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McKell Park Loop
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km NW of Brooklyn
Length: 0.9 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.9 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Hornsby(LGA)
Climb: 24 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 24 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 There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This is a great walk to take the kids on, with a fenced playground, a swimming area and pelicans. For mum and dad, there is parking, a Federation interpretive display, picnic and toilet facilities and views over the Hawkesbury River from Flat Rock Point above. This short walk complements a fresh seafood lunch in Brooklyn, making for a great summer treat. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of McKell Park Loop
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Federation Foreshore Parking
McKell Park Playground
Flat Rock Point
Flat Rock Point
Upper McKell park
McKell Park Playground
Starting point for this hiking track: Federation Foreshore Parking

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
 Cowan 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304N 
 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Federation Foreshore Track
 
Federation Foreshore Track +
 
Federation Interpretive Display
 
Federation Interpretive Display +
 
McKell Park Playground
 
McKell Park Playground +

 
Brooklyn Baths
 
Brooklyn Baths +
 
Flat Rock Point
 
Flat Rock Point +
 
Parsley Bay Jetty
 
Parsley Bay Jetty +

 
Upper McKell Park Lookout
 
Upper McKell Park Lookout +
 
Upper McKell Park Picnic Area
 
Upper McKell Park Picnic Area +
 
Stairs down to McKell Park Playground
 
Stairs down to McKell Park Playground +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the McKell Park Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the McKell Park Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the McKell Park Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the McKell Park 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 930m
Time 30 mins
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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 No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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
600m of this walk is flat with no steps and another 260m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (65m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
600m of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 260m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (65m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 860m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 65m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 930m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 930m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 930m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Hawkesbury River Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Hawkesbury River 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 to Federation Foreshore Parking
Public transport (bus) available to 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 to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Federation Foreshore Parking
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|

(0 km) Federation Foreshore Parking to McKell Park Playground
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 176 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -2 m
From the car park, this walk follows the gravel path along the foreshore[1] (keeping the car park to your right). After about 100m, the walk heads along the concrete footpath[2] and past the metal and glass 'Federation' interpretive signs[3][4], coming to an intersection on the other side of the fenced children's playground[5].

McKell Park Alt = 3 m
McKell Park is an excellent spot for an afternoon with the kids. It has a large fenced playground, interpretive display about Australia's federation, a swimming area, electric BBQ's, seating, toilets and change room facilities. The park overlooks the boats in the Hawkesbury River and is very close to the car park at the end of Dangar Rd.

(0.18 km) McKell Park Playground to Flat Rock Point
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 248 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the intersection beside the playground[6], this walk follows the flat concrete footpath past the picnic tables[7], keeping the water just to your left[8]. The path then leads past a toilet block[9] and Brooklyn Baths[10] and comes to the end of the concrete path. From here, the walk follows the 'Federation Foreshore Walkway' sign[11] along the wide dirt trail, enjoying the view over the water to Dangar Island[12]. This trail leads for a little over 150m, passing some seats[13] to come to an intersection[14], where there is a set of stairs on your right, just before Flat Rock Point.

(0.42 km) Flat Rock Point to Parsley Bay Boat Ramp
Optional sidetrip: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail
Length = 293 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[15], this walk follows the flat, wide, dirt Parsley Bay management trail, past the square log seat[16] and around Flat Rock Point[17], keeping the water on your left. The trail soon leads past the 'Public Loading Dock'[18], then a bench seat[19] and continues along the side of the bay for just shy of 250m. At the end of this trail, the walk heads through a gate[20] and comes to the Parsley Bay Boat Ramp[21].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

(0.42 km) Flat Rock Point to Upper McKell park
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 264 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -1 m
Turn sharp right: From Flat Rock Point, this walk follows the footpath, heading up the concrete steps to Federation Lookout. From here, the walk follows the tarmac-joined rocks to the turfed picnic area and car park of Upper McKell Park.

Upper McKell Park Picnic Area Alt = 8 m
McKell Park Picnic Area is perched on the headland above Parsley Bay. The picnic area provides a pleasant grassy area with picnic shelters, electric BBQ's and toilets. The picnic area also has a lookout over the Hawkesbury River.

(0.69 km) Upper McKell park to Federation Foreshore Parking
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 243 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -16 m
Turn right: With the park (at the end of the road) off to the right, this walk leaves the Upper McKell car park and heads north, following the 'Picnic facilities & Playground' sign down the steps. The track winds down the hill to Lower McKell Park playground area.
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads along the flat concrete footpath[22], keeping the water to your right. The path leads around the edge of the metal and glass 'Federation' interpretive signs[23][24] and playground[25]. Here the walk veers right to follow the gravel path[26] between the car park (on your left) and the water[27] (on your right) for about 130m before coming to the end of the car park[28].

Catch the train from Hawkesbury River Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Hawkesbury River 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|
Catch the bus from Federation Foreshore Parking
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)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Federation Foreshore Parking
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
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
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by


Campsites in the park
The Basin campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 14.1 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 17.1 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 17.6 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 21.6 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 19 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to McKell Park Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from McKell Park Loop
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 11 km (to the SW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 14 km (to the NNE)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
24 km (to the SSW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 28 km (to the NE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 40 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 2 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      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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