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Eastern Girrakool Loop
Time: 20 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.3 km S of Somersby
Length: 0.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Brisbane Water National Park
Climb: 39 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 39 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This walk explores the eastern branch of the Girrakool Loop track. Starting from the car park, this walk first visits the Aboriginal Engraving site. Before reaching Broula Lookout, there is an optional side trip to a lovely section of Piles Creek. There is a second optional side trip, to Illoura Lookout, offering limited views down to Piles Creek waterfall. The walk concludes along the footpath, which returns to the Girrakool picnic area. The lookouts do not provide the most expansive views, but it is still a lovely walk. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Eastern Girrakool Loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Eastern Girrakool Loop
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Girrakool Picnic Area
Aboriginal Engravings site
Int of Girrakool Loop and Piles Creek Access track
Int of Girrakool Loop and Piles Creek Access track
Broula Lookout
Int of Picnic Area and Girrakool Loop tracks
Int of Picnic Area and Girrakool Loop tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Girrakool Picnic Area

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

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Photo Gallery

 
Girrakool Picnic Area
 
Girrakool Picnic Area +
 
Girrakool Picnic area
 
Girrakool Picnic area +
 
Plaque at picnic area
 
Plaque at picnic area +

 
BBQ at Girrakool Picnic area
 
BBQ at Girrakool Picnic area +
 
The Smaller upper picnic area
 
The Smaller upper picnic area +
 
Girrakool Loop trackhead
 
Girrakool Loop trackhead +

 
Track leading to Aboriginal Engravings
 
Track leading to Aboriginal Engravings +
 
Track across the rock
 
Track across the rock +
 
Clear track above engraving site
 
Clear track above engraving site +

 
Steps above engraving site
 
Steps above engraving site +
 
Engraving site
 
Engraving site +
 
Engraving of a Man
 
Engraving of a Man +

 
Sign at site
 
Sign at site +
 
Log protecting engravings
 
Log protecting engravings +
 
Steps below Girrakool engraving site
 
Steps below Girrakool engraving site +

 
Track south of Girrakool engraving site
 
Track south of Girrakool engraving site +
 
Clearing next to Piles Creek
 
Clearing next to Piles Creek +
 
Track leading to Piles Creek cascades
 
Track leading to Piles Creek cascades +

 
Piles Creek Cascades
 
Piles Creek Cascades +
 
pool on Piles Creek
 
pool on Piles Creek +
 
Track near Broula Lookout
 
Track near Broula Lookout +

 
Broula Lookout
 
Broula Lookout +
 
Intersection near Broula Lookout
 
Intersection near Broula Lookout +
 
Path between picnic area and Illoura Lookout
 
Path between picnic area and Illoura Lookout +

 
Illoura Lookout
 
Illoura Lookout +
 
Illoura Lookout view
 
Illoura Lookout view +
 
Track between Girrakool Picnic Area and Illoura lookout
 
Track between Girrakool Picnic Area and Illoura lookout +

 
Steps below the lower Girrakool picnic area
 
Steps below the lower Girrakool picnic area +
 
Lower Picnic area
 
Lower Picnic area +
 
Lower Girrakool picnic area
 
Lower Girrakool picnic area +

 
Track below car park
 
Track below car park +
 
toilets
 
toilets +
 
Signpost at Girrakool picnic area
 
Signpost at Girrakool picnic area +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Eastern Girrakool Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Eastern Girrakool Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Eastern Girrakool Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Eastern Girrakool Loop bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 800m
Time 20 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
This whole walk, 800m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 450m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 360m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 450m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 360m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 800m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 800m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 800m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Girrakool Picnic Area
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Girrakool Picnic Area Alt = 125 m
Girrakool picnic area is a wonderful family destination, just 5 minutes' drive from Kariong. The picnic area provides all the necessary facilities for a full day's activities, including barbecues, tables, shelters, water and toilets. National Park fees apply. The main picnic area is on the eastern side of the car park, and smaller, older picnic area is at the north-eastern corner of the car park. The southern Girrakool picnic area is located near the toilets. The picnic area is dedicated to John 'Jack' Higgs, the first superintendent of Brisbane Water National Park, and Mrs Vera Murdoch, who provided the funds. 'Girrakool' is an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of still waters'[1]. More info

(0 km) Girrakool Picnic Area to Aboriginal Engravings site
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 189 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -20 m
From the Girrakool picnic area car park and information sign, this walk heads across the car park to the 'Girrakool Loop 2km' signpost on the other side. The walk then follows this sign and track into the bush, leaving the freeway noise behind. The track crosses a rock platform then heads down a series of steps, to come to a large rock platform with a pine log and 'Aboriginal Site' sign. The cliff edge around the rock is un-fenced.

