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Mitchell Park walking tracks

Cattai National Park

Overview

Mitchell Park walking tracks offer several linked walks through remnant rainforest, diverse woodland and wetlands, in Cattai National Park, near Windsor.

Where
Cattai National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
6km loop
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, snacks, insect repellent, sturdy shoes
Please note
  • You can also enjoy a shorter, 4km loop by taking a shortcut from Bloodwood trail to Scribbly Gum track, to avoid the steeper Old Man Banksia track.
  • The family friendly 30min loop on Rainforest walk, and along Cattai Creek via Creek Flat track, is around 2km.

Set out from Creek Flat Road, near Mitchell Park picnic area, through beautiful dry rainforest and ironbark woodland along Rainforest walking track. For a short, kid friendly option you can loop back via easy Creek Flat track, which meanders along Cattai Creek.

The main walk continues along the gently climbing Bloodwood trail, named for its bloodwood trees with their crumbly red bark. For a 4km loop walk, skip Old Man Banksia track and connect with Scribbly Gum track. Or, stretch your legs on the steeper stretches of Old Man Banksia track before following Scribbly Gum track through lovely open woodland of scribbly gums. From here, you can join gentle Wetlands walk which takes you back to the carpark and picnic area.

These peaceful walks are a great way to discover Cattai National Park’s diverse remnant forest, just 1 hour from Sydney. Year-round you’ll enjoy wildflowers and spot some of the 150 bird species that visit, from glossy black cockatoos to rare regent honeyeaters.

After your walk, refuel with lunch at the picnic area. Bring your fishing rod, or kayak along Cattai Creek to the Hawkesbury River. Nearby, you can camp at Cattai campground and explore historic Cattai Homestead, or head to Scheyville National Park for more walks.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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Park info

  • in Cattai National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Cattai National Park opens at 8am and closes at 5pm (8pm during daylight savings). The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day (including motorbikes). The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring credit card or correct coins.

    Buy annual pass
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Orange banksia flowers in open woodland, Cattai National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH