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Girrakool Loop track
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.3 km S of Somersby
Length: 1.4 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.4 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Brisbane Water National Park
Climb: 55 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 55 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

Starting at the well-established Girrakool picnic area, this walk visits four lookouts and an Aboriginal engravings site. The walk offers a couple of side trips, visiting some nice spots on Piles Creek. The views from each of the lookout are filtered through trees, but still worth the visit. The walk is especially nice in late winter and early spring, when the wildflowers are blooming. A good walk when picnicking at Girrakool. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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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
Illoura Lookout
Illoura Lookout
Int of Girrakool Loop and Piles Creek tracks
Andamira intersection
Andamira intersection
Boondi Lookout
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 +
 
BBQ shelter at Girrakool Picnic Area
 
BBQ shelter at Girrakool Picnic Area +
 
Girrakool Picnic Area car park
 
Girrakool Picnic Area car park +

 
Information sign and ticket machine
 
Information sign and ticket machine +
 
Track leading to smaller upper picnic area
 
Track leading to smaller upper picnic area +
 
Girrakool Loop trackhead
 
Girrakool Loop trackhead +

 
Track leading to Aboriginal Engravings
 
Track leading to Aboriginal Engravings +
 
Crossing under the rock platform
 
Crossing under the rock platform +
 
Clear track above engraving site
 
Clear track above engraving site +

 
Engraving site
 
Engraving site +
 
Faint engraving
 
Faint engraving +
 
Steps below Girrakool engraving site
 
Steps below Girrakool engraving site +

 
Track south of Girrakool engraving site
 
Track south of Girrakool engraving site +
 
Intersection west of Broula Lookout
 
Intersection west of Broula Lookout +
 
Track leading to Piles Creek cascades
 
Track leading to Piles Creek cascades +

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

 
Piles Creek Cascades
 
Piles Creek Cascades +
 
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 +
 
view from Illoura Lookout
 
view from Illoura Lookout +
 
Track to top of Piles Creek waterfall
 
Track to top of Piles Creek waterfall +

 
Crossing above Piles Creek waterfall
 
Crossing above Piles Creek waterfall +
 
Piles Creek waterfall
 
Piles Creek waterfall +
 
Track passing Illoura Lookout
 
Track passing Illoura Lookout +

 
Well signposted intersection
 
Well signposted intersection +
 
Old Lookout sign
 
Old Lookout sign +
 
Eriostemon australasius (Pink Wax Flower) and bee
 
Eriostemon australasius (Pink Wax Flower) and bee +

 
Track
 
Track +
 
Little bridges make the walking easier
 
Little bridges make the walking easier +
 
Wildflower
 
Wildflower +

 
Pretty
 
Pretty +
 
Rock crossing
 
Rock crossing +
 
Andamira Lookout
 
Andamira Lookout +

 
Falls near Andamira Lookout
 
Falls near Andamira Lookout +
 
steps above Andamira Lookout
 
steps above Andamira Lookout +
 
Boondi Lookout
 
Boondi Lookout +

 
Steps above Boondi Lookout
 
Steps above Boondi Lookout +
 
Through the heath
 
Through the heath +
 
Sign and track above the picnic area
 
Sign and track above the picnic area +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Girrakool Loop track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Girrakool Loop track bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Girrakool Loop track 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 1.4km
Time 45 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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
Around 1.4km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 20m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 1.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 290m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 790m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 630m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.4km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.4km 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.
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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 Illoura Lookout
Walk: Easy - bushtrack,footpath
Length = 67 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -6 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.
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'.

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].

(0.61 km) Illoura Lookout to Piles Creek Waterfall
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 71 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -10 m
Turn left: From Illoura Lookout, the walk follows the left-hand 'Piles Creek' and GNW arrow down the wooden steps (keeping the valley to the right). The track soon passes a 'Caution Low Water Level Crossing Only' sign and crosses Piles Creek using the concrete stepping stones (the creek may be impassable after rain). The track then opens up on an unfenced rock platform, at the top of the waterfall.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Piles Creek Waterfall Alt = 83 m
The large waterfall on Piles Creek is south of Girrakool Picnic Area in Brisbane Water National Park. At the Piles Creek Loop track crossing at the top of the falls, there is a large rock platform. The cliff edge is unfenced and would be dangerous to approach for the view. The water falls down the large drop, into a big pool below. The 'Bundilla Lookout' on the other side of the valley provides the only square view onto the falls, but even this only witnesses the top half.

(0.61 km) Illoura Lookout to Andamira intersection
Track: Moderate - footpath,bushtrack
Length = 451 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 26 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From Illoura Lookout, this walk follows the 'Girrakool Loop' sign keeping the green fence to the left. The track leads up some steps to soon come to a 'Y' intersection and a sign pointing back to 'Girrakool Car Park'.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Girrakool Loop' sign (in the opposite direction to the 'Girrakool Car Park' sign), up the rocky track to soon pass the old 'lookout' sign. The track soon cross a small timber footbridge and continues to wind through the bush for a little while before crossing another footbridge with a handrail. A short time later, the walk crosses a longer timber bridge, then leads up the hill to an intersection with Andamira Lookout (unsignposted), a short distance to the left.

(1.06 km) Andamira intersection to Andamira Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 10 m Time =
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk crosses the small bridge and climbs the stairs to the fenced Andamira Lookout platform.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Andamira Lookout Alt = 118 m
The fenced Andamira Lookout is on a platform, overlooking Leaskes Creek waterfall on the Girrakool Loop walk. The waterfall is in a sandstone and ferny amphitheatre with a sandy base. Prior to reaching the waterfall, this creek has just passed under the F3 freeway, which can be heard a short distance away. Trees have grown up over the years and the view of the water if filtered through the leaves.

(1.06 km) Andamira intersection to Boondi Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 18 m Time =
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the track and timber steps (away from Andamira Lookout and the freeway noise). At the top of the steps, the track comes to the fenced and signposted 'Boondi Lookout'.

Boondi Lookout Alt = 119 m
Boondi Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout on the Girrakool Loop track, in Brisbane Water National Park. The view is mostly of the trees in the valley, with some glimpses of Leaskes Creek to the right. 'Boondi' is a word used by the Darkinjung people meaning 'Club-headed weapon'[5].

(1.08 km) Boondi Lookout to Girrakool Picnic Area
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 345 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -10 m
Turn left: From 'Boondi Lookout', this walk heads up the stairs, following the main track. The track soon flattens and gently winds through the bush, across a rock platform and across a small wooden bridge. Soon after leaving the power lines, the track comes to a fence and the top of Girrakool Picnic area. The walk heads through the picnic area, tending left to the par park and large information sign.

Drive from Girrakool Picnic Area
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.
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Getting there

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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 Girrakool Loop track.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from Girrakool Loop track
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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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