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Little Wobby to Woy Woy via Rocky Ponds
Time: 6 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.7 km NW of Brooklyn
Length: 16.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 16.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Brisbane Water National Park
Climb: 588 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 588 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 There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Route: Hard

This is a great walk, crossing the middle of Brisbane Water National Park and visiting several highlights including Rocky Ponds. Starting with a ferry trip from Brooklyn, this walk follows a series of faint tracks, clear tracks and management trails. There is an alternate route described in the notes as a way around the Defile Track which and be very faint. You will enjoy a wide range of panoramic views from TumblecowII ridge, Rocky Ponds (Tank Creek) and an optional side trip to enjoy the view from Mount Wondabyne. The walk finishes with a walk of contrast, beside the Woy Woy landfill and a road walk to Woy Woy Station. A great day out or make it an overnighter by camping overnight at Tank Creek or Mt Wondabyne. (open in app)

This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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Brooklyn Ferry Terminal
Little Wobby Beach Wharf
Little Wobby Sport and Rec Wharf
Int of Pacific Trail and Defile Track
Spring Beach (eastern) access
Juno Head Intersection
Int of Midway and Pacific Trails
Int of Magpie and Midway Trails
Tessellated Pavement
Int of Pacific Trail and Defile Track
Int of Midway trail and The Defile
Int of Midway trail and Wobby Track
Tumblecow 2 flat rock
Tank Creek Crossing
Rocky Ponds Pool intersection
Tank Creek Crossing
Gully intersection
Int of Highway Ridge Track and Tanks Campsite track
Int of Highway Ridge Track and Tanks Campsite track
Int of Highway Ridge Track and Patonga Creek trail
Int of Rocky Ponds Trail and Tunnel Track
Int of Tunnel Track and Mt Wondabyne trail
Mt Wondabyne Campsite
Int of Great North Walk and Mt Wondabyne Peak tracks
Int of Rocky Ponds Trail and Tunnel Track
Int of GNW and Tunnel Trail
Int of Great North Walk service trail and Patonga track
Woy Woy Landfill
Woy Woy Landfill site front gates
Int or Nagari Road and Shoalhaven Drive
Starting point for this hiking track: Brooklyn Ferry Terminal

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Photo Gallery

 
Approaching Little Wobby
 
Approaching Little Wobby +
 
Little Wobby Beach Wharf
 
Little Wobby Beach Wharf +
 
Walking along the shoreline of Little Wobby
 
Walking along the shoreline of Little Wobby +

 
The sport and rec wharf at Little Wobby
 
The sport and rec wharf at Little Wobby +
 
Heading up the Pacific Trail
 
Heading up the Pacific Trail +
 
Water tank
 
Water tank +

 
Great trees and views on the Pacific Trail
 
Great trees and views on the Pacific Trail +
 
Water view from Pacific Trail
 
Water view from Pacific Trail +
 
Spring Beach
 
Spring Beach +

 
Bottom of Defile Track
 
Bottom of Defile Track +
 
Caves at base of Defile Track
 
Caves at base of Defile Track +
 
Defile Track
 
Defile Track +

 
Fallen tree on Defile Track
 
Fallen tree on Defile Track +
 
Rock cleft on Defile Track
 
Rock cleft on Defile Track +
 
Near the top of the Defile Track
 
Near the top of the Defile Track +

 
Large Squiggly gum at the top of 'The Defile' track
 
Large Squiggly gum at the top of 'The Defile' track +
 
The top of the Wobby Track
 
The top of the Wobby Track +
 
Powerlines near top of Wobby track
 
Powerlines near top of Wobby track +

 
Through the scrub on the Highway Ridge trail
 
Through the scrub on the Highway Ridge trail +
 
Great view from Tumblecowii over the Hawkesbury River
 
Great view from Tumblecowii over the Hawkesbury River +
 
Walking along the top of Tumblecowii
 
Walking along the top of Tumblecowii +

 
Great views over the Hawkesburry
 
Great views over the Hawkesburry +
 
Tumblecowii flat rock view
 
Tumblecowii flat rock view +
 
Tumblecowii flat rock clearing
 
Tumblecowii flat rock clearing +

 
Wildflower
 
Wildflower +
 
Grevillea Buxifolia
 
Grevillea Buxifolia +
 
Grass tree on Highway Ridge
 
Grass tree on Highway Ridge +

 
Highway Ridge track
 
Highway Ridge track +
 
Rocky Ponds, Tank Creek
 
Rocky Ponds, Tank Creek +
 
Jeannie's pool
 
Jeannie's pool +

 
View from Last fall on Tank Creek
 
View from Last fall on Tank Creek +
 
Gully intersection
 
Gully intersection +
 
Tank Creek campsite
 
Tank Creek campsite +

 
Old Management trail
 
Old Management trail +
 
Highway Ridge trail
 
Highway Ridge trail +
 
Int of Highway Ridge Track and Patonga Creek trail
 
Int of Highway Ridge Track and Patonga Creek trail +

 
Walking along the Management trail
 
Walking along the Management trail +
 
View towards Wondabyne from Rocky ponds trail
 
View towards Wondabyne from Rocky ponds trail +
 
Int of Rocky Ponds and Girrakool tracks
 
Int of Rocky Ponds and Girrakool tracks +

 
View from Mt Wondabyne
 
View from Mt Wondabyne +
 
National Park sign near Woy Woy landfill
 
National Park sign near Woy Woy landfill +
 
Near Woy Woy landfill
 
Near Woy Woy landfill +

 
Beside Woy Woy Landfill
 
Beside Woy Woy Landfill +
 
Woy Woy Landfill
 
Woy Woy Landfill +
 
Landfill front gates
 
Landfill front gates +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Little Wobby to Woy Woy via Rocky Ponds bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Little Wobby to Woy Woy via Rocky Ponds bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Little Wobby to Woy Woy via Rocky Ponds bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Little Wobby to Woy Woy via Rocky Ponds 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 16km
Time 6 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 5/6

Route: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
9km of this walk has short steep hills and another 6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 3.1km is flat with no steps and the remaining 740m is very steep.

Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 4.4km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 3.9km follows a smooth and hardened path and a 3.9km section follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining 740m follows a rough unclear track.

Signs
10km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 8km has minimal directional signs. Whilst another 740m Has no directional signs and the remaining 190m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 10km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 9km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
16km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 2.6km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety. The remaining (840m) is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
10km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 4.6km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (4.3km) has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Hawkesbury River Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Hawkesbury River Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus to Brooklyn Ferry Terminal
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Brooklyn Ferry Terminal
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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|

Permit Required Alt = 93 m
This walk passes over land owned by the Department of Sport and Recreation the 'Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre'. They are very welcoming of bushwalkers and have an easy system in place to get permission to walk on their land. The system is in place mostly to avoid impact on their camps. Just a quick phone call and they will email you a letter (which you carry) – worth the small amount of effort. Phone (02) 4349 0600 and ask for permission. More info

(0 km) Brooklyn Ferry Terminal to Little Wobby Wharf
Walk: Easy - transport
Length = 3.08 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -4 m
From the wharf near Hawkesburry River Station (Brooklyn), this walk takes a ferry ride. The ferry leaves Monday to Friday at 6:25am, 7:25am, 9:30am, 10:55am, 2pm, 3:15pm, 4:05pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:15pm. On weekends and public holidays, the ferry leaves at 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm and 6:15pm (and 7:10 DST) . The ferry costs about $6 one-way and running times are affected by weather. Phone: 0448 101016 Please check their website as the timetable may change.

Alternatively, you can catch a water taxi, which generally costs about $100 per group of 4 and needs to be booked ahead. There are a few options - try Hawkesbury River Water Taxi on 0400 600 111 or Rick on 0448 101 010. More info
Note: The distance and altitude change for this ride is not included in the total for this walk.

Little Wobby Alt = 3 m
Little Wobby is a boat-access only township on the eastern bank of the Hawkesbury River, opposite Brooklyn and Dangar Island. The houses stretch for 1.3km along the river and are backed by a long cliffline know as tumblecowII[1]. South of the houses (and much of the point) is home to the Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre[2]. North of the headland is Brisbane Water National Park. Little Wobby has a public wharf and phone box, about 350m north of the southernmost house, and a Sport and Recreation Centre wharf about 80m south of this last house. The town was established during WW2 to support artillery batteries, to prevent the Japanese entering Broken Bay[3].

(3.08 km) Little Wobby Beach Wharf to Little Wobby Sport and Rec Wharf
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 399 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -22 m
Veer right: From the public wharf and phone box, this walk heads along the grassy edge (keeping the water to the right). The walk then heads up some stairs and under some houses and generally makes its way along the footpath. Once in front of the houses again, the grassy path heads along the edge of the water then passes a large clearing (under the power lines) to come to the Little Wobby Sport and Recreation Centre wharf.

(3.48 km) Little Wobby Sport and Rec Wharf to Int of Pacific Trail and Defile Track
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 871 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -38 m
Continue straight: From the sport and rec wharf, this walk heads uphill along the management trail, past the boat ramp and brown 'Authorised Entry Only' sign (keeping the water on the right). After about 350m of climbing up the hill, the trail flattens as it comes to a large concrete 'Tee Low Tanks'[4] water tank on Croppy Point[5]. From the tank, the walk continues along the trail still heading uphill (but more gently), passing many great water views (on the right). As the trail approaches Spring Beach, it bends left fairly sharply. After passing an access track to the beach (on the right), the trail comes to an intersection on the left with a track heading steeply up the hill (to two obvious sandstone caves - this is the bottom of 'The Defile' Track).

Spring Beach Alt = 3 m
Spring Beach is a 60m wide, south-west facing, yellow sand beach on the Hawkesbury River. The sandy section is about 20m deep and extends another 30m across a grassy section into the steep gully (and small lagoon). There is a large yellow Telstra sign[6] showing that a underwater cable crosses the Hawkesbury River. Behind the beach on the Pacific Trail (the main management trail), is a sandstone dam[7] and an old pit toilet[8]. The beach is a great spot to stop and rest, enjoying the water view into Porto Bay and Cowan Creek.

