Stuart Chalmers Park
Caves Beach SLSC
(0km) Cafe Acquablu on Caves Beach → Caves Beach Caves (first section)
Turn left: From the bottom of the timber steps on Caves Beach, this walk follows the beach while keeping the ocean on your left. This section of the walk is only accessible at low tide and calm seas, and is a particularly hazardous area. If unsure, seek local advice at Surf Life Saving Club. This walk passes many large and attractive caves (on your right) for about 280m, until coming to a narrower section of beach between rocks, at the next small headland.
Caves at Caves Beach
(0.36km) Caves Beach Caves (first section) → Caves Beach Caves (second section)
Maps for the Caves Beach Caves Walk walkYou 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.
|Swansea||1:25 000 Map Series||92314N SWANSEA||NSW-92314N|
|Lake Macquarie||1:100 000 Map Series||9231 LAKE MACQUARIE||9231|
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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|Weather||Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
This whole walk, 450m has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
Around 360m of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 95m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 360m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 95m has minimal directional signs.
Around 360m of this walk requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 95m requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 360m of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 95m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 360m of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged), whilst the remaining 95m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
This walk starts at Caves Beach and travels south along the coastline to Pinneys Beach. The walk then heads west, up and over the Wallarah Pennisula to Murrays Beach on the foreshore of Lake Macquarie. Both the Spoon Rocks Spit and Pinney’s Headland side trips are worthwhile excursions. The palm gully rainforest, as you journey to the west, is a lovely surprise as well. At Murray’s Beach, take some time to relax in the excellent facilities there. A wonderful walk, full of variety.
Total climbing: 204m
7.8 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
This walk starts at Caves Beach and travels south along the coastline, until reaching the Pinney’s Headland Lookout. There are many opportunities to stop, relax and swim if you would like. You will meander through coastal heath vegetation, which offers abundant wildflowers during springtime. There are spectacular views over the coast and the side trip to Spoon Rocks Spit offers a chance to look back at the attractive coastline. This walk takes you into a seldom visited part of Wallarah Pennisula.
Total climbing: 247m
8.3 km Return
Other Nearby walks
The Galgabba Point walk is a flat walk along a bush track. This walk travels through native bush before arriving at Galgabba Point, where the track forms a small loop to allow you to explore the point. Galgabba Point is home to endangered ecological communities and threatened plant species, such as the Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Squirrel Glider and many more. The walker can return back the way they came, or return via a shared walking/cycleway next to the Pacific Hwy. The Galgabba Point walk is a relaxing way to spend an hour or two.
Total climbing: 17m
3.2 km Return
The Belmont Lagoon Spit walk in Belmont is a quiet relaxing walk surrounded by water. This walk is best completed in the early morning or late afternoon, when the bird life is most active. You may see Black Swans, Spoon Bills and if you are lucky, the migratory Bar Tailed Godwit. This walk is close to Redhead Beach and could happily be combined with a dip or a beach stroll. The Belmont Lagoon is a sanctuary for wildlife in the area.
Total climbing: 10m
3.2 km Return
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
This walk visits all of the popular locations in Green Point Reserve, as well as some of the lesser-visited areas inland. Taking in Sea Eagle Park, Green Point and Rocky-high viewpoint on the foreshore and then travel inland through mostly eucalyptus forest to enjoy the views at Sea Eagle Lookout, before completing this circuit walk back to your starting point. A varied walk that gives the walker an excellent sense of what Green Point Reserve has to offer. This walk is thoroughly recommended.
Total climbing: 269m
7.7 km Circuit
This walk traverses the coastline of the Green Point reserve. By following a variety of tracks and occasionally traveling inland through eucalyptus forest, this walk visits both Jetty and Sea Eagle picnic areas, Green Point itself and Rocky-high viewpoint. When looking into the waters of Lake Macquarie, keep a lookout for sea grass meadows and historical middens under the water. A thoroughly recommended walk, which will possibly require a car shuffle at the start of the walk.
Total climbing: 81m
2.9 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
The Lookout Circuit is a classic Green Point reserve walk. This walk offers walkers plenty of picnic opportunities, elevated views over Lake Macquarie and travel through eucalyptus forest. There is also good historical and environmental interpretative signage along much of this walk. This recommended walk makes a lovely half day walk if a picnic is included and remember to keep a lookout for Sea Eagles.
Total climbing: 91m
2.4 km Circuit
This short walk takes you from the great view of Snapper Point Sea Cave (at the end of Snapper Point Rd) along a management trail to Snapper Point. The area is very rocky and provides grand ocean views. The memorial on Snapper Point gives a good reminder to take care. There are views out over the ocean, and also south to Frazer Beach and north up the coast. An enjoyable short walk with great views, especially on sunny days.
Total climbing: 5m
280 m Return
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 takes in two of the best parts of Green Point Reserve, the quiet and secluded Green Point itself and the views at Sea Eagle Lookout. Starting at the high point of Green Point Drive entrance, you gradually descend to the foreshore, crossing over open grasslands and through eucalyptus forest. The lookout on the return journey has good seating to rest and enjoy the views. The side trip to Sea Eagle park offers excellent picnic facilities. A recommended walk.
Total climbing: 127m
3.4 km Circuit
2 hrs 45 mins
This walk descends through open grasslands and eucalyptus forest to arrive at the grassed Green Point. This is a quiet and secluded spot and a fabulous place for a picnic. From Green Point, there are good views up and down Lake Macquarie. The side trip to the Sea Eagle Lookouts is also worthwhile. A good walk, with both scenic views and waterside relaxation.
Total climbing: 102m
3 km Return
1 hr 15 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
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
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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