Rock Arch
Yuin Country

25 min to 30 min

1.2 km
return

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Moderate track
The arched rock is just off the headland north-east of Barmouth Beach and is an interesting rock formation. The walk winds along the hillside above Barmouth Beach, which is a worthy side trip, and continues to the unfenced clearing that looks down to the arched rock. This walk will inspire the geologist in us all as we try to figure out how the rock arch was made. 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. 
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Barmouth Beach car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost at the intersection with Barmouth Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track down from Barmouth car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Haycock Point sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Barmouth Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track above Barmouth Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Arched rock with Pambula Beach in background. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock arch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock arch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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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 At the intersection of Barmouth Beach Track & Haycock Point Walking Track (-36.9482336,149.9235548)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Haycock Road then drive for 6 km
  • Turn left onto Barmouth Beach Track and drive for another 660 m
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Track Notes
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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
At the intersection of Barmouth Beach Track & Haycock Point Walking Track Start heading along Haycock Point Walking Track (a walking track).
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.
After another 25 m 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)
Continue another 360 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 590 m to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Arched rock lookout".
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.
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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.


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.
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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.
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Terrain
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Rock Arch


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.2 km
Time 25 min to 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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)
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