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Long Jetty

Central Coast & Hunter - NSW

Central Coast


Distance (kms):

3.9 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 1.5 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

0 m

Max. elevation (m):

5 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 1)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A spectacular location to view sunset, with not just one, but three, wooden jetties spanning out over the shallow waters of Tuggerah Lake.

This heavily trafficked walk can be started from one of the many off-street car parks along Tuggerah Road in Long Jetty.

While Long Jetty is arguably the star attraction – being the longest of the jetties at 351 metres – there are also two other jetties along the foreshore that are worth checking out.

Watkin’s Jetty is no slouch, spanning 250m out over the lake, while Parry’s Jetty is 102m long. Both jetties are excellent places for photos, given Long Jetty is often extremely crowded. 

All three jetties stretch out over the shallow waters of Tuggerah Lake

Long Jetty was built in 1915, while Watkin’s Jetty was built in the 1920’s, and Parry’s Jetty was built in 1931. 

The jetties are particularly popular at sunset and are a great spot to view wetland wildlife, including a wide array of birds.

If wanting to walk out on all three jetties (approximately 3.9kms of walking), it is suggested to start at the southern end in front of Parry’s Jetty (across from Gladstan Avenue) and work your way along the foreshore to Long Jetty.

If you are only interested in walking Long Jetty, it is best to start across from Archbold Parade. 

There are public toilets along the foreshore and many nearby cafes from which to grab food for a picnic.

The walk is a great addition to a day-trip to the area, visiting other popular sites such as The Entrance Ocean Baths, the Terrigal Boardwalk and The Skillion further south down the coast, and Norah Head Lighthouse further north.

Track: The walk involves flat concrete paths and wooden jetties. The walk is well-signed and easy to follow. 

Difficulty: This is an easy walk, which is flat and suitable for all fitness levels. The walk is wheelchair accessible, but assistance is advised on the jetties. 

Caution and care is advised on the jetties is assisting someone in a wheelchair or with children, as they typically only have safety rails on one side. 

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came. 

getting there

The walk starts from one of the many off-street car parks along Tuggerah Road in Long Jetty, 8.5 hours drive south of Brisbane, or 1.5 hours drive north of Sydney. 

If walking all three jetties, it is suggested to start at across from Gladstan Avenue. If only walking Long Jetty, start across from Archbold Parade. 

Parking is ample along Tuggerah Road, however the location can become very busy during peak times. 

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. It is particularly beautiful (and therefore popular) for sunset.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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