2 hrs 15 mins
(0km) Burrawang car park → Int of Burrawang track and Redgum trail
(0.06km) Int of Burrawang track and Redgum trail → Redgum lookout
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the right arrow on the ‘Red Gum Trail’ sign, along the sandy bush track. The track immediately drops through a gully and meanders up the other side. This section of the walk climbs and drops a little as it passes through very nice forest, with twisted tree branches leaning over the trail. The track passes a ‘Red Gum Forest’ information board, to the left, and continues for while to reach a wooden lookout platform with atmospheric views to the north and north-east.
(1.14km) Redgum lookout → Tuggerah lake lookout
Tuggerah Lake lookout
(1.85km) Tuggerah lake lookout → Tuggerah lake vista
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the left arrow on the ‘Lilly Pilly Loop Trail’ sign, along the sandy bush track. The track immediately drops through a gully, then winds through some nice forest for a short distance before arriving at the intersection with the ‘Burrawang Walking Track’.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the sandy bush track up the hill, leaving the ‘Lilly Pilly Loop Trail’ sign on the right. After a while the track descends, with sections of erosion control board walkway, through nice forest, before reaching the intersection signposted with ‘Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail’.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail’ arrow, along the narrow bush track, going up the hill. This section of track meanders through an interesting mixture of patches of littoral rainforest and some drier forest. One very sandy section of the track is held in place by low, timber retaining walls. The walk continues, eventually climbing a little through thick, vine covered vegetation, to reach an intersection marked with a ‘Lilly Pilly Loop Link Trail’ sign.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the sandy bush track, going up the hill, away from the nearby road. The track runs along a ridge line, through relatively dry forest for a while, before dropping a little, into moist littoral rainforest. The walk meanders through this beautiful area of rainforest, passing a ‘Rainforests’ information board, to the left, and then emerges to a nice vista at the edge of Tuggerah lake.
Lilly Pilly loop rainforest
Tuggerah Lake vista
(4.51km) Tuggerah lake vista → Int of Burrawang track and Redgum trail
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the left arrow on the ‘Lilly Pilly Loop Trail’ sign, along the sandy bush track. The track immediately drops through a gully, then winds through some nice forest for a short distance before arriving at the intersection with the ‘Burrawang Walking Track’.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Burrawang Walking Track’ sign, steeply down the hill and along the sandy bush track. After descending for a short distance, the track levels out before meandering through some nice forest. The thick vegetation is very closed in at times. The track passes a ‘Burrawang Walking Track’ signpost, to the left, and continues to wind through the nice forest to reach the signposted intersection with the ‘Red Gum Trail’.
(6.82km) Int of Burrawang track and Redgum trail → Burrawang car park
Maps for the Wyrrabalong Figure 8 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.
|Toukley||1:25 000 Map Series||92313N TOUKLEY||NSW-92313N|
|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.
|Time||2 hrs 15 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||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|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
Around 4.2km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 2.7km has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
Around 4.8km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 2.1km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 740m is clearly signposted.
Around 4.4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.4km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 5km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.9km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
A beautiful, short walk passing through a variety of scenery, featuring an area of littoral rainforest, dominated by big cabbage palms. There are beautiful views across Tuggerah lake at the return point. Much of the walk is on sandy tracks and several sections of wooden boards keep the track in good shape and make the walking a little easier.
Total climbing: 28m
1.8 km Return
A very nice walk through some wetland forest and some of the beautiful Sydney Redgum forest, a feature of the area. The unnamed Redgum Lookout, at the return point of the walk, has some great views and is an atmospheric spot to spend some time before returning. Much of the walk is on sandy tracks. The start/end of the walk can be reached by bus.
Total climbing: 54m
3.1 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
An excellent loop walk through areas of beautiful Sydney Redgums. In several places these twisted trees lean over the track, creating great scenery and atmosphere. Two lookout platforms along the way provide some fantastic views over the surrounding areas and Tuggerah Lake. Much of the walk is on sandy tracks.
Total climbing: 48m
3.4 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
This beautiful loop walk passes through a great variety of forest scenery, including some lovely rainforest, dominated by cabbage palms and other trees. There are some beautiful views across Tuggerah Lake, and parts of the track feature twisted Sydney Redgums leaning over the track, and the shorter palm-like Burrawang (a species of cycad). Much of the walk is on sandy tracks, with sections of timber boarding to control erosion.
Total climbing: 62m
3.6 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
A great one-way walk covering some of the highlights of this part of Wyrrabalong National Park. The walk starts off through some beautiful wetland forest, before passing through areas of fantastic, twisted Sydney Redgums and Burrawang cycads. A couple a lookouts provide great views and spots to relax before the walk drops to the edge of Tuggerah lake. Towards the end, the walk passes through some beautiful rainforest with towering cabbage palms. Much of the walk is on sandy tracks.
Total climbing: 79m
4.8 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
Other Nearby walks
A fantastic loop walk with a great variety of excellent scenery. The walk covers the Norah Head Nature Trail with it’s beautiful forest scenery, the merchant navy memorial and Norah Head lighthouse before returning via the shoreline. There are plenty of stunning coastline views and some exploration of the rockshelf below the lighthouse. On weekends, you could also join a tour of the lighthouse.
Total climbing: 66m
2.5 km Circuit
A beautiful walk with a great variety of scenery. The walk starts with some beautiful forest scenery, visits an interesting memorial to the merchant navy, wanders past the scenic Norah Head lighthouse with its stunning coastline views, and finishes with some exploration of the rockshelf below the lighthouse. On weekends, you even have the option to join a tour of the lighthouse.
Total climbing: 65m
2.2 km Return
A very interesting and very scenic walk, taking in the merchant mariners memorial, and lookout, and the Norah Head lighthouse before exploring the rockshelf below Norah Head. The lighthouse is very picturesque and the setting is beautiful, with some fantastic views along the coastline from the paths around the area. The merchant mariners memorial adds some more historic interest to the walk. The rockshelf is interesting to explore, with plenty of shapes and textures in the rock.
Total climbing: 56m
1.6 km Return
762 m Return
A very short walk to the Norah Head rockpool in Cabbage Tree Harbour. The rockpool is a great, sheltered spot to swim and relax on a sunny day. You could also happily spend some time exploring the nearby rockshelves. A great spot for a lazy afternoon with plenty of interesting scenery.
Total climbing: 6m
150 m Return
A great, scenic walk along the shoreline at Norah Head, to the lighthouse with it’s picturesque location and beautiful views. The walk along the beach and rockshelf is interesting, with lots of shapes and textures making the rockshelf interesting to explore. The Norah Head lighthouse is very picturesque and the views of the surrounding area from the lighthouse and lookout are fantastic. The very short sidetrip to the merchant mariners memorial adds some more interest.
Total climbing: 60m
2.6 km Return
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
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
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
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
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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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* 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)
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