Catherine Hill Bay and the Wallarah Peninsula


Beautiful beaches and industrial relics

Marvel at the unusual mix of well-preserved industrial heritage and a dazzling surf beach at Catherine Hill Bay, south of Swansea. Step back in time as you wander past intact 19th-century and early 20th-century workers’ cottages in this State Heritage-listed former coal-mining village. Cruise down Clarke Street past cute timber cottages to the old-school Catho Pub in the original township, or amble along Flowers Drive in the Middle Camp settlement, above the northern end of the beach, to imagine what this mining community would have looked like all those years ago.


Refresh with a dip or a surf at Catherine Hill Bay’s long sandy beach before losing track of time as you explore the extensive rock platforms and tidal pools south of the massive wooden coal-loading jetty – only recently decommissioned – that extends out into deeper water.


From Catherine Hill Bay you can head north along the Wallarah Peninsula to the secluded beaches and bushwalking and cycling trails of Wallarah National Park and the laidback lakeside town of Murrays Beach. Or go south to discover neighbouring Moonee Beach and Ghosties Beach, two of the spectacular beaches of the Munmorah State Conservation Area.


Follow the Coastal walking track from Caves Beach or the Yondeo trail leading from the Pacific Highway through Wallarah National Park – both trails lead to Pinny Beach, a popular fishing spot. Mountain bikers can also tackle the steep Scenic trail, a challenging 2.8km track down to Pinny Beach.


Pack your swimsuit and snorkelling gear for the scenic hike along the Moonee Beach Trail in Munmorah State Conservation Area to sheltered Moonee Beach, around the headland from Catherine Hill Bay. Just south of Moonee Beach you’ll find tiny Ghosties Beach, home to a tall, Instagram-worthy sea cave.

Please note:

  • There are no lifeguard service in this area and access for emergency services is limited.
  • walking over a rock shelves can be slippery, uneven and dangerous. Conditions are unpredictable and can change rapidly. Ocean swell can send unpredictable waves sweeping over the rock shelf.
  • Plan you trip when visiting a national park and find out more about beach safety.