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Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead to Somersby
Time: 6 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
9.1 km W of Gosford
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: 680 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 680 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 of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This enjoyable walk starts from where the old Pacific Hwy where you walk along dirt roads and trails for while alongside the wide Mooney Mooney Creek, and under the huge F3 Mooney Mooney bridge. The wide track continues upstream, passing a few campsites before crossing the wide creek at a pleasant large rock platform. Not too long after crossing the creek you will pass the lower Mooney Mooney Dam where the old trail leads you uphill past another campsite, a quarry to the Somersby Reservoir. The track then leads past some rural properties and across the delightful Robinson Creek among the Gymea Lilies before finishing with a section of road walking to the Somersby Store. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead
Int of Karool Rd and Old Pacific Highway
Int under Mooney Mooney Bridge
National Park Gate
Mooney Mooney Creek Campsite (south)
Footbridge
Mooney Mooney Creek Campsite (north)
Ausburn Creek crossing
Mooney Mooney Creek crossing
Lower Mooney Mooney Dam
Int of the dam trail and the old Somersby Falls track
Great North walk sign
Int GNW and Somersby Gardens private track
Quarry Camping Area
Quarry gate
Somersby Reservoir
Northern end of reservoir track
South end of Robinson Crk Track
North end of Robinson Crk Track
Int of GNW and Private Property south
Int of Great North Walk and Private Property
End of Robinson Road
Starting point for this hiking track: Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead

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Photo Gallery

 
Mooney Mooney Trackhead and car park
 
Mooney Mooney Trackhead and car park +
 
Walking alongside the old Pacific Hwy
 
Walking alongside the old Pacific Hwy +
 
Mooney Mooney Creek
 
Mooney Mooney Creek +

 
Crossing the Mooney Mooney Creek bridge on the old Pacific Hwy
 
Crossing the Mooney Mooney Creek bridge on the old Pacific Hwy +
 
Be careful crossing the bridge
 
Be careful crossing the bridge +
 
Looking downstream along Mooney Mooney Creek to the old Pacific Hwy bridge
 
Looking downstream along Mooney Mooney Creek to the old Pacific Hwy bridge +

 
Walking alongside Mooney Mooney Creek
 
Walking alongside Mooney Mooney Creek +
 
Prepared for the next bog flood
 
Prepared for the next bog flood +
 
Heading under the F3 Mooney Mooney bridge
 
Heading under the F3 Mooney Mooney bridge +

 
F3 Mooney Mooney Bridge
 
F3 Mooney Mooney Bridge +
 
Gate at the end of Karool Rd
 
Gate at the end of Karool Rd +
 
Walking along the trail near Floods Creek
 
Walking along the trail near Floods Creek +

 
Capsite near the confluence of Floods and Mooney Mooney Creeks
 
Capsite near the confluence of Floods and Mooney Mooney Creeks +
 
Boardwalk section beside Mooney Mooney Creek
 
Boardwalk section beside Mooney Mooney Creek +
 
Tall forest north of Mooney Mooney Creek campsite
 
Tall forest north of Mooney Mooney Creek campsite +

 
Standing out of the forest
 
Standing out of the forest +
 
Crossing a small tidal creek north of Mooney Mooney Creek campsite
 
Crossing a small tidal creek north of Mooney Mooney Creek campsite +
 
GWN arrow post near the northern Mooney Mooney Creek campsite
 
GWN arrow post near the northern Mooney Mooney Creek campsite +

 
Norther Mooney Mooney Creek campsite
 
Norther Mooney Mooney Creek campsite +
 
The pleasent northern Mooney Mooney Creek
 
The pleasent northern Mooney Mooney Creek +
 
Rocky erooded section beside Mooney Mooney Creek
 
Rocky erooded section beside Mooney Mooney Creek +

 
Walking beside Mooney Mooney Creek south of Ausburn Creek
 
Walking beside Mooney Mooney Creek south of Ausburn Creek +
 
Aline mint bush (Prostanthera cuneata)
 
