Little Bay to Smoky Cape

3 h to 5 h

5.8 km
oneway

↑ 426 m
↓ -337 m

Very challenging
Starting from historic Overshot Dam in Little Bay area this one-way walk takes you along the ridge all the way to Smoky Cape. Take a tour of the Smoky Cape lighthouse and have a picnic at Captain Cook Lookout. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-30.889246,153.07568)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Gregory Street, 12
  • Turn on to Landsborough Street then drive for 220 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Landsborough Street, 12 and drive for another 590 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Phillip Drive, 12 and drive for another 250 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Phillip Drive, 12 and drive for another 2.8 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 245 m
Finish (-30.922938,153.087483)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
Continue straight.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 1.1 km pass the "Little Smoky" (80 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Gap Beach for a swim. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 420 m veer right.
After another 120 m continue straight.
After another 570 m turn sharp left.
After another 580 m continue straight.
After another 80 m pass the car park (on your right).
After another 305 m turn sharp right.
After another 2.1 km pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 2 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to North Smoky Beach for a swim. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 25 m veer right.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 75 m come to the "Captain Cook Lookout".
After another 9 m pass the car park (10 m on your right).
Veer left.
After another 30 m head through/around the gate.
After another 10 m continue straight.
After another 125 m pass the "Smoky Cape Lighthouse" (35 m on your right).
After another 80 m come to "Smoky Cape Lighthouse".
About 15 m past the end is "Smoky Cape".
The end.

Side trip to Gap Beach for a swim.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 520 m turn left.
After another 75 m continue straight.
Then to find the toilet.
After another 120 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 710 m to the main route.

Side trip to North Smoky Beach for a swim.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 610 m head down the surface|wood steps
After another 105 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 720 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Little Bay to Smoky Cape


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 5.8 km
Time 3 h to 5 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecasted & unexpected severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.3 km apart with the largest gap of 4.4 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.6 km[toilet]
Toilet
5.4 km[toilet]
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