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Wondabyne to Patonga walking track

Brisbane Water National Park

Overview

Part of Great North walk, Wondabyne to Patonga walking track is an overnight walk through NSW Central Coast bushland. It offers great Hawkesbury River views and birdwatching.

Where
Brisbane Water National Park
Distance
23km one-way
Time suggested
8 - 9hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Wondabyne to Patonga walking track is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

What to
bring
Sunscreen, hat
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park.

Wondabyne to Patonga walking track is part of the renowned Great North walk, and is an absolute must for experienced bushwalkers and campers keen to explore Brisbane Water National Park. Starting at Wondabyne railway station, this challenging rough track winds through superb grassy woodlands, rainforest and coastal heath.

Soak up spectacular views over Brisbane Water, Broken Bay and Hawkesbury River and stop for a swim near Kariong Brook waterfall; particularly impressive after rain. Pitch your tent at remote Mount Wondabyne bush campground – be sure to look for the fire circle near the base of the mountain.

Birdwatching enthusiasts are spoilt for choice all year round, so keep an eye out for cockatoos, brush turkeys and owls. You may even spot a koala in one of the grey gums. Upon reaching Patonga, take the ferry to Palm Beach or the bus to Woy Woy or Gosford.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

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.

    Buy an annual pass.
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Wondabyne to Patonga walking track, Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: John Spencer