Maitland Bay Shipwreck Track

Download & Print Map and Notes

1 hr 30 mins

3.9 km Return

195 m

Hard track
From the Maitland Bay Information Centre, this walk heads straight down the hill to Maitland Beach and the shipwreck of the S.S. Maitland. On the way down, the track passes many rock landings providing great views of Maitland Bay and the bush of the surrounding gullies. Perched on the edge of the rock shelf, in the water east of the beach, are the remains of the S.S Maitland. The walk down to the shipwreck is magnificent and it is well worth spending some extra time to enjoy the beach.

Maps for the Maitland Bay Shipwreck Track 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.
Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series 91301N BROKEN BAY NSW-91301N
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Maitland Bay Shipwreck Track bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Maitland Bay Shipwreck Track

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 3.9 km
Time 1 hr 30 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
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


1.1km of this walk has short steep hills and another 600m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (310m) is very steep.

Quality of track

1.4km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 310m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (250m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 1.5km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 430m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


Around 1.7km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 310m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


1.5km of this walk has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and another 250m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (180m) 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 Maitland Bay Shipwreck Track walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Maitland Bay Shipwreck Track walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Maitland Bay Shipwreck Track walk starts and ends at the Maitland Bay Information Centre (gps: -33.520086, 151.38267)
Your main transport option to Maitland Bay Information Centre is by;
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 🙂