this site?

Hi Susie
Glad you enjoyed the walk. We have started work on a flower identification page on the website, the flowers are great, and it is nice to be able to put names to them. No idea when I will get it finished an online though.
Matt :)
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