Haycock Point
Yuin Country

1 h 30 min to 2 h

5 km
return

↑ 112 m
↓ -112 m

Hard track
The walk to Haycock Point is a great one, with Barmouth Beach as an optional side trip, there is also an interesting arched rock formation and great panoramic views from Haycock Point. The walk passes through a few different vegetation types which splits the walk into sections, including open grassy plains and dense woody forests. Let us begin by acknowledging the Yuin people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
Show all
Barmouth Beach car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost at the intersection with Barmouth Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track behind Barmouth Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Barmouth Beach from Haycock Point track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track above Barmouth Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock arch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track east of rock arch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Dead flowers. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Clear view from an opening next to the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View along the coast towards Haycock Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost along the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track in open heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker along the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Echidna. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker through the bush on the headland. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arrow marker along the grassed headland. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Distant Range south of Haycock Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Long Beach from Haycock headland. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost to Haycock Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from track to Haycock Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rocks below Haycock headland. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Haycock Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track onto Haycock Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Haystack rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Downloads GPX PDF

+
-
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.
+
-
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-36.948191,149.9236654)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Princes Highway, A1 then drive for 1.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Princes Highway, A1 and drive for another 27.3 km
  • Turn right onto Princes Highway, A1 and drive for another 6.7 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Quondolo Street, A1 and drive for another 245 m
  • Turn slight right onto Bullara Street, A1 and drive for another 10.7 km
  • Turn left onto Haycock Road and drive for another 6 km
  • Turn left onto Barmouth Beach Track and drive for another 650 m
+
-
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, this walk heads down the hill, following the path made by the cut logs. The track soon comes to a signposted intersection.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Haycock Point Walking Track & Barmouth Beach Track) turn right, to head along Haycock Point Walking Track (a walking track).
After another 30 m pass the "Barmouth Beach Parking" (15 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Barmouth Beach. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Veer right, to head along Haycock Point Walking Track.
After another 140 m head down the 47 steps (about 35 m long)
After another 9 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
Then head up the 28 steps (about 20 m long)
After another 390 m find the "Arched rock lookout" (15 m on your left).
Arched rock lookout
Arched rock lookout

This is an informal, unnamed, and unfenced lookout, on the southern side of the headland forming the mouth of the Pambula River. The lookout is in Ben Boyd National Park and can be accessed by walking track to Haycock Point. There is a great view out to sea and up the coast as far as Merimbula. The view is memorable for the unusual rock arch, formed from the eroding force of the ocean.
+
-
This is an informal, unnamed, and unfenced lookout, on the southern side of the headland forming the mouth of the Pambula River. The lookout is in Ben Boyd National Park and can be accessed by walking track to Haycock Point. There is a great view out to sea and up the coast as far as Merimbula. The view is memorable for the unusual rock arch, formed from the eroding force of the ocean.

After another 530 m turn right, to head along Haycock Point Walking Track.
After another 75 m come to the viewpoint (10 m on your left).
After another 360 m veer left, to head along Haycock Point Walking Track.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Haycock Point Walking Track.
After another 65 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your left).
After another 500 m continue straight, to head along Haycock Point Walking Track.
After another 175 m veer left, to head along Haycock Point Walking Track.
After another 8 m continue straight, to head along Haycock Point Walking Track.
After another 15 m come to the viewpoint (25 m on your left).
After another 70 m head down the 29 surface|paved steps
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.5 km to get back to the start.
"Haycock Point".
Haycock Point
Haycock Point

Haycock Point, in the northern part of Ben Boyd National Park, provides a great vantage point across the red rock platform, out to sea and north up the rocky coast. An interesting dome-shaped rock, called Haystack Rock, is memorable for its unusual shape and also as a dive location. The SS Empire Gladstone struck rocks here in calm seas in 1950, after mistaking the lights of Merimbula for a lighthouse. Thankfully, no lives were lost and some cargo was recovered, but the wreck forms a popular dive spot today.
+
-
Haycock Point, in the northern part of Ben Boyd National Park, provides a great vantage point across the red rock platform, out to sea and north up the rocky coast. An interesting dome-shaped rock, called Haystack Rock, is memorable for its unusual shape and also as a dive location. The SS Empire Gladstone struck rocks here in calm seas in 1950, after mistaking the lights of Merimbula for a lighthouse. Thankfully, no lives were lost and some cargo was recovered, but the wreck forms a popular dive spot today.


An optional side trip to Barmouth Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 45 m head down the 100 steps (about 65 m long)
After another 25 m come to the end.
About 15 m past the end is "Barmouth Beach".
Barmouth Beach
Barmouth Beach

Barmouth Beach is in Ben Boyd National Park, at the mouth of Pambula River. The beach is opposite the township of Pambula Beach and can be access from inside the national park via a small track, not too far from Haycock Point. The beach is a small north-facing, yellow sand beach with no facilities (no Surf Life Saving patrols). The beach has some bright red rock platforms at either end that are worth exploring. Exploration is a part of Barmouth Beach's history, with George Bass escaping the winds, landing on the beach in 1797. He explored the area and named Barmouth River, today Pambula River.
+
-
Barmouth Beach is in Ben Boyd National Park, at the mouth of Pambula River. The beach is opposite the township of Pambula Beach and can be access from inside the national park via a small track, not too far from Haycock Point. The beach is a small north-facing, yellow sand beach with no facilities (no Surf Life Saving patrols). The beach has some bright red rock platforms at either end that are worth exploring. Exploration is a part of Barmouth Beach's history, with George Bass escaping the winds, landing on the beach in 1797. He explored the area and named Barmouth River, today Pambula River.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 135 m to the main route.
+
-
Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Haycock Point


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
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)
+
-
Articles
Discover more details to thrive on track
Get more information
Wildwalks
+
-
Reviews & Feedback
Share your experience
+
-
Weather & Alerts
Check forecasts & closures
Show Full Weather
Alerts and Closures
Show all alerts
Show all alerts
Show all alerts
+
-
Other Journeys
Discover nearby and similar journeys
Similar Journeys
Nearby Journeys
Some of the information and maps on this page was generated using data from the awesome © OpenStreetMap contributors.
Please see how you can embed some widgets, access data and other stuff to that might be helpful.