Batemans Bay Coastal Headlands Walking Trail and Observation Point upgrade

Project: a coastal walking trail linking the headlands and beaches between Batehaven and McKenzies Beach via existing natural bush tracks and lookout areas, all on public land.

Timeframe: late 2021 to December 2023

Cost and funding: approximately $6.5m consisting of:

  • $5.25m from the Commonwealth and NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund
  • $672,000 from Building Better Regions Fund
  • $145,000 from Bushfire Regional Tourism Fund
  • $75,000 from Stronger Country Communities Fund
  • Contributions from Rotary Club and Council

Last updated: November 2022

Latest news

November 2022: Bushland management specialists have started work on sections of the trail. They will widen the track, trim vegetation, improve drainage, control weeds and plant native species. Access may be limited on the headlands from Caseys Beach to Surf Beach and Malua Bay to McKenzies Beach.

Project details

We are working to:

  • Build the Batemans Bay Coastal Headlands Walking Trail, a recreational feature that will connect Batehaven, Surf Beach, and Malua Bay.
  • Upgrade the Observation Point lookout.

Benefits to the community:

  • The trail will offer a year-round attraction that shows off Eurobodalla’s coast, diverse nature and unique Aboriginal heritage.
  • Walkers can choose to hike the whole distance in a single day, wander at a more leisurely pace, or take advantage of shorter walks.
  • The Observation Point upgrade will include a wheelchair-accessible viewing platform and lookout points, interpretations of Aboriginal and European cultural and historical information, car parking and picnic areas.

This project is based on a concept approved by the Council back in 2010. Significant government funding in recent years, including for bushfire recovery, brought the trails to the final planning and construction-ready phase.

Construction will be low-impact and only where required. This will include erosion control, upgrading walkways and stairways, providing footbridges, safety barriers and information signs. We will reroute the trail around any sensitive areas and keep vegetation trimming to a minimum so we don't widen the track any more than necessary. We'll remove invasive weeds along the way and replant with native species to enhance the natural environment.

Batehaven's Observation Point will serve as a gateway to the trail. From there, the trail will continue along the headlands to McKenzies Beach. A smaller network of inland tracks will allow access during high tides and adverse swell conditions.

The trail will provide safe, year-round access to the headlands and ensure residents retain access to this community land through ongoing maintenance by Council.

The trail will navigate varying landscapes from urban areas to dense forests, and from cliff tops to the ocean foreshore.

Walking trail video overview

This short video highlights key opportunities for the walk.

Trail route interactive map

NSW Public Works Advisory, which is working with us on the project's implementation, has created an interactive map showing the trail's planned route in detail and additional information about some of its features. The map is not the final walking trail and is to be used as a guide only.

How to use the map

  • Once loaded, view the map legend and about information in the top-right of your screen.
  • Use the arrows in the top left to zoom in to your area of interest - click and drag the map to move your focus area.
  • Use the camera icon to see notes about features at this point of the trail. Some sections may have photos available under the Photo Link section.

Updates

We have been planning these projects for some time. Here's a summary of activities and milestones that have taken place so far:

2022

  • November: Bushland management specialists started on sections of the trail to widen the track, trim vegetation, control weeds and improve drainage to reduce erosion.
  • August: We closed Observation Point to build the new car park, pathways, viewing areas, seats, shade structures, and yarning circle. Everything is on track to be open by the end of the year.
  • June: We began work on the Observation Point upgrade by constructing the cantilevered viewing platform. It will take several months to build but will provide awesome views once complete.

2021

  • December: Construction on the trail kicked off with a new staircase at the northern end of Caseys Beach in Batehaven. The old stone steps were replaced with a modern structure using mini mesh grating and hardwood handrails. The new steps provide safer access to the beach and will be maintained by Council.
  • October: Council wrote to owners of land adjoining the trail to inform them of the project’s progression. Council staff will work directly with residents who might have encroachments like gardens or structures on the public land where the track passes. An online interactive map showing detail of the planned route was also made available.
  • August: Council engaged the NSW Government’s Public Works Advisory to help with project planning and implementation.
  • June: Our Natural Resource Management team is working closely with the Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council to identify and select culturally significant plants for the landscaping at Observation Point. They will also be working together to revegetate the natural areas surrounding the site in spring to reduce erosion and informal access points.
  • May: Consultants Wolf Peak worked with the community to gather stories and develop design concepts for the Aboriginal and European cultural and historical information to be provided at Observation Point. They held a number of targeted meetings and community drop-in sessions to help them develop ideas. Public Works Advisory have been engaged to help with project planning for implementation of the coastal headlands walking trail.

2019-20

  • Consultation undertaken during Hanging Rock, Corrigans Beach and Observation Point planning helped design the upgrade.

2010

  • A concept plan for the Batemans Bay Coastal Headland Walking Trail was prepared:
  • We acknowledge the 2010 document and appendices may not conform to accessibility requirements. Please contact us if a hard copy is required.

Please note: As of 1 March 2022, the 45 existing State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) have been consolidated into 11 policies.

Any references on this page to any of the amended SEPPs outlined on the Department of Planning and Environment's website should be replaced with the new applicable consolidated policy.

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Contact us

For more information, please contact George Workman, Senior Project Engineer: