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Piles Creek Loop
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6.8 km W of Gosford
Length: 4.2 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 4.2 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Brisbane Water National Park
Climb: 306 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 306 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

Starting from the Girrakool picnic area, this walk takes you on a round trip through part of the stunning Brisbane Water National Park. The walk explores both sides of Piles Creek, rewarding you with its waterfall and lookouts. Girrakool picnic area also has barbeques and toilets. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Girrakool picnic area car park
Int of Picnic Area and Girrakool Loop tracks
Int of Picnic Area and Girrakool Loop tracks
Illoura Lookout
Int of Girrakool Loop and Piles Creek tracks
Int of Bundilla Lookout and Piles Creek tracks
Int of Bundilla Lookout and Piles Creek tracks
Western Piles Creek Caves
Phil Houghton Bridge
Int of Patonga Ferry and Girrakool tracks
Rat Gully Lookout
Monolith Cave
Int of Girrakool and Piles Ck lookout tracks
Int of Girrakool and Piles Ck lookout tracks
Int of Girrakool and Camp Kariong tracks
Piles Creek Waterfall
Illoura Lookout
Int of Picnic Area and Girrakool Loop tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Girrakool picnic area car park

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

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

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Photo Gallery

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

 
Information sign and ticket machine
 
Information sign and ticket machine +
 
Girrakool Trackhead
 
Girrakool Trackhead +
 
Bottom of Girrakool picnic area
 
Bottom of Girrakool picnic area +

 
Stairs below Girrakool picnic area
 
Stairs below Girrakool picnic area +
 
Track between Girrakool and Piles Creek
 
Track between Girrakool and Piles Creek +
 
Stone foot path
 
Stone foot path +

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

 
Track passing Illoura Lookout
 
Track passing Illoura Lookout +
 
Well signposted intersection
 
Well signposted intersection +
 
Track intersection and rocky outcrop
 
Track intersection and rocky outcrop +

 
Leaks Creek Crossing
 
Leaks Creek Crossing +
 
Eriostemon australasius (Pink Wax Flower) and bee
 
Eriostemon australasius (Pink Wax Flower) and bee +
 
Bearded Heath flowers (Leucopogon ericoides)
 