(4.35 km) Int of Pacific Trail and Defile Track to Int of Midway trail and The Defile
Alternate Route: Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack,bushtrack,bushtrack ( Show detail)
Length = 3.69 km Time = 1 hr 24 mins
Climb = 250 m Descent = -127 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the management trail away from the water, keeping the beach below on the right. As the trail bends right, it passes an interesting sandstone dam and, about 60m later, passes a smaller spring-fed dam. A short distance after the smaller dam, the trail comes to an intersection with a track (on the right) leading down to Spring Beach.
Continue straight: From the intersection, keeping the water views to the right, this walk heads gently up hill along the management trail, soon passing an old toilet. The trail winds along the hill for a while (passing an old trail on the left just after the white posts), soon coming to and passing a green concrete pumping station (Forty Year Spring). About 650m past the spring, the trail passes the signposted 'Rock Climbing' track and then comes to an intersection just above the signposted 'Juno Head Campsite'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the power lines along the management trail (keeping the water views to the right). The trail rounds the side on the gully then, just before passing under the power lines, the trail comes to a signposted intersection with the 'Midway Trail'.
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Midway Trail' and red post up the hill along the narrow track. The track soon climbs up through a rocky outcrop, leading to a clearing and campsite. From this clearing, the trail follows the red post up the hill for another 350m, coming to another clearing and campsite at the unsignposted intersection with the Magpie Trail.
Veer left: From the intersection and campsite, this walk follows the red and yellow marker north-west along the track. The track follows the ridge top, with the occasional clearing giving great views of the Hawkesbury River on the left. The red and yellow markers lead through a cleft in the rocks then up through a small gully in a rocky outcrop, then the walk comes to a fairly large tessellated rock platform (surround by heath, this is also the intersection with the unsignposted, yellow marker, Horseshoe trail).
Continue straight: From the tessellated rock platform, this walk follows the red painted marker north along the ridge (keeping the filtered water views to the left). The track follows a narrow rock platform for about 180m and then, just past the good views of the river, the walk steps off the rock and follows a rocky track. The track passes some rocky outcrops and more filtered views and, about 130m past the small rock wall (on the left), the track comes to a three way intersection with The Defile track on the left (and a large scribbly gum on the right).
Continue straight to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 5.09km 'Int of Midway trail and The Defile'.

(4.35 km) Int of Pacific Trail and Defile Track to Int of Midway trail and The Defile
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 740 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 131 m Descent = -6 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the track (away from the beach) and through the two caves. On the other side of the caves, the faint track heads left up the side of the gully (keeping the gully on the right) and passes around the roots of a large fallen tree. About 80m past the fallen tree, the walk tends left up through the rocky gully (keeping the rock wall and overhang on the right). From here, the track winds up the ridge, tending right onto the main ridge, where the way becomes flatter. Near the top, the track passes some faint false tracks on the left to come to a clear three-way intersection (with the Midway Trail) in front of a large scribbly gum.

(5.09 km) Int of Midway trail and The Defile to Tumblecow 2 flat rock
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.15 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 64 m Descent = -78 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the main track north, keeping the large squiggly gum behind and to the right. The track soon comes to another, more obvious three-way intersection.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads north, passing under the power lines and past the telegraph poles. The track heads through the scrub for a while before passing a few nice vantage points with great views over Brooklyn, then coming to a view with two TV antennas mounted on small masts. The track continues along the top of the ridge for another 350m, passing some more great views and coming to two more TV antennas on a another rocky outcrop. About 70m past these antennas, the track comes to a large flat rock platform with two more TV antennas and great views over Brooklyn and the Hawkesbury River.

Tumblecow 2 flat rock Alt = 120 m
The Tumblecow 2 flat rock is an informal, unnamed and unfenced lookout on the Highway Ridge track above Little Wobby. The rock provides great views across the Hawkesbury River over Brooklyn, Dangar Island and the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridges. There are two TV antennas on the north side of the rock platform (form the houses far below). The name Tumblecow 2 flat rock is derived from the name of the cliff line Tumblecow2[9], an informal name used by locals. The large clearing is a great spot to rest and enjoy the view.

(6.24 km) Tumblecow 2 flat rock to Tank Creek Crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.6 km Time = 57 mins
Climb = 99 m Descent = -154 m
Continue straight: From Tumblecow 2 flat rock view, this walk follows the track north past the two TV antennas (keeping the water views to the left). The track heads into the bush and passes a few more great views over the Hawkesbury River and, about 800m after flat rock, the track leaves the Tumblecow2[10] cliff top to round Big Ben[11] (a 185m hill). The track then winds through the bush for some time, passing a view to Patonga Creek (on the right) and climbing down some rocks and following the track until it opens up on a large rock platform. The track crosses the first creek (Tank Creek) to come to an intersection with a track on the right, at the top of the rock platform.

Rocky Ponds Alt = 64 m
Rocky Ponds is a series of cascades, waterholes and falls at the lower end of Tank Creek, near the junction with Gordon Creek. Tank Creek flows over a wide, solid rock bed, the rock having a reddish colour. There a several small overhangs and ponds carved into the rock. This area is a fantastic spot to rest, cool down and enjoy the water and view. From the lower end of the creek, there are fantastic view over the Hawkesbury River.

(8.84 km) Tank Creek Crossing to Tank Creek last fall
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 360 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -27 m
Veer left: From the rock platform on Tank Creek (just upstream from the junction with Gordon Creek), this walk heads downstream across the rocks (keeping the main creek to the left). After crossing the smaller Gordon Creek, the walk leaves the rock and follows the dirt track downstream (keeping Tanks Creek on the left). About 100m after Gordon Creek, there is a short track, on the left (which leads to Tanks Creek, with views down onto Jeannie's Pool). The walk continues along the main track, past a sandstone boulder (and ignoring a track on the left) then down some stone steps to come to the Jeannie's Pool intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south-west, away from the main rock wall, and follows the track through the grass trees (keeping the valley to the left). The track passes another short track (on the left, leading a rock pool) and a short distance later the track comes next to the creek edge and a large sandstone platform. This is the top of the last waterfall on Tank Creek, with great views up the Hawkesbury River (it is unfenced - care is needed).
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Jeannie's Pool Alt = 55 m
Jeannie's Pool[12] is the centrepiece of a series of cascades and pools known as Rocky Ponds, at the lower end of Tank Creek. The pool is half-surrounded by a cliff, with the creek flowing over this cliff to fill the pool below. The northern side of the pool has an overhang nurturing a mossy environment. This is a nice and cool spot to rest and enjoy the creek.

