Clifftop walk, Peterborough

Cnr Macs & Hamilton Streets, Peterborough 3270

Clifftop walk, Peterborough

Cnr Macs & Hamilton Streets, Peterborough 3270

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1 h 30 m
4.96 km
Easy

This remarkable walk follows the clifftops of the Bay of Islands Coastal Park from Peterborough to the Bay of Martyrs. It includes the site of the1908 shipwreck of the barque The Falls of Halladale.

Clifftop walk, Peterborough

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Summary

This remarkable walk follows the clifftops of the Bay of Islands Coastal Park from Peterborough to the Bay of Martyrs. It includes the site of the1908 shipwreck of the barque The Falls of Halladale.

Description

You can't get enough of this coastline, the colour and beauty, the harshness and intensity. Sheltered coves contrast starkly with ravaged cliffs, the wild blue ocean with the wind subdued heathland. It is astonishing at every turn.

The ocean views are extraordinary, if you are fortunate there will be some extraordinary wildlife views for you as well. Rare Hooded Plovers nest on the high tide mark and Rufous Bristlebirds run the heathland. Southern Brown Bandicoots and Short-beaked Echidnas may also be seen. All are indigenous to the area. Southern Right Whales migrate along this coastline and Dolphins hunt and play close to the edge.

At Halladale Point is the site of the 1908 wreck of the barque Falls of Halladale. Now under ten metres of water, the wreck is protected by law.

Walk this track any time of year, although it would be prudent to pay attention to the weather report. It is very exposed to the elements.

The track is accessible to anybody steady on their feet. Kids will find it an exciting adventure, but keep them away from cliff edges because this is an extreme and unforgiving environment.

The track is of good condition compacted gravel. There are steps down to some of the beaches. Be careful not to get caught out by incoming tides.

Dogs on a leash are welcome along the walking track, but not on all beaches. Use only dog designated beaches such as Wild Dog Cove. During Hooded Plover breeding season from September to February keep your dog leashed and close to the water's edge to avoid disturbing nests or chicks. Do not let your dog run free.

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Points of Interest

1. Begin your clifftop walk here

This entry on Macs Street marks the start of your adventure.

2. The track

The track is made of compacted gravel and generally smooth and solid underfoot.

3. Wildflowers

Even in winter there were attractive floral displays.

4. Some seating

There isn't a lot of seating along the way, but it is pretty easy walking.

5. Birdlife

A prime viewing platform for a hunting Comorant and a peaceful spot for a pair of resting Silver Seagulls.

6. Frog pond

There are a few of these along the track. It is lovely to have the croaking and creaking of a chorus of frogs accompany you as you walk.

7. Don't miss this turnoff

The turnoff to the loop track overlooking Halladale point is a jewell in its own right. However, the sign beside it suggests you move on. Don't miss it.

8. Rock art

Each of the weather sculpted formations at the interface between land and sea have their own absorbing aesthetic.

9. Clinging to life

The coastal vegetation demonstrates incredible hardiness.

10. Overhangs abound

So many of the cliff edges comprise crumbling overhangs. Keep clear of the edges.

11. Lookout to Halladale Point

You can see how a ship could be pounded to pieces on this rocky promontory.

12. Coastal Correa

Such a pleasure to find wildflowers in every season.

13. Enthralling views

Looking across the Bay of Martyrs to the many rock stacks of the Bay of Islands.

14. Halladale Point Lookout

An excellent photo point (amongst many).

15. Signage

There are several informative signs along the walk that make it an even more engaging experience.

16. Halladale Point reefs

These vicious looking reefs look like they have teeth.

17. Crays Beach

Every turn delivers a new magic moment.

18. Rock Stack in the sunshine

What a glorious sight.

19. Steps down to Worm Bay

Another stunning cove and beach.

20. Last cliffs before Bay of Martyrs

The scale of the coastline is awe inspiring.

21. Bay of Martyrs car park

You could begin this return walk here if preferred.

22. View across the Bay of Martyrs

The views continue to be irresistible.

23. Steps to Bay of Martyrs beach.

The car park is strategically situated above a relatively short drop t the water.

24. On the beach

Such a grand finale.


Features

Public Transport Public Transport
Seating available Seating available
Historical interest Historical interest
Nature trail Nature trail
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river