|Catherine Hill Bay||1:25 000 Map Series||92314S CATHERINE HILL BAY||NSW-92314S|
|Lake Macquarie||1:100 000 Map Series||9231 LAKE MACQUARIE||9231|
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|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||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)|
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
Around 110m of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 35m has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Around 110m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 35m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 110m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 35m has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 110m of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 35m requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 110m of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 35m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
This whole walk, 140m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
Snapper Point Beach is an informal name for the small beach between Frazer Beach and Snapper Point. This walk starts from the great views of the sea cave and leads out to Snapper Point. Here, the walk turns right and follows the shore to the lifebuoy, then across the rocks to the secluded beach. The high grade on this walk is due to the risk associated with walking on the rock ledge, please take care. The notes mention an alternate route that can be used as a shortcut back to the car park.
Total climbing: 24m
630 m Return
This walk follows the Coast Track to Frazer Beach, along the Geebung and (overgrown) Grass Tree Tracks. From the northern end of Frazer Beach, the walk heads across the exposed rockshelf to Snapper Point Beach, then on to Snapper Point (consider tide and sea conditions before setting out). From Snapper Point, there are more great ocean views and a lookout which views a large sea cave. If you have extra time, the side trip to Wybung Head is worth the effort. A very diverse walk exploring many of the highlights in the park.
Total climbing: 135m
4.2 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
This circuit walk explores the valley of palm trees and the dry woodland on the ridge. Starting from the back of the Palms Picnic Area, this walk follows an arrow through a palm forest then across a small creek and up a hill. At the top of the hill is an information sign, where the walk turns left and heads down the ridge, passing more palms before heading back to the picnic area. A great walk before lunch at the picnic area.
Total climbing: 37m
609 m Circuit
Timber Beach is a secluded beach in Munmorah State Conservation Area. The walk starts from a short side road off Snapper Point Rd, at Timber Beach Lookout. From here, the walk follows an eroded track down the ridge, then bends left to cross a clearing and come to the back of Timber Beach. The beach is surrounded by rock walls and is quite small, especially at high tide. A lovely quiet spot to visit.
Total climbing: 67m
768 m Return
The Grass Tree Track links Wybung Head Rd with Frazer Beach via a ridge-top track. At the time of writing, this track was very overgrown (hence the high grade) and the trackhead difficult to find. Once on course, much of the track is clearer and quiet eroded in places. It is an interesting walk to see some diverse vegetation,noticing how it changes with altitude. At the bottom of the hill, the track emerges onto Frazer Beach before heading to the picnic area at the end of Frazer Rd.
Total climbing: 4m
862 m One way
This short walk starts at the end of Wybung Head Rd, leading along the top of the ridge to a fairly large clearing with sweeping ocean views. A large sign provides some information on Marine Mammals. This is a good spot to watch migrations – northern migration from June to July and southern migration from Sept to Oct. There is no shade, wind protection or any other facilities, so come well prepared if planning to sit and watch for a while.
Total climbing: 9m
142 m Return
Wybung Head is found at the end of Wybung Head Rd. This walk leads from the car park along a wide trail to the grand views up and down the coast from the end of the headland. A narrow track finishes the walk to the tip of Wybung Head, where there are 270-degree views of the ocean, up and down the coast. There are many large and crumbly cliffs here, please take care. A great spot for whale watching or just enjoying the turbulent ocean views.
Total climbing: 49m
804 m Return
This walk follows the Geebung Track to the sweeping views of Birdie Beach. From Campbell Dr, you will follow a management trail down to a creek where the Geebung Track narrows and winds through the heath to the top of the hill, where there is a view to Birdie Beach. The views south along Birdie Beach are good and extend over Bird Island to Norah Head. This walk is especially worthwhile in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom (although you will still see wildflowers for much of summer).
Total climbing: 65m
3.3 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
The Geebung Track links Campbell Dr and Wybung Head Rd via a track through the heath. Forming part of a coastal walk, you will find occasional ocean views in addition to a great view of Birdie Beach about halfway. The Geebung Track is a great place to enjoy the wildflower display in spring and early summer. If you have extra time, you could extend your journey with the Wybung Head walk for more ocean views.
Total climbing: 92m
2.4 km One way
Starting from Campbell Dr, this walk follows the Geebung and Grass Tree tracks to Frazer Beach, with an optional sidetrip to Wybung Head. Geebung Track leads you through the low heath and past a few sweeping ocean views, and great wildflower displays in spring and summer. The side trip to Wybung Head follows a dirt road, and the views are well worth the detour. Grass Tree Track is overgrown and unclear in places, making its way down to Frazer Beach.
Total climbing: 96m
3.3 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
A short walk to access the beach from Freemans camping area. This easy walk takes campers along a wide path to Birdie Beach car park, then to Birdie Beach. The campsite is far enough back from the beach to be protected from the sea breeze, so this walk saves the longer trip via the road. Further north on Birdie Beach is Red Ochre Beach (a nude beach) and also Birdie Lagoon. Birdie Beach is not patrolled.
Total climbing: 12m
1.2 km Return
Starting at Tea Tree Picnic Area, this short walk follows a beach access track to Birdie Beach. Along the way, the walk visits Bird Island Lookout, providing a great view of Bird Island, and up and down Birdie Beach. The walk continues down the timber path and steps, across the sand to the edge of the ocean. The beach is not patrolled, so swimming is not recommend, but it is a good place for fishing or enjoying a stroll along the sand.
Total climbing: 18m
460 m Return
This short walk leads from the Tea Tree Picnic Area to the Bird Island Lookout. The view from the fenced platform looks up and down Birdie Beach, and out to sea to Bird Island. The walk starts from the car park and heads across the compacted dirt, then a mulched path, before finally heading up a timber ramp to the lookout. A short walk to a grand view.
Total climbing: 3m
152 m Return
Caves Beach caves are just fabulous for exploring. This walk allows you to meander along the beach, looking and exploring in the many different sized and shaped caves. There are also good tidal pools to look in, making this a great walk for families. This walk requires low tide and calm sea conditions. Seek local advice before undertaking this walk. This is a must-do experience and a classic for the area.
Total climbing: 22m
904 m Return