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Patonga to Staples Lookout
Time: 6 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.7 km E of Patonga
Length: 17 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 17 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Brisbane Water National Park
Climb: 702 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 702 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 There is a ferry stop near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This great walk explores much of the main ridge ridge running through Brisbane Water National Park. The walk visits a number of great lookouts and has two worthy side trips, one up to the top of Mt Wondabyne and another to the falls in Kariong Brook. The walk requires a bit of planning for transport, but is well worth a car shuffle. Allow time to relax and enjoy the views. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Patonga to Staples Lookout

Map of Walk

Location

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Patonga Wharf car park
Warrah Reserve boat ramp
Eastern end of Patonga Beach
Broken Bay View
Int of Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail and Patonga track
Warrah Lookout intersection
Warrah Lookout intersection
Warrah Trig Station
Warrah Car Park
Int of Warrah Trig trail and Warrah Trig Station Rd
Int of Warrah Trig Station Rd and Patonga Drive track
Int of Great North Walk and Patonga Dr
Int of Rest Area and Girrakool tracks
Int of Great North Walk and Patonga Creek tracks
Int of Hawkesbury track and Patonga Dr trail
Int of Hawkesbury track and Patonga Dr trail
Int of Hawkesbury track and Sani Depot Trail
Int of Hawkesbury track and Van Dahls rest area track
Rock Platform
Int of Hawkesbury track near Patonga Creek
Woy Woy landfill view
Int of Hawkesbury Track and Dillons Trail
Int of Great North Walk and Tunnel Track
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 GNW and Mt Wondabyne Peak tracks
Int of GNW and Mullet Creek Trail
Int of GNW and Mullet Creek Trail (east)
Int of GNW and Thommos Loop track
Int of the Great North Walk and Patonga service trail
Int of the Great North Walk and Patonga service trail
Rock platform
Int of Great North Walk and Powerline service trail
Int of Thommos Trail and Woy Woy Road
Starting point for this hiking track: Patonga Wharf car park

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Photo Gallery

 
across form Patonga boat ramp
 
across form Patonga boat ramp +
 
View from rock lookout
 
View from rock lookout +
 
View of Barrenjoey Lighthouse from Warrah Lookout
 
View of Barrenjoey Lighthouse from Warrah Lookout +

 
path down towards headland
 
path down towards headland +
 
Int of Great North Walk and Patonga Drive
 
Int of Great North Walk and Patonga Drive +
 
path across rock flats
 
path across rock flats +

 
Mt Wondabyne Camping area
 
Mt Wondabyne Camping area +
 
Track to Mt Wondabyne peak
 
Track to Mt Wondabyne peak +
 
Brisbane Waters Nationa Park gate
 
Brisbane Waters Nationa Park gate +

 
Woy Woy road
 
Woy Woy road +
 
Staples Lookout Plaque
 
Staples Lookout Plaque +
 
View from Staples Lookout
 
View from Staples Lookout +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Patonga to Staples Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Patonga to Staples Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Patonga to Staples Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Patonga to Staples Lookout 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 17km
Time 6 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 7km has short steep hills. Whilst another 1.3km is flat with no steps and the remaining 440m is very steep.

Quality of track
13km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 3.2km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (1.2km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 11km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 6km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 13km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.1km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 17km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
11km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 6km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (440m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Catch the ferry to Patonga Beach
Public transport (ferry) available to this Bushwalk Ferry service operates between Palm Beach and Bobbin head daily. Stopping at Patoonga Beach (and Cottage Point on request).
Mon - Fri once a day (before lunch)
Weekends and school holidays 3 times a day from Bobbin Head.
(can get also get it later on the way to palm beach on request)
Phone to confirm times on the day 0414466635 Please check with the ferry operator for latest info on services --> Timetable
Catch the ferry to Patonga Beach
Public transport (ferry) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for upto date running time info
Use these links to plan your Ferry (and train) trip to the end of this walk.

Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|There is no regular ferry service between Patonga and Brooklyn any more. You can easily grab a water taxi (about $80+). If you are part of a large group they can also organise a larger boat carrying 35 passengers (about $16 pp). Phone 0410 554 777 to book. Enjoy the boat ride.
Catch the bus to Patonga Wharf car park
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk A bus service runs along Patonga Drive down to Patonga. The service only runs a few times a day. Please check timetable for more info or Phone Busway on (02) 4368 2277 (route 50) Timetable
Drive to Patonga Wharf car park
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|

(0 km) Patonga Wharf car park to Eastern end of Patonga Beach
Walk: Easy - road,beach
Length = 527 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -13 m
From the car park[1] at Patonga wharf[2], this walk follows the footpath beside Patonga Drive[3], keeping the water on the right. The road leads out of town passing beside 'Eve Williams Memorial Oval'[4][5][6] for 70m to find a large 'The Great North Walk' sign[7] opposite the toilet block[8]. Soon after this sign, this walk turns right following the 'Boat Ramp' sign and GNW arrow post[9] down along a side road[10] for 220m to find a parking area beside Patonga's boat ramp[11]. (Alternatively it is possible to walk along the sandy beach[12] from the wharf to the boat ramp.)
Continue straight: From the boat ramp, this walk follows the power lines across the car park, keeping the water to the right. The walk heads around the gate and continues to follow the power lines across the sand, coming to the eastern end of Patonga Beach and the 'Brisbane Water National Park' sign[13]. This area of the beach is also know as 'Dark Corner'[14].

(0.53 km) Eastern end of Patonga Beach to Broken Bay View
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 593 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 122 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the eastern end of Patonga beach, this walk follows the 'Warrah Trig 1.7km' sign[15] up the steps. The track winds up the side on the hill, turning left and following the ridge line uphill. Soon after passing up some stairs between the rock, the track comes to a lovely view across the water. Here, the track turns left and climbs up more steps before flattening out and passing a few more GNW arrows. Just after passing two GNW arrows next to each other (at the end of a large crack in the rock), the track passes a few large Sydney Red Gums and comes to an unfenced rock platform on the right - Broken Bay view.

Broken Bay View Alt = 124 m
Broken Bay View is an informal, unnamed and unfenced vantage point at the top of the cliffs, east of Patonga. The large rock platform has a number of large Sydney Red Gums, providing some shade. There are great views across the Hawkesbury River, along Cowan Creek and to West Head. The views to the left extend past Lion Island to Barrenjoey Head and out to the Pacific Ocean.

(1.12 km) Broken Bay View to Warrah Lookout intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 697 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 26 m Descent = -26 m
Veer left: From the Broken Bay view, this walk follows Great North Walk arrows uphill along the track. The track winds gently through the bush, with the occasional water glimpse to the right. After a short time, the track comes to a clear intersection with the Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail with a sign pointing back to 'Patonga'[16].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the Great North Walk arrow downhill along the wide management trail. After about 250m, the trail passes a track on the right (marked with 5 large boulders - this informal track leads to an unfenced view). The walk continues along the management trail for another 100m and comes to an intersection near the Warrah Lookout, and a sign pointing back to 'Patonga'[17].

(1.82 km) Warrah Lookout intersection to Warrah Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 70 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -12 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads between the timber posts and follows the 'Warrah Lookout' sign[18] along the sandstone footpath. The path leads through the bush for a short distance, coming to the fenced Warrah Lookout. (Beware of informal side tracks that lead to unfenced sections of cliff.)
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Warrah Lookout Alt = 114 m
Warrah Lookout is a mostly fenced lookout on a large sandstone platform. The lookout provides fantastic views across the Hawkesbury River. From left to right, you can see along the escarpment which forms the southern boundary of Brisbane Water National Park, out to the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, West Head, along Cowan Creek, Juno Point and along the escarpment to Patonga. This is a great place to spend some time soaking up the views.

