Wild Walks

Monthly Chronicle - - The Outdoor Life - MATT MCLELLAND Matt

Do you like quiet, se­cluded beaches nes­tled in beau­ti­ful bush­land? This walk fol­lows a scenic track down to the gor­geous Flint and Steel Beach, which pro­vides views across the Hawkes­bury River to land­marks such as Lion Is­land, Pa­tonga and Box Head.

The walk passes through palm, aca­cia and grass tree forests. There is a great di­ver­sity of flora and some fan­tas­tic sand­stone rock for­ma­tions along the way, and you may even see a goanna or echidna be­side the track. The track is well marked and ends on the beau­ti­ful sandy beach.

The walks starts from the sign­posted 'Flint and Steel track walk' car park about 2km be­fore the end of West Head Rd. Start from the carpark by fol­low­ing the sign­posted track for just shy of 350m to come to a three-way in­ter­sec­tion. Here you veer right to fol­low the 'Flint and Steel Beach 700m' sign down to the beach. It is al­ways a good idea to turn around when you find a beach to make a men­tal note as to where the track en­ters the beach, to make it eas­ier to spot on your way out.

When you fin­ish en­joy­ing the beach, re­trace your steps back up. Whilst you’re in the area, there’s an op­tional side trip to the smaller White Horse Beach. Also make sure you check out the look­out at the end of West Head Rd, and en­joy the nearby pic­nic area. There’s a Na­tional Park fee to drive to the start of this walk and the gates are locked overnight. If you have not ex­plored West Head you re­ally should, and even just the drive is spe­cial.

For a free map and track notes,visit wild­walks at http://wild.tl/fasbw

Happy walk­ing,

1hr, 2.1 km re­turn, grade 3 (mod­er­ate) walk

Flint and Steel Beach

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