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Wondabyne to Woy Woy station via Pindar Caves
Time: 8 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
10.8 km SW of Gosford
Length: 24 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 24 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Brisbane Water National Park
Climb: 949 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 949 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 end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the end of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Route: Hard

This full day walk is for the fit and keen bushwalker, exploring some of the Brisbane Waters National Park's great destinations like the Pindar caves, the Kariong Brook falls and Mt Wondabyne. The walk offers a few optional side trips to key locations including Pindar falls and the Mt Wondabyne Peak tracks. As the track ends at Woy Woy train station, there are regular trains for the trip home. (open in app)

This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Wondabyne to Woy Woy station via Pindar Caves

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Wondabyne Station
Clearing above Wondabyne Station
Int. Rifle Range Service Track and Pindar Cave Track
Mt Pindar Lookout
Pool
Pindar Cave
Pindar Cave
Pool
Mt Pindar Lookout
Eastern end of the Pindar Cave Track
Int of GNW and Wondabyne Station Trail
Myron Brook crossing
Kariong Brook crossing
Int of the Great North Walk and Patonga service trail
Int of GNW and Thommos Loop trail
Int of GNW and Mullet Creek Trail (east)
Int of GNW and Mullet Creek Trail
Int of Great North Walk and Mt Wondabyne Peak tracks
Int of Great North Walk and Mt Wondabyne Peak tracks
Mt Wondabyne Campsite
Int of Tunnel Track and Mt Wondabyne trail
Int of Rocky Ponds Trail and Tunnel Track
Int of GNW and Tunnel Trail
Int of Great North Walk service trail and Patonga track
Woy Woy Landfill
Woy Woy Landfill site front gates
Int or Nagari Road and Shoalhaven Drive
Starting point for this hiking track: Clearing above Wondabyne Station

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Photo Gallery

 
Wondabyne Station
 
Wondabyne Station +
 
tree grabbing rock, or rock grabbing tree?
 
tree grabbing rock, or rock grabbing tree? +
 
steps leading up into the Brisbane Waters National Park
 
steps leading up into the Brisbane Waters National Park +

 
Steps above Wondabyne
 
Steps above Wondabyne +
 
start of pindar track
 
start of pindar track +
 
Actinosus sp. (Flannel Flower)
 
Actinosus sp. (Flannel Flower) +

 
Mt Pindar Lookout
 
Mt Pindar Lookout +
 
Pindar Pool
 
Pindar Pool +
 
pindar cave 2
 
pindar cave 2 +

 
Int of GNW and Wondabyne trail
 
Int of GNW and Wondabyne trail +
 
following the Great North Walk
 
following the Great North Walk +
 
Kariong Brook Water fall
 
Kariong Brook Water fall +

 
Mt Wondabyne
 
Mt Wondabyne +
 
Track to Mt Wondabyne peak
 
Track to Mt Wondabyne peak +
 
Mt Wondabyne Camping area
 
Mt Wondabyne Camping area +

 
Woy Woy Landfill
 
Woy Woy Landfill +
 
road down form landfill
 
road down form landfill +
 
Landfill front gates
 
Landfill front gates +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Wondabyne to Woy Woy station via Pindar Caves bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Wondabyne to Woy Woy station via Pindar Caves bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wondabyne to Woy Woy station via Pindar Caves bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Wondabyne to Woy Woy station via Pindar Caves 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 24km
Time 8 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 5/6

Route: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
12km of this walk is very steep and another 6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 6km has short steep hills and the remaining 25m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
11km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 7km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 3.9km follows a smooth and hardened path and a 1.6km section follows a rough unclear track. The remaining 1.4km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
8km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 8km has directional signs at most intersection. Whilst another 6km is clearly signposted and the remaining 1.6km Has no directional signs.

Experience Required
12km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 10km requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (1.6km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 23km 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
13km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 9km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (2.6km) has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


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.
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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 Eastern end of the Pindar Cave Track
Track: Hard - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 1.47 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 172 m Descent = -18 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].
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) Int. Rifle Range Service Track and Pindar Cave Track to Mt Pindar Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 3.5 km Time = 1 hr 12 mins
Climb = 129 m Descent = -129 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide track to the west, keeping the large rocky outcrop to the right. The trail soon narrows to become an overgrown track and undulates for some time, through some rocky and dense scrub. Eventually, the track swings around to the north and arrives at the Mt Pindar Lookout, indicated by arrows marked in the surface that lead to the lookout, with views of Mooney Mooney, and Mooney Mooney Creek.

