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Wyrrabalong Shoreline walk
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.9 km SSW of The Entrance
Length: 4.6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Wyrrabalong National Park
Climb: 183 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 183 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
Route: Hard

This walk runs along the shoreline from Bateau Bay to Forresters Beach, in the southern section of Wyrrabalong National Park. The walk is very exposed to the ocean and should not be done at high tide or during rough seas. Much of the shoreline is strewn with boulders, which makes the walking harder but makes the scenery more interesting. The shapes and textures of the boulders, combined with the steep hills and low cliffs of the coastline, plus the uninterrupted ocean views, combine to give quite dramatic scenery and atmosphere for the walk. Consider making a loop walk by returning on the Wyrrabalong Coast Walking Track. (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 Wyrrabalong Shoreline walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Wyrrabalong Shoreline walk
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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
Crackneck beach
Northern end of Forresters Beach
Bottom of Henrys Rd beach access
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 
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Photo Gallery

 
Picnic area above Bateau Bay beach
 
Picnic area above Bateau Bay beach +
 
Stunning views across Bateau Bay
 
Stunning views across Bateau Bay +
 
The stairs down to the beach
 
The stairs down to the beach +

 
Looking along Bateau Bay beach
 
Looking along Bateau Bay beach +
 
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 +
 
Rocky shoreline
 
Rocky shoreline +

 
Rocky beach below Crackneck lookout
 
Rocky beach below Crackneck lookout +
 
Rounded rocks on Crackneck beach
 
Rounded rocks on Crackneck beach +
 
Driftwood
 
Driftwood +

 
Plenty of boulder hopping along the way
 
Plenty of boulder hopping along the way +
 
Close to the waves
 
Close to the waves +
 
Interesting texture and shapes
 
Interesting texture and shapes +

 
Rugged coastline
 
Rugged coastline +
 
Great scenery along the coast of Wyrrabalong
 
Great scenery along the coast of Wyrrabalong +
 
Texture in the rock
 
Texture in the rock +

 
Jumbled boulders
 
Jumbled boulders +
 
Rusty old engine block
 
Rusty old engine block +
 
Not an easy path
 
Not an easy path +

 
Mind the waves
 
Mind the waves +
 
Erosion art
 
Erosion art +
 
Rock texture
 
Rock texture +

 
Northern end of Forresters beach
 
Northern end of Forresters beach +
 
Looking across Forresters beach
 
Looking across Forresters beach +
 
Beach access
 
Beach access +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Wyrrabalong Shoreline walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Wyrrabalong Shoreline walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wyrrabalong Shoreline walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Wyrrabalong Shoreline walk 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 4.6km
Time 2 hrs
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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
2.7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (800m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
2.9km of this walk follows a rough unclear track and another 1.5km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (190m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 4.4km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 190m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 2.5km of this walk requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.1km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
2.5km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation). The remaining (710m) is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
2km of this walk has no facilities provided and another 1.6km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). Whilst another 910m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and the remaining 80m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


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 Crackneck rockshelf
Route: Hard - beach,bushtrack
Length = 1.13 km Time = 21 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -29 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.
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.

(1.71 km) Crackneck beach to Bottom of Henrys Rd beach access
Route: Hard - beach
Length = 2.82 km Time = 1 Hr
Climb = 116 m Descent = -120 m
Continue straight: From the unnamed beach beneath Crackneck Lookout, this walk follows the coastline south, keeping the ocean to the left. The walk goes 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 right, 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 sandy, northern end of Forresters Beach. Note: This section of the walk may be impassible at high tide or during high seas.
Continue straight: From the northern end of Forresters Beach, this walk goes south along the beach, keeping the ocean to the left. After a while, the walk reaches the bottom of the Henrys Rd beach access trail, marked by a sign indicating dogs are allowed to the south but not to the north.

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.

(4.53 km) Bottom of Henrys Rd beach access to Int of South Scenic Rd and Henrys Rd
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 80 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From Forresters Beach, this walk passes the sign indicating dogs are allowed to the south but not to the north, and follows the management trail steeply up the hill. The walk goes up the boarded trail, passing a shower area to the left, and goes over the low gate to reach South Scenic Rd, near the intersection with Henrys Rd.

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
Map Car Shuffle
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
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)
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 Wyrrabalong Shoreline walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Wyrrabalong Shoreline walk
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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.

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