Great North walk - Brisbane Water National Park Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 38km

  • Duration: 2-3 days

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Hawkesbury Track, Patonga

  • End: Hawkesbury Track, Patonga

  • Location: Brisbane Water National Park

  • Closest Town:

  • Distance from CBD: 93.8 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.55135667

  • Longitude: 151.2791233

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Great North walk - Brisbane Water National Park is a 38km, grade 5 one way hike, located in the Brisbane Water National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 2-3 days to complete.

Hike Summary

Built in 1988 to celebrate Australia's bicentennial year, Great North walk is a 250km bushwalking track linking the Sydney CBD with the Hunter Valley and Newcastle. The track passes through a number of national parks, including Brisbane Water National Park (for 34km), and is undoubtedly one of the best walks in NSW.
The walk offers something for everyone. If you're walking with children you can choose an easy section of the track, and if you're feeling energetic you can choose an overnight walk, or a more challenging section to hike. Whichever way you choose to walk this iconic track, you will definitely enjoy spectacular views, a scenic landscape and the sounds of native birds and wildlife.
The sections of Great North walk that are in the park include:
If you can, it's worth taking a couple of days to hike this section to really enjoy the bushland environment and local scenery. Continue your Great North walk exploration by linking with Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park towards Sydney or continue north along Great North walk - Palm Grove Nature Reserve.

About the region

The Brisbane Water National Park is a protected national park that is located in the Central Coast region of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The 11,506-hectare national park is situated 47 kilometres north of Sydney, 10 kilometres west of Woy Woy, and 12 kilometres southwest of Gosford. The Brisbane Water National Park has 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.

Getting there

To Patonga. Great North walk - Brisbane Water National Park is in Brisbane Water National Park. To get there:From Umina Beach:Take Patonga Drive towards PatongaAs you enter Patonga, take a left towards the boat ramp or continue on to the wharf.Great North walk starts a short walk from Patonga boat rampAlternatively, if beginning from Wondabyne:Take the train on the Newcastle and Central Coast Line to Wondabyne Train StationCheck out the Transport Info website for more information.Alternatively, if beginning from the north:Exit the F3 at the Central Coast HighwayTurn onto Wisemans Ferry RoadTurn left into Grants RoadTurn right into Reservoir Road and continue for approximately 1kmThe walk starts behind the reservoirs Park entry points Patonga See on map Reservoir Road, Somersby See on map Parking Parking is available in Patonga, either at the wharf in the centre of town or at the boat ramp a short walk away. Parking is also available on Reservoir Road, Somersby.


The Brisbane Water National Park section of the walk ranges from 4.2km up to 34km one way
Great North walk is 250km in total, so plan carefully if you want to walk the entire track

Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

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