About this walk
This walk follow the coastal walk through part of Bouddi National Park.
It then follow the 5 Lands Walk to Terrigal, and continues along the coast through Wyrrabalong National Park.
From Bateau Bay the walk then cuts across to the Tuggerah Lake Cycle Way to Chittaway bay.
It takes about 12 hours to complete the full 50 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
Get the train to Woy Woy using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Tuggerah at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
Exit the station across the pedestrian ramp.
Cross Brisbane Water drive and follow it left to the ferry dock.
From the ferry dock follow the bike path right along the shore front.
Cross Lions Park and continue along the waterfront.
At the end of the bike path, continue along the grass along the water.
Follow the road from boat ramp car park to Orange Grove Road.
Turn left onto Orange Grove Road and follow it along Blackwall Mountain.
Turn left to remain on Orange Grove Road before the underpass.
Take the rough path on the right up to Empire Bay Drive.
Cross Empire Bay Drive and follow it left to the bridge.
Cross the bridge across Brisbane Water.
On the other side of the bridge, take the ramp down to Daley Ave.
Follow Daley Ave past the house along the hillside.
Turn left onto Fisherman's Trail and follow it uphill.
At the junction, follow the trail left as it zigzags up the ridge.
At the intersection at the top of the ridge, follow the firetrail to the left.
At the next intersection, follow Daley's Point Trail to the right.
Exit the trail through the gate at the Wards Hill carpark.
Cross Wards Hill Road and continue down Maitland Bay Drive.
Maitland Bay Drive ends at the Boudi National Park visitor centre.
From the car park follow the steps down to Maitland Bay.
Continue on past the intersection to the Bullimah Spur.
At the intersection with the coastal walk, continue left down to Maitland Bay.
At Maitland Bay, follow the beach to the other side.
Ascend the sandstone staircase up the headland.
At the intersection follow the coastal walk right to Little Beach.
At intersections with side trails, follow the signs to Little Beach.
At the last intersection continue left down the smaller Old Quarry bush trail.
From the end of the coastal walk folow the Bombi Moor Firetrail.
At the intersection follow Little Beach Trail to the right.
At the Little Beach campground, cross the stepstones across the creek.
Follow the coastal walk sign up the next headland.
Head left down the firetrail at the top of the headland.
Take the left track at the intersection with the 72 Trail.
Continue left past the second point trail.
Pass the gate at the end of the firetrail and continue along Beachview Esplanade.
At the intersection with Ocean Drive take the footpath between the houses on the right.
Continue down the bush trail behind the houses.
Pass the gate at the end of the trail and continue down Macmasters Parade.
At the corner take the steps down to Marine Parade on the right.
From Marine Parade use the beach access.
Follow the beach towards Copacabana on the other side.
After long periods of rain, the lagoon may be flooded and it'll be nessecary to wade across.
Leave the beach at the Copacabana Surf Club.
Continue right down Del Monte Place along the beach.
Continue straight past the two roundabouts and follow the road uphill.
Turn right at the top to visit Captain Cook Lookout.
A bushtrail continues from the far end of the plaform between the fence and the warning sign in the photo.
The trail leads to a staircase down into Winnie Bay.
Follow the scaircase down and follow the path through the gully.
Continue down Del Monte Place and take the footpath into Captain Cook Park on the right.
Follow the steps down to Winnie Bay.
At the end of the steps
cross Winnie Bay along the firetrail.
Past the waste water outlet, take the firetrail zigzag up the ridge.
Continue past the water tank at the top of the ridge.
Cross Endeavour Drive and find the steps down to Avoca between the houses.
Follow the steps all the way down, crossing the intersecting streets several times along the way.
At the bottom of the steps, entry the grassy reserve behind the surf club.
From the park, cross the surf club car park.
Continue up Avoca beach from the surf club.
After wet weather Avoca lagoon may require wading as well.
Leave the beach at North Avoca's surf club.
Continue right up North Avoca Parade.
Turn right at The Arena and start the zigzag road up the ridge.
At the top cross the Scenic Highway and head down Kurawyba Ave.
At the end of Kurawyba Ave follow the narrow footpath down between the houses.
At the intersection follow Kurawyba Ave to the left.
Follow Kurawyba Ave all the way to Terrigal Beach.
Follow the esplanade left and continue along the beach towards Wamberal Lagoon.
After wet weather it may be nessecary to wade through Wamberal Lagoon.
Continue past Wamberal Lagoon to Forester Beach.
Find the steps up from the beach at the next headland.
From the beach access follow Spoon Bay Road.
Turn right up Kalakau Ave.
Follow Kalakau Road past Forester Beach.
After the bend turn right down North Scenic Road.
Pass the gate and continue past the radio tower into Wyrrabalong National Park.
Follow North Scenic Road towards the radio tower at the top. The last section is narrow and steep. Be mindful of descending cars.
Follow the coastal walk to Crackneck Lookout.
At side trails, continue following the signs for the Coastal Walk.
Cross the car park at Crackneck Lookout.
Across the lookout carpark follow the steps down to Bateau Bay.
Follow the trail markers to Bateau Bay Beach.
Follow the footpath along Bateau Bay Beach and the picnic areas.
From the other side of the picnic areas, continue down the trail to the holiday park.
From the end of the trail, follow Bateau Bay Road past the holiday park.
At the intersection with Shelly Beach Road, follow Bateau Bay Road left past the caravans.
At the roundabout follow Yakalla Road Left.
Cross The Entrance Road at the traffic lights and follow it right along the footpath towards the Entrance.
At the next roundabout, follow Wyong Road to the left.
Cross Wyong Road at the traffic lights and turn right down McLean Street.
Turn left at the end of McLean Street and start following the bike path along the lake.
Follow the combined bike and footpath all the way along lake Tuggerah
The bike path leaves the lake at Chittaway Lions Park. Cross the road follow the footpath right for a short distance.
Turn left at the artificial wetlands and follow the footpath along the creek.
At the far end of the artificial wetlands turn right down James Watt Drive.
Turn left at the roundabout and follow Chittaway Road past the shopping centre.
Cross Wyong Road and follow it to the right in the direction of Tugerah.
Follow the footpath past the industrial estate.
At the roundabout near the Pacific Highway, cross Wyong Road and follow Bryant Drive to the right past the furniture stores.
Turn left after the furniture stores and continue across the carpark and bus stops to Tuggerah Station.
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.