Girrakool Aboriginal Engravings site Alt = 105 m
This rock platform has a log and 'Aboriginal Site' sign. Make an effort to not walk on the the engravings as this will only fade the engraving further. The engraving on this rock have faded but with a bit of effort you can make out a man and kangaroo[2]. More info

(0.19 km) Aboriginal Engravings site to Int of Girrakool Loop and Piles Creek Access track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 305 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -16 m
Continue straight: From the Aboriginal Engraving Site, this walk heads down the stairs that lead through the crack a the lower end of the rock platform. The track then winds through the bush for a little while. Soon after passing a glimpse of Piles Creek, the track comes to a 'T' intersection, marked with a small arrow sign post.

(0.49 km) Int of Girrakool Loop and Piles Creek Access track to Piles Creek Cascades
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 47 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track in the opposite direction to the arrow, down the hill. The track passes over the rocks, through a small crack and around the red gum tree, to come to the rocky creek bed of Piles Creek.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Piles Creek Cascades Alt = 90 m
Piles Creek Cascades are an informally named set of cascades on a wide rock platform and Piles Creek, in Brisbane Water National Park. The creek, at this point, flows across a rock platform with many interesting sink holes, small water holes and cascades. this is a nice spot to explore. Care is needed as the rocks are slippery, with unfenced drops, and the area may not be passable after rain.

(0.49 km) Int of Girrakool Loop and Piles Creek Access track to Broula Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 51 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow along the wide track (keeping the valley to the left). The track tends left to soon lead to Broula Lookout.

Broula Lookout Alt = 95 m
Broula Lookout is fenced and a fairly short walk down from the Girrakool picnic area. Over time, the trees in the area have grown, filtering what would otherwise be a great vantage point for the Piles Creek waterfall. Broula is an Aboriginal word referring to a place of trickling water[3].

(0.55 km) Broula Lookout to Int of Picnic Area and Girrakool Loop tracks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 30 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From Broula Lookout, this walk follows the clearer track heading directly away from the cliff to soon come to the a 'T' intersection with the 'Girrakool Loop' footpath.

(0.58 km) Int of Picnic Area and Girrakool Loop tracks to Illoura Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 37 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Girrakool Loop' sign down along the stone path. The path soon heads down some steps and comes to a fenced and signposted 'Illoura Lookout'.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Illoura Lookout Alt = 91 m
Illoura Lookout, Brisbane Water National Park, can be found a short walk south-west of the Girrakool picnic area, following the Great North Walk sign. This lookout provides a filtered view up and down the Leask and Piles Creek junction. There is a view of a waterfall from Piles Creek. Illoura is an Aboriginal word referring to a pleasant or peaceful place[4].

(0.58 km) Int of Picnic Area and Girrakool Loop tracks to Girrakool picnic area car park
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 228 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 27 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'car park' arrow up the few steps and along the stone footpath. The path heads through the bush, up some more steps to come to the lower Girrakool picnic area. The walk then heads through the picnic tables and past the BBQ up the straight path to the large car park passing the toilet block (on the right).

Drive from Girrakool picnic area car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 6.1 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 5.6 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 7.2 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 10 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 25.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Eastern Girrakool Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Eastern Girrakool Loop
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 2 km (to the ESE)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 18 km (to the ENE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 24 km (to the SSW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
38 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 52 km (to the SW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|26°Possible shower.
Fri18°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|25°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Brisbane Water National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Brisbane Waters National Park is situated south west of Gosford perched on the Hawkesbury River. The park is characterised by sandstone features, Aboriginal engravings, flowery heaths, bird life and spectacular water views. Brisbane Waters NP has many bushwalks through the are with the Great North Walk passing through the middle of the park.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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