Tank Creek last fall Alt = 40 m
Tank Creek's last fall is the last significant, unnamed waterfall on Tank Creek before the water flows into Tank Cove on the Hawkesbury River. This vantage point is at the top of the (unfenced) cliff, with a series of waterholes upstream. There are fantastic views up the Hawkesbury River, past Dangar Island into Porto Bay. The rock forms a wide smooth creek bed, making this a special place to stop and enjoy. There is a lovely series of cascades just upstream, known as Allison's cascade[13].

(8.84 km) Tank Creek Crossing to Int of Highway Ridge Track and Tanks Campsite track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 99 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the Tank Creek crossing, this walk heads up the main creek (Tank Creek) for a few meters (keeping the creek on the right). The walk soon finds and follows the clear track through the heath, heading north. The track soon steps into a small gully, coming to a tree with exposed roots on the other side.
Turn right: From the gully, this walk head upstream through this gully for a few meters. The walk then turns left up the eroded track, coming to a small clearing and a wider sandy track. The walk follows this sandy track up the hill for about 50m before coming to a three-way intersection (with a track leading to the campsite on the left).

(8.94 km) Int of Highway Ridge Track and Tanks Campsite track to Tank Creek Campsite
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 52 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads west following the smaller track, which soon leads to a clearing with some old gum trees. This is the Tank Creek Campsite.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Tank Creek Campsite Alt = 73 m
Tank Creek Campsite is just north-east of the junction of Tank Creek and Gordon Gully. The fairly large camping area has no facilities, but there is an established fire circle and natural shade. There are a number of small, more secluded, camping areas radiating out from the main central area. Several tracks lead to the two nearby creeks (treat water before drinking). There is a fair bit of rubbish left behind from other campers, please carry your own out, plus a little extra.

(8.94 km) Int of Highway Ridge Track and Tanks Campsite track to Int of Rocky Ponds and the GNW
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 4.33 km Time = 1 hr 19 mins
Climb = 154 m Descent = -68 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sandy track north-east, gently uphill through the heath (keeping the valley to the right). After about 250m, the trail widens into an (old) management trail and crosses a small creek (with a large boulder on the left). The trail continues to wind up the hill and is eroded in places. At the top of the rise, the trail heads down through the gully, coming to a three-way intersection with a much wider management trail.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads north along the clear management trail, keeping the hill and rocks to the left. After about 750m, the trail heads up a short, steep hill. From here, the trail winds more gently uphill and crosses a long sandstone platform. After the sandstone platform, the trail continues uphill for about 1.3km, flattening out for the last half before coming to a 'T' intersection and a sign pointing back to 'Rocky Ponds Trail'.

(13.27 km) Int of Rocky Ponds Trail and Tunnel Track to Mt Wondabyne Peak
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 1.52 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 90 m Descent = -9 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow marker and the 'Girrakool' sign[14] north, gently uphill along the wide trail. The trail winds along the side of the hill for just over 450m, to come to a small crest[15] and a clear three-way intersection with the signposted 'Mt Wondabyne' trail[16] (on the left).
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow marker as well as the 'Mt Wondabyne'[17] and 'Girrakool'[18] signs uphill along the management trail. The trail winds up the hill for about 300m find a view of Mount Wondabyne[19] - there are also nice views behind (and to the right) across Woy Woy and the Brisbane Water[20]. The trail continues uphill for another 400m to end at a large clearing[21] (turning circle) at the base of a rock wall. This is the Mt Wondabyne Campsite[22] - there is also a sign pointing back down to 'Patonga'[23].
Turn right: From the clearing (campsite), this walk follows the 'Mooney Mooney rest area' sign[24] north gently uphill along the rocky track[25]. After about 90m, this track comes to a three-way intersection[26] (with the Mt Wondabyne peak track, on the right[27]), marked with a GNW arrow post.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the Mt Wondabyne peak track north-east as it heads uphill directly towards Mt Wondabyne. The track is leads gently at first then starts to climb up a series of rock ledges[28]. After about 60m, the track passes a small cave[29] (large enough for 2 or 3 people to lie in). The track then continues to climb for another 90m, up the rocky track then for through a grove of small trees[30], to come to the first peak[31]. The faint track continues along the ridge for another 60m then comes to the main peak, where there is an old trig station[32] and great panoramic views[33].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Mt Wondabyne Alt = 230 m
Mount Wondabyne is one of the most prominent peaks in Brisbane Water National Park. The long cone-shaped hill has a rocky top and is home to a trig station. Walkers can enjoy full 360-degree panoramic views from the top. To the east are good views over the Brisbane Water, Woy Woy and other central coast suburbs. West, down next to Mullet Creek, you can see some buildings near Wondabyne Station and the train line. Otherwise, most of the expansive views are over much of Brisbane Water National Park. There are some small trees providing limited shade, a great place to soak up the views.

(13.27 km) Int of Rocky Ponds Trail and Tunnel Track to Int of Great North Walk and Tunnel Track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 160 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -7 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Patonga' sign[34] south, downhill along the wide trail. After just over 100m, the trail passes through a metal gate[35] and fence then continues for another 50m to come to an intersection with a narrow track[36] (on your left), marked with a GNW arrow post and 'Tunnel Trail'[37] (on your right).

(13.43 km) Int of GNW and Tunnel Trail to Woy Woy Landfill site front gates
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,road
Length = 2.8 km Time = 57 mins
Climb = 62 m Descent = -197 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post directly away from the face of the 'Tunnel Trail' sign[38][39] along the narrow track. After about 20m, this short track leads to an intersection with the signposted 'Dillons Trail'[40].
Turn left: With the Patonga-bound bush track on the right, this walk follows the management trail east, down the long, gentle hill. The trail gradually steepens as it winds down to the Woy Woy Landfill site. The walk then follows the landfill fence past a building and steps through a gap in the fence. The walk then heads along the gravel driveway to the landfill road.
Veer left: From the Woy Woy landfill site, this walk down the road, winding to the bottom where it flattens out at the Woy Woy Landfill front gates (these gates are locked at night but there is a gap for walkers to get through just up to the right of the gates).

