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.
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Cross sectional view 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
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.
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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.
Around 1.2km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 430m has directional signs at most intersection.
This whole walk, 1.6km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 1.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
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).
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End of Cromarty Hill Rd
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.
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.
End of Crackneck management trail
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.
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.
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.