Mt Pindar lookout Alt = 159 m
From the rocky perch of Mt Pindar, Brisbane Waters National Park, you can enjoy views over Mullet Creek, Dangar Island and the Hawkesbery River. This is an informal lookout, with no fencing or other facilities.

(4.97 km) Mt Pindar Lookout to Pool
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 483 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -25 m
Turn right: From the lookout, the walk follows the bush track north, around the edge of the ridge around a few rocks. The track then descends north-west into the valley below, continuing through areas of thick vegetation, until emerging onto a small clearing next to a pool of water.

Pindar Pool Alt = 139 m
The pool between Mt Pindar and Pindar Cave is an ephemeral (short-lived, unreliable) waterhole. The pool is a refreshing place for a swim when full, with many birds enjoying the area too. The pool is a 10m by 5m tub which is quite deep. Being ephemeral, it is not always full of water.

(5.45 km) Pool to Pindar Cave
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 315 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -6 m
Turn left: From the pool, the walk follows the bush track west, into a small sandy clearing. The track then turns right, below a rocky outcrop on the left, and follows the rocky outcrop for approximately 100m to the large overhang of rock, Pindar Cave.

Pindar Cave Alt = 146 m
Pindar Cave, Brisbane Waters National Park, is a large expanse of overhanging rock. The cave is made by a sandstone overhang of 15m, which spans approximately 50m along the hillside. The floor of the cave is a good spot for a sleep, while the roof of the cave is black from many campfires. Access to water is relatively good, however the waterfall and nearby pool are ephemeral (transient) streams with irregular and unreliable water patterns.

(5.77 km) Pindar Cave to Waterfall
Optional sidetrip: Route: Unmanaged - bushtrack
Length = 567 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -57 m
Continue straight: From Pindar Cave, this walk heads north-west, parallel to a rocky outcrop. After following the cliff line for a little while, the track bends slightly to the right, and heads north-west, crossing several rocky outcrops, going down towards the creek line. The track then drops down some rockshelves to the waterfall.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Pindar Waterfall Alt = 96 m
Pindar Waterfall, Brisbane Waters National Park, is a rocky outcrop from which a vegetation enclosed stream runs over and through. The waterfall is not a picturesque spot, with the water running through dense vegetation and cracks in the boulders to pools out-of-sight. The waterfall is fed by an ephemeral stream which will does not guarantee it as a source of water. From the rocky outcrop of the waterfall, views over the valley below can be observed.

(5.77 km) Pindar Cave to Int. Rifle Range Service Track and Pindar Cave Track
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 4.29 km Time = 1 hr 27 mins
Climb = 160 m Descent = -143 m
Turn around: From the cave, the walk follows the bush track east, below a rocky outcrop on the right. The track soon comes to a small sandy clearing and crosses this to reach a pool.
Turn right: From the pool, the walk follows the bush track east, out of the clearing. The track passes through an area of thick vegetation as is slowly climbs up the spur, before the vegetation gives way to a rocky area. The track winds further up the hill and along the ridge edge to the lookout.
Turn left: From the lookout, the walk heads south-east along the rocky surface, to the dense tree line and follows the sandy track. This track soon bends to the north, going up the spur and across the plateau of Mt Pindar. From here the track undulates for some time and then widens to a management trail. The walk follows the management trail for a short distance, passing a large rocky outcrop to come to a 'T' intersection with a wide management trail.

(10.06 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
Turn left : 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.

(10.69 km) Int of GNW and Wondabyne Station Trail to Kariong Brook crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.97 km Time = 47 mins
Climb = 64 m Descent = -211 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].
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.

(12.66 km) Kariong Brook crossing to Int of the Great North Walk and Patonga service trail
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 688 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 122 m Descent = -21 m
Continue straight: From Kariong Brook[36], the walk crosses the creek and heads up the hill towards the cave[37] (keeping the waterfall[38] to the left). The track leads under the overhang[39] and then winds up the rocky path for about 400m, past a few rock walls[40] and among the grass trees[41]. The walk then heads up some more stone steps, bending left on the steps with a metal handrail[42]. The rocky track continues up for another 130m over a few more rocks[43] to come to a flat clearing[44] (on your right, that has been used as a campsite). From the clearing, the track continues uphill, passing another rocky outcrop[45] after about 60m, then after about 80m more, the track leads to a T-intersection[46] with a management trail (and a sign pointing back to 'Girrakool'[47]).

