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Great North walk - Brisbane Water National Park

Brisbane Water National Park

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You’ll find the Wondabyne to Patonga and Patonga to Pearl Beach parts of the iconic Great North walk in Brisbane Water National Park. Take a short walk or overnight hike.

38km one-way
Time suggested
1 - 3 days
Grade 5
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Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, snacks, hat, sunscreen, mobile phone, clothes for all weather conditions, binoculars, first aid kit, personal locator beacon
Please note
  • The Brisbane Water National Park section of the walk ranges from 4.2km up to 34km one way
  • Great North walk is 250km in total, so plan carefully if you want to walk the entire track
  • If you're planning to stay at a campground managed by Crown Lands from 1 June 2020, you now need to fill out the Crown reserves camping registration form.
  • If you plan to start or end your walk at Girrakool picnic area please note that the carpark is open daily from 7am to 8pm during daylight savings, and 7am to 6pm at other times. The carpark is locked at closing time.

Built in 1988 to celebrate Australia’s bicentennial year, Great North walk is a 250km bushwalking track linking the Sydney CBD with the Hunter Valley and Newcastle. The track passes through a number of national parks, including Brisbane Water National Park (for 34km), and is undoubtedly one of the best walks in NSW.

The walk offers something for everyone. If you’re walking with children you can choose an easy section of the track, and if you’re feeling energetic you can choose an overnight walk, or a more challenging section to hike. Whichever way you choose to walk this iconic track, you will definitely enjoy spectacular views, a scenic landscape and the sounds of native birds and wildlife.

The sections of Great North walk that are in the park include:

  • Patonga to Pearl Beach – 3km
  • Patonga to Wondabyne – 23km
  • Patonga to Mooney Mooney Creek campground (via Mt Wondabyne) – 30km
  • Wondabyne to Mooney Mooney Creek campground – 12km

If you can, it’s worth taking a couple of days to hike this section to really enjoy the bushland environment and local scenery. Continue your Great North walk exploration by linking with Great North walk – Berowra Valley National Park towards Sydney or continue north along Great North walk - Palm Grove Nature Reserve.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Tours and events at this location

  • Views of Mooney Mooney creek in Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: Barry Collier.

    Great North walk stage 10: Brisbane Water dreaming

    Complete the Great North walk challenge with the tenth and final leg of the series. You’ll walk 18km from Kariong to Somersby, exploring the serene waterways of Brisbane Water National Park.

  • Great North walk, Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: John Yurasek © OEH

    Great North walk stage 8: Waratah spectacular

    Panoramic views of Sydney’s northern coastline await you on stage 8 of the Great North walk. The 20km guided tour through Brisbane Water National Park starts at Patonga and ends at Wondabyne Station.


Think Before You TREK

Are you planning a bushwalk, going somewhere remote or where the weather is extreme? Stay safe by planning your trip for all conditions and telling someone about it.

Bushwalkers in Wollemi National Park. Photo: Daniel Tran/DPIE


How to prepare for a multi-day hike

Preparation is key for a safe and enjoyable multi-day walk. If you’re new to overnight hiking, here’s a list of what to consider when planning your epic adventure.

Two walkers carrying overnight hiking packs walking up steps on the Murramarang multi-day coastal walk. Credit: Remy Brand © DPE

General enquiries

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Park info

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

    • Girrakool picnic area is open 7am to 8pm during daylight savings and is open 7am to 6pm at other times
    • 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. The park has pay machines that accept both card and coins, or you can pay via the Park'nPay app.

    Other fees:

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

    Buy annual pass
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