brooklyn to patonga great north walk

The remaining (2.2km) has minimal directional signs. Important Note: A water taxi service exists between Brooklyn/Patonga/Brooklyn. There is an alternate route described in the notes as a way around the Defile Track which and be very faint. As I always find when kayaking, once the destination is in sight it seems to take ages for it to come any closer, but ever so gradually it did. Note: There is no car transport option from the end of this walk. Times are affected by weather. The walk visits two great lookouts, with great views of Lion Island, West Head and Palm beach. This section of the Great North Walk starts from Cowan train station and wanders past the majestic Jerusalem Bay then through to Brooklyn. Enjoy the wildflowers in spring and also great water views on sunny days. Water is available from Kariong Brook and often from tributaries feeding into the Mooney Mooney Creek, and should be treated before drinking. In Somersby you can use a public phone, enjoy a hot meal and pick up some basic supplies. Day 7: Brooklyn to Patonga Posted on October 12, 2016 October 13, 2016 by Jeff Pages At the end of my last post, I pondered some options for crossing the Hawkesbury River from Brooklyn to Patonga and hinted at maybe doing something a little different from what the guide book suggested. Total climbing: 489m Take a short walk or overnight hike. After forty minutes I reached Juno Point, the headland marking the junction of the Hawkesbury River and Cowan Creek where the river makes a ninety degree left hand bend. The walk finishes at the Staples Lookout. Total climbing: 189m, This walk gives the shortest access to Kariong Brook waterfall, one of the nicest falls in the area. The walk follows sections of the Great North Walk around Mount Wondabyne and the old Bulls Hill Quarry. From left to right, you can see along the escarpment which forms the southern boundary of Brisbane Water National Park, out to the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, West Head, along Cowan Creek, Juno Point and along the escarpment to Patonga. This overnight hike starts from Patonga beach and winds along a section of the Great North Walk, into the Brisbane Waters National Park. Crosslands and Tunks Ridge Reserve are popular rest places. Brooklyn Motel: Newly renovated accommodation on Bridge St,nearly opposite The Anglers Rest. ( Log Out /  Total climbing: 654m. There is no water or other facilities. Note: There is no car transport option to the start of this walk. Total climbing: 493m The small campsite next to Brooklyn Dam, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small grassy campsite which has room for approximately four sites. While I’ve hiked many segments of this leg over the past two decades, this is the first time I’ve done it … Jul 29, 2012. 864m Patonga Bush Walks Environmental Conservation Organization. On weekends, there is an extra service at 11:00 am from Brooklyn, arriving at Patonga Beach at 11:45am. Note: There is no car transport option to the start of this walk. The walk climbs over Scopas Peak and passes the Kariong brook falls, before winding to the top of Mt Wondabyne and finishing at the Woy Woy train station, (passing the Woy Woy landfill site). The Anglers Rest: Pub style accommodation on the intersection of Brooklyn & Dangar Rds. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The trail leads uphill for about 25m before bending left and leading downhill, Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Great North Walk’ sign, Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post west, Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow marker as well as the ‘Mt Wondabyne’. The walk then continues down to Wondabyne station, and provides an optional side trip to the Kariong Brook falls. I’m not sure of the reason for this one’s name, but it’s been an awfully long time since we had a Post Master General’s department. Total climbing: 14m, The Challenger Track is a simple track which heads through the heath and some forest to arrive at a pleasant lookout. Starting at Girrakool picnic area in the north, this track heads over Scopas Peak, with some excellent views over Mooney Mooney creek, and then over Mt Wondabyne, further south. Before me opened the vista of the Bouddi pensinsula, Lion Island, West Head and the open sea beyond. From Pearl Beach, this walk follows the roads to the lower end of Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. From Patonga you will walk up the ridge and take a short side trip to enjoy the wonderful views from Warrah Lookout, before following a series of dirt roads and management trails to Patonga Creek in the heart of the national park. Easily accessible by public transport, this track gives walkers a good taste of what Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has to offer. Total climbing: 438m This walk mostly follows a section of the Great North Walk. Note: There is no car transport option to the start of this walk. Wondabyne to Patonga walking track is part of the renowned Great North walk, and is an absolute must for experienced bushwalkers and campers keen to explore Brisbane Water National Park. Continue straight: From the Kariong Brook, this walk follows the track north-west away from the cliffs (initially keeping the waterfall to your right). The alternate route, for more experienced walkers, cuts a fair bit of walking and gets you to the views quicker. The walk climbs up and around the Warra reserve headland, continuing to Wondabyne station via Pindar Caves. This section of the Great North Walk starts from Cowan train station and wanders past the majestic Jerusalem Bay then through to Brooklyn. Highlights of the walk include Kariong Brook Falls and Mt Wondabyne, the highest point in the area. If you’re a Sydneysider you might’ve walked a section of the Great North Walk already. Starting from Cowan Train Station, it’s not just the scenic wilderness views that will take your