Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach

2 hrs 30 mins

5.8 km Return

254 m

Experienced only
A great walk along the boulder strewn shoreline to the unnamed beach below Crackneck Lookout. Much of this walk is very exposed to the ocean and should not be attempted at high tide or during rough seas. Plenty of rock hopping over the boulders makes the walking harder but also makes the scenery more interesting. The shapes and textures in the rock, combined with the imposing hills and low cliffs of the coastline give quite dramatic scenery and atmosphere for the walk. * This walk passes through very remote areas and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.

Maps for the Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach walk

You 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.
Gosford 1:25 000 Map Series 91312S GOSFORD NSW-91312S
Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 GOSFORD 9131

Cross sectional view of the Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach

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.

Length 5.8 km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins

Grade 5/6

Experienced only
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


Around 2.1km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 800m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

2km of this walk follows a rough unclear track and another 800m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (80m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 2.8km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 80m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 2km of this walk requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 880m requires some bushwalking experience.


Around 2km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 880m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


2km of this walk has no facilities provided and another 800m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (80m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Forresters Beach to Crackneck Beach walk starts and ends at the Int of South Scenic Rd and Henrys Rd (gps: -33.41096, 151.46547)
Your transport options to Int of South Scenic Rd and Henrys Rd are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each 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 Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
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.
Happy walking
Matt :)