The Lookout Circuit
Awabakal Country

50 min to 1 h

2.3 km
circuit

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Moderate track
The Lookout Circuit is a classic Green Point reserve walk. This walk offers walkers plenty of picnic opportunities, elevated views over Lake Macquarie and travel through eucalyptus forest. There is also good historical and environmental interpretative signage along much of this walk. This recommended walk makes a lovely half day walk if a picnic is included and remember to keep a lookout for Sea Eagles. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal 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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The Shores Way car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Welcome to the Green Point Foreshore Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
The Foreshore Track alongside Lake Macquarie. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Views from the Jetty Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Interpretive signs along the Foreshore Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
The Jetty. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sea Eagle Picnic area and lookouts above. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Eucalypt forest Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
A seat on the path near the lower lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Lower lookout Sea Eagle Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Lower lookout Sea Eagle Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Lower lookout Sea Eagle Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Stairs between the lower and middle lookouts. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Middle lookout Sea Eagle Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Middle lookout Sea Eagle Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Upper lookout Sea Eagle Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Junction near lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Picnic table near upper lookout Sea Eagle Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Eucalypt forest Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wide trail through Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Eucalypt forest Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Eucalypt forest Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Signposts guide bushwalkers through Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Eucalypt forest Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Track through Eucalypt forest Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Green Point Reserve bushland. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Grassy Track Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Nearing houses Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Crown St meets The Shores Way. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Posts in bushland Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wood steps near Crown St and The Shores Way. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Crown St and The Shores Way Valentine. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
The Shores Way Valentine. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
The Shores Way Valentine. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
The Shores Way entrance to Green Point Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
The Shores Way car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
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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 (-33.0299182,151.6421491)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Highway, A43
  • Turn on to Evans Street then drive for 910 m
  • Turn right onto Ross Street, B89 and drive for another 190 m
  • Turn left onto Ross Street and drive for another 60 m
  • Turn right onto Crown Street and drive for another 590 m
  • Turn left onto The Shores Way and drive for another 240 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 30 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 55 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park(on The Shores Way, Green Point), this walk heads towards the lake past the toilet block and along the footpath for 25m, to a four-way intersection with a 'Welcome to Green Point Foreshore Reserve' sign (on the right).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the shared concrete cycle/footpath gently downhill, while keeping the Shores Way car park on your right and the water on your left. This walk continues, undulating for about 500m, until coming to the Jetty picnic area on the right and jetty on your left. ....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After 35 m pass the "Public Toilets" (10 m on your right).
Turn right, to head along Green Point Track.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Slips & Green Point Track) continue straight, to head along Green Point Track.
After another 440 m pass the water tap (25 m on your right).
This water tap is wheelchair accessible.
After another 100 m find the "Jetty Picnic Area" (7 m on your right).
Jetty Picnic Area
Jetty Picnic Area

The Jetty Picnic area in the Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie offers a public jetty, a sheltered picnic table, seating, a drinking fountain and historical interpretative signs. The historical signs detail the 'timber getting' period of Green Point from 1860, with the timber used to build jetty's, pit prop for coal mining, ships and boats. There is also an historical sign detailing 'The Cardiff Coal Company', which mined coal out of Green Point during a minor coal rush.
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The Jetty Picnic area in the Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie offers a public jetty, a sheltered picnic table, seating, a drinking fountain and historical interpretative signs. The historical signs detail the 'timber getting' period of Green Point from 1860, with the timber used to build jetty's, pit prop for coal mining, ships and boats. There is also an historical sign detailing 'The Cardiff Coal Company', which mined coal out of Green Point during a minor coal rush.

After another 60 m pass the toilet (50 m on your right).
After another 40 m find the "Sea Eagle Park" (65 m on your right).
Sea Eagle Park
Sea Eagle Park

Sea Eagle Park in Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie is a large grassed picnic area, with a toilet, sheltered picnic tables, water from a tap and gas/electric barbeque's. This picnic area is particularly good for larger family group, for there is room to play ball games or just sit and look at the views. The short walk up to the Sea Eagle Lookouts is recommended for the commanding views south towards Swansea.
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Sea Eagle Park in Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie is a large grassed picnic area, with a toilet, sheltered picnic tables, water from a tap and gas/electric barbeque's. This picnic area is particularly good for larger family group, for there is room to play ball games or just sit and look at the views. The short walk up to the Sea Eagle Lookouts is recommended for the commanding views south towards Swansea.

After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Green Point Track.
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Green Point Track & Lookout track) turn right, to head along Lookout track (a walking track).
After another 185 m find the "Sea Eagle Park Lookouts (lower, middle & upper)" (10 m on your right).
Sea Eagle Park Lookouts (lower, middle & upper)
Sea Eagle Park Lookouts (lower, middle & upper)

These three lookouts (lower, middle and upper lookouts) are above Sea Eagle Park in Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie and give great views across Lake Macquarie towards Swansea. The upper lookout has a picnic table in the shade behind the lookout, which gives relief on a hot day. The upper lookout also a picnic table at the lookout, offering fabulous views to the south. Each of these lookouts has a bench seat and interpretative signs. White Bellied Sea Eagles have been known to nest nearby and are often seen flying in the area.
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These three lookouts (lower, middle and upper lookouts) are above Sea Eagle Park in Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie and give great views across Lake Macquarie towards Swansea. The upper lookout has a picnic table in the shade behind the lookout, which gives relief on a hot day. The upper lookout also a picnic table at the lookout, offering fabulous views to the south. Each of these lookouts has a bench seat and interpretative signs. White Bellied Sea Eagles have been known to nest nearby and are often seen flying in the area.

After another 75 m turn right.
After another 90 m veer right.
After another 245 m continue straight.
After another 510 m (at the intersection of Crown Street & The Shores Way) turn right, to head along The Shores Way (a residential road).
After another 155 m (at the intersection of The Capstan & The Shores Way) continue straight, to head along The Shores Way.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of The Shores Way & The Mainsail) continue straight, to head along The Shores Way.
After another 55 m turn left.
After another 80 m find the "The Car Park (off The Shores Way, Green Point)" (8 m on your right).
The Car Park (off The Shores Way, Green Point)
The Car Park (off The Shores Way, Green Point)

The Shores Way park entrance and car park is a great place to start a walk within the Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie. The park entrance offers a toilet, a water tap, seating and plenty of car parking. There are attractive grass slopes here dropping into the water, that make a fine spot to have a picnic.
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The Shores Way park entrance and car park is a great place to start a walk within the Green Point Foreshore Reserve on Lake Macquarie. The park entrance offers a toilet, a water tap, seating and plenty of car parking. There are attractive grass slopes here dropping into the water, that make a fine spot to have a picnic.

Continue straight.
After another 10 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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The Lookout Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.3 km
Time 50 min to 1 h
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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 780 m apart with the largest gap of 1.6 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
40 mPublic Toilets
Toilet
700 m[toilet]
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