Piles Creek loop Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 4km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Pacific Mwy, Somersby

  • End: Pacific Mwy, Somersby

  • Location: Brisbane Water National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 66.4 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.4357799999999

  • Longitude: 151.270005

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HELLY HANSEN AUSTRALIA

Piles Creek loop is a 4km, grade 5 circuit hike, located in the Brisbane Water National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

If you’re looking for a hike with a chance to unwind afterwards, head to Girrakool for Piles Creek loop. Wandering through dry eucalypt forest, this day walk follows the deep gorge of Piles Creek past waterfalls and scenic clearings, so make sure you bring your camera. It even crosses a suspension bridge and reaches the Illoura lookout, with stellar views over the forest canopy, which offers a good opportunity for birdwatching.
At Illoura, the trail also crosses the Girrakool loop for a longer walk that takes in a fascinating Aboriginal site with carvings in Hawkesbury sandstone. Eventually, all roads lead back to the large grassy Girrakool picnic area, where you might like to fire up the free gas barbecues for a lazy afternoon in the shade of eucalypts.

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.

Getting there

Piles Creek loop is located in the northern section of Brisbane Water National Park.To get there from the F3 Highway:Exit Central Coast Highway towards GosfordTake the first left onto Wisemans Ferry RoadTake the first left onto Old Pacific HighwayTake the first left onto Quarry RoadThe picnic area, where the trail begins, is through the tunnel and straight ahead. Parking Parking is available at Girrakool picnic area, including several designated disabled spots. Please be aware of the carpark opening hours; gates are locked at closing.


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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