Patonga to Wondabyne Station via Mt Wondabyne (GNW) - This walk explores some grand views, pleasant cascades, varied bushland and remote areas of Brisbane Waters National Park. Total climbing: 51m, This walk starts at the top of the ridge and leads through a field of wildflowers (in spring and early summer), past some panoramic water views and down to Patonga Village for fish and chips. This walk, following a section of the Great North Walk, starts from the Wondabyne train station and winds north, into the Brisbane Waters National Park. The road passes a larger dirt overflow car park, then ignores an old trail (on the right) to soon come to an intersection with a management trail and gate on the left side. This walk explores part of the ridge heading out of Patonga. Total climbing: 240m, This walk explores a section of Brisbane Water National Park between the villages of Patonga and Pearl Beach. There are many great wildflowers in spring and if you are quiet, you may spot a Lyrebird or two. A picnic table among the Sydney Red Gums, just before the two main lookouts, makes a wonderful spot for a snack. From Patonga, this walk takes you up a track following the Great North Walk route, and then a wider trail brings you to a short (and very worthwhile) side trip to Warrah Lookout. Since much of this walk is on the ridge tops, there are often great views of the surrounding waterways. The walk takes about 7 hrs 30 mins (19.5 km One way), and heads though the delightful Brisbane Water National Park. The walk takes about 7 hrs 30 mins (18.1 km One way), and heads though the delightful Brisbane Water National Park. Total climbing: 870m. This overnight hike starts from Patonga beach and winds along a section of the Great North Walk, into the Brisbane Waters National Park. Please check timetables for ferry and trains as they can be infrequent. The walk takes off from the tiny Wondabyne Station to climb onto the plateau and continues along the ridge line to Mt Pindar. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post north, gently down along the rocky track, Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post and ‘Wondabyne Station’ sign, Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Girrakool’ sign. Total climbing: 24m, This short track is excellent walk for those with young children. Total climbing: 497m, This is a great walk, crossing the middle of Brisbane Water National Park and visiting several highlights including Rocky Ponds. This full day walk is for the fit and keen bushwalker, exploring some of the Brisbane Waters National Park’s great destinations like the Pindar caves, the Kariong Brook falls and Mt Wondabyne. Total climbing: 646m Around 19km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 690m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The walk then returns to the picnic area. The walk climbs all the way up to the top of Scopas Peak, and down to the Phill Haughton bridge, then follows the Mooney Mooney Creek north, winding through the bush to the Somersby general store. You can catch the ferry from Palm Beach to Patonga, and catch the train home from Woy Woy, making for a grand day out. Depending what time you start, either Scopas Peak or Kariong Brook can make great lunch and rest stops. Total climbing: 227m, This walk follows a scenic route to the secluded Flint and Steel Beach, which provides views across the Hawkesbury River to landmarks such as Lion Island, Patonga and Box Head. You can use the Wondabyne train station but you MUST alert the driver that you wish to alight (or when you return they need to know to stop for you). The walk crosses over Scopas Peak and continues down to Pindar caves, passing the Pindar lookout and Pindar Pool on the way. The track followed a narrow spur, with Correa Bay and Woy Woy to the east and the upper reaches of Patonga Creek to the west. The remaining (440m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). Patongato to Mount Wondabyne, Pindar Falls, https://www.fantasea.com.au/palm-beach-ferries/timetable/, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia, Dangar Island, New South Wales, Australia, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase, New South Wales, Australia. Total climbing: 741m The walk takes about 6 hrs 30 mins (17 km One way), and heads though the delightful Brisbane Water National Park. Each station has a know position and altitude, which allows surveyors to use triangulation and determine another point’s location. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Whilst another 4.2km is very steep and the remaining 1.3km is flat with no steps. Warrah Lookout is a mostly fenced lookout on a large sandstone platform. In Somersby you can use a public phone, enjoy a hot meal and pick up some basic supplies. Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Girrakool’ sign, Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Girrakool’ sign, Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post, Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the narrow, faint track south-west over a small water bar, The Van Dahls campsite is unsignposted and sits beside a small intermittent creek that flows over a rock platform, Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide trail downhill, Continue straight: From the rock platform, this walk follows the trail north up the side of the hill. After a further 250m, turn right at a four-way intersection on to another fire trail, … From the caves the walk backtracks some distance, before winding down to the Wondabyne train station. Total climbing: 1811m, This is a great walk to take the kids on, with a fenced playground, a swimming area and pelicans. Total climbing: 189m, This walk follows a wide trail then a track to the fantastic views from Warrah Lookout. crossing Myron and Kariong Brooks, then alternating fire trail and walking track for about 3.8 km. 12km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 7km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The campsite is at the bottom of a small (east facing) rock wall and has trees surrounding much of the area, providing some shelter. Starting at Girrakool picnic area in the north, this track heads over Scopas Peak, with some excellent views over Mooney Mooney creek, and then over Mt Wondabyne, further south. Everyone liked the walk, and Madeleine commented that going to Pearl Beach added a bit more interesting variety to the walk. Total climbing: 949m Want to go for a walk? Total climbing: 39m, Starting on the Tony Doyle track, this walk passes the old Warrah Trig before enjoying the views from Warrah lookout. Total climbing: 96m, This is a short walk down to Red Hands Cave from the Resolute Picnic Area. Note: There is no car transport option from the end of this walk. The long cone-shaped hill has a rocky top and is home to a trig station. Total climbing: 27m, This walk explores part of the ridge heading out of Patonga. Note: There is no car transport option to or from this walk. The walk passes over rocky terrain with many spider webs across the track. Mount Wondabyne is remote and beautiful, with a pak that offers jaw-dropping views out towards the coast. The views of the Hawkesbury River are quite stunning and the protected Parsley Bay is popular with pelicans. Patonga to Wondabyne is a 17.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Patonga, New South Wales, Australia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. This bushwalk does not follow the exact Great North Walk route but it includes some sections of the GNW from Patonga to Mount Wondabyne. After a ferry ride to Patonga, this walk climbs to the top of the ridge, reaching even more great views. Patonga. Total climbing: 484m This return walk starts from Wondabyne train station, winding up into the Brisbane Waters National Park, and follows a section of the Great North Walk to the beautiful Kariong Brook falls. The Great North Walk runs through the park as well, and the main track passes through Patonga, Girrakool and Somersby Falls, a section that is best done over a couple of days. A side trip to Camp Kariong is also described if you want to take advantage of the well established camping facilities. Total climbing: 702m. Girrakool to Patonga, Brisbane Water National Park This section of the Great North Walk takes you through the sandstone ridges and creek gullies around Mooney Mooney Creek. Total climbing: 243m, From Resolute Picnic Area, this walk heads out to West Head Lookout, with magnificent views across the Hawkesbury River and Lion Island. The walk follows the wide trail down the hill to Pearl Beach. Follow the fire trail through an old quarry, ignoring a couple of other fire trails off to the right. Pindar Lookout, Pool and Cave are the greatest features of the walk, with each feature deserving of its own unique track. Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk. Much of this walk follows the Great North Walk, and it uses a campsite at the base of Mt Wondabyne. Unless you come by water, the only access is by train, you cannot drive to the start of this walk. The circuit walk visits Red Hands Cave and some historic engravings, in addition to enjoying expansive views over Pittwater, with Barrenjoey Headland as a feature. The walk climbs to the top of Scopas Peak, and down to the Phill Haughton bridge. Highlights of the walk include Kariong Brook Falls and Mt Wondabyne, the highest point in the area. It reveals a nuanced landscape defined by expansive vistas and hidden creek gullies. If doing a car shuffle, you can park a car near the landfill and save the road section. There are some great views before returning the same way back to Pearl Beach. The station is one of the smallest on the line and one of very few railway stations in a NSW National Park. Total climbing: 189m, This walk gives the shortest access to Kariong Brook waterfall, one of the nicest falls in the area. When you catch the train to Wondabyne, let the guard know you want to get off at Wondabyne Station, otherwise the train will not stop. Continuing up this trail, the walk passes some sandstone caves and further on, enjoys the fenced Warrah Lookout. The trail ascends steeply from the station, rejoining the GNW track linking Girakool and Patonga. Warrah trig is not that interesting, but it is a high point in the area with more views. After rain these falls can become very spectacular, other times is a cool place to rest. The remaining (1.7km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Total climbing: 1164m The walk explores Flint and Steel Beach and the McGaw ruins, while providing scenic views across the Hawkesbury River to landmarks such as Lion Island. To the east are good views over the Brisbane Water, Woy Woy and other central coast suburbs. Total climbing: 9m, Continue straight: From the eastern end of Patonga beach, this walk follows the ‘Warrah Trig 1.7km’ sign. The walk visits two great lookouts, with great views of Lion Island, West Head and Palm beach. This walk starts from the Girrakool picnic area and winds south, following Piles creek into the Brisbane Waters National Park. It also meant that we didn’t spend 40 or more minutes sitting on Wondabyne Station in the chilly late afternoon air waiting for … The waterfall is a nice and cool place to stop for lunch on a warm day. WONDABYNE STATION TO LITTLE WOBBY VIA MOUNT WONDABYNE. Total climbing: 261m. Route Summary:- This walk climbs steeply from Wondabyne Station to a fire trail at 0.34 km and follows this for about 1.7 km to a walking track; walking track for 2.4 km. We caught a train to Wondabyne and got off at the small station. Starting from Staples Lookout, on Woy Woy Rd, most of the walking is along the Thommos Loop management trail, except for the last descent into Kariong Brook. The Aboriginal rock art is quite faded but is estimated to be over 2000 years old. From Pearl Beach, this walk follows the roads to the lower end of Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. The track initially leads fairly steeply, Continue straight: From Myron Brook, this walk follows the rocky track west up the steep hill, Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Wondabyne Station’ sign. This basic campsite is found at the end of a management trail, near the base of Mt Wondabyne. The views along the ridge are great and the Tumblecow2 flat rock makes a lovely rest spot. Wondabyne to Patonga walking track is part of the renowned Great North walk, and is an absolute must for experienced bushwalkers and campers keen to explore Brisbane Water National Park. Free download maps and tracknotes for the Girrakool to Wondabyne station via Pindar caves walk. From left to right, you can see along the escarpment which forms the southern boundary of Brisbane Water National Park, out to the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, West Head, along Cowan Creek, Juno Point and along the escarpment to Patonga. It is a great way to see historic Aboriginal art in the Sydney region. This walk starts at a small isolated train station, and takes in some great scenery on the way to Woy Woy station. 14km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 4.4km is clearly signposted. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. West, down next to Mullet Creek, you can see some buildings near Wondabyne Station and the train line. A great spot to stop for a snack. To top it all off, this walk has an added bonus of a WWII gun emplacement to explore. This section of the Great North Walk starts from Cowan train station and wanders past the majestic Jerusalem Bay then through to Brooklyn. More recently, in 2000, the quarry was re-opened for restoration of St Mary’s Cathedral spire in Sydney. The walk climbs over Scopas Peak and passes the Kariong brook falls, before winding to the top of Mt Wondabyne and finishing at the Woy Woy train station, (passing the Woy Woy landfill site). To catch the train from Wondabyne, wave to the driver. The station is so small that you have to detrain via the back door only from the last carriage (after notifying the guard – as it is a requested stop). This walk, following a section of the Great North Walk, starts from the Wondabyne train station and winds north, into the Brisbane Waters National Park. Around 12km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 8km requires some bushwalking experience. This long day-walk starts from the Girrakool picnic area and works its way south, alongside Piles creek and through the Brisbane Waters National Park. Note: There is no car transport option from the end of this walk. Mount Wondabyne is one of the most prominent peaks in Brisbane Water National Park. As the track ends at Woy Woy train station, there are regular trains for the trip home. The trig station is now surrounded by trees, with some filtered views along the Hawkesbury River, Continue straight: From Warrah Trig Station, this walk follows the sandstone steps and footpath down the hill towards the dirt road. Bob had planned this walk in Brisbane Waters National Park. The Patonga to Wondabyne station via Pindar Caves overnight bushwalking track takes about 2 Days to walk and is 28.1 km long. Broken Bay View is an informal, unnamed and unfenced vantage point at the top of the cliffs, east of Patonga. The track passes the fantastic McKell Park playground facilities, which stand next to the Federation Interpretive Display. Length 17.6 mi Elevation gain 2,959 ft Route type Point to Point There are many such trig stations around Australia, which were used to help in surveying. With advances in technology, these trig stations have been abandoned and superseded. The walk loops from the picnic area through the heath and down to the overhang of the cave. The views to the left extend past Lion Island to Barrenjoey Head and out to the Pacific Ocean. Wondabyne is