Girrakool to Woy Woy station via Mt Wondabyne

8 hrs 30 mins

20.7 km One way

870 m

Hard track
This long day-walk starts from the Girrakool picnic area and works its way south, alongside Piles creek and through the Brisbane Waters National Park. The walk climbs over Scopas Peak and passes the Kariong brook falls, before winding to the top of Mt Wondabyne and finishing at the Woy Woy train station, (passing the Woy Woy landfill site). If doing a car shuffle, you can park a car near the landfill and save the road section.

Maps for the Girrakool to Woy Woy station via Mt Wondabyne walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Gunderman 1:25 000 Map Series 91313S GUNDERMAN NSW-91313S
Gosford 1:25 000 Map Series 91312S GOSFORD NSW-91312S
Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series 91301N BROKEN BAY NSW-91301N
Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 GOSFORD 9131
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Girrakool to Woy Woy station via Mt Wondabyne bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Girrakool to Woy Woy station via Mt Wondabyne

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 20.7 km
Time 8 hrs 30 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 6km is very steep. Whilst another 6km has short steep hills and the remaining 160m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

7km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 6km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 3.9km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 3.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


10km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 7km is clearly signposted. The remaining (3.5km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required

Around 11km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 9km requires some bushwalking experience.


Around 19km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.7km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


Around 16km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 4.2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Girrakool to Woy Woy station via Mt Wondabyne walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Girrakool to Woy Woy station via Mt Wondabyne walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Girrakool to Woy Woy station via Mt Wondabyne walk starts at the Girrakool picnic area car park (gps: -33.43168, 151.2766)
Your main transport option to Girrakool picnic area car park is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

The Girrakool to Woy Woy station via Mt Wondabyne ends at the Woy Woy train station (gps: -33.485814, 151.32361)
Your transport options to Woy Woy train station are by;
Train. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt :)