Patonga to Pearl Beach

1 hr 45 mins

4.3 km One way

189 m

Moderate track
This walk explores a section of Brisbane Water National Park between the villages of Patonga and Pearl Beach. From Patonga, this walk takes you up a track following the Great North Walk route, and then a wider trail brings you to a short (and very worthwhile) side trip to Warrah Lookout. From here, the walk follows the wide trail down to Pearl Beach for lunch at the cafe or a dip at the beach. Enjoy the wildflowers in spring and also great water views on sunny days.

Maps for the Patonga to Pearl Beach 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.
Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series 91301N BROKEN BAY NSW-91301N
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Patonga to Pearl Beach bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Patonga to Pearl Beach

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 4.3 km
Time 1 hr 45 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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


2.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (530m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

This whole walk, 4.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 2.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1.9km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 4.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 4.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 3.4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 920m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Patonga to Pearl Beach walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Patonga to Pearl Beach walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Patonga to Pearl Beach walk starts at the Patonga Wharf car park (gps: -33.55043, 151.27456)
Your transport options to Patonga Wharf car park are by;
Ferry. There is no regular ferry service between Patonga and Brooklyn any more. You can easily grab a water taxi (about +). If you are part of a large group they can also organise a larger boat carrying 35 passengers (about pp). Phone 0410 554 777 to book. Enjoy the boat ride. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

The Patonga to Pearl Beach ends at the Pearl Beach (Amethyst Ave access) (gps: -33.544379, 151.30715)
Your transport options to Pearl Beach (Amethyst Ave access) are by;
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 :)