situated in Brisbane Waters National Park on the banks of Mullet River, which feeds into the Hawkesbury River north of Brooklyn. This three day walk follows the Great North Walk from Patonga, through Brisbane Waters National Park, to the Somersby General Store. This walk starts from the Girrakool picnic area and winds south, following Piles creek into the Brisbane Waters National Park. This walk explores some grand views, pleasant cascades, varied bushland and remote areas of Brisbane Waters National Park. Jul 29, 2012. The trail leads uphill for about 25m before bending left and leading downhill, Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Great North Walk’ sign, Veer left: From the view point over Woy Woy Landfill, Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post west, Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow marker as well as the ‘Mt Wondabyne’. The walk visits two great lookouts, with great views of Lion Island, West Head and Palm beach. Travel in the last carriage as the platform is very short. Way too overgrown to be enjoyable. The return-style walk starts from Resolute picnic area and heads down to Resolute Beach, passing a Red Hands Cave and an Aboriginal engraving site. Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Tony Doyle Track, Warrah Car Park’ sign, Warrah Trig Station is part of a national geodetic survey established during the 1970’s. Patonga to Somersby – a well-known three day Hike in the Brisbane Waters National Park follows a section of the Great North Walk, a 250km path from Sydney to Newcastle. After a short walk along a wide trail, you then follow the Patonga Track down the hill, passing some large angophoras and more water views before heading down to the beach at Patonga. After completing the trek across Mount Wondabyne, this walk leaves the Patonga walking track at the intersection of firetrails and heads to the park exit at the Woy Woy landfill. Starting at Wondabyne railway station, this challenging rough track winds through superb grassy woodlands, rainforest and coastal heath. This is a great place to spend some time soaking up the views. From here, much of the walk is through heath until arriving at the picturesque Rocky Ponds on Tanks Creek. Please enable javascript to access the full functionality of this site The Cowan to Wondabyne station via Patonga rest area bushwalking track takes about 2 Days to walk and is 33.4 km long. There are bus and ferry services from Patonga. however it is more fun to arrive by train. A great spot on a sunny day or for a sunset. It offers great Hawkesbury River views and birdwatching. Total climbing: 923m, This lovely short walk takes you from the large water tank, along an old trail and track to two fantastic fenced lookout platforms. Mar 22, 2018 Australia, beach, bushwalking, ... It’s a good walk, crossing creeks and dipping into valleys while the cicadas sing loudly and birds flutter around in the trees. The track is leads gently at first then starts to climb up a series of rock ledges. to Mount Wondbyne; then about 5 km of fire … Well, I guess I’ll start this trip report with a description of the dedication of the 9 participants who attended this walk. The walk does pass Woy Woy tip, and has a bit of a road slog at the end, but overall is a lovely one way walk. The walk then continues down to Wondabyne station, and provides an optional side trip to the Kariong Brook falls. There is an alternate route described in the notes as a way around the Defile Track which and be very faint. Total climbing: 1164m Starting at Girrakool picnic area in the north, this track heads over Scopas Peak, with some excellent views over Mooney Mooney creek, and then over Mt Wondabyne, further south. Here the walk heads towards Mooney Mooney Creek before walking up to the Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead on the Old Pacific Hwy. The walk requires a bit of planning for transport, but is well worth a car shuffle. The walk takes about 2 hrs (4.3 km Return), and heads though the delightful Brisbane Water National Park. The large rock platform has a number of large Sydney Red Gums, providing some shade. Starting on the Tony Doyle Track, this walk passes the old Warrah Trig and then visits Warrah Lookout, a great site. Total climbing: 1164m Total climbing: 697m. Total climbing: 29m, This great walk starts from Brooklyn with a ferry trip to Little Wobby and explores some fantastic panoramic views of the Hawkesbury River and Tank Creek. Total climbing: 337m. From here, the walk follows the wide trail down to Pearl Beach for lunch at the cafe or a dip at the beach. The hike should take approximately 7 hrs 30 mins to complete. Free download maps and tracknotes for the Patonga to Warrah Trig Station walk. Train from Wondabyne. 