Piles Creek Loop is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Somersby, New South Wales, Australia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length2.8 miElevation gain498 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingCaveForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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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.

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Ray Mizzi
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HikingGreat!

Wish there was more to discuss the Aboriginal life in the area. Lots and lots of people. The new suspended bridge is great and the track is well maintained. Highway traffic was heard for some of the walk.

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Mojito Corrin
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Awesome track, well signed, plenty of spots to stop take in the nature

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Keith Pitty
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Good length for a moderate walk. Beautiful after yesterday’s rain. Well sign-posted and in good condition.

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Jonathan Du
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Alisa Cosgrove
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the trail was amazing it was a little challenging but overall Pretty good

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David Stone
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Really pretty. I either heard a waterfall, or creeks or cliff top runoff the entire trip. Saw lots of lizards and a snake. Quite undulating terrain

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John Ross
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Nice trail for a hot day. Lots of shade with a swimming spot at the halfway mark.

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Nathan Spargo
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One of my favourite walks. Challenging enough to make it interesting with great scenery

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Sunny Chen
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The view is beautiful and many steep trails. Really fun

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Amber McPhee
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My favourite walk Second half is the hardest as it’s very slippery Not much to see So I go to the suspension bridge and come the same way back

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sue samad
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This hike blog is not a usual hike specific blog. It was a special inaugural welcoming New Years Intention ceremony & hiking event combined. New Year Intention-weekend ceremony & hike Piles Creek Loop - Girrakool Darkinjung Aboriginal Land and Traditional owners of the Central Coast - Somersby - Brisbane Waters National Park. Located in the northern section of Brisbane Waters National Park. Parking is $8 for full day access. The rangers were out from 7am checking the cars so make sure you pay . The carpark was empty as we commenced our hike however upon return the carpark was full and cars were lined up the side tracks all the way to the tunnel entry to Girrakool. It is a Grade 5 loop. Quite intense and my hiking pole came in handy. My first ever grade 5 with amazing boulder rocks, mud slides and caves to explore. I suggest waterproof boots and leech wear protection as there were quite a few on the trail. The quality of the path is quite rough and rugged track with many obstacles and the signage clearly indicates that this track is for very experienced bushwalkers as the terrain can become difficult in climbs and inclines and then steep declines. Upon Completion, my health odometer read 7.5km loop and just over 10,000 steps but this is because we took various routes to climb the caves and get closer to the waterfalls. It's approximately 335 elevation at the highest peak and 200 metre incline (info from National Parks Loop stats). The hike is surrounded with beautiful Brisbane Waters National Park and I couldn't ask for a better backdrop and synergy to attend my inaugural New Year's Intention Circle organised by Central Coast Sisters Circle Heart Hum program. The surrounding was perfect backdrop to allow the mind, body and soul to self reflect and create. It allowed you to feel the visionary of one's in-depth understanding and awareness of where to from here. Once the visionary board and connection with complete strangers was made, we had a forgiveness ceremony accompanied with Blue Lotus tea which was specially brewed by our facilitator Sophie from Central Coast Womens Circle. Before I get into the Blue Lotus benefits and energies, I feel the need to reflect on the forgiveness ceremony. It's amazing how meditation, mindfulness and emotional calm coupled with the right ambience and amazing synergy of the Sister Cirle participants allowed me to feel a direct sense of connection and welcomed vulnerability that evolved naturally with partner I paired up with (special thanks & shout out to Elki). I believe it was the auras of the natural environment and the willingness to feel a sense of interrelationships with the purpose of attending the 'Intention Circle' that made the outcomes sound and extremely powerful. As we completed the ceremony we saluted with the Blue Lotus flower tea. The Blue Lotus flower is said to aid with sleeping, reduce anxiety, help with gastrointestinal issues and as a stress reliever. It has a hypothesised property that contain nuciferan (a natural anti-spasmodic) along with aporphine, which will give you feelings of calming euphoria. It was reported that the Pharaohs Egypt's mythology, culture and medicine utilised it in many practises for thousands of years. Some very interesting uses for sexualising potencies and lucid dreaming were documented. It was basically the ‘party drug’ of Ancient Egypt. Imagine, if you will, secret temple gatherings of elite society - sharing sacred wines specially imbibed with blue lotus extract. These parties, much as the rest of Egyptian society, were sexually themed. You can see evidence of this in countless murals, papyrus and temples throughout Egypt. I'm sure Sophie mentioned other properties of the Blue Lotus flower but I entering my lucid dreaming phase at first sip contemplating the Pharaoh life The flower is said to open in the morning around 9:30am and close in the early afternoon around 3:00pm. I felt these characteristics of the flower were a metaphor for what our work - life balance should resemble. Then again maybe I had drank too much of the tea and its properties were taking effect in different manifestations. Enough about this amazing flower, moving forward to the grade 5 hike and discovering the beauty awaiting us at Piles Loop Track. The weather was overcast, drizzly and actually perfect hiking conditions. As soon as you enter the track, you totally forget that the F3 corridor is literally over the mountain. As you wander through the dry eucalypt forest and deep gorge covered in amazing fauna and plantation, you meet a stunning waterfall. The Waterfall is fenced off so it is safe for young families with children. Take your right path up the gorge and you proceed through the lush overarching rainforest, you walk for quite a distance through mud puddles and gorgeous overarching and mature trees and fauna surrounding you. As you descend through the gorge the stairs continue to test...

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Myra Holyoak
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Beautiful track so close to the main road. Lots of steps, can be muddy after rain. Many waterfalls to be seen.

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Amber McPhee
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Don’t follow the pink ribbon or arrows just follow trail down follow creek then go to right when top of waterfall to get down be careful of cliffs

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Adam Hill
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Colou Caro
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Hiked with Marianne, Joji and Mylene

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Hannah Catt
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Very hard walk not good for kids under 7

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Erich Futterleib
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great if you don't mind steep sections. need to watch your step as its rocky.

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Dayna Petrie
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HikingGreat!

Amazing points of interest along the whole track. Really well maintained walking path. This track made for a great adventure! Will be doing it again

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Nate Lai
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Definitely recommend to beginner hikers who want to get some exposure to different levels of terrain. It's quite a steep climb uphill in some parts of the trail. Very rocky paths so need to be careful with your footing. Was very relaxing not too many people only passed by 4 people through the whole loop. Not exactly sure where to see the actual waterfall that flows down to Piles Creek. I could only see it from up the viewing point.

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Grace Yuen
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Shaun Halpin
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What a great little trail. Super accessible from Sydney/Newcastle/Central Coast. Packs in some great sights and sounds into its modest distance. Be sure to get down to the bottom of the waterfall near the car park/picnic area. Will definitely do this trail again.

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Nathan T
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Luke Sweeney
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Blake Chapple
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gayan dissanayake
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Bilal Hindi
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Eiméar Nulty
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Not too difficult but still a little challenge

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Sharon Watts
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A little tougher than expected . great walk though.

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