About this walk
This walk follow the Great North Walk through Brisbane Water National Park.
Make sure to board the rear door of the train to Wondabyne and warn the guard that you want alight at Wondabyne, otherwise the train will not stop.
It takes about 8 hours to complete the full 20 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops.
A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.
Getting there and back
Get the train to Wondabyne using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Woy Woy at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
From the Wondabyne Train Station follow the Great North Walk signs up the ridge.
At the top of the ridge follo the Great North Walk markers up the Rifle Range Trail.
At the intersection with the Hawkesbury Trail follow the sign to Patonga.
Follow the markers along the Hakesbury Trail down the ridge.
The trail through the gully passes a waterfall.
On the other side of the waterfalls steps lead back up the ridge.
Follow the trail out of the gully to the intersection with Tommos Loop Firetrail.
To add Staples Lookout to the walk follow Tommos Loop to the left.
Follow the firetrail to Woy Woy Road.
Follow Woy Woy Road to the left for a short distance.
Cross Woy Woy Road at the carpark for Staples Lookout
Retrace your path back down Tommos Loop to the junction with the Great North Walk.
From the intersection with the Hakesbury track follow the sign to Patonga.
Follow the trail and boardwalks in the direction of Mount wondabyne.
At the junction follow Mullet Creek Firetrail to the right.
A sign on the side of the firetrail will indicated the bushtrail up Mount Wondabyne.
Climb the steps and zig zag trail up the slope of Mount Wondabyne.
At the top of the climb an intersection leads to the summit or onwards down the other side.
Optionally climb the summit of Mount Wondabyne.
From the summit follow the firetrail down the other side of the hill.
At intersection with the Tunnel Firetrail Follow the Great North Walk Markers.
Instead of following the Great North Walk to Patonga, follow Dillons Firetrail out of the park.
The trail ends at a gate into the landfill.
Follow the road out of the landfill past the waste water treatment plant.
If the gate at the bottom of the hill is closed, find the gap for pedestrians on the right side.
From the railway underpass, follow Railway Street all the way to Woy Woy Station.
What to bring
- Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
- Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
- Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
- Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
- Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
- Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.