Mackerel Beach Community

Download & Print Map and Notes

45 mins

1.4 km Circuit

38 m

Moderate track
This short walk is a great way to see the beautiful Mackerel Beach and community. After a short ferry ride from Palm Beach, the walk heads up the grassed streets of Mackerel, leading to the lagoon. The track is mainly sandy beach or grass stretches, with the area behind the lagoon winding through a bushland area to bring the track back to Mackerel Beach. This loop is a great short walk, and only a hop, skip and jump away from Palm Beach.

Maps for the Mackerel Beach Community 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
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Mackerel Beach Community bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mackerel Beach Community

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 1.4 km
Time 45 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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


800m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 360m has short steep hills. The remaining (230m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

Around 810m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 580m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 810m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 580m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 1.4km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 940m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 450m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Mackerel Beach Community walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Mackerel Beach Community walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Mackerel Beach Community walk starts and ends at the Mackerel Beach Wharf (gps: -33.590386, 151.30074)
Your main transport option to Mackerel Beach Wharf is by;
Ferry. Palm Beach Ferry service operates hourly from 9am to about 8pm – check their timetable for more info. The ferry starts at Palm Beach and goes via Bennett’s, Bonnie Doon, The Basin, Currawong then Mackerel. Ph: 9974 2411 (get details)
Important Note: There is no car transport option to the start of this walk.

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 Metropolitan 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 🙂