(16.22 km) Woy Woy Landfill site front gates to Woy Woy train station
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 2.92 km Time = 45 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -21 m
Continue straight: From the landfill gates, this walk follows Nagari Road past the large self-storage facility on the right, and along to the intersection of Shoalhaven Drive.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows Railway Street through the residential area, past the shopping centre to the Woy Woy train station.

Catch the train from Woy Woy Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Woy Woy Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus from Woy Woy train station
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Woy Woy train station
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
Map Car Shuffle
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 14.2 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 17.2 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 17.6 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 21.7 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 19.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Little Wobby to Woy Woy via Rocky Ponds.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Little Wobby to Woy Woy via Rocky Ponds
Click to re-center search
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 11 km (to the SW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 14 km (to the NNE)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
24 km (to the SSW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 29 km (to the NE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 40 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 3 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      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre The main part of the Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre is a complex of well maintained buildings and facilities. The site includes accommodation, food hall, swimming pool, large chess set, tennis courts, basket ball courts, flying fox, beach and many walking tracks. The site is available to school groups, community groups and families. Located on the banks of the Hawkesbury River the centre boasts views past West Head and Lion Island out the open ocean. The land owned by the Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre extends over much of the ridge to the north.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


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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Roger Fernandez - Great Site IP:58.108.187.xxx | 2009-12-08 01:34:41
Hi there, I stumbled across this site & have found it to be very imformative,I plan to do the little wobbly to woy woy walk in two weeks time so I will let you know how it all goes.I hope you keep adding more walks as this is great. Do you have any imformation on the Cradle Mt to Lake St Claire walk in Tassie, or just NSW?
admin - re: Great Site Super Administrator | 2009-12-08 01:48:08
Roger Fernandez wrote:
Do you have any imformation on the Cradle Mt to Lake St Claire walk in Tassie, or just NSW?

Hi Roger
Thanks for the kind words. I am glad you like it. At this stage just NSW. I do have plans to expand to other states. But I want to get NSW right first. We are still adding walks, walking mostly on the Central Coast at the moment.
Thanks
Matt :)
Miche - Great site- agreed IP:120.18.48.xxx | 2010-02-04 03:08:59
What a fantastic site- I'm always struggling to find walks in NSW. Keep up the great work!
admin - re: Great site- agreed Super Administrator | 2010-02-04 03:19:15
Miche wrote:
What a fantastic site- I'm always struggling to find walks in NSW. Keep up the great work!

Thanks Miche,
Great to hear that you are finding it helpful. Hopefully there are plenty of walks here to keep you going. We are still growing and adding more walks.
Matt :)
Alex Portnoy - Bondi Junction - Highway Ridge Trail IP:121.91.77.xxx | 2010-02-28 13:23:08
Hello.

Do you have any walks that feature the Highway Ridge Trail, above Little Wobby?

Apparently, the views are to die for, literally - it is very dangerous! But beautiful.

Some guidance on this Trail would be fantastic.


Alex Portnoy
PO Box# 1048
Bondi Junction
NSW 1355
admin - re: Highway Ridge Trail Super Administrator | 2010-02-28 22:52:48
Alex Portnoy - Bondi Junction wrote:
Do you have any walks that feature the Highway Ridge Trail, above Little Wobby?
Hi Alex. Thanks for the question.
The walk does follow the Hwy Ridge trail. It is the section from 5.08 to 8.83
It is a stunning walk with grand sweeping views. There is an elements of danger in particular many unfenced cliffs. I am not sure I would call it very dangerous though. But it is stunning. There is a similar walk that focuses on the section you are interested in here http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/brisbane-water-national-park/rocky-ponds-from-little-wobby.html
Hope you enjoy the walk, love to here your feedback
Matt :)
AlanM - Very enjoyable IP:125.254.72.xxx | 2010-12-29 08:25:14
Enjoyed this walk, although the track up to the ridge (Defile Track) is very faint and non existant in places. The Tank Creek makes it worthwhile...
As you say in the track notes, there is some rubbish at the campsite.

Video of the walk at...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM4rtO55Trs
Alex Portnoy - Tips about this walk... IP:101.173.236.xxx | 2011-07-31 13:27:56
I *FINALLY* completely this walk today *IN REVERSE*, on my 4th attempt. (I started at WoyWoy Rubbish Dump)

Be aware - THERE IS A LOT OF "BUSH-BASHING" TO GET TO LITTLE WOBBY FROM THE ROCKY PONDS NPWS MANAGEMENT TRAIL!

Hint: To get to Little Wobby from the Rocky Ponds management trail, be sure to look for a type of steep-incline "BMX Track". This is the track you need to walk up. There are no signs. Do not simply continue along the Rocky Ponds path to the end - you will end up at Patonga Creek! (like I did!)

Hint: This "BMX Track" beginning of the Highway Ridge Trail is a very, very water-eroded sandy track, with lots of water running through onto it. Be careful if you take your bike there. You will get very wet very quickly!

Hint: The Little Wobby track has a lot of uncleared foilage and trees on it, so it is easy to lose the track you were just walking on. Keep your eyes and wits about you.

Hint: The Defile track is *EXTREMELY* wet and you will slip, when you go down it. I slipped twice on my way down. Also, not very well maintained - fallen trees everywhere!

