Great North Walk: Patonga to Wondabyne Station via Mt Wondabyne
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

7 h to 7 h 30 min

19.2 km
oneway

↑ 727 m
↓ -723 m

Hard track
This walk explores some grand views, pleasant cascades, varied bushland and remote areas of Brisbane Waters National Park. From Patonga you will walk up the ridge and take a short side trip to enjoy the wonderful views from Warrah Lookout, before following a series of dirt roads and management trails to Patonga Creek in the heart of the national park. The walk then leads along a mix of trails and tracks mostly passing Mt Wondabyne, a worthwhile side trip, before crossing a few gullies with cool creeks and cascades. Past Myron Brook you will walk back down the waters edge at the remote and unique Wondabyne Train Station. 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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Patonga Ferry Wharf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patonga Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Shops at Patonga. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Pavilion at Eve Williams Memorial Oval. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking along road to boat ramp. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
carpobrotus glaucescens or 'Pig Face'. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patonga Beach from the Boat Ramp. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking across the water from Dark Corner. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Great North Walk sign at bottom of Patonga Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking along track east of Patonga. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A large angophora east of Patonga. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from beside track east of Patonga. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Broken Bay View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grevillea Buxifolia (Grey Spider Flower). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
On Patonga track just west of Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil) in Spring. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of Patonga Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Dampiera Stricta Flowers in Spring. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Moss on the side of the Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking along the Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah lookout intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View of Barrenjoey from Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Warrah Lookout view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Isopgen Anemonifolius (Broad-leaf Drumstick). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track just south of Warrah Trig Station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Open seed pods. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Hibbertia flower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Trig Station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Carpark and road just north of Warrah Trig Station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking along Warrah Trig Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection with track on Warrah Trig Rd just before Patonga Dr. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking along a narrow track beside Patonga Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection just north of Patonga Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Patonga Rest area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking along the wide sandy trail north of Patonga Dr. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wide trail - The Van Dhals Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection of Hawkesbury track and Sani Depot Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Open country near Van Dahls campsite track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Van Dahls campsite. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Creek near Van Dahls campsite. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rock platform south of Patonga Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Trail leading over a rise south of Patonga Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing Patonga Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Steep rock track beside Woy WOy Landfill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View over Woy Woy landfill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track west of Woy Woy landfill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking towards Mt Wondabyne from the south. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rock platform south of Dillans Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Just a bit south of Dillans Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing Dillons Track (trail). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking through the gate on the Hawkesbury trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Int of Rocky Ponds and the Hawkesbury trails. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Int of Tunnel Track and Mt Wondabyne trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Camping area and end of management trail near Mount Wondabyne. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Mt Wondabyne. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The track leading along the wester side of Mt Wondabyne. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
GNW register neat Mt Wondabyne. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking along the Hawkesbury trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Powerlines beside trail west of Mt Wondabyne. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing another rockplatform North of Mt Wondabyne. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Disused power poles. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Mt Wondabyne from the north. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection of GNW and Thommos Loop. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View of Mt Wondabyne from Thommos Loop trail rock outcrop. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tall trees beside Thommos Loop trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection south of Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steep track east of Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grass trees east of Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track passing under cave at Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Boronia Fraseri. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kariong Brook Water fall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Walking west of Kariong Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossign Myron Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rocky track west of Myron Brook . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking along a rock platform west of Myron Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Scribbly gums west of Myron Brook. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Int of GNW and Wondabyne trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pindar Cave Track Intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Wide trail high above Wondabyne Station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track high above Wondabyne station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
gosford quarry cranes. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Steps and track behind Wondabyne Station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
wondabyne station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• 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
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.5504173,151.2745435)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Ferry Special (There is no regular ferry service between Patonga and Brooklyn any more. You can easily grab a water taxi (about $80+). If you are part of a large group they can also organise a larger boat carrying 35 passengers (about $16 pp). Phone 0410 554 777 to book. Enjoy the boat ride.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to Wisemans Ferry Road Offramp then drive for 630 m
  • Keep left onto Wisemans Ferry Road Offramp and drive for another 400 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 90 m
  • Turn left onto Central Coast Highway, A49 and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 55 m
  • Turn slight left onto Woy Woy Road and drive for another 420 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Woy Woy Road and drive for another 9.6 km
  • Turn right onto Railway Street and drive for another 580 m
  • Turn right onto Hillview Street and drive for another 950 m
  • Turn left onto Veron Road and drive for another 390 m
  • Turn right onto Carpenter Street and drive for another 420 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Carpenter Street and drive for another 730 m
  • Turn right onto Rabaul Avenue and drive for another 335 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Rabaul Avenue and drive for another 220 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Rabaul Avenue and drive for another 325 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Perth Street and drive for another 270 m
  • Turn right onto Hobart Avenue and drive for another 1.1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Mount Ettalong Road and drive for another 6.9 km
Finish (-33.4921022,151.2569892)
Mode (end) Train  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park at Patonga wharf, this walk follows the footpath beside Patonga Drive, keeping the water on the right. The road leads out of town passing beside 'Eve Williams Memorial Oval' for 70m to find a large 'The Great North Walk' sign opposite the toilet block. Soon after this sign, this walk turns right following the 'Boat Ramp' sign and GNW arrow post down along a side road for 220m to find a parking area beside Patonga's boat ramp. (Alternatively it is possible to walk along the sandy beach from the wharf to the boat ramp.)
From the boat ramp, this walk follows the power lines across the car park, keeping the water to the right. The walk heads around the gate and continues to follow the power lines across the sand, coming to the eastern end of Patonga Beach and the 'Brisbane Water National Park' sign. This area of the beach is also know as 'Dark Corner'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Patonga Drive.
There is a artwork (about 80 m back from the start).
Patonga Village (about 5 m back from the start).
Patonga Village
Patonga Village

Patonga Village is a lovely small township on the Hawkesbury River. Just near the ferry wharf are a few helpful facilities: The Eve Williams Memorial Oval, where you will find a large pavilion, drinking water and public toilets. A fish and chips shop (and general store) is open reasonable hours, where you can buy lunch, a coffee and basic supplies (fishing needs, milk, canned food). Patonga Beach Hotel is available for a cold drink at the bar or a meal on the deck, or even overnight accommodation (from $242 a couple) ph: 02 4379 1111.
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Patonga Village is a lovely small township on the Hawkesbury River. Just near the ferry wharf are a few helpful facilities: The Eve Williams Memorial Oval, where you will find a large pavilion, drinking water and public toilets. A fish and chips shop (and general store) is open reasonable hours, where you can buy lunch, a coffee and basic supplies (fishing needs, milk, canned food). Patonga Beach Hotel is available for a cold drink at the bar or a meal on the deck, or even overnight accommodation (from $242 a couple) ph: 02 4379 1111.

After another 5 m to find the car park.
After another 15 m pass the sign (15 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the park (10 m on your right).
After another 40 m pass the shelter (15 m on your left).
After another 60 m pass the picnic table (25 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Patonga Drive.
After another 10 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
After another 10 m turn sharp right.
After another 190 m continue straight.
After another 50 m find the "Warrah Reserve boat ramp" (15 m on your left).
Warrah Reserve boat ramp
Warrah Reserve boat ramp

Warrah Reserve boat ramp provides a large car park and access to both the boat ramp and Patonga Beach. There are garbage bins, a picnic table and information board. The boat ramp offers good views along the beach to 'Dark Corner', found at the eastern end of Patonga Beach.
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Warrah Reserve boat ramp provides a large car park and access to both the boat ramp and Patonga Beach. There are garbage bins, a picnic table and information board. The boat ramp offers good views along the beach to 'Dark Corner', found at the eastern end of Patonga Beach.

After another 165 m head up the steps (about 15 m long)
After another 430 m veer left.
After another 55 m come to the viewpoint (25 m on your right).
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 260 m find the "Broken Bay View" (30 m on your right).
Broken Bay View
Broken Bay View

Broken Bay View is an informal, unnamed and unfenced vantage point at the top of the cliffs, east of Patonga. The large rock platform has a number of large Sydney Red Gums, providing some shade. There are great views across the Hawkesbury River, along Cowan Creek and to West Head. The views to the left extend past Lion Island to Barrenjoey Head and out to the Pacific Ocean.
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Broken Bay View is an informal, unnamed and unfenced vantage point at the top of the cliffs, east of Patonga. The large rock platform has a number of large Sydney Red Gums, providing some shade. There are great views across the Hawkesbury River, along Cowan Creek and to West Head. The views to the left extend past Lion Island to Barrenjoey Head and out to the Pacific Ocean.

After another 80 m continue straight, to head along Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Warrah Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip veer right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 350 m (at the intersection of Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail & Tony Doyle Track) turn left, to head along Tony Doyle Track (a footpath).
After another 30 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 300 m find the "Warrah Trig Station" (on your left).
Warrah Trig Station
Warrah Trig Station

Warrah Trig Station is part of a national geodetic survey established during the 1970's. The 'Triangulation station' (aka trigonometrical or trig station) is a distinct marker once clear of trees, and would have been visible for many kilometers in the area. There are many such trig stations around Australia, which were used to help in surveying. Each station has a know position and altitude, which allows surveyors to use triangulation and determine another point's location. With advances in technology, these trig stations have been abandoned and superseded. The trig station is now surrounded by trees, with some filtered views along the Hawkesbury River. The area is rich with wildflowers in spring.
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Warrah Trig Station is part of a national geodetic survey established during the 1970's. The 'Triangulation station' (aka trigonometrical or trig station) is a distinct marker once clear of trees, and would have been visible for many kilometers in the area. There are many such trig stations around Australia, which were used to help in surveying. Each station has a know position and altitude, which allows surveyors to use triangulation and determine another point's location. With advances in technology, these trig stations have been abandoned and superseded. The trig station is now surrounded by trees, with some filtered views along the Hawkesbury River. The area is rich with wildflowers in spring.

