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Wondabyne station to Kariong Brook falls
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
10.8 km SW of Gosford
Length: 8.1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 8.1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Brisbane Water National Park
Climb: 489 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 489 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is NO car access to start or end of this walk There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Hard

This return walk starts from Wondabyne train station, winding up into the Brisbane Waters National Park, and follows a section of the Great North Walk to the beautiful Kariong Brook falls. Starting from the isolated train station, the walk explores an area of the park not accessible by road. Since much of this walk is on the ridge tops, there are often great views of the surrounding waterways. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Wondabyne station to Kariong Brook falls
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Wondabyne Station
Clearing above Wondabyne Station
Eastern end of the Pindar Cave Track
Int of GNW and Wondabyne Station Trail
Myron Brook crossing
Starting point for this hiking track: Clearing above Wondabyne Station

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 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 

Photo Gallery

 
Wondabyne Station
 
Wondabyne Station +
 
tree grabbing rock, or rock grabbing tree?
 
tree grabbing rock, or rock grabbing tree? +
 
path up out of Wondabyne
 
path up out of Wondabyne +

 
steps leading up into the Brisbane Waters National Park
 
steps leading up into the Brisbane Waters National Park +
 
looking out to Mullet creek
 
looking out to Mullet creek +
 
Service Track
 
Service Track +

 
Water glimpses
 
Water glimpses +
 
Int of GNW and Wondabyne trail
 
Int of GNW and Wondabyne trail +
 
following the Great North Walk
 
following the Great North Walk +

 
Path up from Myron Brook
 
Path up from Myron Brook +
 
Kariong Brook
 
Kariong Brook +
 
Kariong Brook Water fall
 
Kariong Brook Water fall +

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 Wondabyne station to Kariong Brook falls bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Wondabyne station to Kariong Brook falls bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wondabyne station to Kariong Brook falls bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Wondabyne station to Kariong Brook falls 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 8km
Time 3 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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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 3km of this walk is very steep, whilst the remaining 1km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
2km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 1.7km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (440m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 3.7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 400m has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 3.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 440m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.7km 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.
Catch the train to Wondabyne Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Wondabyne Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Wondabyne Alt = 12 m
Wondabyne is situated in Brisbane Waters National Park on the banks of Mullet River, which feeds into the Hawkesbury River north of Brooklyn. The area is defined by the National Park's flora and fauna, the quarry, railway station and a few houses sitting above the water around the river. The quarry produced sandstone building materials, used in the construction of the National War Memorial in Canberra. More recently, in 2000, the quarry was re-opened for restoration of St Mary's Cathedral spire in Sydney. Wondabyne Station, named after the nearby Mt Wondabyne, was built in 1889 and exclusively used for the quarry - it was then known as Mullet Creek Station. The station is one of the smallest on the line and one of very few railway stations in a NSW National Park. When you catch the train to Wondabyne, let the guard know you want to get off at Wondabyne Station, otherwise the train will not stop. Travel in the last carriage as the platform is very short. To catch the train from Wondabyne, wave to the driver.

(0 km) Wondabyne Station to Clearing above Wondabyne Station
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 441 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 100 m Descent = -15 m
From the north-bound platform of Wondabyne Station, this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[1] off the southern the end of the platform[2], keeping the train lines (and water) to your left. The track soon leads past a strangler fig[3] and a large boulder[4] then bends right and heads up a timber staircase[5] with a metal landing at the top. The track winds steeply uphill, up a series of timber[6] and rock steps[7] for just over 200m to pass a filtered view of the cranes[8] (right), down at the old Gosford Quarry. Here the walk continues a bit more steeply uphill for another 150m, up a series of rock steps[9], and then, soon after passing up the carved steps in a cleft in a rock[10], the track flattens out[11] and comes to a clearing at the end of a management trail[12], marked with a 'Brisbane Water National Park' sign[13].

(0.44 km) Clearing above Wondabyne Station to Eastern end of the Pindar Cave Track
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.03 km Time = 19 mins
Climb = 72 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the clearing[14], this walk follows the wide management trail uphill past the 'Brisbane Water National Park' sign[15]. The trail leads up quite steeply[16] for about 250m, where the trail bends right then leads gently uphill[17] for about 600m. Here the trail leads up a short but quite steep hill[18], to then bend left and, about 150m later, come to an intersection with the Pindar Cave track (that leads over a rock platform[19], on your left), marked with a GNW arrow post[20] (on your right).

(1.47 km) Eastern end of the Pindar Cave Track to Int of GNW and Wondabyne Station tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 629 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[21], this walk follows the GNW arrow post[22] north, gently uphill along the wide trail. The trail gently undulates along the top of the ridge for about 600m to come to an intersection with the 'Great North Walk' track (on your right), marked with a 'Wondabyne Station' sign[23] pointing back down the hill.

(2.1 km) Int of GNW and Wondabyne Station Trail to Myron Brook crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.56 km Time = 36 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -178 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Patonga' sign[24] heading east down along the rocky track[25]. The track soon bends right and heads around a rock outcrop[26] then continues down through the heath and scribbly gums[27] for about 400m to come to a flat rock platform[28]. Here the track continues downhill over several more rock platforms, becoming progressively steeper[29] for just over 1km to head into the cool valley and come to the bank beside Myron Brook[30].

(3.67 km) Myron Brook crossing to Kariong Brook crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 404 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 28 m Descent = -33 m
Continue straight: From the western side of Myron Brook, this walk crosses the creek on the sandstone rock platform[31] to follow the track up a few stone steps and up the short steep hill[32]. The track then flattens out as it leads around the side of the hill for about 200m to pass alongside a long rock wall[33] (on your left). Now leading downhill, the track continues for another 100m then heads down a short steep section[34] into the dense moist gully, coming to a faint intersection in front of Kariong Brook Falls[35] (on your left) (just before crossing the creek, which is often underground).

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.

Catch the train from Wondabyne Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Wondabyne Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

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

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


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 10.8 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 11.1 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 12.7 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 13.3 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 19 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Wondabyne station to Kariong Brook falls.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Wondabyne station to Kariong Brook falls
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 7 km (to the NNE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 17 km (to the SW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 23 km (to the ENE)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
31 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 46 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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Craig IP:211.30.215.xxx | 2011-04-19 13:11:17
Is the water at Kariong Brook Falls drinkable?
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2011-04-19 22:36:46
Craig wrote:
Is the water at Kariong Brook Falls drinkable?

Hi Craig
You should treat any water in the park before drinking. Boil, filter, UV, or chemically treat the water before drinking. Do be aware that the creek does also dry up after a long period of no rain.
Hope that helps
Happy walking
Matt :)
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