Bearded Heath flowers (Leucopogon ericoides) +

 
Piles Creek Loop track
 
Piles Creek Loop track +
 
Bundilla Lookout
 
Bundilla Lookout +
 
Rocky track
 
Rocky track +

 
Track passing a rock wall
 
Track passing a rock wall +
 
View to Piles Creek
 
View to Piles Creek +
 
Walking past grass tree and rock formations
 
Walking past grass tree and rock formations +

 
Arrows mark the track
 
Arrows mark the track +
 
A cave west of Piles Creek
 
A cave west of Piles Creek +
 
Handrail on track in places
 
Handrail on track in places +

 
Large boulders along much of this section of track
 
Large boulders along much of this section of track +
 
Small bride in the ferns
 
Small bride in the ferns +
 
A small cave
 
A small cave +

 
Walking along the rock wall
 
Walking along the rock wall +
 
One of the shorter caves in the area
 
One of the shorter caves in the area +
 
Flowers closer to Piles Creek
 
Flowers closer to Piles Creek +

 
Phil Houghton Bridge over Piles Creek
 
Phil Houghton Bridge over Piles Creek +
 
Old bridge over Piles Creel
 
Old bridge over Piles Creel +
 
Clearing near swing bridge
 
Clearing near swing bridge +

 
Crossing Phil Houghton Bridge
 
Crossing Phil Houghton Bridge +
 
Piles Creek
 
Piles Creek +
 
Well signposted section
 
Well signposted section +

 
Track on eastern side of Piles Creek
 
Track on eastern side of Piles Creek +
 
Boronia fraseri
 
Boronia fraseri +
 
Ducking under the old tree
 
Ducking under the old tree +

 
Crossing Rat Gully
 
Crossing Rat Gully +
 
Switch back on track north of Rat Gully
 
Switch back on track north of Rat Gully +
 
Beside large rock
 
Beside large rock +

 
Eriostemon australasius (Pink Wax Flower) in spring
 
Eriostemon australasius (Pink Wax Flower) in spring +
 
Cave and rock monoliths
 
Cave and rock monoliths +
 
a Rock Gully
 
a Rock Gully +

 
Piles Creek Lookout
 
Piles Creek Lookout +
 
View from Piles Creek Lookout
 
View from Piles Creek Lookout +
 
Banksia
 
Banksia +

 
Heath Kunzea flowers (Kunzea capitata)
 
Heath Kunzea flowers (Kunzea capitata) +
 
Coral Heath (Epacris microphylla)
 
Coral Heath (Epacris microphylla) +
 
Track south of Girrakool
 
Track south of Girrakool +

 
Track south of Piles Creek and Girrakool
 
Track south of Piles Creek and Girrakool +
 
Cave south of Girrakool and Pile Creel
 
Cave south of Girrakool and Pile Creel +
 
Plank plant (Bossiaea scolopendria)
 
Plank plant (Bossiaea scolopendria) +

 
Piles Creek waterfall
 
Piles Creek waterfall +
 
Piles Creek
 
Piles Creek +
 
Crossing above Piles Creek waterfall
 
Crossing above Piles Creek waterfall +

 
Track to top of Piles Creek waterfall
 
Track to top of Piles Creek waterfall +
 
Wildflower
 
Wildflower +
 
Low water Crossing sign
 
Low water Crossing sign +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Piles Creek Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Piles Creek Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Piles Creek Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Piles Creek Loop bushwalking track

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

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 4.2km
Time 2 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 2.2km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 2km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 3.4km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 700m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 3.2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 930m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 3km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 3.2km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 970m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 2.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


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

(0 km) Girrakool picnic area car park to Int of Picnic Area and Girrakool Loop tracks
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 228 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -27 m
From the lower side of the car park, this walk follows the 'To The Great North Walk' sign down the path to the lower picnic area. The walk passes the toilet block (on the left) and comes to another picnic area. The path passes through this picnic area to turn right following the 'Piles Creek Loop Track' sign down the steps. The footpath then leads to an intersection with the Broula Lookout track (on the left) and a 'car park' sign pointing back up the hill.

(0.23 km) Int of Picnic Area and Girrakool Loop tracks to Broula Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 30 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk leaves the main footpath and follows the rocky track to the signposted 'Broula Lookout' a short distance away.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Broula Lookout Alt = 95 m
Broula Lookout is fenced and a fairly short walk down from the Girrakool picnic area. Over time, the trees in the area have grown, filtering what would otherwise be a great vantage point for the Piles Creek waterfall. Broula is an Aboriginal word referring to a place of trickling water[2].

(0.23 km) Int of Picnic Area and Girrakool Loop tracks to Illoura Lookout
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 37 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Girrakool Loop' sign down along the stone path. The path soon heads down some steps and comes to a fenced and signposted 'Illoura Lookout'.

Illoura Lookout Alt = 91 m
Illoura Lookout, Brisbane Water National Park, can be found a short walk south-west of the Girrakool picnic area, following the Great North Walk sign. This lookout provides a filtered view up and down the Leask and Piles Creek junction. There is a view of a waterfall from Piles Creek. Illoura is an Aboriginal word referring to a pleasant or peaceful place[3].

(0.27 km) Illoura Lookout to Int of Bundilla Lookout and Piles Creek tracks
Track: Moderate - footpath,bushtrack
Length = 144 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -10 m
Turn right: From Illoura Lookout, this walk follows the 'Girrakool Loop' sign keeping the green fence to the left. The track leads up some steps to soon come to a 'Y' intersection and a sign pointing back to 'Girrakool Car Park'.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Piles Creek Loop' sign down the rocky steps (keeping the valley to the right). The track soon crosses Leask Creek on a narrow concrete footbridge. The track continues to wind gently through the bush, soon coming to an intersection with a track which heads down to Bundilla Lookout (on the left).

