About this walk
Part of this walk crosses Munmorah State Conservation Area and Wallarah National Park.
It takes about 9 hours to complete the full 32 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops.
A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.
Getting there and back
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Along the way
Leave the bus outside the Norah Heads Reserve and follow Bush Street towards the lighthouse.
The road eventually leads to the car park and lookout for the lighthouse.
Continue past the lighthouse and go down the stair case to the beach.
Follow the beach to the left and head up the boat ramp on the far end.
You'll be back at the place where you exited the bus. Follow Bungary Road to the right, past the bakery.
Where Bungary Road curves to the left, head right into the shortcut through a small reserve.
Cross the reserve and follow Hargraves Street to the left back to the main road.
Follow the right exit of the roundabout for a short distance, then enter Ada Avenue to the right.
Halfway down Ada Ave, enter Elizabeth Drive to the left and watch for a path to the beach on the right.
Follow the beach to the left all the way to the end. The beach is deceptively long.
Towards the end of the beach a sign indicates the start of the nudist beach. Cross the dunes to the left before this sign.
After crossing the dunes follow the lagoon to the left to the car park.
Continue straight across the car park, where the footpath continues to the camping.
From the car park, follow the path to the camping.
The camping has latrines and a fresh water supply if needed.
Exit the camping up Birdie Beach Drive. At the intersections with Blue Wren Drive follow the signs to Frazer Beach to the right.
At the intersection with Campbell Drive, again follow the signs to Frazer Beach to the right.
A short distance after the road goes down a gully and crosses a creek, find the gated trail on the right.
Follow the trail through the coastal heath and over the headland to the other side.
The trail ends at another gate. Follow the road a short distance to the right.
Watch the left side of the road to find a rough path leading off into thick growth.
The trail gradually opens up and leads down the headland to the next beach.
Near the end of the trail look for colourful ribbons to show a safe path through the thick vegetation onto Frazer beach.
Follow the two beaches and the rocky platform between them to the far end.
At the far end of the two beaches, find the trodden path up the headland to a carkpark.
Across the carpark you can find a small bay with a blowhole.
Follow the road along the blowhole all the way to the top of the hill.
From there a firetrail leads off to the right and meanders its way down the hill to the next beach.
The trail end at Mooney Beach, follow it to the left where a firetrail leads up the next headland.
Near the end of the firetrail a junction offers two options: At high tide, follow it to the left through the suburb.
At low tide, follow the firetrail to the right down to the beach.
Follow the beach underneath the old jetty to the surf club.
Both options will rejoin the walk at the Catherine Hill Bay surf club. Follow the beach to the next headland.
A very steep firetrail leads up the hill from the beach.
At the top follow the firetrail through the forested area.
Continue past the gate across the trail, to the left past the concrete building of the quary.
Turning right after the quarry the trail meanders downhill through the bushland.
Eventually the trail ends at a lagoon and continues up the next headland after crossing a footbridge.
At the top of the headland the trail joins up with a coastal walk to Caves Beach.
The trail turns into more of a footpath, before eventually ending at a road.
Follow the road for a short distance, looking for a footpath down to Caves Beach on the right.
Follow the footpath down to the caves and the beach.
Continue along the beach to the last path into the dunes.
Follow the path through the dunes to the road.
Follow the road to the left to the intersection with Northcote Avenue.
Turn right at the intersection and find the bus stop a short distance up the road.
What to bring
- Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
- Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
- Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
- Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
- Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
- Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.