After another 55 m pass the sign (5 m on your right).
After another 90 m continue straight, to head along Warrah Trig Road.
After another 1.1 km veer right.
After another 235 m turn left.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Patonga Drive & Warrah Patch Firetrail) continue straight, to head along Warrah Patch Firetrail (a vehicle track).
After another 20 m pass the "Waratah" (on your left).
After another 6 m head through/around the gate.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Rest Area. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 100 m veer right, to head along Warrah Patch Firetrail.
After another 280 m (at the intersection of PMG Firetrail & Warrah Patch Firetrail) turn right, to head along Warrah Patch Firetrail.
After another 270 m (at the intersection of Van Dahls Firetrail & Warrah Patch Firetrail) turn left, to head along Van Dahls Firetrail.
After another 200 m turn right, to head along Van Dahls Firetrail.
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Sani Depot Trail & Van Dahls Firetrail) continue straight, to head along Van Dahls Firetrail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Van Dahls rest area. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 730 m continue straight, to head along Van Dahls Firetrail.
After another 900 m continue straight, to head along Van Dahls Firetrail.
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Van Dahls Firetrail & Dillons Trail) veer left, to head along Dillons Trail (a walking track).
After another 2 km come to the viewpoint (5 m on your right).
After another 260 m (at the intersection of Dillons Firetrail & Dillons Trail) continue straight, to head along Dillons Trail.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Tunnel Trail & Dillons Trail) turn right, to head along Tunnel Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 150 m (at the intersection of Tunnel Trail & Rocky Ponds Trail) continue straight, to head along Tunnel Trail.
After another 470 m (at the intersection of Tunnel Trail & Mount Wondabyne Trig Firetrail) turn left, to head along Mount Wondabyne Trig Firetrail.
After another 760 m come to the "Mt Wondabyne Campsite".
Mt Wondabyne Campsite
Mt Wondabyne Campsite

This basic campsite is found at the end of a management trail, near the base of Mt Wondabyne. The campsite is at the bottom of a small (east facing) rock wall and has trees surrounding much of the area, providing some shelter. There is an established fire circle and a basic seat. There is no water or other facilities. (There is also small cave suitable for sleeping a few people about half way up Mount Wondabyne).
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This basic campsite is found at the end of a management trail, near the base of Mt Wondabyne. The campsite is at the bottom of a small (east facing) rock wall and has trees surrounding much of the area, providing some shelter. There is an established fire circle and a basic seat. There is no water or other facilities. (There is also small cave suitable for sleeping a few people about half way up Mount Wondabyne).

After another 35 m come to the "Mt Wondabyne Campsite" (20 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Mt Wondabyne Peak. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 940 m turn right, to head along Mullet Creek Firetrail.
After another 215 m turn left.
After another 810 m continue straight, to head along Thommos Loop.
After another 1.5 km veer left.
After another 25 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your right).
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 continue straight.
After another 1.9 km turn left, to head along Rifle Range Firetrail.
After another 20 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 610 m (at the intersection of Rifle Range Firetrail & Pindar Walking Track) continue straight, to head along Rifle Range Firetrail.
After another 960 m continue straight, to head along Rifle Range Firetrail.
After another 315 m head down the steps (about 30 m long)
After another 130 m continue straight.
After another 10 m turn right.
About 65 m past the end is "Wondabyne".
Wondabyne
Wondabyne

Wondabyne is situated in Brisbane Waters National Park on the banks of Mullet River, which feeds into the Hawkesbury River north of Brooklyn. The area is defined by the National Park's flora and fauna, the quarry, railway station and a few houses sitting above the water around the river. The quarry produced sandstone building materials, used in the construction of the National War Memorial in Canberra. More recently, in 2000, the quarry was re-opened for restoration of St Mary's Cathedral spire in Sydney. Wondabyne Station, named after the nearby Mt Wondabyne, was built in 1889 and exclusively used for the quarry - it was then known as Mullet Creek Station. The station is one of the smallest on the line and one of very few railway stations in a NSW National Park. When you catch the train to Wondabyne, let the guard know you want to get off at Wondabyne Station, otherwise the train will not stop. Travel in the last carriage as the platform is very short. To catch the train from Wondabyne, wave to the driver.
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Wondabyne is situated in Brisbane Waters National Park on the banks of Mullet River, which feeds into the Hawkesbury River north of Brooklyn. The area is defined by the National Park's flora and fauna, the quarry, railway station and a few houses sitting above the water around the river. The quarry produced sandstone building materials, used in the construction of the National War Memorial in Canberra. More recently, in 2000, the quarry was re-opened for restoration of St Mary's Cathedral spire in Sydney. Wondabyne Station, named after the nearby Mt Wondabyne, was built in 1889 and exclusively used for the quarry - it was then known as Mullet Creek Station. The station is one of the smallest on the line and one of very few railway stations in a NSW National Park. When you catch the train to Wondabyne, let the guard know you want to get off at Wondabyne Station, otherwise the train will not stop. Travel in the last carriage as the platform is very short. To catch the train from Wondabyne, wave to the driver.

