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McBrides Beach walking track

Booti Booti National Park

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Take a short stroll down McBrides Beach walking track to reach remote and picturesque McBrides Beach, the perfect spot for an oceanside picnic.

McBrides Beach walking track is located off Cape Hawke Drive in Booti Booti National Park, about 10 minutes’ drive from Forster. This 600m walk has sections with stairs and descends through regenerating littoral rainforest. After about 25 minutes you’ll emerge onto beautiful and isolated McBrides Beach, nestled between rugged cliffs.

You can picnic and swim at McBrides Beach but camping is prohibited.

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted on the beach or walking track.

If you’d like to explore this area some more, head back up the track and make the short stroll over to Cape Hawke lookout. Climb the tower to enjoy stunning panoramic views along the north side of Cape Hawke.


  • Coastal views from Cape Hawke lookout in Booti Booti National Park. Photo credit: John Spencer © DPIE

    Cape Hawke lookout

    Just five minutes from Forster, the Cape Hawke lookout offers spectacular views along the coast from the top of a dedicated tower, perfect for whale watching.

  • McBrides Beach is located at the end of McBrides walking track. Credit: Stephen Smith © DPIE

    McBrides Beach

    Picnic by the ocean at picturesque McBrides Beach in Booti Booti National Park, 10mins from Forster. Reach this idyllic spot with a short stroll down McBrides Beach walking track.

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.

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  • in Booti Booti National Park in the North Coast region
  • Booti Booti National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. Day passes are available from the Manning Great Lakes Area Office, Bulahdelah Visitor Information Centre and the Hawks Nest Newsagency.

    Buy annual pass