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Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.2 km SW of Gosford
Length: 5.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 5.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Brisbane Water National Park
Climb: 261 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 261 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: Return
Track: Hard

This walk gives the shortest access to Kariong Brook waterfall, one of the nicest falls in the area. Starting from Staples Lookout, on Woy Woy Rd, most of the walking is along the Thommos Loop management trail, except for the last descent into Kariong Brook. The waterfall is a nice and cool place to stop for lunch on a warm day. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook
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Staples Lookout
Int of Great North Walk and Woy Woy Road
Int of Great North Walk and Powerline service trail
Int of Great North Walk and Thommos Loop service trail
Int of the Great North Walk and Patonga service trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Thommos Trail and Woy Woy Road

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)

Print a map and track notes here
 Gosford 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91312S 
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Photo Gallery

 
View from Staples Lookout
 
View from Staples Lookout +
 
Staples Lookout Plaque
 
Staples Lookout Plaque +
 
Staples Lookout Plaque
 
Staples Lookout Plaque +

 
Plaque at Staples Lookout
 
Plaque at Staples Lookout +
 
Great North Walk sign beside Woy Woy Rd
 
Great North Walk sign beside Woy Woy Rd +
 
GNW entrance from Woy Woy rd
 
GNW entrance from Woy Woy rd +

 
Thommos Loop trail
 
Thommos Loop trail +
 
Thommos Loop track sign
 
Thommos Loop track sign +
 
Thommos Loop trail
 
Thommos Loop trail +

 
Rock platform on Thommos Loop trail
 
Rock platform on Thommos Loop trail +
 
Edge of rock platform on Thommos Loop trail
 
Edge of rock platform on Thommos Loop trail +
 
Thommos Loop trail
 
Thommos Loop trail +

 
Top of track to Kariong Brook
 
Top of track to Kariong Brook +
 
Sign pointing to Girrakool
 
Sign pointing to Girrakool +
 
Top of track east of Kariong Brook
 
Top of track east of Kariong Brook +

 
Track east of Kariong Brook
 
Track east of Kariong Brook +
 
Rocky outcrop and view easy between Thommos Loop and Kariong Brook
 
Rocky outcrop and view easy between Thommos Loop and Kariong Brook +
 
Hand rail on track
 
Hand rail on track +

 
Track passing rock wall
 
Track passing rock wall +
 
Rocky section of track east of Kariong Brook
 
Rocky section of track east of Kariong Brook +
 
Pleasant bushland  near Kariong Brook
 
Pleasant bushland near Kariong Brook +

 
Passing Rock wall
 
Passing Rock wall +
 
Boronia Fraseri
 
Boronia Fraseri +
 
Banksia Ericifolia
 
Banksia Ericifolia +

 
Wildflowers in spring
 
Wildflowers in spring +
 
Track passing under cave at Kariong Brook
 
Track passing under cave at Kariong Brook +
 
Kariong Brook
 
Kariong Brook +

 
Kariong Brook Water fall
 
Kariong Brook Water fall +
 
Kariong Brook
 
Kariong Brook +
 
Kariong Brook
 
Kariong Brook +

 
Kariong Brook pool
 
Kariong Brook pool +
 
Kariong Brook falls
 
Kariong Brook falls +
 
Side of Kariong Brook
 
Side of Kariong Brook +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook 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 6km
Time 2 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 Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
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
1.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1000m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (690m) is very steep.

Quality of track
Around 2.2km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 690m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
1.6km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 690m has minimal directional signs. The remaining (620m) has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 2.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 2.2km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 690m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 2.7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 210m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Staples Lookout
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|

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[1]. The lookout was constructed in 1955 by the Rotary Club of Woy Woy[2]. An inscription at the lookout quotes 'and I shall meditate on your wondrous works' from Psalm 119:27[3].

(0 km) Staples Lookout to Int of Thommos Trail and Woy Woy Road
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 372 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -13 m
From Staples Lookout, this walk heads downhill alongside Woy Woy Rd (keeping the view to the left). Where safe this walk crosses the road and continues down the hill. Just after passing a large brown 'Scenic Lookout 300m' sign (facing downhill), the walk comes to the signposted start of "Thommo's Loop Fire Trail" and a locked gate.

(0.37 km) Int of Great North Walk and Woy Woy Road to Int of the Great North Walk and Patonga service trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.83 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -83 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads around the National Park gate and continues down the service trail for a short while, before coming to the intersection of the power line service trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Thommas Loop' sign down the management trail as it bends left. The trail winds down the hill to soon cross a rock platform with good views.
Continue straight: From the rock platform, this walk follows the management trail down the hill, keeping the valley views to the right. The trail then generally winds down the hill to come so a signposted three-way intersection with a 'Staples Lookout' sign pointing back up the hill.

(2.2 km) Int of the Great North Walk and Patonga service trail to Kariong Brook crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 688 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -122 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Girrakool' sign[4] gently down along the narrower track. The track leads down for about 60m to pass over a rock outcrop[5] and then 80m later, comes to a clearing that has been used as a campsite[6] (on your left). From the clearing, the track continues down the hill for about 150m, stepping down the rocks[7] and along a sandy track[8] to then bend right at metal handrail[9]. Here the rocky track becomes quite steep in places and winds down past some rock walls[10] and among the grass trees[11] for about 300m, where the track bends sharp right at the bottom of some steps in a cleft in the rock[12]. The track continues down for another 100m to follow the steps down through the sandstone overhang[13], 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[14] (on your right).

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.

Drive from Staples Lookout
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 7.2 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 7.6 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 9 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 9.7 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 20.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 4 km (to the N)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 19 km (to the ENE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 21 km (to the SW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
34 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 49 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.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Paul IP:58.172.0.xxx | 2009-08-25 05:29:14
A really nice easy walk and a nice way to spend a beautiful sunny Saturday. Easier on the way down but a little tougher on the way back up the hill. The waterfall is definitely a really nice place for lunch :) and a rest although it is a little bit overcrowded with other walkers. :D Look forward to doing it again really soon.
Christina IP:116.50.58.xxx | 2009-08-25 21:28:10
First time walker on this track last saturday. Easy walk down to a really nice baby waterfall. Really peacefull and relaxing place except for loud people wanting to take photos of us and the waterfall. :lol:

That was the easy enjoyable part of the walk, the walk back up the rocky mountain was tough and if not for a friend would have been harder. (does not help she ran back up) All in all a great experience and the company was great can't wait to do it again soon.

P.S compass was really helpfull :P
peter dunn IP:175.39.32.xxx | 2010-09-05 06:17:37
heaps of wildflowers at the beginning of the walk was very pretty. the service trail road was a bit boring but had some nice views. the track leading down to the falls was excellent and the falls were very pretty and tranquil. the walk up was fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG9PJ0QjBsY
AlanM - Always a nice spot IP:125.254.75.xxx | 2011-02-13 11:25:56
The falls are worth the climb down.

View video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKbha-jRwdc
Andrew - ? IP:203.13.128.xxx | 2014-02-07 03:56:07
is the watering hole swimmable?
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