About this walk
This walk covers part of Brisbane Water National Park.
It takes about 10 hours to complete the full 35 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 Woy Woy using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Woy Woy at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
From the station follow Railway Street to the ferry jetty.
From the jetty follow Brick Wharf Road along the shore.
Follow the footpath all the way around the waterfront.
At the end of the footpath, follow Blackwall Road to the bridge.
From the bridge follow Booker Bay Road to Ettalong Beach.
Follow the Esplanade to Umina Beach.
Follow Umina beach to the end past the holiday park.
If the lagoon is flooded, walk around the holiday park instead.
From the lagoon follow Mount Ettalong Road to the left.
Follow the side trail to the left around Umina Point.
On the other side of Umina Point, follow Pearl Beach.
From the surf club, cross the bridge and follow Crystal Ave right.
At the Arboretum follow the Pearl Beach Patonga firetrail.
Warrah and several unfenced lookouts, can be found along the left side of the trail.
Optionally follow the steps down to Patonga Beach.
From the lookouts retrace your steps slightly back up the firetrail.
Near the first lookout across the firetrail, follow the steps up to the Warrah trig.
From the carpark at the trig, follow Warrah Trig Road.
Cross Patonga Drive and enter Waratah Patch Firetrail a short distance up the road.
This section is part of the Great North Walk. Follow the signs to Girakool.
Follow the Great North Walk markers left across the gully near the landfill.
Continue past the landfill up the ridge overlooking the park.
Follow the Great North Walk markers across the rocky plateaus.
At the intersection, follow Dillons Firetrail to the right.
Follow Dillons Firetrail to the landfill's gate.
Pass the gate and follow Nagari Road out of the landfill.
At the intersection, follow Railway Street 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.