Wallarah Coastal Walk

3 hrs

8.3 km Return

247 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Wallarah Coastal Walk 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.
Catherine Hill Bay 1:25 000 Map Series 92314S CATHERINE HILL BAY NSW-92314S
Swansea 1:25 000 Map Series 92314N SWANSEA NSW-92314N
Lake Macquarie 1:100 000 Map Series 9231 LAKE MACQUARIE 9231

Cross sectional view of the Wallarah Coastal Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wallarah Coastal Walk

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 8.3 km
Time 3 hrs

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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


2.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (40m) is very steep.

Quality of track

Around 3.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 880m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 2.2km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 1.9km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 3.1km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.1km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 4.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


3.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 760m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (280m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Wallarah Coastal Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Wallarah Coastal Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Wallarah Coastal Walk walk starts and ends at the Cafe Acquablu on Caves Beach (gps: -33.110225, 151.64631)
Your transport options to Cafe Acquablu on Caves Beach are by;
Bus. (get details)
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/wcw

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 :)