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11km Circuit
Time: 4 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6.3 km ESE of Wisemans Ferry
Length: 8.2 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 8.2 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Dharug National Park
Climb: 634 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 634 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 and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This excellent circuit walk offers a lot of beautiful scenery and views. Although shorter than the name suggests, it is a reasonably tough walk, with some steep rocky sections. The sections in the gullies and valleys are mostly very moist with lots of ferns, while the higher sections are through drier forest, so there is quite a bit of variety. There are also some lovely cliffs and boulder scenery at various points around the walk. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for 11km Circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of 11km Circuit
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Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
End of Mill Creek picnic area
Int of Grass Tree and 11km circuits
11km Big Tree creek crossing
Int of 11km circuit and Link track
11km Nth rock platform
End of Mill Creek picnic area
Starting point for this hiking track: Mill Creek 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)

Print a map and track notes here
 Gunderman 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91313S 
 Lower Portland 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-90312S 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 
 St Albans 1:100 000 Map Series 9031 

Photo Gallery

 
Mill Creek picnic area
 
Mill Creek picnic area +
 
Along the track
 
Along the track +
 
Steps to the creek crossing
 
Steps to the creek crossing +

 
A nice tall, and very old, grasstree
 
A nice tall, and very old, grasstree +
 
Nice forest views along the way
 
Nice forest views along the way +
 
Tangled forest in the gully
 
Tangled forest in the gully +

 
Stepping up
 
Stepping up +
 
Near a creek crossing
 
Near a creek crossing +
 
Beautiful rock overhang
 
Beautiful rock overhang +

 
Interesting old tree trunks
 
Interesting old tree trunks +
 
Nice rock scenery
 
Nice rock scenery +
 
Small cliffline
 
Small cliffline +

 
Track through the forest
 
Track through the forest +
 
Nice cliffs
 
Nice cliffs +
 
Walking under the rocks
 
Walking under the rocks +

 
Plenty of grasstrees along the track
 
Plenty of grasstrees along the track +
 
Stepping along
 
Stepping along +
 
Ferns around the track
 
Ferns around the track +

 
Across the ridge top
 
Across the ridge top +
 
Rough track through a jumble of boulders
 
Rough track through a jumble of boulders +
 
The winding track
 
The winding track +

 
A pleasant track
 
A pleasant track +
 
Gompholobium grandiflorum (Large Wedge Pea)
 
Gompholobium grandiflorum (Large Wedge Pea) +
 
Steep and rocky track
 
Steep and rocky track +

 
A break in the rocks
 
A break in the rocks +
 
A splash of colour
 
A splash of colour +
 
Views across the valley
 
Views across the valley +

 
Distant views
 
Distant views +
 
Steep and rocky section of track
 
Steep and rocky section of track +
 
Rocks and tangled trees
 
Rocks and tangled trees +

 
Rough track and great scenery
 
Rough track and great scenery +
 
Narrow track through the greenery
 
Narrow track through the greenery +
 
Wooden bridge near Mill Creek picnic area
 
Wooden bridge near Mill Creek picnic area +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the 11km Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the 11km Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the 11km Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the 11km Circuit 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 4 hrs 15 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 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
6km of this walk is very steep and another 1.6km has short steep hills. The remaining (210m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 1.6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (210m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 210m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 210m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 7km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 970m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 5km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 3.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk Wisemans Ferry Dialacar provides a taxi style mini-bus service based in Wisemans Ferry. The cost is typically about $1 per km (ex Wisemans Ferry). They will pick-up and drop-off from Sydney or the Central Coast and will happily drop walkers off or pick them up from tracks in the area. The cost for a pick-up from Gosford and drop off near Wisemans Ferry would be approximately $150 (please call for up-to-date pricing) and the minivan can carry up to 13 passengers. Phone: 0448 122 374
Drive to Mill Creek Picnic Area 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.
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Mill Creek picnic area Alt = 12 m
This beautifully situated picnic area is located a short distance along an unsealed road, off Wisemans Ferry Rd, about 5.5km east of Wisemans Ferry. There are picnic tables, fireplaces, an information board and pit toilets. There is some excellent bush walking in the area with two signposted circuit walks starting from the end of the picnic area. There is a 'large group' camping area adjacent.