Aline mint bush (Prostanthera cuneata) +
 
Crossing Osburn Creek
 
Crossing Osburn Creek +

 
Wide steep section north of Osburn Creek
 
Wide steep section north of Osburn Creek +
 
Fungus growing in the Mooney Mooney Creek valey
 
Fungus growing in the Mooney Mooney Creek valey +
 
The wide track south of the Mooney Mooney Creek crossing
 
The wide track south of the Mooney Mooney Creek crossing +

 
The beautiful Mooney Mooney Creek crossing
 
The beautiful Mooney Mooney Creek crossing +
 
Mooney Mooney Creek at south of the dam
 
Mooney Mooney Creek at south of the dam +
 
Upstream of the Mooney Mooney Creek crossing
 
Upstream of the Mooney Mooney Creek crossing +

 
The rocky track north of the Mooney Mooney Creek
 
The rocky track north of the Mooney Mooney Creek +
 
Pleasent walking north of Mooney Mooney Creek crossing
 
Pleasent walking north of Mooney Mooney Creek crossing +
 
Lower Mooney Mooney Dam
 
Lower Mooney Mooney Dam +

 
Lower Mooney Mooney Dam
 
Lower Mooney Mooney Dam +
 
The old trail east of the Lower Mooney Mooney Dam
 
The old trail east of the Lower Mooney Mooney Dam +
 
Washed away section of old trail east of the Lower Mooney Mooney Dam
 
Washed away section of old trail east of the Lower Mooney Mooney Dam +

 
Grand old tree
 
Grand old tree +
 
Steep valley beside the old Lower Mooney Mooney Dam trail
 
Steep valley beside the old Lower Mooney Mooney Dam trail +
 
Clear view from the old Somersby Falls track intersection
 
Clear view from the old Somersby Falls track intersection +

 
This way along The Great North Walk
 
This way along The Great North Walk +
 
Pleasent ferny gully east of the Lower Mooney Mooney Dam
 
Pleasent ferny gully east of the Lower Mooney Mooney Dam +
 
Walking among the gymea lily plants
 
Walking among the gymea lily plants +

 
A pleasent establishe campsite near the quarry
 
A pleasent establishe campsite near the quarry +
 
Gorgeous heath and eucalypt forest
 
Gorgeous heath and eucalypt forest +
 
Weedy section behind the quarry
 
Weedy section behind the quarry +

 
Views over the quarry
 
Views over the quarry +
 
Pleasent walking along the side of the open quarry lands
 
Pleasent walking along the side of the open quarry lands +
 
Bottle Brush (Callistemon sp) in bloom
 
Bottle Brush (Callistemon sp) in bloom +

 
Walking along the dirt road south of the Somersby Reservoir
 
Walking along the dirt road south of the Somersby Reservoir +
 
Somersby Reservoir
 
Somersby Reservoir +
 
Dense forest north of Somersby Reservoir
 
Dense forest north of Somersby Reservoir +

 
Small bridge Somersby Reservoir
 
Small bridge Somersby Reservoir +
 
pink spider flower (Grevillea sericea)
 
pink spider flower (Grevillea sericea) +
 
Seed pods
 
Seed pods +

 
Grey Spider Flower (Grevillea Buxifolia)
 
