Wallarah Peninsula Community Coastal walk (Caves Beach)

Wallarah Peninsula is part of Wallarah National Park and this hike is one of a couple of different hikes that you can do in the park. This is a really great hike with incredible scenery. Just a short drive from Newcastle, the trail winds its way from close to Caves Beach, hugging the craggy coastline towards Pinny Beach. 

Wallarah Peninsula coastal walk at a glance

Distance: 5 km return

Duration: 1 1/2 hours to 2 1/2 hours

Track: Combination of fire trails and single track paths. Some steps, limited signage.

Australian walking track Grade:  4.

Start: End of Spoon Rocks Road, Caves Beach

Finish: End of Spoon Rocks Road, Caves Beach

Nearby trails: Yeularbah walking trail

Bookings/Permits: Not required

Other information: Picnic, toilet and playground facilities can be found at the southern end of Caves Beach. Arrive early to get a park. Alternate start/finish location is available from this location.

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

The trail

This is a popular trail with locals and visitors. Be on the lookout for southern right and humpback whales during winter (and snakes – as always – during summer!). View rock platforms – popular with local fisherman or stop and spend some time watching the surfers at Pinny Beach.

ocean view
Rocky crop into ocean

The weather had been pretty rugged the week before we completed this hike, including plenty of rain. As such, the path was quite eroded and in many spots non-existent. In general, the trail is well marked although many of the trail markers are missing. However, the scenery is stunning and views of the Pacific Ocean and coastline are impressive.

Stairs leading down to beach

Caves Beach is a fantastic spot to have a picnic lunch. The township has a number of assorted coffee shops, eateries and a supermarket if you need supplies. The public toliets were clean and well-equipped.

Getting to Wallarah Peninsula Community Coastal Walk

This walk starts at the end of Spoon Rocks Road, Caves Beach. You can also start from the walk from the car park off Caves Beach Road at the southern end of Caves Beach. Arrive early to get a car park on weekends.
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