Mitchell Park walking tracks

Cattai National Park

Closed due to current alerts 

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
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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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/mitchell-park-walking-tracks/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mitchell Park walking tracks.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    1hr 30min - 2hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    6km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Mitchell Park walking tracks are located in the Mitchell Park area of Cattai National Park.

To get there from Sydney:

  • Take the A2 motorway towards Windsor
  • Turn right onto Pitt Town Road at McGraths Hill and continue onto Cattai Road
  • Turn right onto Mitchell Park Road, veer left onto Creek Flat Road
  • Follow Creek Flat Road to the end

You can also take Old Northern Road and Wisemans Ferry Road to reach Mitchell Park Road.

Road quality

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available along the roadside in Mitchell Park.

By bike

Bicycles are permitted on access roads, but not on walking tracks.

Facilities

  • Toilets and picnic tables are available at Mitchell Park picnic area.
  • Drinking water is not available in this area.
  • A Field Study Centre at Mitchell Park can be hired by school groups or tour groups. Hire fee applies. This basic facility includes a classroom, kitchen, toilets and showers.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Fire safety

Mitchell Park walking tracks close on Total Fire Ban days. Refer to the NSW Rural Fire Service website before you set out.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Please take care and supervise children at all times along the creek.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

  • While these walking tracks are hard or no wheelchair access, nearby Mitchell Park picnic area offers medium access for wheelchairs, prams and visitors with limited mobility.
  • The picnic area is mostly flat, with grass and gravel terrain, and easy access from parking on Creek Flat Road. Some assistance may be required on grass.
  • A wheelchair-accessible toilet is located around 200m from the picnic area.

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

Cycling

Bikes, including trail bikes, are not permitted on walking tracks.

Horses

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Mitchell Park walking tracks is in Cattai National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A birder's bounty

Cattai National Park. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

The park's riverside location, close to Longneck Lagoon, makes it popular with birdwatchers. Spot vulnerable black bitterns, powerful owls or rufous night herons. Visit the park's major wetland areas to observe several bird species otherwise scarce within Sydney.

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

Aboriginal culture

Cattai River lookout, Cattai National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Cattai National Park is the traditional Country of the Darug people. The park's landscape, including the river provided a rich source of food, medicine, shelter and tools for the Aboriginal people who travelled through the area. The park protects a number of ancient Aboriginal sites that are evidence of the Darug people's ancient connection to the land, you may find axe grinding grooves on rocks as well as rock engravings and art.

An important landscape

Mitchell Park, Cattai National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Cattai National Park lies within the Cumberland Plain, an important land system near Sydney that has been impacted by agricultural processes and urban development. Mitchell Park is significant because it contains much of its original vegetation, including paper bark, red gum, stringy bark, grey gum and cabbage gums. The best way to see the changing vegetation is along the Mitchell Park track, you'll notice that each part of the walk is named to describe the type of vegetation along that part of the walk.

Colonial history

Cattai Homestead and historic farm buildings, Cattai National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Cattai National Park is significant because it includes a parcel of land granted to First Fleet assistant surgeon Thomas Arndell. Cattai Farm and the surrounding area was home to seven generations of Arndell's, with the land remaining with descendents of Thomas Arndell for about 180 years. Today, several historic sites invite observation and journeying into the past; Arndell's 1821 homestead, convict-built walls and roads, grain silos and ruins of a windmill believed to be Australia's oldest industrial building.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Eastern common ringtail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

    Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.

  • Sugar glider. Photo: Jeff Betteridge

    Sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps)

    The sugar glider is a tree-dwelling Australian native marsupial, found in tall eucalypt forests and woodlands along eastern NSW. The nocturnal sugar glider feeds on insects and birds, and satisfies its sweet tooth with nectar and pollens.

  • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

    One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

  • Closeup of a laughing kookaburra's head and body. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

    Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.

  • Brown-striped frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    Brown-striped frog (Lymnastes peronii)

    One of the most common frogs found in Australia, the ground-dwelling brown-striped frog lives in ponds, dams and swamps along the east coast. Also known as the striped marsh frog, this amphibian grows to 6.5cm across and has a distinctive ‘tok’ call that can be heard all year round.

  • Cumberland Plain land snail (Meridolum corneovirens)

    The endangered Cumberland Plain land snail is only found on the Cumberland Plain, west of Sydney. During drought it digs deep into the soil to escape harsh conditions. Its brown shell is thin and fragile.

Environments in this park

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