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Coastal Walk Master Plan

Flynns Beach

The Coastal Walk is a 9km scenic walking trail that travels from Westport Park, through the Port Macquarie CBD to Tacking Point Lighthouse. It is an important and much loved asset for both visitors and the Port Macquarie-Hastings community.

A  Coastal Walk Master Plan48MB pdf(PDF, 48MB) has been developed based on input from the community and aligns with other sections of the Coastal Walk that have already been planned and adopted by Council, including the Foreshore Walk, Town Beach and Tacking Point Master Plans. 

Council has allocated a total budget of $997,000 for upgrades in accordance with the Coastal Walk Masterplan. Together with Restart NSW Government funding of $765,000 under the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund, the total budget for the project is $1,762 million.

Charlie Uptin Walk to Flagstaff Hill (Stage 2) includes:

  • New boardwalk section leading to the Flagstaff bridge; and
  • Replacement of the existing footpath with a wider concrete path.

Key upgrades to the Doctors Walk section includes:

  • Path widening and new handrails in sections;
  • Improved signage;
  • Drinking fountain; and
  • New section of boardwalk at the southern end of Oxley Beach.

Key upgrades to the Kenny Walk section now include:

  • An upgrade to part of the Nobbys Beach memorial track, including track formalisation and a new viewing platform;
  • Slip stabilisation and retaining walls;
  • New seating, boardwalk and path widening in sections;
  • Improved signage; and
  • Protection and regeneration of natural vegetation to help protect against erosion.
The following stages are now complete:
  • Westport Park Upgrade was upgraded in November 2018
  • Stage 1 of the Charlie Uptin to Flagstaff Hill in December 2019
  • Kenny Walk completed in April 2020

Progress is continuing on  the boardwalk sections for the Charlie Uptin Walk to Flagstaff Hill (Stage 2) and the Doctors Walk. Construction works are due for completion in late August 2020.  We will continue to monitor the construction activities in line with State and Federal guidelines throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Vehicle access to the Nobbys Beach carpark has been reinstated. Pedestrians and dogs can also access the beach via Kenny Drive on foot. Alternative leash-free dog areas can be found at www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au (link to https://www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/Services/Pets/Dog-friendly-areas)

Sections of the Coastal Trail will be closed intermittently with alternative pedestrian routes signposted. The attached maps provide an overview of the proposed works area.

Project Updates

  • Charlie Uptin Stage 1 works complete

    16 December 2019

    Charlie Uptin Walk to Flagstaff Hill - Stage 1 complete
    The upgrades to our iconic Coastal Walk are in full stride, with the Charlie Uptin Stage 1 now complete, just in time for the Christmas holidays.

    The concrete path has been widened, disability compliant grades have been established, the stairs have been upgraded, there’s a new viewing platform, plus upgrading of retaining walls and the protection and regeneration of natural vegetation has taken place.

    Charlie Uptin Walk Stage 2 works are planned to commence in late March/Early April 2020 which will include a new section of boardwalk up to the Flagstaff bridge.

  • Charlie Uptin Walk to Flagstaff Hill Upgrade – Notification of Works Schedule

    26 September 2019

     Charlie Uptin Walk  

    Following completion of the Westport Park Upgrade in November 2018, Stage 1 construction commenced in September 2019 to upgrade the Charlie Upton Walk - Town Beach to Flagstaff Hill. Stage 1 will be completed by Christmas 2019 with construction of Stage 2 to commence in early April 2020.

    Key upgrades to this section include:

    • Widening of the concrete path including a section of boardwalk;

    • Disability compliant grades within Stage 1 works;

    • Upgrade of the existing stairs;

    • A new viewing platform;

    • Improved signage and retaining walls; and

    • Protection and regeneration of natural vegetation to protect against with erosion.

    During construction, sections of the walking trail will be closed, with alternative pedestrian routes signposted. The attached layout provides an overview of the proposed works area.

    In early 2020, the remaining sections of the Coastal Walk Masterplan will be constructed being Doctors Walk (Oxley Beach to Windmill Hill Reserve) and Kenny Walk (Nobby’s Beach to Shelly Beach). Additional information will be provided as we get closer to construction commencement.

     Map of Charlie Uptin Walk to Flagstaff Hill Upgrade4MB pdf(PDF, 4MB)


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This page was last updated on: 20 July 2020