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Wondabyne to Patonga walking track

Brisbane Water National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Wondabyne to Patonga walking track.

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    8 - 9hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Very steep

  • Distance

    23km one-way

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

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    Wondabyne to Patonga walking track is within Brisbane Water National Park. Whichever end you choose to walk from, the easiest way to get there is by public transport.

    • Catch a train to Wondabyne railway station
    • Catch the ferry to Patonga Wharf 

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is not available; access is via a walking track.

    By public transport

    Wondabyne train station is an optional stop, and any passenger wishing to alight at the station must inform the guard of their intention to do so. They should then travel in the last carriage of the train and exit through the rear door only.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Brisbane Water National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    The cooler weather makes it a perfect time to find a waterfall walking track, and keep an eye out for ancient Aboriginal engravings along the way.

    Spring

    Pack a picnic lunch and soak up the delightful sights and sounds of spring. Relax among the wildflowers and wildlife as the Hawkesbury River flows by.

    Summer

    Take advantage of the warmer summer weather and paddle down Patonga Creek or Mooney Mooney Creek in a canoe.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.

    Summer temperature

    Average

    15°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    43.8°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    5°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    -4.2°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    218.4mm

    Facilities

    You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

    Drinking water

    Drinking/cooking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

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    Safety messages

    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    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.

    This park is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.  The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking. 

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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).

    Prohibited

    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    Pets

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

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Wondabyne to Patonga walking track

    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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    Wondabyne to Patonga walking track, Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: John Spencer