Norah Head Nature Trail

Download & Print Map and Notes

1 Hr

2.2 km Return

65 m

Moderate track
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.

Maps for the Norah Head Nature Trail 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.
Toukley 1:25 000 Map Series 92313N TOUKLEY NSW-92313N
Lake Macquarie 1:100 000 Map Series 9231 LAKE MACQUARIE 9231

Cross sectional view of the Norah Head Nature Trail bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Norah Head Nature Trail

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 2.2 km
Time 1 Hr

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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

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


490m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 380m is flat with no steps. The remaining (200m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track

600m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 380m follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (95m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 630m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 450m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 1km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 45m requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 1.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 1.1km 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 Norah Head Nature Trail walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Norah Head Nature Trail walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Norah Head Nature Trail walk starts and ends at the Bush St Reserve car park (gps: -33.28044, 151.56945)
Your transport options to Bush St Reserve car park 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 🙂