(1.82 km) Warrah Lookout intersection to Warrah Trig Station
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 308 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Tony Doyle Track, Warrah Car Park' sign[19] up the sandstone steps and footpath. After winding through and over some rock platforms, the path leads up the hill to two sets of timber staircases. At the top of the second set, the walk comes to the old Warrah Trig station (a green metal post).

Warrah Trig Station Alt = 164 m
Warrah Trig Station is part of a national geodetic survey established during the 1970's. The 'Triangulation station' (aka trigonometrical or trig station) is a distinct marker once clear of trees, and would have been visible for many kilometers in the area. There are many such trig stations around Australia, which were used to help in surveying. Each station has a know position and altitude, which allows surveyors to use triangulation and determine another point's location. With advances in technology, these trig stations have been abandoned and superseded. The trig station is now surrounded by trees, with some filtered views along the Hawkesbury River[20]. The area is rich with wildflowers in spring.

(2.13 km) Warrah Trig Station to Warrah car park
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 32 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From Warrah Trig Station, this walk follows the sandstone steps and footpath down the hill towards the dirt road. The path soon passes a plaque and a sign pointing back along the 'Tony Doyle Track'[21] and comes to the Warrah car park.

(2.16 km) Warrah Car Park to Int Warrah Trig Rd trail and Warrah Trig Station Rd
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 308 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From Warrah car park, this walk follows the road off the sealed section and along the dirt. The road passes a larger dirt overflow car park, then ignores an old trail (on the right) to soon come to an intersection with a management trail and gate on the left side.

(2.47 km) Int of Warrah Trig trail and Warrah Trig Station Rd to Int of Great North Walk and Patonga Dr
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 1.22 km Time = 22 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the dirt road north up a long and gentle hill. The road leads to an intersection with a track on the right marked with a Great North Walk arrow about 30m before Patonga Drive.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow marker around the drainage ditch[22] to follow the track running parallel to Patonga Drive (keeping the road about 20m to your left). The track leads through the heath and scribbly gum forest[23] for about 100m before passing some distant ocean views[24] (on your right), where the track continues for another 150m to come to the sealed Patonga Drive[25]. Here the walk follows the GNW arrow post[26] across the road to a locked gate and management trail[27], marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign[28].

(3.68 km) Int of Great North Walk and Patonga Dr to Rock platform intersection
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 870 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -16 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[29] around the locked gate[30] to follow the management trail[31] away from the road. After about 100m, this walk comes to a clear three-way intersection[32] marked with sign pointing back to 'Patonga'[33].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Girrakool' sign[34] gently up along the wide trail. After about 200m, the trail bends left[35], then leads gently down for another 100m, coming to an intersection[36] where the main trail bends right (and with the narrower Patonga Creek trail ahead), marked with a GNW arrow post[37].
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post north along the wide sandy management trail. The trail leads among the heath and large scribbly gums[38] for about 270m to come to T-intersection[39] with another wide trail[40], marked with a 'Patonga' sign[41] pointing back up along the trail.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Girrakool' sign[42] downhill along the management trail. Over the next 200m, the trail gently bends right then comes to an intersection (just before a large open rock platform[43]), marked with a 'Girrakool' sign[44] (pointing right).

(4.55 km) Int of Hawkesbury track and Patonga Dr trail to Int of Hawkesbury track and Sani Depot Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.12 km Time = 21 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -39 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Girrakool' sign[45] east uphill along the management trail[46]. The trail leads up the hill for about 25m to head over a short rock platform[47] where the trail continues fairly steeply uphill. The trail bends left[48] and then winds gently around the side of the hill[49], enjoying some views[50] along the way. The trail undulates for a while before leading gently down to pass a large clearing[51] (on your left). Just past this clearing, the trail heads down (fairly steeply at first) for about 200m to enter a tall wooded forest and come to a clear three-way intersection, marked with a 'Sani Depot Trail' sign[52] (on your right).

