Rockpool to Norah Head Lighthouse
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

50 min to 1 h

2.5 km
return

↑ 39 m
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Hard track
A great, scenic walk along the shoreline at Norah Head, to the lighthouse with it's picturesque location and beautiful views. The walk along the beach and rockshelf is interesting, with lots of shapes and textures making the rockshelf interesting to explore. The Norah Head lighthouse is very picturesque and the views of the surrounding area from the lighthouse and lookout are fantastic. The very short sidetrip to the merchant mariners memorial adds some more interest. 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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Norah Head boat ramp. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beach and rockpool at Norah Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The rockpool. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The track past the rockpool. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rockshelf near Lighthouse beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lowtide. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rusting away. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking along Lighthouse beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Norah Head lighthouse in the distance. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking on Lighthouse beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Norah Head rockshelf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Interesting textures in the rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Regular shapes in the rockshelf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rockshelf and lighhouse. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Relaxing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps at Norah Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views from the lighthouse path. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lighthouse and signal flag pole. | 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 (-33.279242,151.5686387)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Sparks Road, B70
  • Turn on to Wallarah Road, B70 then drive for 750 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Wallarah Road, B70 and drive for another 3.6 km
  • Turn right onto Tamar Avenue and drive for another 245 m
  • Turn right onto Dunleigh Street and drive for another 800 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Crossingham Street and drive for another 780 m
  • Turn right onto Evans Road and drive for another 660 m
  • Turn left onto Oleander Street and drive for another 820 m
  • Turn right onto Wilfred Barrett Drive, A49 and drive for another 140 m
  • Turn left onto Denison Street and drive for another 540 m
  • Turn right onto Bungary Road and drive for another 810 m
  • Turn left onto Maitland Street and drive for another 115 m
  • Turn left onto Bald Street and drive for another 135 m
  • Turn slight left and drive for another 1 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the boat ramp at the bottom of Bald St, Norah Head, this walk follows the concrete footpath towards the rock pool, keeping the ocean to the left. After a short distance, the walk goes down the concrete ramp and continues along the beach a little to the steps at the bottom of the Bush St Rock Pool Path, just below the toilet block.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a car park (about 4 m back from the start).
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 20 m find the "Norah Head Rock Pool" (8 m on your left).
Norah Head Rock Pool
Norah Head Rock Pool

This tidal ocean pool is in Cabbage Tree Harbour at Norah Head. It is a beautiful, sheltered place to swim or to relax on the sand. There are public toilets nearby.
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This tidal ocean pool is in Cabbage Tree Harbour at Norah Head. It is a beautiful, sheltered place to swim or to relax on the sand. There are public toilets nearby.

After another 8 m pass the water tap (8 m on your right).
Then pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 750 m come to the "Norah Head rockshelf".
Norah Head rockshelf
Norah Head rockshelf

This rockshelf is at the tip of Norah Head, below the lighthouse. The general scenery in the area is beautiful and the rockshelves have a lot of interesting shapes and textures, making the area interesting to explore. The rockshelf can be reached from the nearby beaches or via steps from the lighthouse.
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This rockshelf is at the tip of Norah Head, below the lighthouse. The general scenery in the area is beautiful and the rockshelves have a lot of interesting shapes and textures, making the area interesting to explore. The rockshelf can be reached from the nearby beaches or via steps from the lighthouse.

After another 280 m head up the steps (about 45 m long)
After another 15 m find the "Norah Head Lighthouse Point lookout" (on your right).
Norah Head Lighthouse Point lookout
Norah Head Lighthouse Point lookout

This lookout, on the point of Norah Head, near the lighthouse, has amazing views in all directions, up and down the coastline, across the rockshelves and beaches below, and of the lighthouse itself.
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This lookout, on the point of Norah Head, near the lighthouse, has amazing views in all directions, up and down the coastline, across the rockshelves and beaches below, and of the lighthouse itself.

After another 60 m come to "Norah Head Lighthouse".
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Merchant Mariners memorial lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.2 km to get back to the start.
"Norah Head Lighthouse".
Norah Head Lighthouse
Norah Head Lighthouse

The lighthouse was established in 1903 and was converted from a kerosene burner to mains electricity power in 1961. Tours of the lighthouse are available on weekends , every half hour between 10am and 1:30pm .
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The lighthouse was established in 1903 and was converted from a kerosene burner to mains electricity power in 1961. Tours of the lighthouse are available on weekends , every half hour between 10am and 1:30pm .

About 125 m past the end is a seat.

An optional side trip to Merchant Mariners memorial lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 45 m find the "Norah Head Lighthouse" (on your right).
Norah Head Lighthouse
Norah Head Lighthouse

The lighthouse was established in 1903 and was converted from a kerosene burner to mains electricity power in 1961. Tours of the lighthouse are available on weekends , every half hour between 10am and 1:30pm .
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The lighthouse was established in 1903 and was converted from a kerosene burner to mains electricity power in 1961. Tours of the lighthouse are available on weekends , every half hour between 10am and 1:30pm .

After another 80 m find the "Lighthouse cottages and weddings" (on your right).
Lighthouse cottages and weddings
Lighthouse cottages and weddings

The cottages at the Norah Head Lighthouse can be booked as accommodation (ph: 1300 132 975) and the Lighthouse grounds can be booked for weddings (ph: (02) 4396 4102).
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The cottages at the Norah Head Lighthouse can be booked as accommodation (ph: 1300 132 975) and the Lighthouse grounds can be booked for weddings (ph: (02) 4396 4102).

After another 15 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 65 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 7 m turn left.
About 25 m past the end is a car park.
The end.
"Merchant Mariners memorial and lookout".
Merchant Mariners memorial and lookout
Merchant Mariners memorial and lookout

This memorial and lookout point commemorates the loss of lives in the merchant navy, during times of war, primarily WWII . There are several plaques with details of the ships and number of lives lost. The stunning views from the lookout take in the nearby Norah Head lighthouse and much of the coastline to the south.
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This memorial and lookout point commemorates the loss of lives in the merchant navy, during times of war, primarily WWII . There are several plaques with details of the ships and number of lives lost. The stunning views from the lookout take in the nearby Norah Head lighthouse and much of the coastline to the south.

A viewpoint.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 215 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Rockpool to Norah Head Lighthouse


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 2.5 km
Time 50 min to 1 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 100 m from the start.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 920 m apart with the largest gap of 1.4 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
100 m[toilet]
Building
1.2 kmLighthouse cottages and weddings
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