The end.

An optional side trip to Warrah Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 40 m pass the sign (on your right).
Continue another 30 m to find Warrah Lookout at the end.
"Warrah Lookout".
Warrah Lookout
Warrah Lookout

Warrah Lookout is a mostly fenced lookout on a large sandstone platform. The lookout provides fantastic views across the Hawkesbury River. From left to right, you can see along the escarpment which forms the southern boundary of Brisbane Water National Park, out to the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, West Head, along Cowan Creek, Juno Point and along the escarpment to Patonga. This is a great place to spend some time soaking up the views.
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Warrah Lookout is a mostly fenced lookout on a large sandstone platform. The lookout provides fantastic views across the Hawkesbury River. From left to right, you can see along the escarpment which forms the southern boundary of Brisbane Water National Park, out to the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, West Head, along Cowan Creek, Juno Point and along the escarpment to Patonga. This is a great place to spend some time soaking up the views.

"Warrah Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 70 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Rest Area.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 85 m pass the "Waratah" (145 m on your left).
After another 115 m come to the end.
"Patonga rest area".
Patonga rest area
Patonga rest area

This small campsite is a signposted rest area, and is about 200m off the Great North Walk, just north of Patonga Drive. The campsite is a small, sandy clearing, with no facilities and no water, but it is sheltered by trees.
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This small campsite is a signposted rest area, and is about 200m off the Great North Walk, just north of Patonga Drive. The campsite is a small, sandy clearing, with no facilities and no water, but it is sheltered by trees.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 200 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Van Dahls rest area.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 150 m come to the end.
"Van Dahls rest area".
Van Dahls rest area
Van Dahls rest area

The Van Dahls campsite is unsignposted and sits beside a small intermittent creek that flows over a rock platform. The water should be treated before use, and is not reliable all year round. There are no facilities at the campsite, but is a a very pleasant flat area in a mostly open valley.
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The Van Dahls campsite is unsignposted and sits beside a small intermittent creek that flows over a rock platform. The water should be treated before use, and is not reliable all year round. There are no facilities at the campsite, but is a a very pleasant flat area in a mostly open valley.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 150 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Mt Wondabyne Peak.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 195 m find the "Mt Wondabyne" (5 m on your left).
Mt Wondabyne
Mt Wondabyne

Mount Wondabyne is one of the most prominent peaks in Brisbane Water National Park. The long cone-shaped hill has a rocky top and is home to a trig station. Walkers can enjoy full 360-degree panoramic views from the top. To the east are good views over the Brisbane Water, Woy Woy and other central coast suburbs. West, down next to Mullet Creek, you can see some buildings near Wondabyne Station and the train line. Otherwise, most of the expansive views are over much of Brisbane Water National Park. There are some small trees providing limited shade, a great place to soak up the views.
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Mount Wondabyne is one of the most prominent peaks in Brisbane Water National Park. The long cone-shaped hill has a rocky top and is home to a trig station. Walkers can enjoy full 360-degree panoramic views from the top. To the east are good views over the Brisbane Water, Woy Woy and other central coast suburbs. West, down next to Mullet Creek, you can see some buildings near Wondabyne Station and the train line. Otherwise, most of the expansive views are over much of Brisbane Water National Park. There are some small trees providing limited shade, a great place to soak up the views.

After another 20 m come to the end.
"Mount Wondabyne".
A viewpoint.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 215 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Great North Walk: Patonga to Wondabyne Station via Mt Wondabyne


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 19.2 km
Time 7 h to 7 h 30 min
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 (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There are 4 on route, on average they are 4.1 km apart with the largest gap of 8.2 km.

Shelter: There is one 95 m from the start.

Toilet: There is one 125 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
95 m[shelter]
Toilet
125 m[toilet]
Campsite
3.7 kmPatonga rest area
Campsite
6.3 kmVan Dahls rest area
Campsite
11 kmMt Wondabyne Campsite
Camp site
11.1 kmMt Wondabyne Campsite
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