Hint: The whole of the Highway Ridge Trail does not appear to be maintained AT ALL by the NPWS. This means, the only way I could find my way was to follow broken twigs and branches that others had accidently broken on their previous walks here.

Good luck! The views are well worth it! And I must come to Rocky Ponds during summer and have a swim!

Take Care,

Alex Portnoy
PO Box# 1048
Bondi Junction
NSW 1355
Sooz - Not the walk we took IP:123.200.134.xxx | 2011-08-07 07:00:29
Last year 6 of us attempted this walk from Little Wobby but after much bush bashing & turning back we too ended up at Patonga Creek & eventually back to Little Wobby. The locals commented to us that the track to Woy Woy has been overgrown for quite some time. The walk we did do was stunning but not what we had set out to do.
admin - re: Tips about this walk... Super Administrator | 2011-08-08 00:18:25
Thanks for your feedback.
This walk is a little harder in reverse, it is more difficult to find the Defile Track at Rocky Ponds. BTW this section of the track is not on NPWS estate, but on the Sport and Rec land. This walk is graded 5 because there are sections that are unmaintained, and there are no plans to maintain them.
Any suggestions on how to improve the notes so as not to head down to Patonga Creek, (did you follow the wide trail down to the creek??)
I really enjoyed the Little Wobby end of this walk, it is a very overgrown track, but an amazing area all the same.
Thanks
Matt :)
Alex Portnoy - Tips for finding the right Tra IP:125.7.44.xxx | 2011-08-08 05:54:52
> Any suggestions on how to
> improve the notes so as not to head
> down to Patonga Creek,
> (did you follow the wide trail
> down to the creek??)

Yes.

Check out this Map:

http://img807.imageshack.us/img807/3310/bmxtrack.png

The circled narrow part is what your SHOULD be going up, to get to Little Wobby. It is an undulated BMX Track. You cannot see the undulations properly from the air.

The uncircled (but wider) track on the right hand side is the wrong track. It will brings you to a small freshwater waterfall & pool (see the light brown water above the words "2011 Google"?), a further waterfall a bit later, and if you keep walking along this path all the way to the end, in about 30 minutes, it will bring you to Patonga Creek. This path should really be called "Patonga Creek Path".

Unforunately, I didn't have a digital camera with me at the time (the last 2 were destroyed by me tripping on branches and cracking them!)

Good luck!
Emma IP:124.149.172.xxx | 2011-10-10 05:35:20
Thanks, great site and enjoyed the walk especially the Little Wobby end.

Did this walk on the weekend and found the Defile Trail impossible to follow. Eventually gave up attempting and made our own way up the gully and across the ridge which was easy to do through the light scrub. Found the Highway Ridge Trail easily. Lots of leeches at lower altitudes.

I see your 'Little Wobby to Rocky Ponds Return' path avoids the Defile Trail, maybe you could offer the longer way as an option on this walk.
admin - re: Alternate route Super Administrator | 2011-10-10 23:50:01
Emma wrote:
....I see your 'Little Wobby to Rocky Ponds Return' path avoids the Defile Trail, maybe you could offer the longer way as an option on this walk.

Hi Emma, Thanks for the feedback.
Glad you enjoyed the walk, it is a great area.
Good idea to include the extra notes. I have added them in as an alternate route, it is a fair bit further around so I didn't include them as the main track on this walk.
Happy walking.
Matt :)
sanden IP:124.183.139.xxx | 2012-06-11 11:38:13
hey there im strugling to find tank creek campsite, got any more information?
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-06-11 23:45:01
sanden wrote:
hey there im strugling to find tank creek campsite, got any more information?

Hi Sanden
I think what you are looking for is found at the end of the side trip at 8.94km mark. A good open space a short walk from the side of the creek, just near where the walk crossess
Matt :)
sanden IP:124.183.139.xxx | 2012-06-13 10:11:51
thanks matt, i am camping there in the summer, and just need a good flat ground, and i know the creek your talking about, does it have a small pool at the start then you follow the creek down where there is numouras small waterfalls?
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-06-13 10:34:12
sanden wrote:
thanks matt, i am camping there in the summer, and just need a good flat ground, and i know the creek your talking about, does it have a small pool at the start then you follow the creek down where there is numouras small waterfalls?

That sounds right to me. If you lay down you will get wet, then a series of small, then bigger waterfalls. Some bigger pools a short distance downstream. Nothing you would dive into though.
Matt :)
sanden IP:124.183.139.xxx | 2012-06-13 11:41:46
thanks heaps matt ! so the campsite is just on the left of that "creek" ?
sanden IP:121.217.42.xxx | 2012-09-16 11:43:44
i cant find tank creek campsite :(
admin - Can't find campsite Super Administrator | 2012-09-16 22:20:46
sanden wrote:
i cant find tank creek campsite :(

Hi Sanden
Thanks for the message, sorry you are having trouble. Are you saying you walked in and could not find the campsite? Where did you get up to in the notes, did you follow the "Green" side trip notes from 8.94? If you can provide a little more information I might be able to provide a more helpful response.
Thanks
Matt :)
sanden IP:124.179.29.xxx | 2012-09-18 11:12:35
hey matt, i was at tank creek and i looked to the left of me and i found a one man trail, just as the trail started there was two blue ribbons tied to these trees just before the trail and i follwed the trail for about five minutes and then turned back, was i on the right track? , i know i am deffinatley so close to the campsite im ust not sure where abouts from tank creek to go :)
admin - Finding the campsite Super Administrator | 2012-09-18 21:35:39
Hi Sanden.
OK if you are coming in from little wobby. Once you hit Tank Creek you cross the first main stream and vear Right and head a short way upstream. If you look carefully here you will see a track that leads left where there are exposed tree roots.
Posted image
This track on the left leads to the campsite.
The track notes suggest you keep going up the gully past this track a short distance to turn left up a more major track then left again into the campsite from the other side. Either way works.
I hope that helps.
Matt :)
sanden IP:138.130.101.xxx | 2012-09-19 06:15:25
okay thankyou so much matt, im camping there this week, so that picture up there ^ i turn left on that little track in the backround? and not far from there the campsites there?
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-09-19 07:08:44
sanden wrote:
okay thankyou so much matt, im camping there this week, so that picture up there ^ i turn left on that little track in the backround? and not far from there the campsites there?