(0 km) Mill Creek Picnic Area car park to Int of Grass Tree and 11km circuits
Track: Moderate - openland,bushtrack
Length = 868 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 84 m Descent = -48 m
From the Mill Creek picnic area (signposted on Wisemans Ferry Rd, about 6km east of Wisemans Ferry crossing), the walk crosses from the information signs to the the 'Start/Finish' walking track signpost at the far end of the picnic area.
Continue straight: From the 'Start/Finish' walking track signpost at the end of the picnic area, the walk follows the bush track and immediately takes the right hand branch at a fork in the track (the other track is the return leg of the Grass Tree circuit). The walk passes through a mix of closed in, dense vegetation and more open forest with some beautiful views and lots of grasstrees. After crossing a creek using wooden steps and a concreted stone path, the track climbs more steeply before dropping to the signposted intersection of the '11km Walking Track' and '1.5km Grass Tree Circuit'.

Grasstrees Alt = 45 m
The beautiful Grasstree is one of the icons of the Australian bush. It is a very slow growing plant, with the trunk typically only growing about one cm per year. These plants can grow and survive for several hundred years. The trunk is usually black, apparently a result of bushfires. As with some other native plants, fires can actually promote flowering and further growth. More info

(0.87 km) Int of Grass Tree and 11km circuits to Int of 11km circuit and Link track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.6 km Time = 1 hr 9 mins
Climb = 257 m Descent = -92 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the '11km Walking Track' arrow along the bush track. The track climbs for a while, with nice views down into the gully, before dropping to a picturesque creek crossing marked with a small 'walker arrow'. From here the track climbs steeply for a short distance, then passes another track marker at the start of a section with beautiful rock overhangs and boulders. The track then drops to another creek crossing, marked with a small walker sign on a boulder in the middle of the creek, beneath a huge tree with impressive roots draping over the rocks.
Turn right: From the creek, the walk follows the walker arrow along the bush track, going downstream and keeping the creek to the right. This section of the walk has several steep climbs and plenty of great scenery. After meandering for some time the walk passes a regenerating bush track, to the right (marked with a walker post and old arrows on the trees), and continues, crossing a gully marked with walker arrows in both directions. After crossing another gully (unmarked), the walk climbs very steeply, passing a track marker and climbing further to reach an intersection at the top of the hill (very faint bush track to the right), marked with two arrow track markers on a post.

(3.47 km) Int of 11km circuit and Link track to 11km Nth rock platform
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.45 km Time = 1 hr 8 mins
Climb = 212 m Descent = -194 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the lower track arrow (left) on the signpost, along the bush track. The track immediately bends to the right and goes steeply down the hill. This section of the walk has some beautiful scenery with great boulder formations and beautiful forest and valley views. It also has some very steep sections as it drops and climbs through two gullies (plus a third minor tributary) before reaching an intersection at the top of a ridge, on a small rock platform immediately after passing a track marker (the main track bends to the left here). There are minor tracks from here to a much larger rock platform nearby with some nice views.

11km circuit Nth Viewpoint Alt = 230 m
This informal, unfenced lookout is on a large rock platform on the northern part of the 11km Circuit, in Dharug National Park. The nice views and atmosphere make this a good spot for a break while doing the circuit walk.

(5.91 km) 11km Nth rock platform to Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
Track: Hard - bushtrack,openland
Length = 2.25 km Time = 57 mins
Climb = 81 m Descent = -301 m
Turn left: From the small rock platform, the walk goes west along the bush track, leaving the much larger rock platform to the right. The track soon passes a track marker on the left and gently climbs up the ridge line, over the small hill and down the ridge line on the other side. The track then bends to the right and descends steeply, zigzagging down the side of the hill. The walk passes numerous track markers along the way and eventually descends into the more shaded and moist lower part of the valley. There is beautiful scenery through this section, as the walk descends, steeply at times, then crosses a wooden bridge and climbs some steps to the edge of the Mill Creek Picnic area. From here it is a short walk across the picnic area to the visible walking track signpost.
Turn sharp right: From the 'Start/Finish' walking track signpost at the end of the Mill Creek picnic area, the walk crosses the picnic area to the car park (Mill Creek picnic area is signposted on Wisemans Ferry Rd, about 6km east of Wisemans Ferry crossing).