Grey Spider Flower (Grevillea Buxifolia) +
 
Dense heath north of Somersby Reservoir
 
Dense heath north of Somersby Reservoir +
 
Folowing the powerlines on Keighley Ave Trail
 
Folowing the powerlines on Keighley Ave Trail +

 
Gymea Lilies north of Somersby Reservoir
 
Gymea Lilies north of Somersby Reservoir +
 
Weedy section south of Robinson Creek
 
Weedy section south of Robinson Creek +
 
Steps south of Robinson Creek
 
Steps south of Robinson Creek +

 
The Great North Walk on the southern side of Robinson Creek
 
The Great North Walk on the southern side of Robinson Creek +
 
Pleasent cascade on Robinson Creek
 
Pleasent cascade on Robinson Creek +
 
A macro world beside Robinson Creek
 
A macro world beside Robinson Creek +

 
Robinson Creek
 
Robinson Creek +
 
Track north of Robinson Creek
 
Track north of Robinson Creek +
 
Walking through the open land north of Robinson Creek
 
Walking through the open land north of Robinson Creek +

 
Large clearing north of Robinson Creek
 
Large clearing north of Robinson Creek +
 
SCribbly gum and heath forest south of Robinson Rd
 
SCribbly gum and heath forest south of Robinson Rd +
 
Bridge and track at the end of Robinson Rd
 
Bridge and track at the end of Robinson Rd +

 
Walking along farm land on Robinson Rd
 
Walking along farm land on Robinson Rd +
 
Walking along Silvesters Rd
 
Walking along Silvesters Rd +
 
Wide views from Silvesters Rd
 
Wide views from Silvesters Rd +

 
Under attach from a wild beast
 
Under attach from a wild beast +
 
Wisemands Ferry Rd
 
Wisemands Ferry Rd +
 
Communications tower on Wisemands Ferry Rd
 
Communications tower on Wisemands Ferry Rd +

 
Somersby Store
 
Somersby Store +
 
Toilets at Somersby Store
 
Toilets at Somersby Store +
 
Breakfast at Somersby Store (Yum, but I could only fit half in)
 
Breakfast at Somersby Store (Yum, but I could only fit half in) +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead to Somersby bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead to Somersby bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead to Somersby bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead to Somersby 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
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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
6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 4.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 3.9km is flat with no steps and the remaining 1.3km is very steep.

Quality of track
8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 4.7km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (3.9km) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 10km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 7km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
10km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 4.5km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (1.3km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 14km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.9km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
14km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 1.4km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (1.3km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


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(0 km) Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead to Int of Karool Rd and Old Pacific Highway
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 321 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -25 m
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Newcastle' sign[1] along the narrowing gravel verge[2], keeping the Old Pacific Hwy just to your right. After about 200m, this walk comes to then crosses the concrete road bridge[3] over Mooney Mooney Creek, enjoying the view of the wide creek[4] below. Once on the other side, this walk heads past a detailed 'Risk Warning'[5] sign suggesting you be sensible as you cross the bridge (hope it is not too late) to then come to an intersection with Karool Rd[6], just on the other side of the highway (on your right).

Old Pacific Highway Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge Alt = 2 m
The Sydney-Hawkesbury stretch of the Pacific Highway was built in the 1920s, replacing a route that had existed since the 1830s. The original Peats Ferry Road was cut by a settler named George Peat, making a track to his property on the banks of the Hawkesbury River.[7]

This road became the 'Old Pacific Highway' upon the opening of the F3, or Sydney-Newcastle Freeway, in the 1980s. This bridge is the smaller of two crossing Mooney Mooney Creek - the other, Mooney Mooney Bridge, is part of the F3 freeway and is the highest road bridge in Australia[8].

(0.32 km) Int of Karool Rd and Old Pacific Highway to National Park Gate
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 1.18 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -28 m
Turn right: From the intersection[9], this walk follows the gravel 'Karool Road'[10] gently downhill, keeping Mooney Mooney Creek to your right[11]. This road leads past a few homes for about 600m to then pass a notable houseboat house[12]. About 250m past this house, this walk come to a Y-intersection[13], marked with a 'The Great North Walk' sign[14], just before the tall concrete Mooney Mooney Bridge[15].
Veer left: From the 'Y' intersection[16], this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[17] along the upper dirt road to pass under the Mooney Mooney (F3 freeway) Bridge[18]. Just over 250m after passing under the tall bridge, this walk leads up to a large turning area[19] just before the locked gate[20], marked with a 'Brisbane Water National Park' sign[21].

(1.5 km) National Park Gate to Mooney Mooney Creek Campsite (south)
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 601 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the end of the dirt road[22] (that branches of Karool Rd, just north of the Mooney Mooney Bridge), this walk heads uphill along the trail and around the locked gate[23] next to the timber 'Brisbane Water National Park' sign[24]. The trail leads uphill for about 200m to where the trail bends left to pass over the crest of the hill (passing a faint track on your left[25]). Here the trail leads down the other side, still keeping Mooney Mooney Creek to your right[26] for another 400m to come to an intersection marked with a GNW arrow post[27], beside a large grassy clearing[28] and campsite (on your right).

Mooney Mooney Creek Campsite (south) Alt = 4 m
This is clearing is beside the wide Mooney Mooney Creek and provides a large flat area to pitch a few tents. There are some high tension power lines nearby and you can hear the hum of the F3 from here, so it is not the most remote campsite. There are no facilities or water (the creek is salty). All that said it is still a pleasant spot beside the wide creek to rest for a while or for the night.

