1 hr 30 mins
Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout
(0km) Top of northern Bateau Bay Beach access steps → South end of Bateau Bay Beach picnic area
Continue straight: From the viewpoint, this walk goes south across the picnic area, keeping Reserve Dr to the right. The walk passes a fenced viewing area just before reaching an intersection at the end of the picnic area, with a concrete beach-access track to the left.
(0.1km) South end of Bateau Bay Beach picnic area → Rushby St car park
Southern Bateau Bay beach picnic area
(0.36km) Rushby St car park → Crackneck Lookout
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track south, keeping Reserve Dr to the right. The walk soon passes a bench seat with a commemorative plaque, and continues through the bush on the sandy track. Ignoring a track to the right (which goes to the nearby street), the walk continues along sections of track with retaining boards, for some time before arriving beside Hilltop St. The walk continues along the bush track close to Hilltop St, going along sections of boardwalk before climbing some wooden steps and emerging at the northern edge of Crackneck Lookout (at the end of Hilltop St).
Maps for the Bateau Bay Picnic Area to Crackneck lookout 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.
|Gosford||1:25 000 Map Series||91312S GOSFORD||NSW-91312S|
|Gosford||1:100 000 Map Series||9131 GOSFORD||9131|
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.
|Time||1 hr 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|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||Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
890m of this walk has short steep hills and another 400m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (360m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
Around 1.6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 95m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
This whole walk, 1.7km has directional signs at most intersection.
This whole walk, 1.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 1.7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 1.7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
A short and very scenic walk around the beautiful Bateau Bay, taking in the stunning views from the hilltop picnic areas, as well as a walk along the beach. There are well-built steps and paths to make the beach access easier. Lunch at one of the picnic areas would really enhance this walk and its stunning views, making a great day out.
Total climbing: 25m
892 m Circuit
An excellent walk in the southern section of Wyrrabalong National Park. This walk runs through a long thin strip of beautiful coastal forest, with fantastic views of the coastline from many vantage points along the way. The two main lookouts along the way, Crackneck and Wyrrabalong, have stunning views and would be great spots to stop for a picnic lunch.
Total climbing: 178m
3.8 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
A fairly tough but fantastic walk in the southern section of Wyrrabalong National Park. This walk runs through a long, thin strip of beautiful coastal forest, with fantastic views of the coastline from many vantage points along the way, and returns via the boulder-strewn shoreline and beaches. There is a lot of rock-hopping along the shoreline section and it is very exposed to the ocean, so it is fairly tough going and should not be attempted at high tide or with heavy seas. The variety of scenery through the various stages of the walk is excellent.
Total climbing: 348m
9.1 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
Other Nearby walks
A great walk along the beach and rocky shoreline near Bateau Bay. The unnamed, rocky beach below Crackneck Lookout is a beautiful spot and there are plenty of interesting shapes and textures in the rocks and rockshelf along the way. There is a bit of rockhopping, but much less than when approaching ‘Crackneck’ beach from the south. Parts of the walk are very exposed to the ocean and should not be attempted at high tides or during high seas.
Total climbing: 99m
3.4 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
This walk runs along the shoreline from Bateau Bay to Forresters Beach, in the southern section of Wyrrabalong National Park. The walk is very exposed to the ocean and should not be done at high tide or during rough seas. Much of the shoreline is strewn with boulders, which makes the walking harder but makes the scenery more interesting. The shapes and textures of the boulders, combined with the steep hills and low cliffs of the coastline, plus the uninterrupted ocean views, combine to give quite dramatic scenery and atmosphere for the walk. Consider making a loop walk by returning on the Wyrrabalong Coast Walking Track.
Total climbing: 183m
4.6 km One way
A great short walk through some beautiful coastal forest, with some brilliant coastal views along the way. Crackneck Lookout, at the end of the walk, is a great spot for a picnic lunch, enjoying the views and atmosphere of this part of Wyrrabalong National Park. If you are doing this as a return walk, the alternative exit to Stephenson Rd, through some beautiful forest scenery, is a nice way to finish.
Total climbing: 17m
646 m One way
A short walk to Wyrrabalong Lookout, at the top of Cromarty Hill, with stunning views along the coastline near Forresters Beach. There are picnic tables and plenty of grassy area. Hang gliders and paragliders using the adjacent launch point, when the weather permits, add some interest.
Total climbing: 20m
382 m Return
The fantastic scenic walk includes some of the highlights of the longer Wyrrabalong Coast Walking Track. The walk passes through a variety of beautiful forest landscapes, and there are excellent views of the coastline from many spots along the way, including the lookouts at the start and finish of the walk. You could also do this as a return walk to avoid a car shuttle.
Total climbing: 56m
1.6 km One way
A great walk along the boulder strewn shoreline to the unnamed beach below Crackneck Lookout. Much of this walk is very exposed to the ocean and should not be attempted at high tide or during rough seas. Plenty of rock hopping over the boulders makes the walking harder but also makes the scenery more interesting. The shapes and textures in the rock, combined with the imposing hills and low cliffs of the coastline give quite dramatic scenery and atmosphere for the walk.
Total climbing: 254m
5.8 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
This is a very short walk across the picnic area to the lookout – you can see the end of the walk from the start. The council has installed a sandstone footpath that arcs around the picnic area and leads to St Johns Lookout. The path also leads to picnic tables and accessible toilets. You will also find electric BBQs, just off from the path. A great spot with some shade, the view from the lookout is great on a sunny day.
Total climbing: 13m
166 m Return
This walk explores many highlights in Katandra Reserve. Starting from St Johns Lookout, this walk winds down the hill into the much denser forest of the valley, enjoy many interesting rock formations on the way. Once in the valley, you walk past some fantastic examples of strangler figs before heading around Seymour Pond, enjoying the water birds. After resting at one of the picnic areas, you follow Graves Walk up the ridge, enjoying the open and dryer forest before returning to the car park.
Total climbing: 308m
4.8 km Circuit
2 hrs 15 mins
This walk is a great way to explore the diverse forests of Katandra Reserve. Starting with the views from St Johns Lookout, this walk heads through the open forest, past many mossy rocks, then heads into the valley and rainforest. On the valley floor, the walk gently meanders past some great examples of Strangler Figs on the way to Seymour Pond. From the pond, you walk through another palm-filled valley and then open forest, before arriving at the Katandra Rd Picnic Area.
Total climbing: 135m
2.9 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
This is a surprisingly spectacular walk, following the base of the cliff below St Johns Lookout. From the car park, you will follow a gentle track through the bush before heading down some stairs to the cliff face. Handrails and timber walkways have been installed to make this walk more accessible. You will pass some large Angophora, Blackbutts and plenty of fern trees. A highlight of the walk comes when you follow the ledge next right next to the cliff.
Total climbing: 80m
1.2 km Circuit
On this walk, you follow the signposted Graves Walk between the two main picnic area in Katandra Reserve. Starting near St Johns Lookout, this walk follows Graves Walking track down the ridge. You will see some valley views, open drier forest, some faint Aboriginal markings and plenty of interesting rock formations. This is the most direct walking route between the two picnic areas.
Total climbing: 13m
1.5 km One way
This walk follows a series of tracks and management trails along the top of the ridge between Katandra and Rumbalara Reserves. You will at times think you are a million miles from anywhere and other times enjoy views across the suburbs of the Central Coast and out to sea. In spring and early summer, you will discover many wildflowers. There are a few picnic tables with views, great spots for a snack and a rest on your walk.
Total climbing: 139m
4.1 km 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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