This walk takes you from the old Warrah Trig Station down the ridge, along a well formed rock path to Warrah Lookout. The ‘Triangulation station’ (aka trigonometrical or trig station) is a distinct marker once clear of trees, and would have been visible for many kilometers in the area. 26km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 9km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. After about 100m, this walk comes to a clear three-way intersection marked with sign pointing back to ‘Patonga’. ( Log Out / There is no water or other facilities. With advances in technology, these trig stations have been abandoned and superseded. If you’re a Sydneysider you might’ve walked a section of the Great North Walk already. Continue straight: From the street-side of Brooklyn Railway Station, this walk heads north-east along the footpath, towards the water, for approximately 50m, coming to the ferry terminal on the other side of the car park. 25km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 16km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The walk does pass Woy Woy tip, and has a bit of a road slog at the end, but overall is a lovely one way walk. Full screen. 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 Great North Walk is a 250 km long walking track between Newcastle and Sydney. Total climbing: 337m. Turn around: From the rest area, this walk heads east along the management trail for about 200m to come to a clear three-way intersection, Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Girrakool’ sign, Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post, Continue straight: From the rock platform, this walk follows the trail north up the side of the hill. Total climbing: 497m, This is a great walk, crossing the middle of Brisbane Water National Park and visiting several highlights including Rocky Ponds. Join Our Newsletter. The walk from West Head Rd travels to The Basin campsite, and the ferry takes you over to Mackerel Beach. Walk to Pearl Beach and back over the headland on the Great North Walk. Note this walk was re-routed in early 2016 to go via the streets of Hornsby Heights. Further inspiration came from my friend Marco Peel’s barefoot hikes along the Camino de Santiago through France and Spain, and by the Barefoot Sisters Lucy and Susan Letcher’s accounts of their travels south and north along the Appalachian Trail in the USA. Starting from Staples Lookout, on Woy Woy Rd, most of the walking is along the Thommos Loop management trail, except for the last descent into Kariong Brook. Note: There is no car transport option to the start of this walk. As the track approaches the southern edge of Brisbane Waters national park there are more views, across to Lion island and Barrenjoey head. Total climbing: 949m Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post north, gently down along the rocky track, Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post and ‘Wondabyne Station’ sign, Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Girrakool’ sign, Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Girrakool’ sign. Otherwise, most of the expansive views are over much of Brisbane Water National Park. 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. To catch the train from Wondabyne, wave to the driver. 25km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 14km is clearly signposted. 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. Enjoy the wildflowers in spring and also great water views on sunny days. ( Log Out / The walk gets most of the climbing out of the way quickly. 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’. Alternatively, you can catch a water taxi – they generally cost about $100 per group of 4 and need to be booked ahead. Continue straight: From the wharf near Hawkesbury River (Brooklyn) Station, the walk becomes a ferry ride. The track leaves West Head Rd, passing some historic Aboriginal engravings before descending to the beach. This walk starts at a small isolated train station, and takes in some great scenery on the way to Woy Woy station. This decision has upset many people and the protest continues. The campsite is a small, sandy clearing, with no facilities and no water, but it is sheltered by trees. Total climbing: 189m, This track takes you to one of the most iconic views along the the Great North Walk. Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘rest area’ sign. After rain these falls can become very spectacular, other times is a cool place to rest. 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. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the dirt road north up a long and gentle hill. There is plenty to do at the beach, with swimming and picnic areas, and clearings for other games. 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. 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. From here, the walk follows the wide trail down to Pearl Beach for lunch at the cafe or a dip at the beach. This walk, following a section of the Great North Walk, starts from the Wondabyne train station and winds north, into the Brisbane Waters National Park. Veer left: From the Broken Bay view, this walk follows Great North Walk arrows uphill along the track. Total climbing: 27m, This walk explores part of the ridge heading out of Patonga. Jason tackled the thru-hike, solo, over ten days. 869m Patonga Beach Pad ... 1041m The Great North Walk Hotels near "Elephant Rock" 1. After a ferry ride to Patonga, this walk climbs to the top of the ridge, reaching even more great views. The close proximity to Brooklyn Dam means close water. The walk crosses a few moist and cool gullies and scrambles for a few rocky outcrops. Brooklyn Dam via Great North Walk is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Brooklyn, New South Wales, Australia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. This is the planned overnight stay for the end of day 1, happy camping. A couple of passing boats created a bit of wash, but otherwise it was easy paddling. This tranquil spot of the Great North Walk is home to some lovely falls and a water hole. 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. The walk visits two great lookouts, with great views of Lion Island, West Head and Palm beach. Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk. 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