Awabakal Coastal Walk

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45 mins

1.9 km One way

21 m

Hard track
This walk traverses the Awabakal Nature Reserve. Starting from Dudley in the north, this walk travels south through coastal heath and forest, until coming to Redhead. The vegetation throughout this walk is particularly attractive during the wildflower season of July to October. The side trip out to the Awabakal Viewpoint gives great views to the north along the coastline. A car shuffle would be ideal for this one-way walk. The walking tracks are a little overgrown, but if you like native forest and heath, or simply flowers, then this is the walk for you.

Maps for the Awabakal Coastal Walk walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Wallsend 1:25 000 Map Series 92323S WALLSEND NSW-92323S
Swansea 1:25 000 Map Series 92314N SWANSEA NSW-92314N
Newcastle 1:100 000 Map Series 9232 NEWCASTLE 9232
Lake Macquarie 1:100 000 Map Series 9231 LAKE MACQUARIE 9231

Cross sectional view of the Awabakal Coastal Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Awabakal Coastal Walk

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 1.9 km
Time 45 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


This whole walk, 1.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

Around 1.6km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 320m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 1.8km of this walk has minimal directional signs, whilst the remaining 140m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 1.9km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 1.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 1.9km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Awabakal Coastal Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Awabakal Coastal Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Awabakal Coastal Walk walk starts at the Awabakal Car Park (end of Ocean St, Dudley) (gps: -32.99527, 151.72749)
Your transport options to Awabakal Car Park (end of Ocean St, Dudley) are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

The Awabakal Coastal Walk ends at the Int of Awabakal Walk & Collier St, Redhead (gps: -33.010777, 151.72498)
Your transport options to Int of Awabakal Walk & Collier St, Redhead are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