The Pinnacles Loop
Yuin Country

25 min to 30 min

1.1 km
circuit

↑ 39 m
↓ -39 m

Moderate track
The Pinnacles are an amazing brightly coloured rock feature, and the centre piece of this walk. The reds and white of the rock contrasts with the green heath and blue sea creating a fantastic sight. The smaller lookout, one without a sign, is a better lookout than the larger area. However, both lookouts give a good view of the Pinnacles. Let us begin by acknowledging the Yuin 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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Signpost at Pinnacles car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track down from the Pinnacles car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost at Long Beach intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stairs to the Pinnacles. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track along the hillside. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View down to the surf at Long Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Smaller lookout and view of Pinnacles. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Pinnacles. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track between lookouts. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track from large lookout to car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bridge before the car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign at Pinnacles car park. | 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 (-36.9879726,149.9232479)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Haycock Road then drive for 1.1 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 480 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 60 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the corner of the car park below the toilet, this walk follows the 'Long Beach' sign. The track winds down the hill for a short time to a signposted intersection.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Pinnacles Loop Walking Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Long Beach. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 115 m turn right, to head along Pinnacles Loop Walking Track.
After another 110 m head down the 61 steps (about 45 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 9 m continue straight, to head along Pinnacles Loop Walking Track.
After another 190 m come to the viewpoint (6 m on your left).
After another 65 m come to the "Quoraburagun Pinnacles" (15 m on your left).
After another 45 m come to the viewpoint (10 m on your left).
After another 60 m turn right, to head along Pinnacles Loop Walking Track.
After another 15 m find the "The Pinnacles" (15 m on your left).
The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles are a spectacular geological formation in the northern section of Ben Boyd National Park. The Pinnacles were formed from the erosion of a hill, which was made from a layer of white sand, topped with red clay. This leaves an fantastic sight of contrasting white and red bands in the rock face. The Pinnacles are best viewed from the lookout on the Pinnacle walking track, but they can also be seen from Long Beach.
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The Pinnacles are a spectacular geological formation in the northern section of Ben Boyd National Park. The Pinnacles were formed from the erosion of a hill, which was made from a layer of white sand, topped with red clay. This leaves an fantastic sight of contrasting white and red bands in the rock face. The Pinnacles are best viewed from the lookout on the Pinnacle walking track, but they can also be seen from Long Beach.

After another 350 m continue straight.
After another 35 m pass the toilet (25 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 9 m come to a car park.
After another 3 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Long Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 70 m head down the earthen steps (about 70 m long)
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 30 m come to the end.
About 40 m past the end is "Long Beach".
Long Beach
Long Beach

Long Beach (aka Haycock Beach), in Ben Boyd National Park, has well-earned its name, as the crescent shaped, yellow sand beach is about 7.25km long. The beach stretches from Haycock Point in the north, and is roughly divided into three section by two small rocky points. There are plenty of places to access the beach by a short walk from the road. Some entrances to the beach are quiet spectacular, passing through pinnacle-like gorges. The surf is not patrolled, but the beach is a popular fishing spot for locals.
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Long Beach (aka Haycock Beach), in Ben Boyd National Park, has well-earned its name, as the crescent shaped, yellow sand beach is about 7.25km long. The beach stretches from Haycock Point in the north, and is roughly divided into three section by two small rocky points. There are plenty of places to access the beach by a short walk from the road. Some entrances to the beach are quiet spectacular, passing through pinnacle-like gorges. The surf is not patrolled, but the beach is a popular fishing spot for locals.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 200 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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The Pinnacles Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.1 km
Time 25 min to 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 1 km from the start.


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