Hawke Head Drive to Box Head

1 hr 15 mins

3.1 km Return

126 m

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.

Maps for the Hawke Head Drive to Box Head walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series 91301N BROKEN BAY NSW-91301N
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Hawke Head Drive to Box Head bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Hawke Head Drive to Box Head

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 3.1 km
Time 1 hr 15 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


This whole walk, 1.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

Around 1.5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 65m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


This whole walk, 1.5km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 1.5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 1.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 1.5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Hawke Head Drive to Box Head walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Hawke Head Drive to Box Head walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Hawke Head Drive to Box Head walk starts and ends at the Hawke Head Drive car park (gps: -33.534259, 151.34714)
Your main transport option to Hawke Head Drive car park is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/hhdtbh

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt :)