Lillypilly loop trail

Wyrrabalong National Park

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Overview

The easy Lillypilly loop trail is a lovely rainforest walk on the NSW Central Coast. Enjoy birdwatching and scenic views over Tuggerah Lakes.

Accessibility
Hard
Distance
3.5km loop
Time suggested
1hr 15min - 1hr 45min
Grade
Grade 3
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note

You can link this trail with the Burrawang track and the Red gum trail to make a longer walk.

The splendid Lillypilly loop trail allows you to experience the Central Coast’s largest remaining stand of coastal or ‘littoral’ rainforest - you won’t help but be impressed.

Gaze at the canopy of towering corkwoods, cabbage tree palms and tuckeroos, and be treated to views over important wetlands bordering Tuggerah Lakes along this easy walk. Check out the burrawangs and lush, vine-covered vegetation as you advance along the sandy track. And watch for birds and butterflies – you might even spot a white bellied sea eagle nest.

Countless photo opportunities await you along this picturesque track, so it’s a good idea to keep your camera handy. Join up with Red gum trail for a longer walk and be sure to drive up the road to Pelican Beach Road lookout when you're finished to cool off with a swim.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Lillypilly loop trail.

Track grading

Features of this track

Distance

3.5km loop

Time

1hr 15min - 1hr 45min

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

Some bushwalking experience recommended

Steps

Occasional steps

Gradient

Very steep: The start of the track at the southern end of the loop is a steep uphill for around 300m. It then levels out towards the lake.

After passing the lake, the western end of the loop the track is has gentle hills. The section of the track that splits off to Red Gum trail slopes back downhill gradually to the carpark.

Quality of path

Formed track: The track is 4m wide and hard-packed ground combined with rubber canvas (conveyor belt) material to support the surface of the track. The rubber canvas material can be slippery.

There are protruding tree roots at points throughout the track.

Other barriers

Gates: There's a vehicle gate along the track. The gate has pedestrian access.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Lillypilly loop trail is in the northern section of Wyrrabalong National Park.

    To get there:

    Travel north along Wilfred Barnett Drive from The Entrance

    After about 7km, you'll see a small carpark on your left, approximately 1.5km past Magenta Shores Golf Course.

    Parking

    There's an informal hard-packed ground parking area just of the main road at the beginning of the Lillypilly loop trail.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Wyrrabalong National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Spring

    A spring visit allows you to see gorgeous wildflower displays as you walk through the park.

    Summer

    It's summertime and the water's great – visit to surf, swim or snorkel in the park's superb beaches and it's a great time of year to fish for prawns and blue swimmer crabs at Tuggerah Lake.

    Winter

    Head to Wyrrabalong or Crackneck lookouts – these high headlands are perfect posts for watching whales on their northern migration.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    20°C and 25°C

    Highest recorded

    42.4°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    10°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    3.4°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    246mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Water activities

    Beaches, rivers and lakes in NSW national parks offer lots of opportunities for water activities. Please take care in the water and find out how to help your family and friends stay safe around water.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - hard

    • The loop trail is 4m wide and made of hard-packed ground mixed with rubber canvas to support the track. The rubber canvas material can be slippery.
    • There's a gate along the track, which has pedestrian access.
    • At the start of the southern end of the loop, the track goes steeply uphill for 300m. It then levels out towards the lake and has gentle hills.
    • The section of the track that splits off to Red Gum trail slopes back downhill gradually to the carpark.

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Lillypilly loop trail is in Wyrrabalong National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Aboriginal culture

    Crackneck lookout, Wyrrabalong National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    North Wyrrabalong forms part of traditional Country of the Awabakal People, with south Wyrrabalong (cut off from the north by The Entrance channel) being Darkinjung Country. The park has a rich Aboriginal history and protects many significant cultural sites, including an extensive midden at Pelican Point. You can take a guided tour with Nyanga Walang to find out more about local Darkinjung history.

    Red gum forest

    Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Wyrrabalong National Park. Photo: Wayne Reynolds

    The northern section of Wyrrabalong National Park protects the largest stand of Sydney red gums, or Angophoras, on the Central Coast. Explore the red gum forest and enjoy the shade of these magnificent native trees along the Red Gum trail in north Wyrrabalong. See how the forest changes depending on the season – trunks change from orange in summer to pinkish-grey in winter. Visit around December to see the trees adorned with white flowers, and spot honeyeaters in the branches in wintertime. The park is also an important haven for a variety of wildlife, including a number of threatened migratory birds that visit the coastal strip between Forresters Beach and Blue Lagoon in the park’s southern section. There’s even a population of marine turtles in Tuggerah Lake – if you’re lucky, you might see a loggerhead turtle; they have a large head in proportion to the rest of its body.

    • Junior ranger: Wyrrabalong coastal adventure tour Join a junior ranger adventure on the Central Coast these school holidays. You’ll explore coastal trails, play games and make nature art in Wyrrabalong National Park.
    • Lillypilly loop trail The easy Lillypilly loop trail is a lovely rainforest walk on the NSW Central Coast. Enjoy birdwatching and scenic views over Tuggerah Lakes.
    • Pelican Beach Road lookout Pelican Beach Road lookout offers scenic views over The Entrance and Pelican Beach and is a great spot for whale watching. The beach is popular for fishing and surfing.
    • Wyrrabalong coastal walking tour Discover one of the Central Coast’s most beautiful walks on this guided tour in Wyrrabalong National Park. The 6km hike features coastal forest, sandy beaches and spectacular clifftop views.

    Whale watching

    Bateau Bay picnic area, Wyrrabalong National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The park's spectacular coastal lookouts - both north and south - are ideal vantage points for whale watchers. Bring your binoculars to Crackneck Point lookout in whale watching season and prepare to be astounded. Whales are frequently seen breaching and tail-slapping nearby. And watch for the blow as they surface for air - there's really nothing like it.

    Plants and animals protected in this park

    Animals

    • Five pelicans stand at the beach shore in Bundjalung National Park as the sun rises. Photo: Nick Cubbin © DPE

      Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

      The curious pelican is Australia’s largest flying bird and has the longest bill of any bird in the world. These Australian birds are found throughout Australian waterways and the pelican uses its throat pouch to trawl for fish. Pelicans breed all year round, congregating in large colonies on secluded beaches and islands.

    • Brown-striped frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

      Brown-striped frog (Lymnastes peronii)

      One of the most common frogs found in Australia, the ground-dwelling brown-striped frog lives in ponds, dams and swamps along the east coast. Also known as the striped marsh frog, this amphibian grows to 6.5cm across and has a distinctive ‘tok’ call that can be heard all year round.

    Plants

    • Cabbage tree palm in Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

      Cabbage palm (Livistona australis)

      With glossy green leaves spanning 3-4m in length and a trunk reaching a height of up to 30m, the cabbage tree palm, or fan palm, is one of the tallest Australian native plants. Thriving in rainforest margins along the east coast of NSW, in summer this giant palm produces striking spikes of cream flowers which resemble cabbages.

    • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

      Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

      Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

    Environments in this park

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