1 hr 45 mins
(0km) Int of Geebung Track and Campbell Dr → Birdie Beach View
Birdie Beach View
(1.67km) Birdie Beach View → Int of Geebung Track and Wybung Head Rd
(2.36km) Int of Geebung Track and Wybung Head Rd → Upper end of Grass Tree Track
(2.41km) Upper end of Grass Tree Track → Tip of Wybung Head
Continue straight: From the locked gate at the car park (at the end of Wybung Head Rd), this walk heads downhill along the management trail. The trail soon passes a track (on the left, that leads to the whale watching area), and continues downhill along the wide trail to find the grand ocean views. The trail then bends left and passes along the top of an unfenced cliff. As the trail flattens out, it passes a grassy clearing and ends on the narrow saddle, with views up and down the coast.
Continue straight: From the narrow saddle, this walk follows the narrower track towards the ocean along middle of the headland. The track leads up a small rise and through some heath, to then suddenly open up at the top of an unfenced cliff and view across the ocean. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn right.
(2.41km) Upper end of Grass Tree Track → Bongon Lagoon
(3.15km) Bongon Lagoon → Frazer Beach Picnic Area
(3.27km) Frazer Beach Picnic Area → Frazer Beach Camping Ground
Frazer camping ground
(3.45km) Frazer Beach Camping Ground → Northern end of Frazer Beach
(3.52km) Northern end of Frazer Beach → Snapper Point Beach
Snapper Point Beach
(3.9km) Snapper Point Beach → Snapper Point Beach Buoy
(4km) Snapper Point Beach Buoy → Life Buoy Sign
(4.11km) Life Buoy Sign → Snapper Point Memorial
Snapper Point Memorial
(4.11km) Life Buoy Sign → Snapper Point car park
Snapper Point Cave Lookout
Maps for the Campbell Drive to Snapper Point walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Catherine Hill Bay||1:25 000 Map Series||92314S CATHERINE HILL BAY||NSW-92314S|
|Lake Macquarie||1:100 000 Map Series||9231 LAKE MACQUARIE||9231|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||1 hr 45 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough unclear track (5/6)|
|Signs||No directional signs (5/6)|
|Experience Required||High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)|
|Weather||Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
2.6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.3km has short steep hills. The remaining (340m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
2.8km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.2km follows a rough unclear track. Whilst another 100m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and the remaining 55m follows a smooth and hardened path.
2.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 1.2km Has no directional signs. The remaining (540m) is clearly signposted.
2.5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 740m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. Whilst another 540m requires no previous bushwalking experience and the remaining 480m requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience.
2.6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 840m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (480m) forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety.
Around 3.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 640m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
This short walk takes you from the great view of Snapper Point Sea Cave (at the end of Snapper Point Rd) along a management trail to Snapper Point. The area is very rocky and provides grand ocean views. The memorial on Snapper Point gives a good reminder to take care. There are views out over the ocean, and also south to Frazer Beach and north up the coast. An enjoyable short walk with great views, especially on sunny days.
Total climbing: 5m
280 m Return
Snapper Point Beach is an informal name for the small beach between Frazer Beach and Snapper Point. This walk starts from the great views of the sea cave and leads out to Snapper Point. Here, the walk turns right and follows the shore to the lifebuoy, then across the rocks to the secluded beach. The high grade on this walk is due to the risk associated with walking on the rock ledge, please take care. The notes mention an alternate route that can be used as a shortcut back to the car park.
Total climbing: 24m
630 m Return
Wybung Head is found at the end of Wybung Head Rd. This walk leads from the car park along a wide trail to the grand views up and down the coast from the end of the headland. A narrow track finishes the walk to the tip of Wybung Head, where there are 270-degree views of the ocean, up and down the coast. There are many large and crumbly cliffs here, please take care. A great spot for whale watching or just enjoying the turbulent ocean views.
Total climbing: 49m
804 m Return
The Grass Tree Track links Wybung Head Rd with Frazer Beach via a ridge-top track. At the time of writing, this track was very overgrown (hence the high grade) and the trackhead difficult to find. Once on course, much of the track is clearer and quiet eroded in places. It is an interesting walk to see some diverse vegetation,noticing how it changes with altitude. At the bottom of the hill, the track emerges onto Frazer Beach before heading to the picnic area at the end of Frazer Rd.
Total climbing: 4m
862 m One way
The Geebung Track links Campbell Dr and Wybung Head Rd via a track through the heath. Forming part of a coastal walk, you will find occasional ocean views in addition to a great view of Birdie Beach about halfway. The Geebung Track is a great place to enjoy the wildflower display in spring and early summer. If you have extra time, you could extend your journey with the Wybung Head walk for more ocean views.
Total climbing: 92m
2.4 km One way
Starting from Campbell Dr, this walk follows the Geebung and Grass Tree tracks to Frazer Beach, with an optional sidetrip to Wybung Head. Geebung Track leads you through the low heath and past a few sweeping ocean views, and great wildflower displays in spring and summer. The side trip to Wybung Head follows a dirt road, and the views are well worth the detour. Grass Tree Track is overgrown and unclear in places, making its way down to Frazer Beach.
