Hawke Head Drive to Box Head
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

1 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min

3.2 km
return

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Moderate track
This walk, from Hawke Head Drive, is the most direct route to Box Head. The walk explores Box Head headland and the many rocky outcrops on the way. There is great variation in the vegetation and a great variety in the views across the ocean and up into the mouth of Broken Bay. The cul-de-sac at the end of Hawke Head Drive has limited parking. 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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Car park next to gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Gate on car park at the end of Hawke Head Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Box Head Intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Rocky surface before track narrows on Box Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Spiders. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Box Head bushtrack under tree branch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Box Head and Barrenjoey in background. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track to Box Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Lion Island from Box Head bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track out to Box Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flowers). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Box Head lookout over Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Headland. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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Safer Bushwalks
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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 (-33.5342596,151.3471289)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom The Scenic Road
  • Turn on to Killcare Road then drive for 15 m
  • Turn left onto Nukara Avenue and drive for another 55 m
  • Turn slight right onto Nukara Avenue and drive for another 65 m
  • Turn slight left onto Hawke Head Drive and drive for another 1.8 km
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the car park, the walk follows the management trail past the 'Tallow Beach 900m' signpost. The walk soon passes around a gate and continues down the hill. The walk passes an unfenced cliff warning sign and (ignores) a track signpost ('Tallow Beach') before heading up the hill to the intersection, signposted 'Tallow' and 'Killcare'.
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Tallow' arrow along the management trail, going down the hill. The trail tends right for approximately 30m, to the signposted intersection for 'Box Head' and 'Tallow Beach'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 90 m head through/around the gate.
After another 95 m continue straight.
After another 60 m turn sharp right, to head along Tallow Beach Trail.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Hawke Head Drive & Tallow Beach Trail) turn left.
After another 680 m come to the viewpoint (10 m on your left).
Continue another 640 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.6 km to get back to the start.
"Box Head".
Box Head
Box Head

Box Head is the northern entrance to Broken Bay, and has panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, Lion Island and the rest of the bay. Box Head is an unfenced area with no other facilities. The track to the headland makes it reasonably accessible, with some great views along the way and stunning views from the point.
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Box Head is the northern entrance to Broken Bay, and has panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, Lion Island and the rest of the bay. Box Head is an unfenced area with no other facilities. The track to the headland makes it reasonably accessible, with some great views along the way and stunning views from the point.

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Hawke Head Drive to Box Head


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.2 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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)
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