Freemans Camping Area to Birdie Beach
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

20 min to 25 min

1.2 km
return

↑ 8 m
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Easy track
A short walk to access the beach from Freemans Camping Area. This undemanding walk takes campers along a wide path to Birdie Beach car park, then to Birdie Beach. The campsite is far enough back from the beach to be protected from the sea breeze, so this walk saves the longer trip via the road. Further north on Birdie Beach is Red Ochre Beach (a nude beach) and also Birdie Lagoon. Birdie Beach is not patrolled. 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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Flat grassy area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Welcome to Freemans Camping area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Central area with toilet block. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking back to campsite from beach track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Access to Birdie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sealed track between Freemans Camping area and Birdie Beach carpark. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Tall heath beside path. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Freemans Camp path leading to Birdie Beach carpark. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Bridge at Car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Birdie Beach car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Most northern access track for Birdie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking to car park from Birdie Beach access track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Beach access track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Northern end of Birdie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking across dune on Birdie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking to the far northern end of Birdie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking south along Birdie Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking back over the dune to access track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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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 (-33.2011036,151.6037655)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Highway, A43
  • Turn on to Elizabeth Bay Drive then drive for 1.8 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Birdie Beach Drive and drive for another 2.2 km
  • Turn sharp left and drive for another 335 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 30 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 10 m
  • Turn slight left and drive for another 6 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From speed hump on the Men's side of the toilet block in Freemans Camping Ground, this walk follows the 'Birdie Beach Access' sign. The walk follows the sealed path (old road) through the tall heath, passing a couple of glimpses of Red Ochre Beach (on the left) before coming to timber foot bridge in the middle of Birdie Beach car park.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Freemans Camping Area at the start.
After another 25 m turn left.
There is a toilet (about 40 m back from the start).
After another 460 m continue straight.
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 25 m pass the toilet (100 m on your right).
Turn left.
After another 35 m turn right.
After another 25 m veer right.
Continue another 90 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 620 m to get back to the start.
About 50 m past the end is "Birdie Beach".
Birdie Beach
Birdie Beach

Birdie Beach is a several kilometre long beach stretching from Budgewoi in the south to near Wybung Head in the north. The sandy beach faces south-east and Bird Island is found about 1.5km from the shore. There are several access points along this beach. The beach is not patrolled.
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Birdie Beach is a several kilometre long beach stretching from Budgewoi in the south to near Wybung Head in the north. The sandy beach faces south-east and Bird Island is found about 1.5km from the shore. There are several access points along this beach. The beach is not patrolled.

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Terrain
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Freemans Camping Area to Birdie Beach


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 1.2 km
Time 20 min to 25 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 0 m from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 420 m apart with the largest gap of 770 m.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-16 m[toilet]
Camp site
0 mFreemans Camping Area
Toilet
480 m[toilet]
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