Submitted By: Kevin Yeats
Date Updated: 27/05/2023 at 12:56 pm
Title: The Citadel to Ocean Beach via Elephant Rock
Location: Brisbane Water NP
Grade: Grade 4
Suitable for Membership qualifications: Yes
Creek Crossings: No
Walk Length: 18 (in km)
Ascent: 430 / Descent: 430 (in meters)
Exposure: Low Walk off-track: Yes Public Transport: Yes Car Shuffle: No
The Citadel (Umina Beach), Umina Plateau, GNW to Tessellated Pavement, Elephant Rock, Warrah Trig, Pearl Cave, Pink Onion & Arboretum, Postmans track, Crater track to Green Pt Creek Waterfall, Ridge track to RFS, Pearl Beach, Umina Pt, Umina Beach, Ocean Beach. New route showcasing interesting features in South BWNP. Trails, tracks, some heavily overgrown/off track, beaches, some connecting streets. Mild exposure around Umina Pt. Buses from/to Woy Woy Station at start/end. Map: Broken Bay
For the walk, the old track to Elephant Rock heavily overgrown but still doable – views from the rock superb making it an ideal morning tea stop. One highlight of the walk was the quirky Pink Onion sculpture gardens. Leader achieved aim of walking the length of the historic Postmans Track on the way to Green Pt Creek waterfall and lunch. Ettalong Creek blocked by sand at the beach – usually free flowing.
An alternative for easier access to Elephant Rock is via a regularly used track about 350 m along Patonga Dr towards Patonga from the old access point (waypoint for easier access below). Tide and heavy swell on the day meant it was not prudent to drop down to the rock shelf around Umina Point. Bus #57 to the start from Woy Woy Station, Stand E (8:27am) – alight Carpenter St at Lone Pine Ave. The walk starts with a stiff climb via the streets to the vacant block with RFS trailer next to #12 The Citadel. GPX route finishes at The Ocean Beach Hotel, close to Umina Beach Library bus stop (south side of West St) forregular buses to Woy Woy Station.
Engraving site (about a 10 minute walk from The Citadel) : S33° 30.679′ E151° 17.915′
Start of ridge track (Goatsville) from rock shelf: S33° 31.158′ E151° 17.516′
Easy access to Elephant Rock: S33° 32.682′ E151° 16.689′
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