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Great North walk stage 8: Waratah spectacular

Brisbane Water National Park


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Climb to the top of Mount Wondabyne in Brisbane Water National Park for a lunch with spectacular panoramic views to the sea. This is a challenging 9hr, 20km walk.


Sunday 22 September and Wednesday 25 September 2019, 7.15am to 4.15pm. Meet at 7am.

Great North walk - Brisbane Water National Park, Brisbane Water National Park
No wheelchair access
Hard. Suitable for adults and children 12 years and above. This is a 20km 9hr walk with several steep sections. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Adult $19 per person. Child $14 per person. 

Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Meeting point
Hornsby railway station for a 7.22am train to Woy Woy
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 or book online.
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Journey through a section of the iconic Great North walk in Brisbane Water National Park. Here are some highlights:

  • Be surrounded by vibrant crimson waratahs that are prolific along this stage of Great North walk. The beautiful waratah is not only the NSW floral emblem, it's also one of the most well-known Australian native plants.
  • After a steep climb up from Patonga you'll be rewarded by picturesque landscape scenery. Take in stunning views of Broken Bay, the Hawkesbury River, Cowan Creek, West Head, Pittwater and the iconic Barrenjoey Headland and lighthouse.
  • We'll stop for lunch atop Mount Wondabyne. Here you can absorb panoramic views over the open ocean. Yes, its worth the climb! 
  • To wrap up the day, we'll head toward the isolated Wondabyne station. Marking the path are cascading waterfalls, the bellbird's song and small isolated valleys with flowing creeks.

Remember to bring your Opal card for train and bus travel, something warm for the wait at Wondabyne, lunch, snacks and at least 2 litres of water.

Find out about the next walk in the Great North walk challenge.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Brisbane Water National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Two picnic areas within the park close of an evening:

    • Girrakool picnic area is open 9am to 5pm every day
    • Somersby Falls picnic area is open 8am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 8am to 5pm at other times

    Other areas of Brisbane Water National Park will be open at all times, however may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies at Girrakool and Somersby Falls picnic areas. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Other fees:

    You will need a permit to hold a wedding or undertake commercial photography within the park.

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Patonga to Pearl Beach, Brisbane Water National Park, Photo: John Yurasek/NSW Government