7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 7km has gentle hills with occasional steps. This small campsite is a signposted rest area, and is about 200m off the Great North Walk, just north of Patonga Drive. This great walk explores much of the main ridge ridge running through Brisbane Water National Park. The walk gets most of the climbing out of the way quickly. The quarry produced sandstone building materials, used in the construction of the National War Memorial in Canberra. Patonga is a suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, located on the north bank of the Hawkesbury River, southwest of Woy Woy. The overnight stay is at the Mt Wondabyne campsite. Just past the tip, I caught my first glimpse of today’s lunch stop and the highest point in the park at 251 metres, Mount Wondabyne. Patonga to Wondabyne station via Mt Wondabyne Int of Rest Area and Girrakool tracks to Int of Patonga and Girrakool tracks 0.6km 5 mins (From 3.81 km) Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Girrakool' sign gently up along the wide trail. There is a great diversity of flora and some fantastic sandstone rock formations along the way. This three day walk follows the Great North Walk from Patonga, through Brisbane Waters National Park, to the Somersby General Store. This walk offers a great way to avoid competing for parking at West Head Lookout, while enjoying more of the park. Wondabyne to Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead, Girrakool to Staples Lookout via Kariong Brook Falls, Girrakool to Wondabyne station via Pindar caves, Girrakool to Woy Woy station via Mt Wondabyne, Wondabyne to Woy Woy station via Pindar Caves, Wondabyne station to Somersby Store overnight, Patonga to Wondabyne station via Pindar Caves overnight, Cowan to Wondabyne station via Patonga rest area, Flint and Steel Bay (to White Horse Beach), Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map, CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map, Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6), Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6), Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6), Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6). Wondabyne to Woy Woy Int of GNW and Wondabyne Station Trail to Kariong Brook crossing 2km 45 mins (From 2.1 km) Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Patonga… Continue straight: From the Kariong Brook, this walk follows the track north-west away from the cliffs (initially keeping the waterfall to your right). Free download maps and tracknotes for the Patonga to Staples Lookout walk. The walk passes through palm, pine and grass tree forests. The track is a direct route which passes through classic Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park bushland. From the lookout there are fantastic views spanning from the distant Barrenjoey headland, across the Hawkesbury river to Brisk Bay and Patonga. The lookouts provide great views over Umina Beach, Brisbane Water, Bouddi National Park, Pearl Beach and out to the ocean. Total climbing: 489m For mum and dad, there is parking, a Federation interpretive display, picnic and toilet facilities and views over the Hawkesbury River from Flat Rock Point above. Note: There is no car transport option to the start of this walk. The Resolute Track uses management trails and bush tracks which have views over the sea as they pass through heath, rainforest and bushland. Total climbing: 201m, This walk is a great way to see two major Aboriginal sites and up to three of Ku-ring-gai Chase’s beaches. The Patonga to Wondabyne station via Mt Wondabyne bushwalking track takes about 7 hrs 30 mins to walk and is 19.5 km long. This walk starts from the Girrakool picnic area and winds down alongside Piles creek, before climbing up through the Brisbane Waters National Park to Scopas peak, and then on to the lovely Kariong brook falls. Walkers have a choice of simply catching the train to Wondabyne and picking up the trail from there (missing the Patonga leg), hiring a water taxi to Patonga (expensive but it is a very pretty trip), or catching a train out to Woy Woy and then the 54 busways bus service to Patonga (poor schedule on weekends so try to plan it for a weekday). The two campsites can be found near the summit of Mt Wondabyne, and along the banks of the Mooney Mooney Creek. Walk north up the road for 70m, cross over the road, and climb over a gate on to the fire trail. Patonga to Wondabyne station via Pindar Caves overnight 2 Days 28.1 km One way Experienced only 1164m This overnight hike starts from Patonga beach and5 winds along a section of the Great North Walk, into the Brisbane Waters National Park. Patonga to Wondabyne. On the track we met a person who had walked from Wondabyne to Patonga over the Woy Woy railway tunnel which is located in the Brisbane Water National Park. On day two, the walk heads through the bush to the Somersby general store, where you can find a hot meal and wait for your lift home. The alternate route, for more experienced walkers, cuts a fair bit of walking and gets you to the views quicker. The walk includes Resolute and West Head beaches and the option of a side trip to Mackerel Beach as well. The eastern side of the creek has a tall sandstone cave and wall. This makes for an interesting historic walk, great as an appetiser before a picnic lunch at Resolute Picnic Area. 12km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 6km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Total climbing: 27m, The Resolute Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a great way to see two major Aboriginal sites and Resolute Beach. From White Horse Beach, there are scenic views across the Hawkesbury River. 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