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Mooney Mooney nature walk is a 4.2km, grade 4 One Way hike located in the Brisbane Water National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.
Mooney Mooney nature walk links Mooney Mooney and Girrakool, leading through some of the most picturesque parts of Brisbane Water National Park. This challenging walk passes through diverse landscapes, including rainforest, grassy woodlands, waterfalls, casuarina forest and cave-like rocky overhangs. Climbing steeply, perfectly positioned lookouts offer the chance to rest and take in the exquisite NSW Central Coast vistas. Crossing the scenic Piles Creek suspension bridge, pause to soak up serene views in all directions. In spring, you’ll see carpets of colourful wildflowers, including red darwinias, yellow acacias and orange banksias. If you’re keen on birdwatching, you’ll love having the opportunity to see lyrebirds and kookaburras. Observant walkers may even spot a koala or two, along with native orchids clinging to moss-covered boulders.
You can also start this walk from the Girrakool end of the track.
About the Region
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.
Begin your walk at the Mooney Mooney end of the track. To get there from Gosford:Travel to Somersby and follow Old Pacific Highway south towards SydneyTravel over the F3 and follow Old Pacific Highway downhill for about 2kmAfter the sharp corner, turn left into the small, unsealed informal parking area – it’s near the Brisbane Water National Park sign, about 400m before Mooney Mooney Creek.The track begins from Old Pacific Highway at the gate to Mooney trail Parking Parking is available at Girrakool picnic area, including designated disabled parking. Informal parking is also available at the intersection of Old Pacific Highway and Mooney trail. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
This walk involves creek crossings, and passes over and under rock platforms which can be slippery. Please take care and supervise children at all times.
The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
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.