Pearl Beach to Warrah Lookout
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

1 h 45 min to 2 h

4.9 km
return

↑ 160 m
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Moderate track
This walk follows a wide trail then a track to the fantastic views from Warrah Lookout. From Pearl Beach, this walk follows the roads to the lower end of Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. Continuing up this trail, the walk passes some sandstone caves and further on, enjoys the fenced Warrah Lookout. There are some great views before returning the same way back to Pearl Beach. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Looking north along Pearl Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Toilet Block. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Play equipment at Pearl Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pearl Beach Cafe. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tourmaline Ave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Green Point Creek Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection of Diamond Rd and Crystal Ave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crystal Ave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gate at the bottom of Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pearl Beach Cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking out from Pearl Cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trail above cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandstone slabs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View to across Pearl Beach to Mt Ettalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
along Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wide trail at top of ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection near Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Lookout sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track to Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View to Barrenjoey. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View of Barrenjoey from Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View to West Head from Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Out the heads from Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking down to Patonga from Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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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 At the intersection of Amethyst Avenue & Pearl Parade (-33.5444607,151.306915)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Ocean Beach Road
  • Turn on to Sydney Avenue then drive for 1.8 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Mount Ettalong Road and drive for another 1.9 km
  • Turn left onto Pearl Beach Drive and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Turn right onto Diamond Road and drive for another 110 m
  • Turn left onto Emerald Avenue and drive for another 200 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the toilet block and entrance to Pearl Beach, this walk follows Pearl Pde past the end of Amethyst Ave, keeping the ocean to the left. At the play equipment, the walk crosses the road and heads past the bus stop, coming to the Pearl Beach Cafe.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Amethyst Avenue & Pearl Parade Start heading along Pearl Parade (a residential road).
Find the picnic table at the start.
Find the Waterfront Reserve at the start.
After another 55 m pass a seat (25 m on your left).
Then find the "Pearl Beach" (35 m on your left).
Pearl Beach
Pearl Beach

Pearl Beach is a 1.2km long crescent-shaped, yellow sand beach. The beach has rocky points at either end - the southern end is home to an ocean pool and the northern end has the old Pearl Beach Road carved through the rock (no longer in use for cars). The beach has many access points and is popular for sunbathers, picnickers, and swimmers, although there is no surf life saver presence. The south-east facing beach is lined with houses in the northern section, and shade-providing trees in the south.
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Pearl Beach is a 1.2km long crescent-shaped, yellow sand beach. The beach has rocky points at either end - the southern end is home to an ocean pool and the northern end has the old Pearl Beach Road carved through the rock (no longer in use for cars). The beach has many access points and is popular for sunbathers, picnickers, and swimmers, although there is no surf life saver presence. The south-east facing beach is lined with houses in the northern section, and shade-providing trees in the south.

After another 15 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the playground (20 m on your left).
After another 70 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your left).
Then come to the "Pearl Beach General Store and Cafe".
Pearl Beach General Store and Cafe
Pearl Beach General Store and Cafe

The Pearl Beach General Store and Cafe (ph 02 4343 1222) is found at 1 Pearl Pde, Pearl Beach, and is open 7 days. The cafe provides breakfast, lunch and dinners for about $20 a meal. The general store provides cheaper take-away meals and general supplies (including ice-creams). Across the road is Pearl Beach and some children's play equipment. Alternatively for a more refined dining experience, 'Pearls on the Beach' is found on the other side of the road, open Thursday to Sundays for lunch and dinner (ph 02 4342 4400).
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The Pearl Beach General Store and Cafe (ph 02 4343 1222) is found at 1 Pearl Pde, Pearl Beach, and is open 7 days. The cafe provides breakfast, lunch and dinners for about $20 a meal. The general store provides cheaper take-away meals and general supplies (including ice-creams). Across the road is Pearl Beach and some children's play equipment. Alternatively for a more refined dining experience, 'Pearls on the Beach' is found on the other side of the road, open Thursday to Sundays for lunch and dinner (ph 02 4342 4400).

After another 95 m (at the intersection of Tourmaline Avenue & Diamond Road) turn left, to head along Diamond Road.
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 5 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Crystal Avenue & Diamond Road) turn right, to head along Crystal Avenue.
After another 85 m continue straight, to head along Crystal Avenue.
After another 350 m (at the intersection of Crystal Avenue & Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail) turn left, to head along Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail (a vehicle track).
After another 30 m head through/around the gate.
After another 450 m find the "Pearl Caves" (9 m on your left).
Pearl Caves
Pearl Caves

Pearl Caves is an informal name for a couple of caves found on the Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. The two large overhangs are found near the base of a cliff. The caves look north and have outward-sloping floors. One cave has a few small columns and stalagmite/stalactite decorations growing at the back. To protect the caves (and yourself), the caves are best viewed from a distance.
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Pearl Caves is an informal name for a couple of caves found on the Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. The two large overhangs are found near the base of a cliff. The caves look north and have outward-sloping floors. One cave has a few small columns and stalagmite/stalactite decorations growing at the back. To protect the caves (and yourself), the caves are best viewed from a distance.

After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Tony Doyle Track & Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail) turn left, to head along Tony Doyle Track (a footpath).
After another 40 m pass the sign (on your right).
(Warrah Lookout) Continue another 30 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.5 km to get back to the start.
"Warrah Lookout".
Warrah Lookout
Warrah Lookout

Warrah Lookout is a mostly fenced lookout on a large sandstone platform. The lookout provides fantastic views across the Hawkesbury River. From left to right, you can see along the escarpment which forms the southern boundary of Brisbane Water National Park, out to the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, West Head, along Cowan Creek, Juno Point and along the escarpment to Patonga. This is a great place to spend some time soaking up the views.
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Warrah Lookout is a mostly fenced lookout on a large sandstone platform. The lookout provides fantastic views across the Hawkesbury River. From left to right, you can see along the escarpment which forms the southern boundary of Brisbane Water National Park, out to the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, West Head, along Cowan Creek, Juno Point and along the escarpment to Patonga. This is a great place to spend some time soaking up the views.

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Terrain
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Pearl Beach to Warrah Lookout


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.9 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 2 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 70 m from the start.


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