Silver Strand Circuit, Hyams Beach
Parking along the road near the trail start. This road is one way so if you miss the parking you will need to loop around again
The Hyams Beach Trail is also known as the Bird Spotters Trail and for good reason, they’re everywhere. Now I must admit that while I could hear lots of birdlife on this walk they weren’t so visible and in all honesty I don’t know my bird calls well enough to work out what they were. The Hyams Beach Trail is another one of those walks that combines the bush with the beach and on the day I did this walk the conditions couldn’t have been better. Sunny, minimal wind, warm but not too hot and flat seas.
This walk starts in one of the Hyams Beach subdivisions and I must admit as I made my way to the walk start it took me a little time to work out where the walk started and where to park. The road in is a one way loop and if you miss the parking area like I did you need to loop round and come back in again. Not a long trip but annoying all the same.
As you enter the loop you will turn towards the right and the unmarked parking area is just on the left. Park your car and walk back along the road about 30 metres and you will head up what looks like a drainage ditch towards the trailhead signage. Follow the trail into the bush and this is where the bird life impresses. Like much of the bushland along this part of the coast there is the occasional Banksia in flower and lots of lush undergrowth. The trail at this stage is a sandy management road that while not well signposted is easy enough to follow. In addition, the elevation change is reasonably minimal given the walk is under 2.5 km long and reasonably easy.
I was a bit unsure where the turn to the beach was. After walking past a swampy area to the right just down a slope, I came across an area with a large navigation structure that was very clearly a way down to the beach. Once you hit the beach turn left and head back along the beach and as you reach the housing again look for a turn off the beach which will take you back into Hyams Beach. This turnoff into the bush is poorly marked but apparent by the worn sandy trail leading up into the bush. At this point you will have a short walk up to the road you drove in on and again you turn left and have a short walk back to your car. This walk will take most walkers less than an hour but factor in time for a relax and a swim on the beach if the weather is good.
While the bird life is excellent on this walk, the animal life is pretty non-existent but this walk is all about the birds and the landscape. Overall a great little walk and one worth doing.
Trail information signage
Park and trail signage
Trail example 2
Banksia in flower on the trail
While the trail is easy to follow this navigation marker just past the swampy area means it’s time to head towards the beach
On to the beach
Panorama view of the beach on a perfect day
Heading off the beach
Back into the bushland as you come off the beach
Back into the suburbs
Back towards the car
Almost back to the car
This short video contains photos and video from our walk to show you what to expect from start to finish
Google Maps to Hyams Beach from the centre of Nowra. A trip of around 32km and just over 30 minutes travelling time
Into the suburb. This loop is one way
Veer to the right to the parking area
Parking along the road near the trail start
Towards the trail start
This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker