Great North Lake & Ocean View Walk

Great North Lake & Ocean View Walk

Features

90 minutes
2.8km depending on diversions

Grade 3: Suitable for most ages. The track begins in a grassland section but soon joins with a formed road leading to the top ridge. 

  • Supervise children.

 

Overview

We are walking on a western spur leading to the top ridge line. The walk passes through many of the creek catchments and provides walkers with wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. Along the way appreciate the many and varied plant and animal species.  This walk provides a bush extension to the Speers Point coastal portion of The Great North WalkThe Munibung Hill diversion is a combination of the Watalong (Wattle Tree) and Songline Heritage Walks.

The Great North Walk is a 260km off road trek between Sydney and Newcastle, that can be broken down into 30 short day walks. We hope Munibung Hill will add to the attraction of this walk that is one of the must do’s for the nature loving walking fraternity.

Featured image courtesy Bob Todd

Wonta, in Awabakal language means: where is this place? (1)

En route to Newcastle from Sydney:

Enter at Sixth or Seventh Streets, Boolaroo, being the central western side of Munibung Hill.

Exit at Thompson Road, Speers Point, on the very southern end of Munibung Hill. Be aware of the very steep section down from the ridge to Thompson Road, otherwise double back to exit at Farm Street, Speers Point.

NOTE: A random search for Munibung Hill –  which can be accessed from locations on the north, south, east and west – without providing more details, will most likely present a rather confusing map compared with the directions supplied here. When using a search engine such as Google maps it helps to specify an address, in this case Cnr Sixth Street and Lakeview Street, Boolaroo or Cnr Seventh Street and Braye Street, Boolaroo.

 (1) Source:  An Australian Language as Spoken by the Awabakal, L. E. Threlkeld. 1892

 

 

There are no toilets, no picnic facilities and no disposal or recycling bins. The nearest are at Cardiff, Warners Bay, Speers Point and Boolaroo.

Dogs on leashes only. No trail bikes.  Please carry out what you carry in – don’t rubbish Munibung Hill. If you come across what other people have disposed of, consider picking it up and disposing of it thoughtfully. Help us care for the habitat of local native plants and animals. Thank you.

<< No signage other than Council and NSW Rural Fire Service notices.  Please observe these messages and bring them to the attention of others.

There are no official car parks at the start of tracks, it is therefore important to respect the residents who live in close proximity to these areas.

When driving around Munibung Hill at night remember we are sharing the roads with our native wildlife, so take it slow and watch out for animals on the road.

For your safety and personal care, even for a short walk on a fine day, carry a light pack with a weatherproof jacket, water (1 litre per person for every 3 hours of walking), some high energy food and a first aid kit.  Wear sturdy shoes or boots, a sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Insect repellent can also make your walk more comfortable and be sure to take a bag to carry any rubbish out with you.