(2.1 km) Mooney Mooney Creek Campsite (south) to Mooney Mooney Creek Campsite (north)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 1.32 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -28 m
Veer right: From the intersection[29] just above the campsite, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[30] down along the track, keeping the clearing and campsite[31] to the right. The track soon leads over a small flat timber bridge[32] then over the next 60m, the track heads under the high tension power lines (past the caution sign[33]) and then along a short section of timber boardwalk[34]. About 20m later, this walk veers right at a Y-intersection[35], then continues along the mostly flat track beside Mooney Mooney Creek for about 300m, to cross a small rocky tidal creek[36]. The track then continues through the tall forest[37] beside Mooney Mooney Creek for about 600m, passing a couple of she-oak stands[38] before the track then bends left and comes to an indistinct intersection[39] beside a timber and metal footbridge[40].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk cross the timber and metal footbridge[41] over a tidal, unnamed creek[42] to then turn right and follow the track which soon bends left. Keeping Mooney Mooney Creek to the right[43], this track passes a small cliff[44] then follows the mostly flat track through the tall forest[45] for about 170m to come to a large clearing with tall blue gums[46] and a metal fireplace[47] (on your left), signposted as a 'Camping area'[48].

Mooney Mooney Creek Campsite (north) Alt = 7 m
This signposted[49] campsite is sits among the tall eucalypt and bracken fern forest[50] beside the Mooney Mooney Creek. This is a very pleasant flat clearing to spend a night, there is a small metal fireplace hotplate[51] and room for a small number of tents. There is No drinking water or other facilities at this campsite (Mooney Mooney Creek is salty at this point, treatable water may be found about 2km north).

(3.42 km) Mooney Mooney Creek Campsite (north) to Mooney Mooney Creek crossing
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.07 km Time = 44 mins
Climb = 94 m Descent = -72 m
Continue straight: From the campsite[52], this walk follows the clear track north, keeping the wide Mooney Mooney Creek to your right. The clear, wide and mostly flat track leads alongside the creek[53] for about 1.2km to come to the southern bank of Ausburn Creek[54] (about 130m past a rock wall[55], on your left), a few metres above its confluence with Mooney Mooney Creek[56]
Continue straight: From the south bank of Ausburn Creek, this walk crosses the narrow rock platform and creek[57], then follows the track fairly steeply uphill[58] for about 200m. At the top of this climb, the track gently undulates[59] alongside Mooney Mooney Creek for about 700m before heading down to find a large rock platform[60] on the western bank of Mooney Mooney Creek. This large rock platform is a natural ford of the perennial Mooney Mooney Creek[61] and is home to a scattering of small and large waterholes[62].

(5.49 km) Mooney Mooney Creek crossing to Lower Mooney Mooney Dam
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.22 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 71 m Descent = -44 m
Continue straight: From the bank of Mooney Mooney Creek, this walk crosses the wide rock platform[63] and creek[64] to find the track again on the other side[65]. This creek may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain. Here the walk turns left and follows the rocky track that leads gently up alongside the creek through the pleasant forest[66]. After a little over 1km, the walk comes into view of the tailwater of the dam[67] and then past a fenced cutting[68] (on your right), the site of an old pump house[69]. About 60m past this fenced area, the walk leads up along the now widening track to find the edge of the fenced lower Mooney Mooney Dam wall[70].

Lower Mooney Dam Alt = 40 m
Lower Mooney Dam[71] is located on the Mooney Mooney Creek, about 21 km upstream from the Hawkesbury River. In March 1938 the Gosford Mayor turned the tap to add the water from this dam into the small town water supply of the time[72]. It is a concrete arch dam, with a capacity of 1,000 megalitres[73], and was superseded by the more than 4 times larger 'Upper Mooney Dam' in 1982. There is a set of timber steps and a faint track that leads down to the waters edge on the uphill side of the dam wall[74], the dam wall is fenced and is clearly out of bounds[75]. A sign reminds visitors that swimming is not allowed[76].

(6.71 km) Lower Mooney Mooney Dam to Int of the dam trail and the old Somersby Falls track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.66 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 143 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the lower Mooney Mooney Dam[77], this walk heads uphill along the old trail[78], initially keeping the water on your left. The trail leads up, enjoying the occasional glimpse of water[79] (on your left) for about 400m to pass a washed-out section of the old trail[80]. From here, the walk continues up along the trail for about 1.3km, getting steeper as it climbs, and comes to a three-way intersection marked with a 'Mooney Creek' sign[81] pointing back downhill.

