5 accessible lookouts on the Central Coast

The Central Coast is known for its impressive lookouts, untouched nature, and jagged coastlines. However, those with limited mobility often feel as though they miss out on spectacular nature-based experiences. This is far from the truth though. There are many accessible lookouts on the Central Coast where those with limited mobility can still whale watch, take in the views and enjoy their time in nature. Whether you live with a disability, are currently injured, are pregnant, are a parent with a pram or are in a wheelchair make sure you check out these Central Coast lookouts.

Marie Byles Lookout

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view from Marie Byles Lookout

Bouddi National dons some of the best views on the Central Coast. Here you’ll catch views of Killcare Beach, Putty Beach, Tallow Beach, Lion Island, Barrenjoey Lighthouse and on a clear day you can even see the Sydney CBD. At the Marie Byles lookout, you can see all of these points from the accessible lookout. The lookout here features a carpark, kerb ramp and railings along the lookout. This lookout also features information boards where you can learn about the points of interest, the national park and the area. Once you see this lookout in person it is easy to see why it is one of the best accessible lookouts on the Central Coast. During the winter there is a good chance you’ll see whales migrating north from this lookout so make sure you bring your binoculars!

Crackneck lookout

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Crackneck lookout at Bateau Bay

The recently renovated Crackneck Lookout in the Wyrrablong National Park offers amazing views of Bateau Bay, Shelley Beach and the Entrance. On a clear day if you’re lucky you’ll see views all the way to Norah Head Lighthouse. Crackneck Lookout is one of the best whale-watching points on the Central Coast and during migratory season it can attract a crowd as the whales do travel quite close to this headland. This lookout is also a popular picnic spot. Here you’ll find accessible wheelchair picnic tables, and many tables with backrests as well. There are no stairs at this lookout, however, there is a slight slope on the grassy picnic area.

Somersby Falls

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Main lookout of Somersby Falls

Did you know the most popular waterfall on the Central Coast is actually accessible? No? Well, it is! The first tier of Sommersby Falls is accessible where you can watch the waterfall. Here you’ll find picnic areas and accessible toilets which makes for a great day out! Those with more mobility can venture down onto the second tier after 2 flights of stairs and take in the beauty of the waterfall. The total distance of this waterfall is 600m, however, there are many stairs and it is steep and can be slippery. Those with limited mobility however can still take in the beautiful sights of the Brisbane Water National Park, enjoy the top of the falls and see the many of the animals which call the area home.

St Johns Lookout

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This shady lookout located in the Katandra reserve offers brilliant bushland views from the top of a mountain. From this lookout, you’ll catch views of Matcham, Erina Heights, Terrigal and across the Pacific Ocean. From the carpark there 80m concrete path which connects the carpark to the lookout. Here you’ll also find free BBQs and picnic tables while you take in the beautiful bushland while you listen to the birds singing nearby. At this lookout, there are also unisex accessible toilets with ramp access. This is one of the less trafficked lookouts however it offers expansive views of the Central Coast and is easily one of the best accessible lookouts on the Central Coast!

Staples Lookout

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Staples Lookout, Brisbane Water National Park

Staples Lookout is one of the most accessible lookouts on the Central Coast. This lookout is fully wheelchair accessible, offers disability parking, and is only a short walk from the car to the lookout itself. From this lookout, you’ll find 180 degree views of the Central Coast. Look one way and you’ll see Mount Wondabyne, the Central Coast’s highest point, and look the other way and see Woy Woy Bay. Pack your binoculars for this lookout, many native birds and animals call this area home and there is a high chance of seeing some amazing animals!

Nearby you’ll find the Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place. This site offers ancient art and indigenous history of the area. This is a great spot to explore and learn about our local indigenous community the Darkinjung people. This site offers a medium level of accessibility. The site is step-free and offers boardwalks along the engravings. There is however loose gravel for 300m from the carpark to the site itself so may not be suitable for everyone.

For more info on the nature-based accessible options on the Central Coast check out the brochure put together by the Central Coast Council here.

If you’re looking for more things to do on the Central Coast check out our Central Coast guide here.


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