(0km) Federation Foreshore Parking → McKell Park Playground
(0.18km) McKell Park Playground → Flat Rock Point
(0.42km) Flat Rock Point → Parsley Bay Boat Ramp
(0.42km) Flat Rock Point → Upper McKell park
Upper McKell Park Picnic Area
(0.69km) Upper McKell park → Federation Foreshore Parking
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads along the flat concrete footpath, keeping the water to your right. The path leads around the edge of the metal and glass ‘Federation’ interpretive signs and playground. Here the walk veers right to follow the gravel path between the car park (on your left) and the water (on your right) for about 130m before coming to the end of the car park.
Maps for the McKell Park Loop walkYou 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.
|Cowan||1:25 000 Map Series||91304N COWAN||NSW-91304N|
|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|
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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|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||Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
600m of this walk is flat with no steps and another 260m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (65m) has short steep hills.
Quality of track
600m of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 260m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (65m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 860m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 65m has directional signs at most intersection.
This whole walk, 930m requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 930m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 930m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
This short track is excellent walk for those with young children. The track passes the fantastic McKell Park playground facilities, which stand next to the Federation Interpretive Display. For the warmer months, enclosed beach pool is right next to the track. The views of the Hawkesbury River are quite stunning and the protected Parsley Bay is popular with pelicans.
Total climbing: 29m
1.4 km Return
This Cowan to Brooklyn Station walk is a popular section of the Great North Walk, with scenery ranging from foreshore to ridge top lookouts. You will follow the Great North Walk from Cowan Station down to the picturesque Jerusalem Bay, then climb up over a series of ridges before descending into Brooklyn. This walk is a great one-way trip from station to station with numerous water views, including a circumnavigation of Brooklyn Dam whilst enjoying a wonderful diversity of flora along the way.
Total climbing: 654m
13.4 km One way
5 hrs 30 mins
Other Nearby walks
This is a great walk, crossing the middle of Brisbane Water National Park and visiting several highlights including Rocky Ponds. Starting with a ferry trip from Brooklyn, this walk follows a series of faint tracks, clear tracks and management trails. There is an alternate route described in the notes as a way around the Defile Track which and be very faint. You will enjoy a wide range of panoramic views from TumblecowII ridge, Rocky Ponds (Tank Creek) and an optional side trip to enjoy the view from Mount Wondabyne. The walk finishes with a walk of contrast, beside the Woy Woy landfill and a road walk to Woy Woy Station. A great day out or make it an overnighter by camping overnight at Tank Creek or Mt Wondabyne.
Total climbing: 588m
16.1 km One way
6 hrs 30 mins
This great walk starts from Brooklyn with a ferry trip to Little Wobby and explores some fantastic panoramic views of the Hawkesbury River and Tank Creek. The alternate route, for more experienced walkers, cuts a fair bit of walking and gets you to the views quicker. The views along the ridge are great and the Tumblecow2 flat rock makes a lovely rest spot. From here, much of the walk is through heath until arriving at the picturesque Rocky Ponds on Tanks Creek. There is a campsite for people wanting more time to explore before walking back.
Total climbing: 923m
18.1 km Return
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.
Total climbing: 189m
4.3 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
This three day walk follows the Great North Walk from Patonga, through Brisbane Waters National Park, to the Somersby General Store. The two campsites can be found near the summit of Mt Wondabyne, and along the banks of the Mooney Mooney Creek. Water is available from Kariong Brook and often from tributaries feeding into the Mooney Mooney Creek, and should be treated before drinking.
Total climbing: 1811m
41.5 km One way
This great walk explores much of the main ridge ridge running through Brisbane Water National Park. The walk visits a number of great lookouts and has two worthy side trips, one up to the top of Mt Wondabyne and another to the falls in Kariong Brook. The walk requires a bit of planning for transport, but is well worth a car shuffle. Allow time to relax and enjoy the views.
Total climbing: 702m
17 km One way
6 hrs 30 mins
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.
Total climbing: 861m
Note: There is no car transport option from the end of this walk.
19.5 km One way
7 hrs 30 mins
This overnight hike starts from Patonga beach and winds along a section of the Great North Walk, into the Brisbane Waters National Park. The walk climbs up and around the Warra reserve headland, continuing to Wondabyne station via Pindar Caves. The overnight stay is at the Mt Wondabyne campsite. There is no water available at the campsite so you will nee to carry sufficient supplies for both days.
Total climbing: 1164m
Note: There is no car transport option from the end of this walk.
28.1 km One way
This walk explores part of the ridge heading out of Patonga. The walk visits two great lookouts, with great views of Lion Island, West Head and Palm beach. Warrah trig is not that interesting, but it is a high point in the area with more views. Make a day of it by catching the ferry from Palm beach or Brooklyn and spend some time exploring the township of Patonga.
Total climbing: 240m
4.3 km Return
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.
Total climbing: 497m
15.5 km One way
5 hrs 45 mins
This walk starts at the top of the ridge and leads through a field of wildflowers (in spring and early summer), past some panoramic water views and down to Patonga Village for fish and chips. Starting on the Tony Doyle Track, this walk passes the old Warrah Trig and then visits Warrah Lookout, a great site. After a short walk along a wide trail, you then follow the Patonga Track down the hill, passing some large angophoras and more water views before heading down to the beach at Patonga.
Total climbing: 39m
2.2 km One way
Starting on the Tony Doyle track, this walk passes the old Warrah Trig before enjoying the views from Warrah lookout. The walk follows the wide trail down the hill to Pearl Beach. There are many great wildflowers in spring and if you are quiet, you may spot a Lyrebird or two. If you are feeling energetic, you can have a refreshing lunch and allow extra time to walk back or catch the bus home from Pearl Beach.
Total climbing: 27m
2.8 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
This walk takes you from the old Warrah Trig Station down the ridge, along a well formed rock path to Warrah Lookout. From the lookout there are fantastic views spanning from the distant Barrenjoey headland, across the Hawkesbury river to Brisk Bay and Patonga. There are no facilities provided at the Warrah Trig Station but the Lookout is fenced for safety. After the walk, it is also worth a trip down to Patonga for lunch, or just to explore the local area.
Total climbing: 51m
756 m Return
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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* KML (google earth file)
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Special Maps/ brochures
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