Patonga to Woy Woy

Download & Print Map and Notes

5 hrs 45 mins

15.5 km One way

497 m

Hard track
This walk explores a variety of environments from the shore line and coastal cliffs near Patonga, to the dry, rocky and open ridge line. The last part of the walk skirts around the edge of Woy Woy tip, but most of the walk offers great views of the water systems around the park. You can catch the ferry from Palm Beach to Patonga, and catch the train home from Woy Woy, making for a grand day out.

Maps for the Patonga to Woy Woy 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.
Gosford 1:25 000 Map Series 91312S GOSFORD NSW-91312S
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
Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 GOSFORD 9131
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Patonga to Woy Woy bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Patonga to Woy Woy

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 15.5 km
Time 5 hrs 45 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 Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)

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 5km has short steep hills. Whilst another 1.3km is flat with no steps and the remaining 440m is very steep.

Quality of track

9km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 3.9km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 2.3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 280m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 9km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 6km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 13km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.3km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 15km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


10km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 4.6km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (440m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Similar walks

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

Other Nearby walks

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

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 🙂