Catch the bus from Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk Wisemans Ferry Dialacar provides a taxi style mini-bus service based in Wisemans Ferry. The cost is typically about $1 per km (ex Wisemans Ferry). They will pick-up and drop-off from Sydney or the Central Coast and will happily drop walkers off or pick them up from tracks in the area. The cost for a pick-up near Wisemans Ferry and drop off at Gosford would be approximately $150 (please call for up-to-date pricing) and the minivan can carry up to 13 passengers. Phone: 0448 122 374
Drive from Mill Creek Picnic Area car park
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

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

Catch a bus to Wisemans Ferry Dialacar
Wisemans Ferry Dialacar provides a taxi style mini-bus service based in Wisemans Ferry. The cost is typically about $1 per km (ex Wisemans Ferry). They will pick-up and drop-off from Sydney or the Central Coast and will happily drop walkers off or pick them up from tracks in the area. The cost for a pick-up from Gosford and drop off near Wisemans Ferry would be approximately $150 (please call for up-to-date pricing) and the minivan can carry up to 13 passengers. Phone: 0448 122 374 Get Timetable
From the end of the walk

Catch a bus to
Wisemans Ferry Dialacar provides a taxi style mini-bus service based in Wisemans Ferry. The cost is typically about $1 per km (ex Wisemans Ferry). They will pick-up and drop-off from Sydney or the Central Coast and will happily drop walkers off or pick them up from tracks in the area. The cost for a pick-up near Wisemans Ferry and drop off at Gosford would be approximately $150 (please call for up-to-date pricing) and the minivan can carry up to 13 passengers. Phone: 0448 122 374 Get Timetable

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by


Campsites in the park
Mill Creek camping ground
Ten Mile Hollow campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 26.5 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 28 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 27.5 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 34 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 34.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to 11km Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from 11km Circuit
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 23 km (to the E)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 25 km (to the SSE)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
38 km (to the S)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 39 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 43 km (to the WSW)

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 )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Dharug National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Named after the traditional custodians (the Darug People), this park has much history and some great sandstone formations. The wildflowers in spring add a wonderful touch of colour to the bushland. The Old Great North Road including its quarries, bridges and other features improves access and provides a great deal of interest for visitors. Close to Sydney and Gosford, it feels like stepping back in time when visiting this 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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Fiona - Really enjoyed this walk IP:58.6.40.xxx | 2011-05-30 04:51:59
We did this walk on a lovely sunny Autumn day, it was great and really enjoyed the variety in the vegetation and the track. We did not pass anyone on the track and enjoyed the peace, the bush and time away from it all. Except for the obviously flight path of jets overhead every now and then coming into Sydney!! We started the walk at 10am from the car park in shorts and t'shirts and it was only 8 degrees!!!! It certainly got us going to warm up. Some parts were quite difficult steep and lots of scrambling...but still loved it and felt very satisfied at the end!!! Well worth the effort
Alanm - Great Walk IP:125.254.72.xxx | 2011-08-17 05:50:40
Did this walk yesterday by myself - beautiful late Winter afteroon (19c). It held up to all my expectations. Great isolation. Certainly some steep climbs and descents - hard work.

A video is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eInx2YyVU8Q
Michael IP:27.32.6.xxx | 2012-06-10 13:50:52
Did this walk today with a group of five, bit cold and wet but warmed up quickly.

Wonderful vegetation, scenery and views but the leeches were out of control, must have picked around 50 of them from our clothing collectively. I have never seen anything like it.

Bring industrial grade DEET next time
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-06-11 23:57:26
Michael wrote:
Did this walk today with a group of five, bit cold and wet but warmed up quickly.

Hope you enjoyed the walk. It is a great walk. Leeches seem to be everywhere at the moment.
Matt :)
Paula IP:110.143.62.xxx | 2013-03-26 01:24:45
I walked this track with friends on 23.3.13 and found it tough but enjoyable. I would only recommend it to experienced bushwalkers as the track was quite overgrown and the track markers almost non-existant. We found it very easy to get lost and only experience got us back on track. There is also a large rockfall in the last 1km obscuring the track. Take more water than you think and insect repellant for the leeches and mosquitos.
Onan IP:27.32.11.xxx | 2014-10-06 06:55:57
We attempted this walk today - the track is overgrown a lot, at the first creek crossing, after the first walker sign, it was practically impossible to find the next one and climbing up would require a machete to cut through the overgrowth. I had the feeling that a few more navigational aids/markers would have been helpful.
Not a lot of rain these days so no leeches, but saw some brown tree snakes around, so definitely worthwhile to be very careful!
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