(8.37 km) Int of the dam trail and the old Somersby Falls track to Int GNW and Somersby Gardens private track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 183 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -6 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Reserve Road' sign[82] uphill along the old trail, initially keeping the valley to your left[83]. After about 180m, this walk comes to a faint intersection marked with a 'The Great North Walk' sign[84].

(8.55 km) Great North walk sign to Somersby Gardens
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 656 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 46 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[85], this walk follows the faint track that leads behind the 'The Great North Walk' sign[86]. This walk follows the narrow, slightly eroded track, gently uphill for about 50m to pass a 'Private Property - Do not Trespass' sign[87].
This walk is now going onto private land, the owner has kindly given permission for walkers to go this way - please stay to the track, stay quiet and respect the owners privacy.
The walk continues along the eroded track[88] for 200m to come to a clearing and corner of a fence. Here the walk continues straight following the farm trail[89] for 120m as the farm views begin to open up and you pass a few tires and timber wall marking an old challenge course[90]. Soon after these tires this walk comes to a larger clearing on the right[91]. Here, this walk veers right to soon come to a clearly defined trail where you continue straight following the farm trail through the rock cutting[92]. About 150m later this walk comes to a small parking area beside 'Somersby Garden'. Please respects the owners and guests privacy.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Somersby Gardens Alt = 210 m
'Somersby Gardens' is set on a 50 acre property and is home to a luxurious fully self contained 3 bedroom apartment. The gardens are very well maintained[93][94][95] and often used for wedding and other special events. As the accommodation has its own private access to the main spine of the Great North Walk it makes an idea place for bushwalkers to stay the night. The accommodation has all you need plus more, full kitchen[96], Air conditioning, TV[97], bathrooms[98], swimming pool[99] and lovely sitting area[100]. Mid weeks prices are from $215 per bedroom per night[101]. Ask about meal packs and lighten your load even further. Booking must be made in advance, please respect the privacy of guests. More info

(8.55 km) Int GNW and Somersby Gardens private track to Quarry Camping Area
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 346 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 32 m Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[102] downhill along the track for about 50m, to crosses a small pleasant gully[103] with an ephemeral creek[104]. After this, the track starts to wind moderately steeply uphill[105] then, soon after flatting out, it comes to a signposted 'Camping Area'[106] with a metal fireplace[107].

Quarry Camping Area Alt = 202 m
This is a small signposted campsite set among heath, grass tress, scribbly gums and aother eucalpyts[108]. The clearing is flat and sandy and provides room to set up a few tents with and a small metal fireplace with hotplate[109]. There is no water or other facilites here.

(8.9 km) Quarry Camping Area to Somersby Reservoir
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,road
Length = 1.11 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From in front of the 'camping area'[110], this walk heads gently uphill along the sandy track[111], initially keeping the camping area to your right. After about 220m of walking through this scribbly gum forest[112] and passing a small informal campsite[113] on the way, this walk comes to the quarry boundary fence[114] and turns left[115]. Following the fence for about 70m, the track leads to a section of timber boardwalk[116] with a view (right) over parts of the quarry[117]. The walk continues along the fence for just over 250m, crossing a small flat timber bridge[118] to come an intersection with a dirt road[119] (just past the locked gate).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows GNW arrow marker[120] gently downhill along the dirt road[121]. This walk follows the road for about 400m to come to a large clearing with two large water reservoirs tanks[122]. This walk continues past the two reservoirs[123] (and past the treatment plant building[124], on your left) to come to a 'The Great North Walk' sign[125] just in front of a small brick building[126].

(10.01 km) Somersby Reservoir to South end of Robinson Crk Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.2 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 42 m Descent = -46 m
Continue straight: From the brick building[127], this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[128] gently downhill along the gravel trail (away from the water tanks) for a few metres before turning right onto a track, following a GNW arrow post[129]. This track leads through the banksia and she-oak forest[130] for just over 100m to pass a 'The Great North Walk' sign[131] and then cross Reservoir Rd[132]. On the other side of the road, this track continues gently down through the she-oak (Casuarina glauca) forest[133] for about 150m before crossing a metal footbridge[134]. On the other side of the bridge, this walk turns left and follows the track as it winds down through the heathy bushland, alive with wildflowers[135] in spring, for about 400m and crosses a small ephemeral creek[136]. The track then leads under a set of high tension power lines and then bends right and leads gently up for another 20m, coming to an intersection with a power line management trail[137].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail uphill[138], keeping the power lines just to your right. After about 40m, this walk follows the GNW arrow post left[139] (ignoring the 'Private Property'[140] trail ahead) as the track winds gently uphill for about 250m before veering left, ignoring another 'Private Property' track[141] (on your right). The mostly flat track now leads along the side of the hill[142] for about 100m before passing under another set of power lines[143] and leading right, steeply up the short rocky hill[144]. At the top of this hill, the track leads to the end of a trail[145], but immediately veers right[146] to follow a track along a fence for about 60m before rejoining the same power line management trail[147].

(11.21 km) South end of Robinson Crk Track to End of Robinson Road
Track: Hard - bushtrack,servicetrail,servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 2.2 km Time = 48 mins
Climb = 104 m Descent = -88 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post uphill[148] along the wide management trail, following the power lines for about 100m before veering left to follow another GNW arrow post[149] along a narrow track.
The track leads into the bush among gymea lilies[150] (Doryanthes excelsa[151]) and eucalypts[152] for almost 300m, crossing a couple of short flat timber bridges[153] to then head along a few sections of timber board walk through a weedy section[154] of bush. The track then continues gently downhill for another 150m to cross over a trail[155]. Following the GNW arrow post, this track now begins to lead more steeply down for about 250m, passing through another large grove of gymea lilies[156], a small cave[157] (on your left). The walk continues down the timber then stone steps[158] to head into the dense moist forest and across a flat timber bridge[159], coming into view of the creek[160]. Here the walk bends right and leads beside the creek for a short time before bending left, following the GNW arrow post across the creek flowing over the mossy rock bed[161]. Just downstream is a small pool and cascade[162].
Here the walk starts to climb up the other side of the valley[163], soon crossing a small flat timber bridge[164]. The track then winds steeply[165] out of the ferny and densely forested valley, up a series of timber and stone steps for about 130m where another GNW arrow post marks[166] the end of this section of steep climbing. This track now leads gently up among some tall eucalypts[167] and past a large grove of gymea lily[168] for about 230m to come to a T-intersection[169] with a wide management trail.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post uphill[170] along the wide sandy trail for about 40m to pass a faint trail[171] (on your right). Then about 120m further up the main trail, this walk comes a T-intersection[172] marked with a couple more GNW arrow posts.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[173] gently uphill along the sandy trail[174]. The trail soon leaves the wooded forest and after about 120m, this walk veers left at an intersection in a clearing[175]. After another 120m, the walk heads past a large grassy clearing[176] (on your right) with some tall pine trees[177]. The sandy trail continues for another 150m, past a few scribbly gums[178], and comes to a Y-intersection marked with a 'The Great North Walk' sign[179] (pointing left).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[180] along the track, initially keeping the sandy trail to the right for a short distance. The track soon bends left, then winds over a small rise through the scribbly gum forest[181] for about 400m before heading over a short section of green boardwalk[182]. A short distance later, this walk crosses a green timber footbridge[183] and comes to an intersection at the end of the dirt Robinson Road[184].

(13.4 km) End of Robinson Road to Somersby Store
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 2.74 km Time = 50 mins
Climb = 80 m Descent = -21 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[185] uphill along the gravel Robinson Rd for about 300m to then continue straight ahead[186] along the sealed Silvester Rd. This walk heads along the sealed road for another 500m to pass an intersection with 'Anembo Rd'[187], then continues along Silvester Rd. Over the next 1km or so, the walk travels among the rural properties[188], passing some distant views of the peaks in Brisbane Water NP[189] (to your right), before turning left onto Wisemans Ferry Road at the T-intersection[190]. From this intersection, this walk leads up along the narrow grassy verge beside[191] the road for about 500m to pass the large communications[192] tower (on your right), heads over the crest of the hill then down for about 250m to come to Somersby Store[193] (on your left).

