Hike through the forest, gaze out over the ocean, see the wildflowers bloom, or spot migrating whales in this unique reserve near the seaside suburb of Bateau Bay.
Spread out over two separate locations, the Wyrrabalong National Park gives visitors the opportunity to see vastly different environments, ranging from lush rainforest through to sandy and rocky coastlines. Lookout points and walking trails provide easy access for everyone.
The park is great to visit at all times of year. Spring erupts with masses of wildflowers, summer is perfect for swimming and snorkeling, and winter sees the humpback whales passing by on their migration.
Head to the southern section of park that stretches along the coastline from the small suburb of Bateau Bay. Here you will find the popular 1.9-mile (3-kilometer) Coast Walking Track. Hike the whole track or drive to the start, middle or end points to take in the highlights by doing short walks. Wyrrabalong Lookout is an obvious starting point, providing stunning coastal views. The path then follows the clifftop before reaching Crackneck Lookout. Ideally situated for spotting humpback whales during the migration season, this lookout is also a great place for a springtime picnic. Continue along the path through the trees to pretty Bateau Bay Beach and have a swim to cool off.
Explore more of the reserve with a visit to the larger section of the park located on a thin strip of land to the north. Bound by open ocean on one side and large Tuggerah Lake to the other, it has coastline and lake views with different types of forest nestled in between. Hike one of two walking tracks or head to the beach for a chance to see a stretch of unspoiled coastline.
Put on your hiking boots to delve into the stunning nature of the other walking tracks the national park offers. The Lillypilly Trail takes you through lush rainforest to Tuggerah Lake before looping back to the car parking lot. The Red Gum Trail takes you through twisting stands of eucalyptus, called Sydney red gums, before again returning in a loop. Combine both loops to really enjoy the variety of the park. Then, cross over to Pelican Beach for a relaxing end to your visit.
Wyrrabalong National Park on the Central Coast is best reached by car from the popular seaside town of The Entrance. The southern section is also easily accessible on foot from Bateau Bay. Free parking is available at both sections.