Awabakal Viewpoint Walk
Awabakal Country

20 min to 30 min

1 km
return

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Hard track
This short walk from the Awabakal car park out to the Awabakal Viewpoint offers a relaxing walk through native forest, with a quiet and secluded viewpoint at the end. The native heath throughout this walk is particularly attractive when in flower (July to October). Why not take a blanket and enjoy a picnic at the viewpoint? This short walk takes you to a lovely viewpoint through native forest and is recommended. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal 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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Awabakal car park near Dudley in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Locked gate at the Awabakal Car Park near Dudley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Metal gate and timber fence at the Awabakal car park in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Narrow trail through forest near the Awabakal car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Attractive forest near the Awabakal car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Open area with large tree and picnic table in Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Tree and picnic table in Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
A Picnic table and tree near the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Uphill trail in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy trail in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy trail near the Awabakal Viewpoint in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy trail near the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Intersection near the Awabakal Viewpoint in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy intersection near the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Narrow track near the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wide trail towards the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wide trail in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Attractive banksia flowers near Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
End of trail near the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Small sandy track near the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sandy track with views in the background at Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Views from the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Narrow sandy track near the Awabakal Viewpoint. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wide trail near the Awabakal Viewpoint in the Awabakal Nature Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
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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 (-32.9951837,151.7272733)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Highway, A43
  • Turn on to Oakdale Road then drive for 2.3 km
  • Turn left onto Redhead Road and drive for another 315 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Ocean Street and drive for another 1.6 km
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the Awabakal car park (end of Ocean St, Dudley), this walk passes around the locked metal gate and follows the track gently downhill. The walk continues through native forest for about 110m until coming to a three-way intersection, with a large stand-alone tree and picnic table.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track gently uphill, while leaving the stand-alone tree directly behind you and keeping the ocean on your left. This walk continues, undulating through coastal vegetation for about 160m, until coming to a level three-way intersection with a smaller track on the right.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 105 m find the "Awabakal Nature Reserve" (6 m on your right).
Awabakal Nature Reserve
Awabakal Nature Reserve

Awabakal Nature Reserve covers 227 hectares of coastal heath between Dudley and Redhead. The Awabakal Reserve contains a wide range of habitats including one of the largest remaining coastal heath communities, and also perched lagoons, creek catchments, dry and wet sclerophyll forest and remnants of rainforest. This park was created in January 1978. The coastal viewpoints from the reserve are also great for whale watching, bird watching and wildflower photography.
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Awabakal Nature Reserve covers 227 hectares of coastal heath between Dudley and Redhead. The Awabakal Reserve contains a wide range of habitats including one of the largest remaining coastal heath communities, and also perched lagoons, creek catchments, dry and wet sclerophyll forest and remnants of rainforest. This park was created in January 1978. The coastal viewpoints from the reserve are also great for whale watching, bird watching and wildflower photography.

Then find the "Awabakal Car Park" (5 m on your right).
Awabakal Car Park
Awabakal Car Park

The Awabakal car park at the end of Ocean Street, Dudley is a good spot to start a walk within the Awabakal Nature Reserve. The car park contains a turning circle and is fenced amongst open forest. No other facilities exist here. Please do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
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The Awabakal car park at the end of Ocean Street, Dudley is a good spot to start a walk within the Awabakal Nature Reserve. The car park contains a turning circle and is fenced amongst open forest. No other facilities exist here. Please do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

After another 40 m (at the intersection of Ocean Street Trail & Lagoon Trail) continue straight, to head along Ocean Street Trail.
After another 185 m veer left, to head along Ocean Street Trail.
After another 135 m turn left.
Continue another 30 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 500 m to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Awabakal Viewpoint".
Awabakal Viewpoint
Awabakal Viewpoint

The Awabakal Viewpoint offers excellent views out over the ocean from its elevated viewpoint. This viewpoint is unfenced and care should therefore be taken. The views are paricular good to the north towards Newcastle. Please stay on the tracks already created to reduce the erosion of the cliff top.
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The Awabakal Viewpoint offers excellent views out over the ocean from its elevated viewpoint. This viewpoint is unfenced and care should therefore be taken. The views are paricular good to the north towards Newcastle. Please stay on the tracks already created to reduce the erosion of the cliff top.

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Terrain
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Awabakal Viewpoint Walk


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 1 km
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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