Somersby Store Alt = 282 m
Somersby Store offers a good place to have lunch or pick up the basic food supplies. The store serves hot food including burgers, chips, pies etc and cold drinks. Opening hours are 6am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 6.30am to 4pm on Saturdays (closed Sundays). There is a pay phone and a bus stop however services are limited to two buses a day. Contact details are (02)4372 1269, at 841 Wisemans Ferry Road Somersby, NSW 2250. The store owners are happy for you to phone ahead. If you are a large group you can order ahead to save the stress. I always encourage people to use local stores like this on track, but since it is a small store it is worth phoning ahead to see what they have what you want in stock.

Catch the bus to Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk A bus service runs along Wisemans Ferry Rd passing Somersby store. The service runs between Gosford and Spencer only a few times a day. Please check timetable for more info or Phone Busway on (02) 4368 2277. The bus only picks passengers up from Somersby to head to Gosford on the morning runs. Timetable
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A bus service runs along Wisemans Ferry Rd passing Somersby store. The service runs between Gosford and Spencer only a few times a day. Please check timetable for more info or Phone Busway on (02) 4368 2277. The bus only picks passengers up from Somersby to head to Gosford on the morning runs. Get Timetable
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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 8.5 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 8 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 9.6 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 12.3 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 25 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead to Somersby.
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 4 km (to the E)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 21 km (to the ENE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 22 km (to the SSW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
36 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 50 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.
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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.

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Wed      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|26°Possible shower.
Fri18°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|25°Possible late shower.
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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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Rob Gosford IP:203.219.159.xxx | 2012-09-17 22:00:40
first time i've hiked this particular GNW section - saturday 15 September 2012. LOVED IT ! great vegetation variation all the way. interesting things to see - from the beautiful Mooney Creek and its crossing downstream, to the Lower Mooney Dam and then up to the back of Somersby quary and reservoir. The Gymea Lillies were nothing short of spectacular. The trail itself was in vg condition and very well marked with hiker arrows and GNW signs.

NOTE: on a downside tho, it was a tough/tedious road slog of about 2.5 klms back to the car at Somersby Store after exiting the bush at Robinson Rd. ALSO, i feel that from the commencement of the descent down to Robinson Creek to the exit from the bush at Robinson Road, there should be a sign somewhere saying QUOTE " < Mooney Creek - Robinson Road > ". I was left wondering at times along that part "am i going the right way ?" (even tho i did notice those small hiker posts). I'll def hike this GNW section again, BUT have a car waiting at the exit from the bush at Robinson Road. We are all spoilt !
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-09-18 21:28:37
Rob Gosford wrote:
.....We are all spoilt !

Hi Rob
Thanks for the feedback, glad you enjoyed the walk. I love the Mooney Mooney Creek crossing area, what a treat hey :)

I agree, the road slog is a bit much. Leaving your car at Robinson Road is a good idea. The reason I included the road section here is that if you join these smaller sections of the GNW end to end then you do the whole GNW walk. The next section starts at the store. So if you are wanting to do every step of the GNW these load sections are handy links, if you are out for a bushwalk then Robinson Road is the trick.

Happy walking
Matt :)
Rob Gosford - re: re: IP:220.245.137.xxx | 2012-09-19 12:05:34
[quote=admin
if you join these smaller sections of the GNW end to end then you do the whole GNW walk.[/quote]

yep i see what you mean there Matt.......well it looks like i've gotta bit of pavement pounding to do in the future then. yes Mooney Creek crossing is awesome......thought it was the Colorado River lol. you come out of the bush and WHAMMO there it is, fantastic ! thanks Matt to you and your team for displaying the maps and tracknotes and other info on these walks. They are very handy to read and take note of, especially on a new walk. Its off to Ourimbah Creek in the near future >>>>>> with the LEECHES lol. cherio.
alanm - Another classic part of the GN IP:125.254.75.xxx | 2013-08-04 03:21:41
I hadn't walked this section since 1996 (now that's a bit frightening!)

Really enjoyed it. I agree the last part along the roads is a bit of a pain, but a cool drink at the store drives you on.

Video of my walk is on youtube at http://youtu.be/XitAlTHyQmM
Rhonda Costin - Walk Somersby to Wondabyne IP:156.22.9.xxx | 2014-04-24 01:52:35
Is there any freshwater creeks you can drink from between Quarry camping and Mooney Mooney creek campsite?
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