Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

2 h 30 min to 5 h

5.8 km
return

↑ 213 m
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Hard track
This walk gives the shortest access to Kariong Brook waterfall, one of the nicest falls in the area. Starting from Staples Lookout, on Woy Woy Rd, most of the walking is along the Thommos Loop management trail, except for the last descent into Kariong Brook. The waterfall is a nice and cool place to stop for lunch on a warm day. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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View from Staples Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Staples Lookout Plaque. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Staples Lookout Plaque. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Plaque at Staples Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Great North Walk sign beside Woy Woy Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
GNW entrance from Woy Woy rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Thommos Loop trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Thommos Loop track sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Thommos Loop trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock platform on Thommos Loop trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Edge of rock platform on Thommos Loop trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Thommos Loop trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of track to Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign pointing to Girrakool. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of track east of Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track east of Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rocky outcrop and view easy between Thommos Loop and Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Hand rail on track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track passing rock wall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rocky section of track east of Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pleasant bushland near Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing Rock wall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Boronia Fraseri. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Banksia Ericifolia. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wildflowers in spring. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track passing under cave at Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kariong Brook Water fall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kariong Brook pool. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kariong Brook falls. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Side of Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
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Start (-33.4717235,151.2883173)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
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Getting started
From Staples Lookout, this walk heads downhill alongside Woy Woy Rd (keeping the view to the left). Where safe this walk crosses the road and continues down the hill. Just after passing a large brown 'Scenic Lookout 300m' sign (facing downhill), the walk comes to the signposted start of "Thommo's Loop Fire Trail" and a locked gate.....
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Start.
There is a picnic table (about 20 m back from the start).
There is a park (about 7 m back from the start).
Staples Lookout (about 5 m back from the start).
Staples Lookout
Staples Lookout

Staples Lookout beside Woy Woy Road, is a fenced lookout providing good views east across the Central Coast, the Brisbane Water and out to the ocean. There is a large car park and picnic tables, with plenty of natural shade. The lookout was named as a tribute to Charles J Staples, a pioneer of route that Woy Woy Rd now follows. The lookout was constructed in 1955 by the Rotary Club of Woy Woy. An inscription at the lookout quotes 'and I shall meditate on your wondrous works' from Psalm 119:27.
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Staples Lookout beside Woy Woy Road, is a fenced lookout providing good views east across the Central Coast, the Brisbane Water and out to the ocean. There is a large car park and picnic tables, with plenty of natural shade. The lookout was named as a tribute to Charles J Staples, a pioneer of route that Woy Woy Rd now follows. The lookout was constructed in 1955 by the Rotary Club of Woy Woy. An inscription at the lookout quotes 'and I shall meditate on your wondrous works' from Psalm 119:27.

Find the car park at the start.
After another 30 m turn left, to head along Woy Woy Road.
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Woy Woy Road.
After another 105 m turn right.
After another 55 m head through/around the gate.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of ML9 Loop Firetrail & Thommos Loop) continue straight, to head along Thommos Loop.
After another 1.6 km turn right.
After another 20 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 620 m veer left.
After another 10 m find the "Kariong Brook Falls" (on your left).
Kariong Brook Falls
Kariong Brook Falls

This tranquil spot of the Great North Walk is home to some lovely falls and a water hole. The eastern side of the creek has a tall sandstone cave and wall. After rain these falls can become very spectacular, other times is a cool place to rest. A great spot to stop for a snack.
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This tranquil spot of the Great North Walk is home to some lovely falls and a water hole. The eastern side of the creek has a tall sandstone cave and wall. After rain these falls can become very spectacular, other times is a cool place to rest. A great spot to stop for a snack.

After another 10 m turn right.
Continue another 20 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.9 km to get back to the start.
About 10 m past the end is "Kariong Brook Falls".
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Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.8 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 5 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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