That's right, maybe about 30m walk from there.

Please note that this walk follows sections that are overgrown where the track may disappear completely for a while. It is important to have at least one experienced walker used to walking in similar conditions with you.

Happy walking

Matt :)
sanden IP:121.218.236.xxx | 2012-10-02 04:52:42
Hey mattt thankyou so much for the advise i found the campsite and its great, will be camping there in no time :)
Alex Portnoy - Be sure to call 0448-10-10-10 IP:125.7.44.xxx | 2012-10-04 01:59:19
The Hawkesbury River Ferry Service went bust in March 2012. This new Operator has won the Tender, and timetables may have changed:

http://hornsby-advocate.whereilive.com.au/news/story/mv-sun-is-shipshape/

Before setting out for the day, be sure to call 0448-10-10-10 for his latest Ferry times.
admin - re: Be sure to call 0448-10-10 Super Administrator | 2012-10-04 02:49:14
Alex Portnoy wrote:
new Operator

Thanks Alex. I rang them, seems like they are using the same timetable, I will update the notes with the new contact details

Matt :)
Jeanie - Little Wobby to Woy Woy IP:144.137.211.xxx | 2012-10-14 03:44:23
Hi, tried to find Defile track from Little Wobby last Wednesday. Found it very difficult to follow without a machette. Gave up. Wish I'd found this comment site before I went. Just thought I'd mention that the ferry driver said that he usually is 5-10 minutes earlier than the timetable states.
admin - re: Little Wobby to Woy Woy Super Administrator | 2012-10-15 08:19:27
Jeanie wrote:
Hi, tried to find Defile track from Little Wobby last Wednesday. Found it very difficult to follow without a machette. Gave up. Wish I'd found this comment site before I went. Just thought I'd mention that the ferry driver said that he usually is 5-10 minutes earlier than the timetable states.

Hi Jeanie
Thanks for the feedback. Shame you had trouble, it is a very indistinct track and hard to find in places. I updated the ferrytime table last week based on their website, so hopefully that is closer to what they are actually doing. (to was about 10mins different from the old one).
Better luck on your next walk.

Matt :)
Paul Millgate - Mr IP:121.217.103.xxx | 2012-10-29 18:33:48
Hi Matt,
I see the first track note has this which I found a bit misleading in respect to how long the short ferry trip is...:
===============
Brooklyn Ferry Terminal to Little Wobby Wharf
Walk: Easy - transport Length = 3.08 km Time = 47 mins
===============
The ferry trip takes on approx 17 minutes so am not sure were 47 mins came from?
The ferry we caught left at 8.30am on a Saturday...and arrived Little Wobby Public Wharf at approx 8.47am

Trust this helps
admin - ferry time Super Administrator | 2012-11-02 06:11:31
Hi Paul
Thanks for the pointing the error out. I have update the time to 20mins. Also thanks for the note on the gate at the other end. Another walekr sent me a photo, so I have update the notes now.
Thanks for helping make wildwalks better for the next walker.

Matt :)
Mark George Ashmore - Hiking Sydney & Surrounds IP:149.135.146.xxx | 2013-03-24 08:05:57
Hi Matt,
Just did the walk and it ain't easy!!! Got lost a few times... Ah, well, I was looking at brushing up my orienteering, anyway.
We did notice a slight error in the notes which caused us a fair bit of confusion. When leaving Tank Creek campsite (awesome campsite), we noticed that we ended up leaving in a NE direction, but the notes said to go NW. To add to our confusion, we thought we were headed the wrong way as it appeared as though we were walking up a dry(ish) creek bed, but there was no mention of this either.
I took a photo of the sign (and the entrance) at the tip for you too. :)
How can I best get the images to you?
admin Super Administrator | 2013-03-24 22:15:10
Hi Mark
Thanks for your feedback -- It is a tough walks and an easy one to loose the track on. Good navigation practice -- But tanks creek is nice hey.
Gee you are right - it is NE -- sorry to that -- I have fixed up the notes now. It is an old management trail that has become a waterway.
Thanks for the offer of the photo - I have already been sent one - I have removed the note now. (You can always contact me via matt@wildwalks.com)
Thanks again
Matt :)
Tina Wilkie - tina.wilkie@optusnet.com.au IP:58.104.9.xxx | 2013-04-29 22:59:07
Hi, I did the walk in Feb and also wish I had looked at this comment section first! I was glad we took the site's advice to walk with both map and compass as these proved essential. I would like to say thank you so much for the site and I hope my following comments are taken in the spirit of constructive feedback. The first point we missed was trying to find the intersection of Pacific Trail and Defile Track (0.9km on the notes). The notes state that the track comes to an intersection on the left, heading up to two sandstone caves. We missed this intersection, and unintentionally continued along the alternative route to Juno campsite. Mind you, this was a lovely section of the walk. Walking North along the ridge, we also found the notes a bit ambiguous, there being a number of tessellated rock platforms. Our walking time seemed much longer than the notes indicated. However, this section of the walk is reasonably obvious as you are walking along a ridge. After Tumblecow 2 Flat Rock, the notes state you pass Big Ben, which as a 185m hill should have been easy to spot, but we weren't convinced we saw it?? Heading down from Tumblecow to the Rocky Ponds was a very indistinct trail and I would recommend long pants to protect from the scratchy bushes. We assumed we had actually missed the trail, but figured if we stuck to the compass direction we would find Rocky Ponds, which we did. We were pleased to have found it, but the next section proved a bit trickier. Leaving the area around Tanks Creek Campsite, the track notes (4.3km) advise walking along sandy track north-west, and crossina g a small creek with a boulder on the right. This caused us a lot of confusion, and we spent about two hours trying out every conceivable track away from Tanks Campsite. I see in the comments above this has been amended to north-east. I would like to add that we never found the "large boulder", and that rather than crossing the creek, you actually have to walk up the creek. In very dry weather it might look like an eroded trail. (There is another more permanent-looking creek to the north-west, so don't get mixed up with that one.) Once we got to the top of the rocky creek, we found the management trail and headed North, although we still thought we might be lost until we got to the T intersection with the sign. After getting on the Ferry in Brooklyn about 7.30am, we arrived in Woy Woy train station about 6pm, so were glad we have started out so early! Thanks again for the site and I am inspired to do more walks and improve my orienteering skills.
Hazel - map IP:165.69.2.xxx | 2013-12-18 03:32:51
would like to attempt this walk in a few days or next week sometime.
In case we get lost, where can I buy a topographic map or other useful map for this walk?
admin - re: map Super Administrator | 2013-12-19 05:49:14
Hazel wrote:
would like to attempt this walk in a few days or next week sometime.
In case we get lost, where can I buy a topographic map or other useful map for this walk?

