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Connecting people to people and people to place...

• Central Coast, NSW


About the Event

What date is the 5 Lands Walk?

after the Winter Solstice when the whales, a significant totem of the Darkinjung people, are migrating north along 10 km of spectacular coastline.

What time does the 5 Lands Walk start?

Whilst there is no official start or finish time, we have walkers from 7am onwards. Many people take the whole day to explore each land. There are activities happening throughout the day at each land. Refer to the Walkers Notes to help you plan your day.

Where does the 5 Lands Walk start and finish?

The walk starts at MacMasters Beach Surf Club and meanders along the coast and over the headlands through Copacabana, Avoca and North Avoca to Terrigal. You can take your time to explore each land along the walk to the finish at Terrigal Surf Club.

What is the 5 Lands Walk all about?

The 5 Lands Walk is a physical, spiritual, and cultural journey that connects people to people and people to place, a place where no one is excluded. In doing so we take a step toward creating a more harmonious and inclusive society on the Central Coast and beyond.


How much does it cost to register for the 5 Lands Walk?

The 5 Lands Walk registration is FREE. There are also many complimentary activities along the way. You might like to bring money for your food and refreshments along the way.

How do I register?

Be sure to complete the free Registration online prior to the day, so you can hit the beach straight away. If you don’t register you can do so on the day at each land.

Do kids need to register?

Yes we need everyone to register please, particularly in the current environment with COVID. This also helps us with the planning of future activities for the walk. The registration process is quick and can be completed online here.

Do I need to re-register for 25th September as I had already registered online for the 26th June before it was postponed?

To support our COVID safe guidelines, it is critical for us to confirm your attendance for this new day. If you are now UNABLE to attend the 25th September, please notify us on our website to Cancel Registration. Otherwise your previous registration will be transferred across to the new date.

I can’t remember if I registered for the event, can I check this?

Yes, you can check to see if you have registered here.


Check out our full Transport Brochure for

How do I get to MacMasters Beach to start the walk?

We recommend that you park at Terrigal and get the free shuttle bus from Crown Plaza to MacMasters Beach as parking is extremely limited. There is also a drop off zone at MacMasters Beach, should you choose to get a lift.

What are the free Busways shuttle buses about?

Thanks to our partners at Busways, we have free shuttle buses going from land to land, so if the 10km walk gets too much, you can jump on and off the buses at each land as they arrive. The first bus leaves Crown Plaza at 7am and the buses will operate until around 4.30pm.

Coming up from Sydney for the 5 Lands Walk, rather than drive what options do I have?

Option 1: Drive to beautiful Palm Beach and park at the Ferry wharf, then catch the Palm Beach Ferry to Ettalong. We'll have a free shuttle bus to meet each morning ferry arrival to take you to the start at MacMasters Beach. Then to get home, there'll be free shuttle buses from Terrigal back to Ettalong to meet the departing ferries to Palm Beach. The last departure from Terrigal will be 4.30 pm.

Option 2: If you don't want to drive to Palm Beach, there's an excellent train service to Woy Woy. Enjoy the beautiful train trip to the Central Coast, as it snakes through Kuringai Chase and Marra Marra National Parks, across the mighty Hawkesbury, up Mullet Creek in Brisbane Waters National Park then through a 1.79km tunnel to emerge at Woy Woy, then board the Busways bus no. 53 or 64 to Ettalong Ferry Wharf to catch our free shuttle bus to the start at MacMasters Beach.

5 Lands Walk Festival

I’ve heard something about the 5 Lands Weekend – what is this?

Complementing the 5 Lands Walk on Saturday, the 5LW Festival will run over the whole weekend, with an Opening Celebration on the Friday night and art, cultural & music exhibitions Friday-Sunday including a varied activity programme for all the family.

When and where is the Opening Ceremony?

The Opening Ceremony is held at Avoca Beach the day before the walk. In , it's on . For more information, check out our page on our website.

How does COVID-19 impact the 5 Lands Walk?

We have COVID compliant guidelines are in place to ensure the well-being of participants & volunteers. For more information, check out our page on our website.

Other Questions

Are dogs allowed on the 5 Lands Walk?

While we're quite happy for you to bring your dog, keep in mind large sections of all the beaches as well as bushland reserves along the route are no-dog zones. Council officers may be in attendance and it's their call on whether to apply their regulations. If you bring a dog, please respect the no-dog restrictions. For more info check out our guide to bringing your dog on the website.

Is there a map to follow?

We will have Walkers notes available on the day. You can pick up your copy from the information registration desk at the beginning at MacMasters Beach.

In case we don’t finish the whole walk on the day can we go back and walk it at another time?

The walk can be done at any time of the year, so you are very welcome to complete it at a later date. All of the cultural activities only occur on the day of the 5 Lands Walk though, so come check it out.

Would it be possible to do the 5 Lands Walk in a wheelchair?

A large proportion of the walk is on sand, so that may make it difficult. We have activities at all 5 Lands, which will be accessible. We go on roads and bush tracks over the headlands of Copa and North Avoca and they are quite steep.
We do have a free shuttle bus (ran by our supporters at Busways, so normal public buses). You could hop on and off the buses as they come past each land to enjoy the activities happening throughout the day. The walk ends at Terrigal near the Surf Club, so there will be plenty of activities happening there.

I’ve heard that Take 3 for the Sea are involved in the 5 Lands Walk – what is that about?

We have partnered with Take 3 for the Sea in . We encourage all Walkers to collect at least 3 pieces of rubbish along the walk and place it in the designated rubbish collection points at each land. The Take 3 team will be providing information to walkers on how they can make a difference to the environment, as well as cataloguing the rubbish collected for research purposes. With over 22,000 people taking part in the walk each year, together we can make a real difference.

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