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.
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.
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.
Getting to Wallarah Peninsula Community Coastal Walk
We spend quite a bit of time in the Central Tablelands visiting family. When we do visit, we always try and find a new hiking or walking trail to explore.