Moonee Beach trail

Munmorah State Conservation Area

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Overview

This delightful walk through scenic coastal heath leads to the white sands of Moonee beach where you can relax, swim or fish before heading back along the walk.

Where
Munmorah State Conservation Area
Distance
4km return
Time suggested
45min - 1hr 15min
Grade
Grade 2
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times
Munmorah State Conservation Area is open between 5.30am and 9pm (daylight savings time) and 5.30am to 6pm (other times)
What to
bring
Hat, drinking water, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Dotted with grass trees and with myriad birds winging across your path, this walk through coastal heathland is a delight.

The paths are wide and offer sweeping views over Timber Beach, Ghosties Beach and Moonee Beach – bring the camera for some picture-perfect shots. In late winter and early spring, you’ll also witness a blaze of colour as wildflowers bloom across the heath.

The real highlight of this walk reveals itself as you descend onto spectacular Moonee Beach. You’ll feel far from the madding crowds on this private sandy shoreline. Spend the day swimming or snorkelling in the turquoise water and don’t forget to explore the protected rockpool area.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/moonee-beach-trail/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

  • in Munmorah State Conservation Area in the Sydney and surrounds and North Coast regions
  • Spring/summer open hours

    Munmorah State Conservation Area is open 5.30am–9pm, from the start of the NSW school holiday period in September (Friday) until the last day of the NSW autumn school holidays.

    Autumn/winter open hours

    Munmorah State Conservation Area is open 5.30am–7pm, from 1 May until the day before the start of the NSW September school holidays (Thursday).

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines - cash and credit cards accepted.

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Moonee Beach trail.

Track grading

Grade 2

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    45min - 1hr 15min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    4km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From the northern entry of Munmorah State Conservation Area:

    • Follow Blue Wren Drive and turn left onto Campbell Drive and continue for 4km
    • The track begins from the gravel carpark on the left

    From the southern entry of Munmorah State Conservation Area:

    • Follow Birdie Beach Road and turn left onto Blue Wren Drive
    • Turn right onto Campbell Drive and continue for 4km
    • The track begins from the gravel carpark on the left

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    Check the weather before you set out as the road to Moonee Beach trail can become boggy when it rains.

    Parking

    Parking is available at the start of Moonee Beach trail, day use fees apply

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Munmorah State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Make the most the of the lovely temperature at this time of year and pitch the tent for a camping break by the beach.

    Spring

    Head out along Moonee Beach trail in late winter or early spring and you'll be rewarded with spectacular wildflower displays in the coastal heath areas.

    Summer

    Escape the summer heat with a walk along the Palms circuit track through the rainforest, or cool off with a swim at Frazer beach – it's patrolled during the Christmas and Easter school holidays.

    Winter

    The winter months are the best time to whalewatch at Munmorah – you can even follow the whales' journey and record your sightings.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 25°C

    Highest recorded

    42.4°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    9°C and 18°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

    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    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.

    Fishing safety

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    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).

    Prohibited

    Pets

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

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Moonee Beach trail is in Munmorah State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Action packed

    Elizabeth Bay picnic area, Munmorah State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

    You’ll never be short of something to see or do at Munmorah. The Palms circuit track and the Moonee Beach trail are enjoyable walks that take you through very different but equally impressive vegetation and scenery. The park is an anglers with myriad places to drop a line. Keen surfers and hang gliders in the know also head to Munmorah. When it’s warm you can snorkel, swim and explore rockpools at the idyllic Birdie and Frazer beaches, and in the winter months go whale watching at Wybung Head or the Tea Tree lookout.

    • Elizabeth Bay picnic area Enjoy a day out at this perfect picnic spot on the shores of tranquil Elizabeth Bay. Bring your boat and fishing rod, and don’t forget your swimmers.
    • Tea Tree picnic area and lookout Check the surf and keep a keen eye out for whales from the lookout at Tea Tree picnic area. A short walk to Birdie Beach, it’s a great spot to stop for lunch and a swim.

    Animal magic

    Moonee Beach trail, Munmorah State Conservation Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    A huge number of bird and animal species call Munmorah State Conservation Area home. You might even spot the commonly found ringtail possum and sugar glider, and if you're really lucky, you might see the vulnerable squirrel glider, which lives in the eucalypt woodlands and rainforest in the northern part of the park. Scores of birds also come to rest at Munmorah as part of their long migratory journey - some flying from as far away as China and Japan. Look for gulls, terns, migratory waders and herons roosting on Munmorah's rocky platforms and feeding at the lake foreshore. If you're patient you might even spot the endangered little tern, or the vulnerable osprey and sooty oystercatcher.

    • Moonee Beach trail This delightful walk through scenic coastal heath leads to the white sands of Moonee beach where you can relax, swim or fish before heading back along the walk.
    • Palms circuit track After a tasty picnic lunch, escape to the cool rainforest of the Palms circuit track for an short loop walk beneath a canopy of cabbage tree palms.

    Bushtucker wonderland

    View of Frazer Beach, Munmorah State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

    The original inhabitants of Munmorah, the Awabakal people, settled in an area abundant with food like the plentiful cabbage palm, lilly pilly, acacia seed, yams and flower nectars. They supplemented their diet with shellfish collected from rocks and fish caught with lines and spears in the rivers and lakes then cooked on small hearths onboard their canoes. The Awabakal people were also known to have visited Moon Island to gather muttonbird chicks and eggs, and hunted various mammals and reptiles on land.

    Coast and beaches to crow about

    Snapper Head, Munmorah State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

    Whether you’re having lunch at the Elizabeth Bay picnic area or exploring the rock pools at the stunning Moonee Beach, Munmorah has some of the best coastline in the state. Frazer beach boasts a lagoon perfect to laze in when the weather's scorching, and the sandy beach is patrolled during the Christmas and Easter holidays. The 4km stretch of sand at Birdie beach is also a favourite, while to the far north there’s a nude bathing area. Dramatic panoramic views of the coastal cliffs and heath are another popular feature, especially from Wybung Head and on the walk down to Moonee Beach.

    • Moonee Beach trail This delightful walk through scenic coastal heath leads to the white sands of Moonee beach where you can relax, swim or fish before heading back along the walk.
    • Palms circuit track After a tasty picnic lunch, escape to the cool rainforest of the Palms circuit track for an short loop walk beneath a canopy of cabbage tree palms.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Superb fairy wren. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

      Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus)

      The striking blue and black plumage of the adult male superb fairy wren makes for colourful bird watching across south-eastern Australia. The sociable superb fairy wrens, or blue wrens, are Australian birds living in groups consisting of a dominant male, mouse-brown female ‘jenny wrens’ and several tawny-brown juveniles.

    • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

      White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

      White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

    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.

    • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

      Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

      An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

    • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

      Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

    Environments in this park

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