(13.35 km) Int of the Great North Walk and Patonga service trail to Int of GNW and Thommos Loop track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.49 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -34 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post and 'Patonga' sign[48] downhill along the management trail[49]. The trail then winds along the side of the hill for about 1.3km (passing a pleasant grove of large Sydney Redgums[50]) to then step up onto a particularly large rock platform[51]. After crossing this rock platform, the trail continues for another 120m to come to a Y-intersection[52] (at another rock platform) where a 'Girrakool' sign[53] points back along the track.

(14.83 km) Int of GNW and Thommos Loop trail to Int of GNW and Mullet Creek Trail (east)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 830 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -50 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post and 'Patonga' sign[54] east, gently downhill along the narrow track. After about 250m, the track leads to a notably large rock platform[55] with a clear view across the valley to Mt Wondabyne[56]. Here the track continues gently downhill, crossing more rock platforms[57] for about 300m to head over a section of timber boardwalk[58] and past a few disused power poles[59]. The track then continues over another rock platform for another 200m to cross a small ephemeral creek[60]. From the creek, the track leads up a short distance up under the power lines to come to a T-intersection[61] with a wide trail, where a sign points back to 'Girrakool'[62].

(15.66 km) Int of GNW and Mullet Creek Trail (east) to Int of GNW and Mt Wondabyne Peak tracks
Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 1.16 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 123 m Descent = -15 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the track follows the GNW arrow post along the management trail[63], initially keeping the power lines to your right. The trail soon bends left and leads uphill. As the trail flattens out again, it comes to a three-way intersection marked with a 'Great North Walk' and 'Wondabyne Station' sign[64], pointing back along the trail.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Mt Wondabyne' sign[65] south up the trail. The trail soon begins to narrow[66] and after almost 200m, the track steps up to cross a rock platform[67], following a few GNW arrow posts to find a GNW 'Walker Register' tube[68]. After writing a comment, the walk continues uphill[69] along the track for about 700m, as the track become progressively flatter[70], passing beside the Mt Wondabyne Peak (up to your left). Then about 50m after leaving the trees and entering a section of low heath, this track then comes to a three-way intersection[71] (the Mt Wondabyne peak track, on the left[72]), marked with a GNW arrow post.

(16.82 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 left: 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[73]. After about 60m, the track passes a small cave[74] (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[75], to come to the first peak[76]. The faint track continues along the ridge for another 60m then comes to the main peak, where there is an old trig station[77] and great panoramic views[78].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left 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.

(16.82 km) Int of Great North Walk and Mt Wondabyne Peak tracks to Mt Wondabyne Campsite
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 87 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[79] south over a small rise then gently downhill along the rocky track, leaving Mt Wondabyne peak[80] behind and to your left. After about 90m, the track leads down to a clearing[81] at the end of a management trail, where there is a sign pointing back to 'Mooney Mooney rest area'[82]. This is the Mt Wondabyne campsite[83].

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).

(16.91 km) Mt Wondabyne Campsite to Int of Tunnel Track and Mt Wondabyne trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 757 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -49 m
Turn left: From the clearing (campsite), this walk follows the 'Patonga'[84] sign down the wide management trail. The trail winds downhill for about 300m, enjoying some views back to Mount Wondabyne[85] as well as to Woy Woy and Brisbane Water[86]. From here, the trail continues downhill through the heath for another 400m to come to a T-intersection with another management trail (Tunnel Track), where there is a 'Mt Wondabyne'[87] and 'Girrakool'[88] sign pointing back up the hill.

(17.67 km) Int of Tunnel Track and Mt Wondabyne trail to Int of Rocky Ponds Trail and Tunnel Track
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 465 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -15 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[89] west, gently down along the wide management trail, keeping the main wide valley to your left. The trail winds along the side of the hill for just over 450m to come to a clear three-way intersection[90] with the signposted with the 'Rocky Ponds Trail'[91] (on your right). There is a sign here, pointing back up the trail to 'Girrakool'.

(18.13 km) Int of Rocky Ponds Trail and Tunnel Track to Woy Woy Landfill
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 1.94 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -120 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Patonga' sign[92] south, downhill along the wide trail. After just over 100m, the trail passes through a metal gate[93] and fence then continues for another 50m to come to an intersection with a narrow track[94] (on your left), marked with a GNW arrow post and 'Tunnel Trail'[95] (on your right).
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post directly away from the face of the 'Tunnel Trail' sign[96][97] along the narrow track. After about 20m, this short track leads to an intersection with the signposted 'Dillons Trail'[98].
Turn left: With the Patonga-bound bush track on the right, this walk follows the management trail east, down the long, gentle hill. The trail gradually steepens as it winds down to the Woy Woy Landfill site. The walk then follows the landfill fence past a building and steps through a gap in the fence. The walk then heads along the gravel driveway to the landfill road.

