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Best trails in Brisbane Water National Park, Australia

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Looking for a great trail in Brisbane Water National Park, New South Wales? AllTrails has 34 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 23 moderate trails in Brisbane Water National Park ranging from 2.1 to 24.5 miles and from 3 to 967 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Brisbane Water National Park is located in the Central Coast region of New South Wales. Its landscape consists of a sandstone coastline covered in rainforest that are home to koalas and crossed by several creeks. It is particularly popular in the spring when all the wildflowers are in full bloom. It is a great place to hike, cycle, and kayak.

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Map of trails in Brisbane Water National Park, Australia
Park information
Acreage:
28,432 acres
Contact
1300 072 757
Top trails (34)
#1 - Piles Creek Loop
Brisbane Water National Park
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
A varied track in Brisbane Water National Park with a waterfall, views and rock overhangs. This route combines the longer Piles Creek Loop (4.2km) and shorter Girrakool Loop (1km) tracks. From the picnic grounds and car park, the circuit goes clockwise with quick opportunities to enjoy some views at either Illoura lookout or Broula lookout that give scenic views of some of the falls along Piles Creek. The track follows the creek south until the halfway point of the circuit where there is a nice suspension bridge that crosses the creek. After crossing Piles Creek the track trends north/northeast along the other side of the creek, past Bundilla, Boondi, and Andamira lookouts and more waterfalls. Areas of Brisbane Water National Park may close at times due to poor weather or fire danger so visitors should check with NSW parks beforehand if either situation is applicable.Show more
#2 - Patonga to Pearl Beach
Brisbane Water National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
#3 - Mount Wondabyne Loop via Tunnel Trail
Brisbane Water National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
Mount Wondabyne is the highest point in Brisbane Water National Park. This trail is best visited in late winter as this is when the wildflowers are in bloom. The track can be muddy after rainfall. Show more
#4 - Kariong Brook Falls via Thommos Loop
Brisbane Water National Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
#5 - Kariong Hieroglyphs via Bambara Road
Brisbane Water National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 51 m
The Kariong Hieroplyphs or Gosford Glyphs are pseudo-Egyptian Hieorglyphs, first found in 1975, their origin is unknown but they are believed to have been done not long before their discovery. Nonetheless, it is an interesting site. This trail is an easy walk down a wide bush path to access them. Variations to make your trip longer can be made with the nearby tracks that link up.Show more
#6 - Woy Woy Station to the Kariong Hieroplyphs
Brisbane Water National Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
Route up to the glyphs for those that need to use public transport, this starts at Woy Woy train station. It crosses the river via a bridge and then heads up via bush tracks to the Hieroglyphs. It goes through reasonably dense bush filled with eucalypts and has a few steep sections and some scrambles over rocks that are along the way. It offers views back over the inlet, bays and bushland-covered hills of the surrounding area. The area is also home to a large array of bird species. The Kariong Hieroplyphs or Gosford Glyphs are pseudo-Egyptian Hieorglyphs, first found in 1975, their origin is unknown but they are believed to have been done not long before their discovery. Nonetheless, it is an interesting site. If you have a access to a car and prefer a shorter route there is this shorter route: www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/australia/new-south-wales/kariong-hieroglyphs-via-bambara-roadShow more
#7 - Warrah Lookout
Brisbane Water National Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 20 m
#8 - Girrakool Loop Track
Brisbane Water National Park
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 29 m
#9 - Wondabyne Railway Station to Mount Mondabyne Campsite
Brisbane Water National Park
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 34 m
Wondabyne Station is a railroad station that is not accessible by car. It is the starting point for numerous walks, including this one, as well as walking tracks to Woy Woy, Patonga, Sydney Cove and portions of the Great North Walk.Show more
#10 - Great North Walk: Wondabyne to Somersby
Brisbane Water National Park
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Length: 15.4 mi • Est. 7 h 11 m
The Great North Walk connects New South Wales' two largest cities from the obelisk in Australia's first planned town square to the wharf from which its oldest home-built steamship still sails in over 250 kilometres of history, mystery and fascination. This is the 4th part of the Great North Walk, to see the list of sections or the full trail go here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/great-north-walk--70 This section continues up through Brisbane Water National Park then following Mooney Mooney Creek before a section along dirt roads in Somersby farmland. Along the way it paces several iconic bridges plus there are a few side trips off the main trail including Somersby Falls, the Girrakool Aboriginal Rock Engraving and Site Calga Rock engravings. It is normally a two-day walk staying at one of the designated campsites(booking is generally required). But can also be done as a long day walk or split up into several day-walks. Booking is required for most sites and you plan to stay at a Crown Land campground you need to fill out the reservation form https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/acba2b1cd658485485275b8e8e45c150. It can be done in either direction, but the classic way is from South to North. The trail is broken into parts so that both ends are easily accessible by public transport. A few notes on transport option for this section Wodbyne is easily accessible by public transport, but not by car and Somersby is not close to a train station but has a bus service. Show more
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