Wyrrabalong Coast Walking Track
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

1 h 30 min to 3 h

3.8 km
oneway

↑ 165 m
↓ -59 m

Moderate track
An excellent walk in the southern section of Wyrrabalong National Park. This walk runs through a long thin strip of beautiful coastal forest, with fantastic views of the coastline from many vantage points along the way. The two main lookouts along the way, Crackneck and Wyrrabalong, have stunning views and would be great spots to stop for a picnic lunch. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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A bend in the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Thick undergrowth. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Picnic area at Bateau Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stunning views across Bateau Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coastal forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Narrow and shaded track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful spot to sit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Fun for the kids. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Palms. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Twisted trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crackneck lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Picnic tables at Crackneck lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Contorted branches. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandy track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Curves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Ocean views. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Isopgen Anemonifolius (Broad-leaf Drumstick). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walkway with amazing views. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Forest in Wyrrabalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stunning views of the coastline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wyrrabalong lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views from Wyrrabalong lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trig point at Cromarty Hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views over Forresters Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Moronga Street & Bateau Bay Road (-33.378098,151.4841148)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom The Entrance Road, A49
  • Turn on to Bateau Bay Road then drive for 1.7 km
  • Turn sharp right onto Moronga Street and drive for another 4 m
Finish (-33.4052587,151.4744964)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the entrance to the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort (at the intersection of Bateau Bay Rd and Moronga St, Bateau Bay), this walk follows the sandy track as it goes behind the wooden fence and runs alongside Bateau Bay Rd, keeping the road to the right. After a short distance the track swings away from the road and meanders through the trees for a short distance, passing an old concrete tank, to the left, and ignoring sidetracks to ocean viewpoints etc. The walk then turns right at an intersection near a viewpoint, looking over the caravan park. From here the walk follows the sandy bush track directly away fro the nearby caravan park, ignores a bush track to the left, and soon enters the picnic area and reaches an intersection beside the top of the wooden beach access steps.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Moronga Street & Bateau Bay Road Start heading along Bateau Bay Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 45 m turn left.
After another 315 m turn right.
After another 115 m continue straight.
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 65 m find the "Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout" (on your left).
Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout
Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout

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.
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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.

After another 15 m pass a seat (10 m on your left).
After another 175 m head into the park.
After another 70 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
After another 25 m find the "Southern Bateau Bay beach picnic area" (9 m on your right).
Southern Bateau Bay beach picnic area
Southern Bateau Bay beach picnic area

This picnic area, near the intersection of Reserve Dr and Rushby St, Bateau Bay, overlooks the southern end of Bateau Bay and the beach. The facilities include toilets, picnic tables, garbage bins and some slides for the kids. There are great views along the coast and out to sea. There is plenty of shade.
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This picnic area, near the intersection of Reserve Dr and Rushby St, Bateau Bay, overlooks the southern end of Bateau Bay and the beach. The facilities include toilets, picnic tables, garbage bins and some slides for the kids. There are great views along the coast and out to sea. There is plenty of shade.

After another 4 m continue straight.
After another 370 m veer left, to head along The Coast Track.
After another 115 m pass a seat (6 m on your left).
After another 135 m turn left, to head along The Coast Track.
After another 235 m veer left, to head along The Coast Track.
After another 400 m pass the picnic table (on your left).
After another 50 m pass a seat (on your left).
Then find the "Crackneck Lookout" (10 m on your left).
Crackneck Lookout
Crackneck Lookout

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.
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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.

After another 55 m pass the sign (on your left).
At the intersection of Hilltop Street & Coast Track turn left, to head along Coast Track.
After another 1.4 km find the "Wyrrabalong Lookout and Cromarty Hill" (on your left).
Wyrrabalong Lookout and Cromarty Hill
Wyrrabalong Lookout and Cromarty Hill

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.
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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.

After another 160 m come to the end.
A gate.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Wyrrabalong Coast Walking Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.8 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 870 m from the start.

Seat: There are 3 on route, on average they are 940 m apart with the largest gap of 1.5 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
870 m[toilet]
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