30 mins

931 m Circuit

24 m

Moderate track
This is a great walk to take the kids on, with a fenced playground, a swimming area and pelicans. For mum and dad, there is parking, a Federation interpretive display, picnic and toilet facilities and views over the Hawkesbury River from Flat Rock Point above. This short walk complements a fresh seafood lunch in Brooklyn, making for a great summer treat.

Maps for the McKell Park Loop 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.
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

Cross sectional view of the McKell Park Loop bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the McKell Park Loop

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 931 m
Time 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
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.

Experience Required

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).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the McKell Park Loop walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the McKell Park Loop walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The McKell Park Loop walk starts and ends at the Federation Foreshore Parking (gps: -33.546516, 151.22899)
Your transport options to Federation Foreshore Parking 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 Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/s

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 🙂