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The Coast walking track

Wyrrabalong National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about The Coast walking track.

Track grading

Features of this track


3km one-way


1hr 15min - 1hr 45min

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

No experience required


Short steep hills


Many steps

Quality of path

Formed track

Getting there and parking

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    The Coast walking track goes from Bateau Bay south to Forresters Beach. You can start the track at either end, or at one of the access points along the way, or including Crackneck lookout.

    To start the walk from Bateau Bay:

    • Take The Entrance Road and turn east into Yakalla Street
    • Turn right onto Bateau Bay Road and then left into Reserve Drive
    • The track starts from Bateau Bay Beach picnic area on Reserve Drive

    To start the walk from Forresters Beach:

    • Take The Entrance Road and turn east into Crystal Street
    • Turn left into Kalakau Avenue, which becomes South Scenic Road
    • Turn right into North Scenic Road, which becomes Cromarty Hill Road
    • Park near the gate and follow the track up to the Wyrrabalong lookout, where the track begins


    • Parking is available at Bateau Bay Beach picnic area a short walk from the northern end of The Coast walking track
    • Parking is available on North Scenic Drive, a short walk to Wyrrabalong lookout and the southern end of The Coast walking track

    Best times to visit

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


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


    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.


    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


    20°C and 25°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    10°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


    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.

    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).



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    The Coast walking track

    Park info