(5.67 km) Int of Hawkesbury track and Sani Depot Trail to Rock Platform
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.33 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -56 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[53] downhill along the wide trail. The trail soon leaves the tall Sydney Redgums[54] to lead down for almost 600m. The walk crosses a culverted creek[55] (with sandstone blocks[56]) and then the trail mostly flattens out[57]. Here the trail continues for another 170m leaving the tall forest to walk through the open heath[58], passing near a small cliff (on your right), to come to an intersection with the faint track[59] (on your left, this is just before the main trail bends right and starts to lead downhill again).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide trail downhill[60], keeping the valley to your left. The trail winds downhill for almost 600m, crossing a couple of culverted creeks[61][62], until, just after a left-hand bend, this walk comes to a noteable rock platform[63] (with an ephemeral creek) and filtered view down the valley (to your left)[64].

(7 km) Rock Platform to Woy Woy landfill view
Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 964 m Time = 25 mins
Climb = 77 m Descent = -39 m
Continue straight: From the rock platform, this walk follows the trail north up the side of the hill. The trail leads uphill for about 25m before bending left and leading downhill[65] for about 80m, where the trail winds through a ferny valley[66] with a scattering of cabbage palms[67] (Livistona australis). Here the trail leads quite steeply uphill[68] for about 200m, then more gently downhill for just over 200m more, to come to a Y-intersection[69] with the signposted 'Great North Walk' track[70] (on your left). (The trail ahead soon leads over Patonga Creek[71] to the locked back[72] gate of Woy Woy Landfill).
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[73] downhill along the track. After just shy of 100m, the track crosses Patonga Creek[74] among the moist cabbage palm[75] forest. Soon after crossing this creek, the track begins to head quite steeply uphill[76] for another 100m, passing a faint side track[77] before climbing up some carved steps[78] in the rock beside a sloped rock platform (on your left)[79]. The track continues steeply up for another 40m, where the track bends right (at the GNW arrow post)[80] to head over a mostly flat rock outcrop. The track continues (with occasional glimpses of the Woy Woy landfill[81]) gently uphill for just over 100m to pass another side track[82], then lead up a bit more steeply[83] for just over 100m more (past a rock wall[84], on your left) to come to an unfenced clear view over Woy Woy landfill[85] (where the track bends left[86]).

(7.96 km) Woy Woy landfill view to Int of Rocky Ponds Trail and Tunnel Track
Track: Hard - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 2.02 km Time = 42 mins
Climb = 83 m Descent = -75 m
Veer left: From the view point over Woy Woy Landfill[87], this walk heads west following the rocky track uphill, directly away from the view. The sandy track[88] soon leads up a few rock steps[89] and after about 130m, climbs up a few carved steps[90] onto a fairly large rock platform[91], marked with a GNW arrow post[92]. The track now undulates, following a series of GNW arrow posts (generally up) along a rocky ridge line[93], passing over many rock platforms[94] for almost 1km (enjoying the distant views[95][96] over Woy Woy Bay and the Brisbane Water, to your right) to come to the highpoint on this section of track[97]. From here, the track continues mostly flat for the next 500m, then begins to head downhill for about 300m to come to a clear intersection[98] with the signposted 'Dillons Trail'[99]. There is a sign pointing back up the track towards 'Patonga'[100].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post west[101] (in the opposite direction to the 'Patonga' sign[102]. After about 20m, this short track leads to an intersection with the signposted 'Tunnel Trail'[103].
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[104] gently uphill along the 'Tunnel Trail'. After about 50m, the trail passes through a metal gate[105] and fence then continues for just over 100m to come to the signposted intersection with the 'Rocky Ponds Trail'[106], where a 'Patonga' sign[107] points back down along the trail.