Total climbing: 96m
3.3 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
This walk follows the Geebung Track to the sweeping views of Birdie Beach. From Campbell Dr, you will follow a management trail down to a creek where the Geebung Track narrows and winds through the heath to the top of the hill, where there is a view to Birdie Beach. The views south along Birdie Beach are good and extend over Bird Island to Norah Head. This walk is especially worthwhile in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom (although you will still see wildflowers for much of summer).
Total climbing: 65m
3.3 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
Other Nearby walks
A short walk to access the beach from Freemans camping area. This easy walk takes campers along a wide path to Birdie Beach car park, then to Birdie Beach. The campsite is far enough back from the beach to be protected from the sea breeze, so this walk saves the longer trip via the road. Further north on Birdie Beach is Red Ochre Beach (a nude beach) and also Birdie Lagoon. Birdie Beach is not patrolled.
Total climbing: 12m
1.2 km Return
This short walk starts at the end of Wybung Head Rd, leading along the top of the ridge to a fairly large clearing with sweeping ocean views. A large sign provides some information on Marine Mammals. This is a good spot to watch migrations – northern migration from June to July and southern migration from Sept to Oct. There is no shade, wind protection or any other facilities, so come well prepared if planning to sit and watch for a while.
Total climbing: 9m
142 m Return
Starting at Tea Tree Picnic Area, this short walk follows a beach access track to Birdie Beach. Along the way, the walk visits Bird Island Lookout, providing a great view of Bird Island, and up and down Birdie Beach. The walk continues down the timber path and steps, across the sand to the edge of the ocean. The beach is not patrolled, so swimming is not recommend, but it is a good place for fishing or enjoying a stroll along the sand.
Total climbing: 18m
460 m Return
This short walk leads from the Tea Tree Picnic Area to the Bird Island Lookout. The view from the fenced platform looks up and down Birdie Beach, and out to sea to Bird Island. The walk starts from the car park and heads across the compacted dirt, then a mulched path, before finally heading up a timber ramp to the lookout. A short walk to a grand view.
Total climbing: 3m
152 m Return
This circuit walk explores the valley of palm trees and the dry woodland on the ridge. Starting from the back of the Palms Picnic Area, this walk follows an arrow through a palm forest then across a small creek and up a hill. At the top of the hill is an information sign, where the walk turns left and heads down the ridge, passing more palms before heading back to the picnic area. A great walk before lunch at the picnic area.
Total climbing: 37m
609 m Circuit
Timber Beach is a secluded beach in Munmorah State Conservation Area. The walk starts from a short side road off Snapper Point Rd, at Timber Beach Lookout. From here, the walk follows an eroded track down the ridge, then bends left to cross a clearing and come to the back of Timber Beach. The beach is surrounded by rock walls and is quite small, especially at high tide. A lovely quiet spot to visit.
Total climbing: 67m
768 m Return
A very short walk to the Norah Head rockpool in Cabbage Tree Harbour. The rockpool is a great, sheltered spot to swim and relax on a sunny day. You could also happily spend some time exploring the nearby rockshelves. A great spot for a lazy afternoon with plenty of interesting scenery.
Total climbing: 6m
150 m Return
A great, scenic walk along the shoreline at Norah Head, to the lighthouse with it’s picturesque location and beautiful views. The walk along the beach and rockshelf is interesting, with lots of shapes and textures making the rockshelf interesting to explore. The Norah Head lighthouse is very picturesque and the views of the surrounding area from the lighthouse and lookout are fantastic. The very short sidetrip to the merchant mariners memorial adds some more interest.
Total climbing: 60m
2.6 km Return
A very interesting and very scenic walk, taking in the merchant mariners memorial, and lookout, and the Norah Head lighthouse before exploring the rockshelf below Norah Head. The lighthouse is very picturesque and the setting is beautiful, with some fantastic views along the coastline from the paths around the area. The merchant mariners memorial adds some more historic interest to the walk. The rockshelf is interesting to explore, with plenty of shapes and textures in the rock.
Total climbing: 56m
1.6 km Return
762 m Return
A fantastic loop walk with a great variety of excellent scenery. The walk covers the Norah Head Nature Trail with it’s beautiful forest scenery, the merchant navy memorial and Norah Head lighthouse before returning via the shoreline. There are plenty of stunning coastline views and some exploration of the rockshelf below the lighthouse. On weekends, you could also join a tour of the lighthouse.
Total climbing: 66m
2.5 km Circuit
A beautiful walk with a great variety of scenery. The walk starts with some beautiful forest scenery, visits an interesting memorial to the merchant navy, wanders past the scenic Norah Head lighthouse with its stunning coastline views, and finishes with some exploration of the rockshelf below the lighthouse. On weekends, you even have the option to join a tour of the lighthouse.
Total climbing: 65m
2.2 km Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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Special Maps/ brochures
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