New walking track for Cape Hawke's McBrides Beach

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has started construction on a new $73,000 walking track to provide safe pedestrian access to stunning McBrides Beach in Booti Booti National Park.

McBrides Beach, Booti Booti National Park

NPWS Hunter Central Coast Director Kylie Yeend said the new walking track will improve access to McBrides Beach for the local community and visitors.

"McBrides Beach is a little slice of paradise, known by locals and visitors for its seclusion and outstanding natural beauty," said Ms Yeend.

"We've listened to feedback from the local community that the current shared pedestrian and vehicle access trail has become significantly degraded, making it difficult for pedestrians to safely access the beach.

"The new 560 metre walking track will maximise accessibility to McBrides Beach for day visitors wishing to swim, fish or picnic at this gorgeous spot.

"It will also help us to protect the critically endangered Littoral Rainforest which encloses McBrides Beach, as well as a number of Aboriginal cultural sites which are located along the foreshore," said Ms Yeend.

Construction of the walking track is expected to be completed by mid-December 2020; however delivery will be subject to weather conditions.

The degraded vehicle access trail from the Council carpark on Cape Hawke Drive to McBrides Beach is temporarily closed. NPWS will work with key stakeholders to consider viable options for vehicle access at Cape Hawke.

The McBrides Beach walking track is being funded by the NSW Government's Improving Access to National Parks (IANP) program, a $149.6 million state-wide program of work to improve access to NSW national parks between 2019-20 and 2022-23.

The IANP program involves a capital works program to upgrade and extend walking trails, improve visitor infrastructure and facilities and introduce online and digital tools for virtual tours.