Sandbar Beach walking and hiking trail

To be fair, Sandbar Beach Walking Trail isn’t really a gazetted walk (if there is such a thing?). But it is such a lovely walk, and well worth it if you are in the area. It isn’t a particularly long walk (about 4kms) but has incredibly varied landscape – including rainforest, beach, head land and 4WD tracks. The Cellito Beach boardwalk section is a must do.

Sandbar Beach walking trail at a glance

Distance: Approx. 4.5 kms

Duration: 1 – 2 hours

Track: Combination of fire trails, boardwalk, beach walking 

Australian walking track grade: Grade 3 

Start: Sandbar Caravan Park, Sandbar Road, Sandbar

Finish: Sandbar Caravan Park, Sandbar Road, Sandbar

Nearby trails: Booti Hill and Wallis Lake walking and hiking trail

Bookings/Permits: Not required

Other information: Toilets are available at Sandbar & Bushland Caravan Park

Information on how walking trails are graded can be found here.

The trail

map of Sandbar Beach walking trail

Starting at Sandbar Caravan Park, take the 4WD trail to Sandbar Beach.

From here turn left and walk along the beach towards Bald Head and Cellito Beach.

At the Headland, take Cellito Beach Boardwalk.

At the end of the boardwalk, turn left again, following the path back towards the Caravan Park.

The trail is unmarked (except for the Boardwalk) and is approximately 4.5 kms in length.


The 4WD track from Sandbar Beach Caravan Park is frequently used by vehicles gaining access to Sandbar Beach. Be on the lookout for cars driving a little faster than might be expected as they try to leave the beach.

There is a short walking track that will take you part way up Bald Head. You can find good views from here towards Sandbar Beach. Be wary of snakes during the summer! Also a great spot to whale watch during the winter months.

boardwalk through rainforest
View from Bald Head

Cellito Beach Boardwalk is located on the traditional lands of the Worimi people. The Boardwalk winds its way through littoral rainforest, home to several endangered plant and animal species.

track through rainforest
View from Bald Head towards Sandbar Beach

Getting to Sandbar Beach walking trail

Located off the Lakes Way, Sandbar Road can be a little tricky to find. The road is gravel but suitable for 2WD vehicles. The first holiday park you pass will be Sandbar & Bushland Holiday Park – part of the same group, but keep driving! Follow the road until the very end where you will find Sandbar Caravan Park.

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