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Brisbane Water National Park

Posted By Sid on Feb 07, 2019 at 8:13AM

Brisbane Water National Park is about an hour from central Sydney. As well as being a preserved natural habitat and historic location, it offers spectacular views and scenic landscapes. The park has several cycling and fishing spots as well as a number of walking trails. On a number of dates throughout the year the rangers offer guided tours on the challenging Great North walk. 

Rainforest Walking ToursPhoto Brian Yapp - Looking towards Barrenjoey

Sunday 28 October and Wednesday 31 October 2018, 7:15am–3:30pm

This walk is classed as 'hard' and is not suitable for those under 12. You’ll walk 16km through temperate rainforest. This not only gives participants the chance to see some amazing rock platforms and sweeping views over the National Park. You'll also get a chance to experience the temperate rainforest of Piles Creek Gorge.

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Before the tour, you’ll catch the train from Hornsby Station to Wondabyne Station where you’ll start your walk. You’ll walk from Wondabyne Station and finish up in Kariong.

Rainforest Walking ToursPhoto Doug Beckers - Calga Hanging Swamp - Brisbane Water National Park

Here are some highlights:

  • Your walk will start with a challenging steep climb towards Scopas Peak from Wondabyne station. The steep climb flattens out to a gentle walk over a series of rock platforms along the ridge top. Here you’ll get to enjoy sweeping views over the national park.
  • From the ridge top, you'll descend into the temperate rainforest of Piles Creek Gorge. You’ll notice the magnificent sections of Blue Gums trees that are common to the Sydney basin.
  • Your walk will continue out of the valley and towards Girrakool picnic area to break for a late lunch.
  • At the end of the tour we’ll make our way towards Kariong to catch a bus to Gosford Station.

Rainforest Walking ToursPhoto Fotosleuth - Brisbane Water National Park

Start and end date/time: Sunday 28 October and Wednesday 31 October 2018, 7:15am-3:30pm

Grading: Hard.

Suitable for: Suitable for adults and children, 12 years and over. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Is guided: Yes.

Park/Attraction name: Brisbane Water National Park.

Meeting place: Hornsby station. Meet at 7am.

Getting there: Drive to Hornsby station or travel on public transport by bus or train.

Parking: Parking available in allocated parking bays.

Wheelchair access description: Not wheelchair-accessible.

Bookings: Bookings required. Phone 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) or book online. For more information phone Kalkari Discovery Centre on (02) 9472 9300.

Price: Adult $15 per person. Child $10 per person. Price includes park entry fee.

Remember to bring your train and bus fares, lunch and 2 litres of drinking water. It is a good idea to wear appropriate clothing and pack weather protection.

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 If you're not able to join this guided tour and want to enjoy the park with your family (it's great for a picnic).

  • 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

Park entry fees:

$8 per vehicle per day applies at Girrakool and Somersby Falls picnic areas. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

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