(0km) Bush St Reserve car park → Headland Nature Trail trackhead
Bush St reserve
(0.09km) Headland Nature Trail trackhead → Int near headland lookout
(0.25km) Int near headland lookout → Headland lookout
(0.27km) Headland lookout → Lighthouse car park
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, taking the left fork, directly away from the nearby lookout platform. After a short distance, the track follows a ‘Nature Trail’ arrow to the left, ignoring a track to the right, and continues meandering through the bush. The track passes over a small timber bridge and bends to the right, continuing through the bush for some time and arriving at the end of the lighthouse car park.
(0.65km) Lighthouse car park → Merchant Mariners memorial lookout
Merchant Mariners memorial and lookout
(0.74km) Merchant Mariners memorial lookout → Cottage car park
Lighthouse cottages and weddings
(0.86km) Cottage car park → Lighthouse
(0.96km) Lighthouse → Lighthouse Point lookout
Norah Head Lighthouse Point lookout
(1.03km) Lighthouse Point lookout → Bottom of Norah Head steps
(1.08km) Bottom of Norah Head steps → Southern end of Lighthouse Beach
Norah Head rockshelf
(1.43km) Southern end of Lighthouse Beach → Rock Pool
Continue straight: From the northern end of Lighthouse Beach, this walk goes north across the rock shelf, keeping the ocean to the right. The walk then goes up the steps and along the concrete footpath with the metal handrail, around the headland and past the ocean pool, to the right, before arriving at the bottom of the concrete steps, just below the toilet block.
Norah Head Rock Pool
(2.18km) Rock Pool → Int of Rock Pool Path and Bush St reserve path
(2.27km) Int of Rock Pool Path and Bush St reserve path → Bush St Reserve car park
Turn right: From the information board and trackhead, this walk goes across the park, past the toilet block, to the car park of the Bush St Reserve, Norah Head (near the intersection with Young St).
Maps for the Norah Head Lighthouse Loop 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.
|Toukley||1:25 000 Map Series||92313N TOUKLEY||NSW-92313N|
|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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
1.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 380m is flat with no steps. The remaining (290m) has short steep hills.
Quality of track
1.1km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 600m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 380m follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 370m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
1.1km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 720m is clearly signposted. The remaining (630m) has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 1.2km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 2km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 450m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
1.3km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 840m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (360m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
762 m 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
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
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
Other Nearby walks
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 one-way walk covering some of the highlights of this part of Wyrrabalong National Park. The walk starts off through some beautiful wetland forest, before passing through areas of fantastic, twisted Sydney Redgums and Burrawang cycads. A couple a lookouts provide great views and spots to relax before the walk drops to the edge of Tuggerah lake. Towards the end, the walk passes through some beautiful rainforest with towering cabbage palms. Much of the walk is on sandy tracks.
Total climbing: 79m
4.8 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
A very nice walk through some wetland forest and some of the beautiful Sydney Redgum forest, a feature of the area. The unnamed Redgum Lookout, at the return point of the walk, has some great views and is an atmospheric spot to spend some time before returning. Much of the walk is on sandy tracks. The start/end of the walk can be reached by bus.
Total climbing: 54m
3.1 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
An excellent loop walk through areas of beautiful Sydney Redgums. In several places these twisted trees lean over the track, creating great scenery and atmosphere. Two lookout platforms along the way provide some fantastic views over the surrounding areas and Tuggerah Lake. Much of the walk is on sandy tracks.
Total climbing: 48m
3.4 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
A great walk covering much of the excellent scenery in this area. This walk includes great views over Tuggerah lake, some beautiful areas of littoral rainforest, very picturesque, twisted Sydney Redgums leaning over the track and plenty of Burrawangs (a cycad). The lookouts along the way provide good spots to relax for a while. Much of the walking is on sandy tracks, which will slow you down a little.
Total climbing: 104m
6.9 km Circuit
2 hrs 15 mins
This beautiful loop walk passes through a great variety of forest scenery, including some lovely rainforest, dominated by cabbage palms and other trees. There are some beautiful views across Tuggerah Lake, and parts of the track feature twisted Sydney Redgums leaning over the track, and the shorter palm-like Burrawang (a species of cycad). Much of the walk is on sandy tracks, with sections of timber boarding to control erosion.
Total climbing: 62m
3.6 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
A beautiful, short walk passing through a variety of scenery, featuring an area of littoral rainforest, dominated by big cabbage palms. There are beautiful views across Tuggerah lake at the return point. Much of the walk is on sandy tracks and several sections of wooden boards keep the track in good shape and make the walking a little easier.
Total climbing: 28m
1.8 km 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
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 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
This walk follows the Coast Track to Frazer Beach, along the Geebung and (overgrown) Grass Tree Tracks. From the northern end of Frazer Beach, the walk heads across the exposed rockshelf to Snapper Point Beach, then on to Snapper Point (consider tide and sea conditions before setting out). From Snapper Point, there are more great ocean views and a lookout which views a large sea cave. If you have extra time, the side trip to Wybung Head is worth the effort. A very diverse walk exploring many of the highlights in the park.
Total climbing: 135m
4.2 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
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
Short URL = http://wild.tl/nhll
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.