Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

1 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min

3.3 km
return

↑ 64 m
↓ -64 m

Very challenging
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. 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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Views along Bateau Bay beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The stairs down to the beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stormwater outflow. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beach scenery. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Nice rock edge along the beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Nice beach walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A small patch of Mangroves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandy track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Shapes in the rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking for waves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Texture and salt crust on the rocks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rockshelf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Narrow rocky shoreline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
On Crackneck beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The beach below Crackneck lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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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 (-33.3820128,151.4840427)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Central Coast Highway, A49
  • Turn on to Dane Drive, A49 then drive for 6.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 3.6 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 710 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 1.6 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Enterence Road, A49 and drive for another 100 m
  • Continue onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 870 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 540 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 340 m
  • Turn right onto Bateau Bay Road and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Turn right onto Harbour Street and drive for another 170 m
  • Turn left onto Reserve Drive and drive for another 60 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk goes down the timber steps, towards the beach. The walk follows the boardwalk and timber steps down the hill until reaching Bateau Bay Beach.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout (about 25 m back from the start).
Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout
Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout

This unnamed picnic area and lookout is within Wyrrabalong National Park, at the intersection of Reserve Dr and Harbour St, Bateau Bay. The picnic area overlooks Bateau Bay and the beach. There are large grass areas, plenty of shade and facilities including picnic tables, garbage bins, and beach access steps. There are beautiful views along the coast and out to sea from the picnic area. There are free electric BBQs at Sutton Reserve, a block further south along Reserve Dr. Takeaway food is available at a small shopping centre near the intersection of Harbour St and Bateau Bay Rd, one block from the picnic area.
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This unnamed picnic area and lookout is within Wyrrabalong National Park, at the intersection of Reserve Dr and Harbour St, Bateau Bay. The picnic area overlooks Bateau Bay and the beach. There are large grass areas, plenty of shade and facilities including picnic tables, garbage bins, and beach access steps. There are beautiful views along the coast and out to sea from the picnic area. There are free electric BBQs at Sutton Reserve, a block further south along Reserve Dr. Takeaway food is available at a small shopping centre near the intersection of Harbour St and Bateau Bay Rd, one block from the picnic area.

After another 370 m turn left.
Continue another 1.3 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.7 km to get back to the start.
"Crackneck Beach".
Crackneck Beach
Crackneck Beach

This unnamed beach is below Crackneck Lookout and can be reached with some difficulty by walking along the very rocky shoreline from Forresters Beach, to the south, or from Bateau Bay beach, to the north. The beach is covered in rounded rocks about the size of a fist.
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This unnamed beach is below Crackneck Lookout and can be reached with some difficulty by walking along the very rocky shoreline from Forresters Beach, to the south, or from Bateau Bay beach, to the north. The beach is covered in rounded rocks about the size of a fist.

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Terrain
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Bateau Bay Beach to Crackneck Beach


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 3.3 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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