Warrah Trig to Pearl Beach
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

1 h to 1 h 15 min

2.7 km
oneway

↑ 10 m
↓ -172 m

Moderate track
Starting on the Tony Doyle track, this walk passes the old Warrah Trig before enjoying the views from Warrah lookout. The walk follows the wide trail down the hill to Pearl Beach. There are many great wildflowers in spring and if you are quiet, you may spot a Lyrebird or two. If you are feeling energetic, you can have a refreshing lunch and allow extra time to walk back or catch the bus home from 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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Warrah car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Start of the Tony Doyle Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign at Warrah car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Plaque about the Tony Doyle Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps north of Warrah trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Warrah trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Timber stairs south of Warrah trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tony Doyle Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Footpath through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wildflowers in Spring. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tony Doyle Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Isopgen Anemonifolius (Broad-leaf Drumstick). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tick Bush (Kunzea ambigua) in bloom. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandstone steps on path. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Filtered ocean views. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tony Doyle track leading through rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah lookout intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah lookout intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Path to Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Warrah Lookout view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Lookout. | 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), 2009.
Trail near Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wide trail at top of ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View to across Pearl Beach to Mt Ettalong. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steep gully on side of trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandstone cutting on side of trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wide trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Inside Cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View of Pearl Caves from trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steep gully beside trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Winding along the Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along lower section of Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
drier forest at lower section of Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. | 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.
Crystal Ave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crystal Ave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection of Diamond Rd and Crystal Ave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing Green Point Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pearl Beach Shops. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pearl Beach Cafe. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pearl Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Play equipment at Pearl Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking north along Pearl Beach. | 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 (-33.54995,151.2880408)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Ocean Beach Road
  • Turn on to Ocean Beach Road then drive for 35 m
  • Turn slight left onto Ocean Beach Road and drive for another 45 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Sydney Avenue and drive for another 1.8 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Mount Ettalong Road and drive for another 4.3 km
  • Turn left onto Warrah Trig Road and drive for another 1.3 km
Finish (-33.5443697,151.3069753)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Warrah car park, this walk follows the 'Tony Doyle Track' sign up the steps and sandstone footpath. The path winds a short distance up to a rock platform with the old Warrah Trig station, and offering filtered distant views.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After 45 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
After another 55 m find the "Warrah Trig Station" (on your right).
Warrah Trig Station
Warrah Trig Station

Warrah Trig Station is part of a national geodetic survey established during the 1970's. The 'Triangulation station' (aka trigonometrical or trig station) is a distinct marker once clear of trees, and would have been visible for many kilometers in the area. There are many such trig stations around Australia, which were used to help in surveying. Each station has a know position and altitude, which allows surveyors to use triangulation and determine another point's location. With advances in technology, these trig stations have been abandoned and superseded. The trig station is now surrounded by trees, with some filtered views along the Hawkesbury River. The area is rich with wildflowers in spring.
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Warrah Trig Station is part of a national geodetic survey established during the 1970's. The 'Triangulation station' (aka trigonometrical or trig station) is a distinct marker once clear of trees, and would have been visible for many kilometers in the area. There are many such trig stations around Australia, which were used to help in surveying. Each station has a know position and altitude, which allows surveyors to use triangulation and determine another point's location. With advances in technology, these trig stations have been abandoned and superseded. The trig station is now surrounded by trees, with some filtered views along the Hawkesbury River. The area is rich with wildflowers in spring.

The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Warrah Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Tony Doyle Track & Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail) turn left, to head along Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail (a vehicle track).
After another 1.2 km find the "Pearl Caves" (9 m on your right).
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 430 m head through/around the gate.
At the intersection of Crystal Avenue & Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail turn right, to head along Crystal Avenue (a residential road).
After another 240 m continue straight, to head along Crystal Avenue.
After another 200 m (at the intersection of Crystal Avenue & Diamond Road) turn left, to head along Diamond Road.
After another 30 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 5 m continue straight, to head along Diamond Road.
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Tourmaline Avenue & Diamond Road) turn right, to head along Tourmaline Avenue.
After another 125 m pass the "Waterfront Reserve" (15 m on your right).
After another 6 m 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 25 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass the playground (20 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass a seat (20 m on your right).
At the intersection of Pearl Parade & Amethyst Avenue turn right, to head along Pearl Parade.
After another 10 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Warrah Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Tony Doyle Track & Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail Start heading along Tony Doyle Track (a footpath).
After 40 m pass the sign (on your right).
Continue another 30 m to find Warrah Lookout at the end.
"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.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 70 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Warrah Trig to Pearl Beach


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.7 km
Time 1 h to 1 h 15 min
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 2.7 km from the start.


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