(9.98 km) Int of Rocky Ponds Trail and Tunnel Track to Mt Wondabyne Campsite
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.22 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 64 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow marker and the 'Girrakool' sign[108] 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[109] and a clear three-way intersection with the signposted 'Mt Wondabyne' trail[110] (on the left).
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow marker as well as the 'Mt Wondabyne'[111] and 'Girrakool'[112] signs uphill along the management trail. The trail winds up the hill for about 300m find a view of Mount Wondabyne[113] - there are also nice views behind (and to the right) across Woy Woy and the Brisbane Water[114]. The trail continues uphill for another 400m to end at a large clearing[115] (turning circle) at the base of a rock wall. This is the Mt Wondabyne Campsite[116] - there is also a sign pointing back down to 'Patonga'[117].

Mt Wondabyne Campsite Alt = 212 m
This basic campsite is found at the end of a management trail, near the base of Mt Wondabyne. The campsite is at the bottom of a small (east facing) rock wall and has trees surrounding much of the area, providing some shelter. There is an established fire circle and a basic seat. There is no water or other facilities. (There is also small cave suitable for sleeping a few people about half way up Mount Wondabyne).

(11.2 km) Mt Wondabyne Campsite to Int of Great North Walk and Mt Wondabyne Peak tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 87 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the clearing (campsite), this walk follows the 'Mooney Mooney rest area' sign[118] north gently uphill along the rocky track[119]. After about 90m, this track comes to a three-way intersection[120] (with the Mt Wondabyne peak track, on the right[121]), marked with a GNW arrow post.

(11.29 km) Int of Great North Walk and Mt Wondabyne Peak tracks to Mt Wondabyne Peak
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 208 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -1 m
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[122]. After about 60m, the track passes a small cave[123] (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[124], to come to the first peak[125]. The faint track continues along the ridge for another 60m then comes to the main peak, where there is an old trig station[126] and great panoramic views[127].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right 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.

(11.29 km) Int of GNW and Mt Wondabyne Peak tracks to Int of GNW and Mullet Creek Trail
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 946 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -109 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post north, gently down along the rocky track[128], keeping the Mt Wondabyne Peak up to your right. After about 50m, the track enters a forest of trees[129] and begins to head more distinctly downhill, passing a few large boulders[130] for about 700m, then coming to a GNW 'Walker Register' tube[131] on a post. After writing a comment, the walk continues down the track over a rock platform[132], and just past the rock platform[133] the sandy track leads downhill for about 200m as it widens significantly[134] and comes to a T-intersection[135] with another wide trail. There is a 'Mt Wondabyne' sign[136] here, pointing back up the hill.

(12.23 km) Int of GNW and Mullet Creek Trail to Int of GNW and Thommos Loop trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 1.05 km Time = 22 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -29 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post and 'Wondabyne Station' sign[137] down a gentle hill as the trail bends right. The trail leads downhill and bends again to run parallel with the some power lines[138]. Then about 35 meters past the second power pole, this walk comes to an intersection with a track[139] (on your left), marked with a GNW arrow post.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Girrakool' sign[140], heading under the power lines and down along the track to soon cross a small ephemeral creek[141]. From the creek, this walk follows a rock platform[142] for about 200m to then head over a section of timber boardwalk[143] and past a few disused power poles[144]. The track soon begins to climb and crosses a number or rock platforms[145] for about 300m to come to a notably large rock platform[146] with a wide view across the valley to Mt Wondabyne[147]. Here the track continues up for another 250m to an intersection[148] with a wide trail (at another rock platform), where a 'Patonga' sign[149] points back down along the track.

(13.28 km) Int of GNW and Thommos Loop track to Int of the Great North Walk and Patonga service trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.49 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 34 m Descent = -54 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Girrakool' sign[150] across the rock platform, keeping the valley to your left. The walk enjoys views of Mt Wondabyne[151] (on the left) for about 130m to come to a particularly large rock platform[152]. Here the trail leads down[153] off this rock platform then winds along the side of the hill for about 1.3km (passing a pleasant grove of large Sydney Redgums[154]) to lead up to an intersection[155] (with a track on the left) where there is a sign pointing back to 'Patonga'[156].