breath away. If doing a car shuffle, you can park a car near the landfill and save the road section. The track is leads gently at first then starts to climb up a series of rock ledges. There are two options for overnight visits, both need to be booked in advance. From here, the walk follows the wide trail down to Pearl Beach for lunch at the cafe or a dip at the beach. Alternatively, you can catch a water taxi – they generally cost about $100 per group of 4 and need to be booked ahead. On this walk you will spend much of the time on ridges enjoying scattered views across the Berowra Creek Valley, there are especially good views from Naa Badu Lookout. The track cuts straight through the bush from West Head Rd to pass historic Aboriginal engravings and a large cliff with a small waterfall, which also gives an impressive view of the bay. The bay itself is also popular with boaters who can anchor in the bay. My thanks to Barry and Ros for helping out today, and also to Matt Mee and Allan Savins for their offered help in the earlier aborted attempts. Total climbing: 597m, From the ridges above Cowan Creek, this walk takes in some great lookouts (especially around Mt Kuring-gai) as well as enjoying an extremely pleasant bush track along the creek. This service needs to be booked ahead of time (only runs when there are enough people). The last part of the walk skirts around the edge of Woy Woy tip, but most of the walk offers great views of the water systems around the park. Veer left: From the Broken Bay view, this walk follows Great North Walk arrows uphill along the track. Join Our Newsletter. This bushwalk does not follow the exact Great North Walk route but it includes some sections of the GNW from Patonga to Mount Wondabyne. There is plenty to do at the beach, with swimming and picnic areas, and clearings for other games. This section of the Great North Walk starts from Cowan train station and wanders past the majestic Jerusalem Bay then through to Brooklyn. Continue straight: From the wharf near Hawkesbury River (Brooklyn) Station, the walk becomes a ferry ride. It is well marked, and traverses a fairly populated area of Australia. A great spot to stop for a snack. There is no water available at the campsite so you will nee to carry sufficient supplies for both days. Total climbing: 861m Starting on the Tony Doyle Track, this walk passes the old Warrah Trig and then visits Warrah Lookout, a great site. Total climbing: 697m, This Cowan to Brooklyn Station walk is a popular section of the Great North Walk, with scenery ranging from foreshore to ridge top lookouts. There is an established fire circle and a basic seat. The large campsite next to Brooklyn Dam, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a spacious and well-maintained campsite which has room for plenty of tents. The trig station is now surrounded by trees, with some filtered views along the Hawkesbury River, Continue straight: From Warrah Trig Station, this walk follows the sandstone steps and footpath down the hill towards the dirt road. ( Log Out /  Breakfast not included (but you can grab breakfast from a cafe) PH:(02)9985-7257, Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath down along Dangar Road past the phone box. Starting from Barnetts Road car park you follow the footpath through the picnic area, past the playground then meander gently downhill through the open forest among the scribbly gum trees. Day 2, the track heads over the scenic Mt Wondabyne and around to Wondabyne Station. There are no facilities provided at the Warrah Trig Station but the Lookout is fenced for safety. Some of the highlights along this walk are the sandstone cliffs at Fishponds, the great restaurants at Berowra Waters, and the beautiful Jerusalem Bay at Cowan Creek. The track loops around the small community of Mackerel Beach to come back down the beach and return to West Head Rd. 869m Patonga Beach Pad ... 1041m The Great North Walk Hotels near "Elephant Rock" 1. Starting at Wondabyne railway station, this challenging rough track winds through superb grassy woodlands, rainforest and coastal heath. Take your time to enjoy the views, and rock formations, and creek crossings along the way as the track leads a nearly direct route to Cowan Station, through a wonderfully remote section of bushland. The walk crosses over Scopas Peak and continues down to Pindar caves, passing the Pindar lookout and Pindar Pool on the way. This is one of the prettiest multi-day walks in the area. Be sure to stop at the cafe for a cuppa in Bobbin Head before going home. This walk starts at a small isolated train station, and takes in some great scenery on the way to Woy Woy station. This walk starts and finishes at Staples Lookout, on Woy Woy Rd. Full screen. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. There are some steep climbs, and some pleasant strolls alongside the Berowra Creek. Around 39km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 2.5km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. From the caves the walk backtracks some distance, before winding down to the Wondabyne train station. Be sure to pace yourself and take regular breaks. From Cowan Station, the walk passes through a variety of environments, with dryer vegetation near the freeway and moister rainforest-like plants near the water. Crossing the river presents something of a challenge now that the regular ferry service is no longer running. Walkers can enjoy full 360-degree panoramic views from the top. The long cone-shaped hill has a rocky top and is home to a trig station. Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘rest area’ sign. The walk climbs all the way up to the top of Scopas Peak, and down to the Phill Haughton bridge, then follows the Mooney Mooney Creek north, winding through the bush to the Somersby general store. Ph: 99858540 or 0410454530. Continue straight: From Warrah car park, this walk follows the road off the sealed section and along the dirt. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. Hawkesbury River railway station is situated 2 km northeast of Brooklyn Dam North West Campsite. Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk. The views to the left extend past Lion Island to Barrenjoey Head and out to the Pacific Ocean. Total climbing: 130m, This short walk is a great way to see a slice of what Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has on offer. Total climbing: 1164m Pindar Lookout, Pool and Cave are the greatest features of the walk, with each feature deserving of its own unique track. The dam was enlarged six times before 1924, then in in 1989 the dam was added to the expanded Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. There are plenty of excellent views, especially at Naa Badu Lookout and the many creek vantage points along the way. This decision has upset many people and the protest continues. Starting with a steep climb from Wondabyne Train station you will explore a series of large rock platforms with wide views over the Brisbane Water National Park and visit Scopas Peak. Travel in the last carriage as the platform is very short. Unless you come by water, the only access is by train, you cannot drive to the start of this walk. Total climbing: 1164m There are some great views before returning the same way back to Pearl Beach. The Great North Walk is a 250 km long walking track between Newcastle and Sydney. To continue on the Great North Walk, you can choose to cross the Hawkesbury River, either by ferry to Patonga or by train to Wondabyne. Next we looked at the 8th of October, with the outgoing tide in the early afternoon, but a gusty southerly change mid morning forced another cancellation. Total climbing: 59m, This short walk has a great range of scenery, making it a great choice if you have only a short time in this National Park. Here the walk heads towards Mooney Mooney Creek before walking up to the Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead on the Old Pacific Hwy. 25km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 14km is clearly signposted. Total climbing: 1164m West, down next to Mullet Creek, you can see some buildings near Wondabyne Station and the train line. The bay is sometimes known for an iconic photo of the single palm in front of the water. If you are feeling energetic, you can have a refreshing lunch and allow extra time to walk back or catch the bus home from Pearl Beach. The eastern side of the creek has a tall sandstone cave and wall. Turn left: From this intersection, this walk follows the track, Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrows post, Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the wide trail, keeping the dam to your left. After about 100m, this walk comes to a clear three-way intersection marked with sign pointing back to ‘Patonga’. Total climbing: 484m The first attempt was going to be on the 30th of September, but strong winds put paid to that. The Great North Walk follows this river as far as Thornleigh and then the Berowra Creek before heading through part of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to arrive at Brooklyn, on the Hawkesbury River. This section of the Great North Walk starts from Cowan train station and wanders past the majestic Jerusalem Bay then through to Brooklyn. There are a few options for short side trips, one leading to the tranquil Kariong Brook falls and the other to the peak of Mount Wondabyne, providing great views over the National Park to Woy Woy. A 100 km and 100 mile footrace is head each year along a portion of the GNW. Total climbing: 27m, This walk explores part of the ridge heading out of Patonga. A great day out or make it an overnighter by camping overnight at Tank Creek or Mt Wondabyne. With Barry and Ros Jones available as land crew, the plan was hatched and this morning saw me setting off from Brooklyn’s Parsley Bay just on nine o’clock. This walk takes you from the old Warrah Trig Station down the ridge, along a well formed rock path to Warrah Lookout. Total climbing: 551m, Following Cowan Creek, this walk is one of the most pleasant in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, with great views over the water as well as nice views from the ridge at Berowra. The views of trees go on forever, on a clear day you can even see the Blue Mountains. Subscribe. Once around Juno point, I paddled past the NSW Sport and Recreation camp, venue for the annual Blues Across the Bay music festival in November. After the walk, it is also worth a trip down to Patonga for lunch, or just to explore the local area. The road leads to an intersection with a track on the right marked with a Great North Walk arrow about 30m before Patonga Drive. The campsite also has a few tall shady trees and is a fuel-stove only site. It also passes the very scenic Kariong Brook Falls and waterhole, and includes some remote sections of Brisbane Waters National Park. With advances in technology, these trig stations have been abandoned and superseded. Re: Great North Walk - Resupply Options Wed 15 May, 2013 2:46 am Brooklyn Dam is probably OK to drink if treated properly - its drainage is all pristine bush - although it does sometimes have a slightly methane smell - probably from the leafy sediment gradually decomposing. Total climbing: 189m, This track takes you to one of the most iconic views along the the Great North Walk. There are a few options – try Hawkesbury River Water Taxi on 0400 600 111 or Rick on 0448 101 010. Be sure to spare some time for a dawdle around the bays on Cowan Creek. Jason tackled the thru-hike, solo, over ten days. It’s all very much appreciated. Excellent views of the creek can be expected, especially at places like Crosslands and Fishponds. This long day-walk starts from the Girrakool picnic area and works its way south, alongside Piles creek and through the Brisbane Waters National Park. Phone: (02) 9985 7566. 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