McBrides Beach walking track
Booti Booti National Park
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.
Just five minutes from Forster, the Cape Hawke lookout offers spectacular 360-degree views along the coast from the top of a dedicated tower, perfect for whale watching.
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.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Booti Booti Office
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm. Closed public holidays.
- 02 6591 0300
- The Ruins campground, Booti Booti National Park, 4374 The Lakes Way, Booti Booti 2428
- 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