(20.08 km) Woy Woy Landfill to Woy Woy Landfill site front gates
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 1.01 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -84 m
Veer left: From the Woy Woy landfill site, this walk down the road, winding to the bottom where it flattens out at the Woy Woy Landfill front gates (these gates are locked at night but there is a gap for walkers to get through just up to the right of the gates).

(21.09 km) Woy Woy Landfill site front gates to Woy Woy train station
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 2.92 km Time = 45 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -21 m
Continue straight: From the landfill gates, this walk follows Nagari Road past the large self-storage facility on the right, and along to the intersection of Shoalhaven Drive.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows Railway Street through the residential area, past the shopping centre to the Woy Woy train station.

Catch the train to Woy Woy Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Woy Woy 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|
Catch the bus from Woy Woy train station
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive from Woy Woy train station
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.
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Getting there

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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

Driving Directions
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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 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 to Woy Woy station via Pindar Caves.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Wondabyne to Woy Woy station via Pindar Caves
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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.

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Amélie - Incorrect timing IP:203.19.130.xxx | 2011-02-01 03:12:11
If I may say, there has been a calculation mistake when adding all the different times together.
The total time should be closer to 8 hours.

And actually, the first part - to the Pindar Caves and back - took me almost one hour more than what is mentioned here. This is mostly because we had to fight our way through the thick vegetation, and to avoid all the spiders. In addition, it is quite difficult to find the path between the Mt Pindar lookout and the Pindar cave, in both directions.

In any case, this was a beautiful walk. And it is certainly worth doing the optional trip to the top of Mt Wondabyne !

As for water, at the moment, you can get some at Kariong Brook falls.

The main drawback would be the last 3 kilometers along Railway Street in Woy Woy.
admin - re: Incorrect timing Super Administrator | 2011-02-01 23:58:34
Amélie wrote:
The total time should be closer to 8 hours.

Hi Amélie
Thanks for the feedback, Glad you enjoyed the walk, that road slog at the end is a bit of a anti-climax hey, maybe it would be better to walk this one in reverse??.
As you noticed we are still trying to get our 'intra-walk' times more reliable. Generally they are pretty good, but on rough tracks we are finding great variability in peoples walking times. So hence why we allow extra time for the total walk time. This is just to be sure that people leave enough time to complete the journey. It is not really intended to include rest time, but for many people it does allow plenty of time. Walking times are so hard to get 'right' because people walk at such different speeds depending on so many factors. But we are working on at least making the timing consistent - so once you have done a few wildwalks you should get a feel for it.
Hope that helps.
Matt :)
Linz - Good Challenge IP:117.120.18.xxx | 2011-12-29 23:38:12
Of all days I did this walk on Christmas Day, it was a good challenge and was able to push myself pretty hard. I cut out most of the route to Pindar Caves for safety reasons, being Christmas Day and it is reasonably remote out there with the overgrown track.......2 encounters with non festive goannas near Wondabyne Stn also played a part in that.

Overall a great walk - thanks Matt :)
Linz - re: Incorrect timing IP:117.120.18.xxx | 2011-12-29 23:41:30
It's important for all walkers to know how far they can travel each hour based on the terrain, planning your walk is critical and having goals for each hour on where you will be.

For example: I planned for 8 hours on this walk, cut out most of Pindar Caves, total walk ended up at 19.0km and I was back at Woy Woy in 5 hours.
admin - re: Good Challenge Super Administrator | 2011-12-30 05:52:40
Linz wrote:
...it was a good challenge and was able to push myself pretty hard....

Hi Linz
Sounds like a good day out, thanks for the feedback, glad you enjoyed it

Matt :)
Alex Portnoy - Murder at Wondabyne/Pindar Cav IP:101.169.0.xxx | 2012-01-28 16:54:03
NSW Police are keen to speak to a Blue Mountains family that were camping at Wondabyne/Pindar Caves, about a murder that happened early in January 2012 in the same location:

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/camper-dies-of-mystery-wound-20120116-1q2pk.html

http://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/news/local/news/general/gosford-police-seek-help-from-mountains-family/2432127.aspx

If anyone knows this family, who probably used Wildwalks to plan their bushwalk, please ask them to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800-333-000
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