Hi Hazel
You will find the map in the PDF (or iphone app very helpful). This walk covers three topographical maps, it is always worth carrying the full topomaps just in case.
Gosford, Cowan & Broken Bay
You can buy these an most camping and outdoor stores.
Hope that is helps
happy walking
Matt :)
Adrian Hill - Walking from Woy Woy IP:60.240.37.xxx | 2014-11-25 21:19:39
Excellent walk, but I recommend doing it IN REVERSE - from Woy Woy. This way you get the boring road walk out the way and save the delights of Wobby for last.

Here's five tips on how to do the walk FROM WOY WOY:

1. To visit Mt Wondabyne - well worth it - when you get to the start of the Rocky Ponds Trail, instead keep going towards Girrakool. You then turn left towards Mt Wondabyne.

2. Finding the way to Tank Creek Crossing is a little tricky. Alex Portnoy's comments above are helpful. You need to look for a yellow-orange gully going uphill - it's only a metre wide. The management trail curves left, but you go straight on up the gully. I think this is 11 or 12km from Woy Woy. If the management trail crosses a creek, you've gone too far.

3. At Tank Creek Crossing, to find the trail you need to look left before you really get onto the rocky platform - after only a few metres. It's quite overgrown, as mentioned on here. But explore this area anyway, it's wonderful.

4. The track is not dangerous, so long as you follow the Defile track right to the end by the beach. There's a point just above Wobby where the track looks like it goes down side of the ridge. Don't take this route.

5. Some of the later ferries only come to Wobby if you ring ahead. On a weekday the last regular service is 5.15pm. For later ferries, just ring 0448 10 10 16 ahead of time (30 mins?) and he will pick you up - it's still only $6.40.
Daniel - Highway ridge trail warning IP:101.175.51.xxx | 2015-04-28 01:52:17
I hiked from Little Wobby to Staples Lookout. Quite enjoyable hike, ferry to Little Wobby very nice. WARNING: The Defile track is not the only faint track!! Ended up going around in circles on the ridge just south of that decline toward Tumblecow II lookout. The track appears to descend off the ridge towards Little Wobby, tried going right toward what looked like the main ridge and found a little camping area. Kept on veering right without knowing it. When I bumped into the trail again, I thought I needed to go left and only realized I was going back to Little Wobby at the power lines, where I backtracked and walked down the track and off the ridge for only two minutes. It would be useful if it says in the track notes the trail appears to be going off the ridge.

On a different note, the trail going around Big Ben looked like it has not been maintained in at least five years! Fallen banksias everywhere, branches of trees blocking the path, some workers should really come in and fix up the path! Some feedback to other walkers:

1. The way to avoid walking to Patonga Creek walking north to south is to turn right and go off the track where it gets unclear. Keep going the same direction through low open woodland to a rock with a view of Dangar Island. Turn left and walk with the dropoff to your right and you will slowly circle around left as a rock rises up to the right. Walk to the end of the rock and you may find a narrow pad slowly descending through the forest to your right. This is the Defile Track.

2. To find your way up the Defile Track from Croppy Point: Look for two large sandstone caves on your left-you can't miss them. Walk up the sometimes slippery rocky steps under the first cave. You may find the footsteps of earlier walkers in the sand in this cave. Walk through the second cave, turn left and continue with a rock wall just to your left. To the right there will be a view of the valley and a small creek. From here there are two pads: follow the left one toward the spur. Follow faint paths up the spur. The track dries and flattens out. Walk a little further through the forest to a low open woodland. From here, find the exact top of the ridge, and you will find a relatively clear path. Turn left and follow the path, but make sure you DO NOT stray from the main ridge, except for the one time mentioned above, until Tumblecow II lookout.

3.The "management trail" from the creek crossing to the Rocky Ponds trail is completely unmanaged! The trail looks more like a stream-bed than a trail, and after rain, it can be very hard to get through.
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