(0.41 km) Int of Bundilla Lookout and Piles Creek tracks to Bundilla Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 11 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track downhill to the fenced and signposted Bundilla Lookout (which is visible).
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Bundilla Lookout Alt = 86 m
Bundilla Lookout provides a good (but filtered) view from the southern side of the Leask and Piles Creeks junction. From the fenced lookout, you can see the top part of Piles Creek waterfall and much of the surrounding bushland. Bundilla is an Aboriginal word meaning 'meeting of waters'[4].

(0.41 km) Int of Bundilla Lookout and Piles Creek tracks to Western Piles Creek Caves
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 238 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -17 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track down the hill keeping the valley (and lookout) to the left. The track soon heads down some rocky steps to pass a large rock wall on the right and further down hill the track comes close to a water hole on Piles Creek. The track then heads up the hill to pass more stone boulders and down some steps next to another rock wall. The track passes a couple of metal arrows markers to soon come to a large rock overhang at the top of a set of stairs.

Western Piles Creek Caves Alt = 79 m
The Western Piles Creek Caves are series of sandstone caves, not formally named, on the north western side on Piles Creek. The Piles Creek loop passes at the base of a cliff helping find these sandstone caves. Each overhang providing a cool sheltered spot for walkers to rest and enjoy the surrounding bushland. Some are very tall and others much shorter, but all fairly narrow.

(0.65 km) Western Piles Creek Caves to Phil Houghton Bridge
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.31 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 65 m Descent = -138 m
Continue straight: From the cave, this walk heads down the stairs keeping the cave wall to the right. The track winds through the bush for a while, passing another rock wall and crossing over 3 small foot bridges. The track then passes a couple more caves and a rock wall and then some distant views to the left. After passing another cave the track crosses a creek using a hand railing and passes a section of track with a steep drop to the left. Soon the track heads down a long set of steps with an old hand rail then winds down the hill to come to a large clearing and the Phil Houghton suspension Bridge.

Phil Houghton Bridge Alt = 3 m
The Phil Houghton Bridge is a metal suspension bridge that crosses Piles Creek. It is part of the Great North Walk and replaces an older bridge, with part still visible upstream. The bridge can hold up to 8 people and feels very stable. There are great views both up and downstream half way across this bridge. There is a clearing on the northern side that people have used for camping.

(1.96 km) Phil Houghton Bridge to Int of Patonga Ferry and Girrakool tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 222 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -17 m
Turn left: From the clearing, this walk heads up the stairs[5] and across the Phil Houghton suspension footbridge[6], enjoying the views of the tidal Piles Creek[7]. On the other side, the walk heads down the stairs and turns left, passing the old bridge[8], where the track bends right to head uphill. The rocky track winds steeply uphill[9] for about 170m to come to a well signposted three-way intersection[10] beside a small intermittent creek[11].

(2.18 km) Int of Patonga Ferry and Girrakool tracks to Rat Gully Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 291 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 33 m Descent = -14 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk crosses the small creek and then follows the 'Girrakool' sign along the bush track. The track winds up the side of the hill to soon head back down hill into Rat Gully. The track heads under a large fallen tree and crosses the boulder field and creek. There are steps cut in the rock to help the crossing. The walk then passes the old bridge and heads into the bush again. The track then does a right hand switch back (at the 'Girrakool' sign) and climbs a small hill to an un-signposted but fenced lookout.

(2.47 km) Rat Gully Lookout to Monolith Cave
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 221 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk heads up the hill initially keeping the large gully to the right. The track soon turns left and heads to the top of the hill and passes a large and interesting monolithic rock. About 60m after this rock the track leads to another similar rock with a large cave just to the left of the track.

