Updated: Apr 7, 2019
Time: 2 hr 30 mins
Pram Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: No
Start & Finish: Cape Woolamai Life Saving Club Car Park
If the weather is bad I would suggest maybe giving this walk a miss, in saying that we had horrible weather on one side of the walk and perfect weather the other, so I guess you just never know whats going to happen.
You can start this walk from 2 different areas. You can start along the beach, walking away from the surf club or back up the road you came down. i would suggest before you start this walk to check the tides as some of the walk is only accessed along the beach.
We started along the beach in horrendous weather, it was raining and windy definitely the craziest weather we have hiked in. You walk along the beach for about 10 mins before you find stairs to take you up the sand dunes. You then continue your walk along the cliff tops. This part of the trail gradually climbs up, some parts slightly steeper than others. Along this section you will come across the Pinnacles and have some spectacular views of the coastline.
Once you make it to the top of the hill you reach a beacon. This beacon was built in 1928 and was fuelled by gas. It took a whole day to change the cylinder which Clydesdale horses would pull the 90 kg cylinder along the beach and up the cliff. From this point you’ll go downhill, about 5 mins along the track you will come across a lookout over the water and cliffs below.
As you start back on the track the vegetation changes and becomes more of a forest and not so much coastal scrub. Not long after you will come to an intersection – left is the Woodland Track, which will take you back to where you started from or right is the Quarry Track, which will take you down to the beach. Both will take you back to the surf lifesaving club. We went right on the Quarry track as we wanted to do the whole loop. About 10 mins after the intersection you come across some stairs down to the beach.
When we stepped out on this cove and the weather was amazing, it was like a brand-new day in a different state, it was magical! At the foot of the stairs you will find a sign telling you about the abandoned quarry which was established in 1891 for the mining of the unique pink granite. You walk along the beach for about 20 mins before you turn left on the track that takes you back to the car park. This track only takes about 5 mins to take you back to the start.
This walk is fantastic and so much to see along the way and would be perfect on a warm summers day with plenty of seating to have a rest, if you need. The whole way along this walk there are maps at every intersection and will have a ‘you are here’ circle so you know exactly where you are all the time. You don’t have to do the whole loop but can make your walk to suit you. I loved every minute of this walk and would definitely do it again.