(14.77 km) Int of the Great North Walk and Patonga service trail to Kariong Brook crossing
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 688 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -122 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Girrakool' sign[157] gently down along the narrower track. The track leads down for about 60m to pass over a rock outcrop[158] and then 80m later, comes to a clearing that has been used as a campsite[159] (on your left). From the clearing, the track continues down the hill for about 150m, stepping down the rocks[160] and along a sandy track[161] to then bend right at metal handrail[162]. Here the rocky track becomes quite steep in places and winds down past some rock walls[163] and among the grass trees[164] for about 300m, where the track bends sharp right at the bottom of some steps in a cleft in the rock[165]. The track continues down for another 100m to follow the steps down through the sandstone overhang[166], here the track bends left then right to wind down and cross the creek (that is often underground) and come to an intersection with a faint track in front of Kariong Brook Falls[167] (on your right).
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Kariong Brook Falls Alt = 27 m
This tranquil spot of the Great North Walk is home to some lovely falls and a water hole. The eastern side of the creek has a tall sandstone cave and wall. After rain these falls can become very spectacular, other times is a cool place to rest. A great spot to stop for a snack.

(14.77 km) Int of the Great North Walk and Patonga service trail to Int of Great North Walk and Woy Woy Road
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.83 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 83 m Descent = -22 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads north-east following the 'Staples Lookout' sign along the management trail. The walk steadily climbs uphill until to comes to a long rock platform with good views of the valley (to the left)
Continue straight: From the rock platform, this walk heads north east along the management trail, keeping the main valley views to the left. The trail winds up the hill to come to a four-way intersection with the power line management trail and a 'Thommas Loop' (sign pointing back down the hill).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill following the service trail, past the National Park gate to the intersection of Woy Woy Road.

(16.59 km) Int of Thommos Trail and Woy Woy Road to Staples Lookout
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 372 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, heads along Woy Woy Road passing the large brown 'Scenic Lookout 300m' sign. The walk crosses the road (where safe) and crosses a grassy area to come to the car park and signposted Staples Lookout.

Staples Lookout Alt = 201 m
Staples Lookout beside Woy Woy Road, is a fenced lookout providing good views east across the Central Coast, the Brisbane Water and out to the ocean. There is a large car park and picnic tables, with plenty of natural shade. The lookout was named as a tribute to Charles J Staples, a pioneer of route that Woy Woy Rd now follows[168]. The lookout was constructed in 1955 by the Rotary Club of Woy Woy[169]. An inscription at the lookout quotes 'and I shall meditate on your wondrous works' from Psalm 119:27[170].

Drive from Staples Lookout
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Catch a ferry to Patonga Beach
Ferry service operates between Palm Beach and Bobbin head daily. Stopping at Patoonga Beach (and Cottage Point on request). Mon - Fri once a day (before lunch) Weekends and school holidays 3 times a day from Bobbin Head. (can get also get it later on the way to palm beach on request) Phone to confirm times on the day 0414466635 Get Timetable
Catch a ferry to Patonga Beach
There is no regular ferry service between Patonga and Brooklyn any more. You can easily grab a water taxi (about $80+). If you are part of a large group they can also organise a larger boat carrying 35 passengers (about $16 pp). Phone 0410 554 777 to book. Enjoy the boat ride. Get Timetable
Catch a bus to Patonga
A bus service runs along Patonga Drive down to Patonga. The service only runs a few times a day. Please check timetable for more info or Phone Busway on (02) 4368 2277 (route 50) Get Timetable
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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 12.3 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 15.3 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 16 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 20.3 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 22.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Patonga to Staples Lookout.
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Site Distance and dir from Patonga to Staples Lookout
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 13 km (to the N)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 14 km (to the WSW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 26 km (to the NE)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
26 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 43 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
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Wed      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°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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