Monolith Cave Alt = 72 m
Monolith Cave is an informally named cave and interesting rock formation high on the ridge east of Piles Creek and North of Rat Gully in the Brisbane Water National Park. The cave is a fairly large sandstone overhang on the edge of the track. The cave provides shelter for walkers and is a great spot to rest and enjoy the area. This rock and the more Monolithic rock about 60m to the south are interesting to explore, and provide great views of the surrounding area. Take great care if exploring the rocks.

(2.69 km) Monolith Cave to Int of Girrakool and Piles Ck lookout tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 83 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -16 m
Continue straight: From the cave, this walk heads north through the cleft in the rock. The clear track soon passes another rock wall then comes to an intersection at the base of the timber staircase.

(2.78 km) Int of Girrakool and Piles Ck lookout tracks to Piles Ck Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 17 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Turn left: With the stairs to the right, this walk follows the short track to the fenced lookout. There are a few steps that then lead down the the lookout platform.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Piles Creek Lookout Alt = 46 m
Piles Creek lookout (not formally named), Brisbane Water National Park, sits high on the ridge, east of Piles Creek and north of Rat Gully. This lookout provides views over the Piles Creek valley and can be enjoyed from behind a fence. The valley is surprisingly steep at this point and the views downstream are quite extensive.

(2.78 km) Int of Girrakool and Piles Ck lookout tracks to Girrakool picnic area car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,footpath,footpath
Length = 1.38 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 116 m Descent = -47 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads up the wooden staircase and along the track for a little while, until it comes to a three-way intersection and a 'Girrakool' sign.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Girrakool' sign along the bush track. After a short time the track passes under four sandstone caves (overhangs) and then crosses a few small tributaries. The caves provide good shelter and a great spot to rest. The track continues through the thick scrub and soon opens up on an unfenced rock platform at the top of Piles Creek Waterfall.
Veer right: From the top of the waterfall, the walk crosses the creek using the concrete stepping stones (the creek may be impassable after rain) and heads up the wooden steps to soon come to Illoura Lookout.
Turn right: From Illoura Lookout, this walk follows 'Girrakool Loop' sign up the stone steps directly away from the lookout. The walk follows the footpath up the stone steps to soon come to the intersection with the Broula Lookout track and another 'Girrakool Loop' sign pointing back down the hill.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'car park' arrow up the few steps and along the stone footpath. The path heads through the bush, up some more steps to come to the lower Girrakool picnic area. The walk then heads through the picnic tables and past the BBQ up the straight path to the large car park passing the toilet block (on the right).

Drive from Girrakool picnic area car park
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Near by



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


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

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 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      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|26°Possible shower.
Fri18°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|25°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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

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Dave Brewer - Kathmandu store at now Erina F IP:211.27.243.xxx | 2009-07-05 01:01:51
shopping centre.
rockterrigal IP:58.107.135.xxx | 2010-03-24 08:26:05
it gets fairly damp on the western side. spray footware with insect spray due to the abundance of leeches. i forgot and five fat ones had attached themselves to me.

great walk.
Shano - 4.1km ?! IP:124.170.14.xxx | 2010-04-08 10:28:46
I think that this trail is closer to 6km than 4. My GPS showed that we had comfortably covered 2km, well before we reached the swing bridge.

A great walk, and some of the features along the way are simply stunning.
admin - re: 4.1km ?! Super Administrator | 2010-04-08 10:38:00
Shano wrote:
I think that this trail is closer to 6km than 4. My GPS showed that we had comfortably covered 2km, well before we reached the swing bridge.

Hi Shano
Glad you had a great walk.
I think the 4.1km is correct, but always happy to debate. The problem with using GPS to measure distance whilst walking is that all the small errors can add up to big distances differences quickly. Esq in the case of this walk where you are walking next to cliff and under overhangs. If you are not convinced send me your log file and I can have a look to see how it compares to our distance data (matt at wildwalks dot com).
AlanM - Very enjoyable IP:125.254.75.xxx | 2010-11-25 23:18:56
Great way to spend a couple of hours. I have crossed the creek here in several occasions doing the GNW.

Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czGwFmAsQgg
Fiona - Good walk IP:220.253.188.xxx | 2011-03-12 02:58:03
Enjoyed this walk very much, nice views along the way and lovely waterfalls and variety of vegetation...took some salt following comment from previous hiker. In came in handy has had a a number of leeches attached to our shoes and socks after the western side of the walk!!
Simon - Bike IP:121.217.210.xxx | 2011-03-15 10:08:55
Doing this walk tomorrow and looking forward to it. I wonder if (and hope "not") whether the bicycle dumped in the creek visible in the photo titled "View to Piles Creek" is still there despoiling the area.
Simon - Walker comments - March '11 IP:121.217.210.xxx | 2011-03-16 22:30:49
Sadly the bike is still sitting drowned in the rock pool...perhaps on another day I'll go back down there with suitable equipment and drag it out.

Unfortunately on the Eastern side of the swing bridge the traffic noise from the nearby F3 is a constant background drone once you climb out of the valley.

Nevertheless...a very nice loop walk. Very well maintained picnic area, amenities and track: Kudos to the NSW NPWS.

Nice flowering on many plants at this time of year. A school of a dozen or so fish (up to 35cm length) were lazily swimming in the waterhole beneath the swing bridge. Looked like carp to us, but a passing walker who seemed familiar with the area claimed they were mullet which spend their juvenile time in the creek before getting washed down in the winter rains to the river/sea.

Look out for some fantastic pink spotted gums growing 'into' the rock at the cliffs and caves on both the Eastern and Western sides of the walk. Several have the appearance of holding up the overhead rock ledge. On the Western side approx. 1 to 1.5 kms from the carpark, there is an especially good very large example right on the track that grows straight up for 1 metre, then sharply bends at a 45d angle, paralleling the cliff face, then sharply bends again 45d before growing around the overhead ledge.
Alex Portnoy - PO Box# 1048, B - Mothers' Day - BEWARE! IP:220.236.0.xxx | 2011-05-15 03:59:09
Beware of coming to Girrakool & Somersby Falls on Mothers' Day.

We came here on Mothers' Day 2011, and could not even get a parking spot at both locations!

Plenty of NPWS Rangers about Fining people for not paying their $7-per-vehicle fee ($200 Fine paid via NSW SDRO).

Every BBQ was taken.

Normally, there is no-one here!

So be warned to expect large crowds - your peace will be shattered :-)
Andrew & Debbie - Great Walk- Bit of Everything IP:124.149.33.xxx | 2011-07-03 06:37:03
What a terrific walk. Due to all the rain we have had lately alot of water dripping down from the cliff tops. Manage to avoid the leaches. We sprayed our shoes and socks. Nice views from the lookouts. Took a couple of photos.
Rachel - beautiful IP:124.179.21.xxx | 2012-02-06 11:23:33
Fantastic walk, so beautiful! We managed to get no leeches, I recommend bushmans repellant it works every time. We also saw a huge eel as we came back to the top lookout. Amazing. I suggest everyone tries this walk
Tinribs - Surprised IP:121.216.249.xxx | 2012-03-11 03:59:20
Wow! What a wonderful walk. Would recommend it to anyone. Beautiful waterfalls, caves and rock cliffs not to mention the flora. Hiking boots meant no problems with leeches or water. Ticket machine in park broken so unable to pay for park entry. Will do this one again.
Kensoboy - Very nice walk in winter IP:121.209.228.xxx | 2013-06-16 06:40:54
Excellent walk. Winter is the best time to go. No leeches. Sometimes the track is quite faint and you have to pay attention. The caves are great with water streaming over the overhang you feel like walking on the inside of a small waterfall.
marg kids and oldies - fantastic but full on IP:120.22.130.xxx | 2014-09-28 04:11:32
Absolutely wonderful walk. Beautiful in september with all the flowers. Probably not for little ones but we did just have our two year old with us. I wouldnt advise it though it was hard on him.
Trust the signs , you need to be fit ( or brave) and you need 3 hours to enjoy this one.
But dont be put off by that it is worth every moment.
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