Eastern Girrakool Loop

Download & Print Map and Notes

20 mins

803 m Circuit

39 m

Moderate track
This walk explores the eastern branch of the Girrakool Loop track. Starting from the car park, this walk first visits the Aboriginal Engraving site. Before reaching Broula Lookout, there is an optional side trip to a lovely section of Piles Creek. There is a second optional side trip, to Illoura Lookout, offering limited views down to Piles Creek waterfall. The walk concludes along the footpath, which returns to the Girrakool picnic area. The lookouts do not provide the most expansive views, but it is still a lovely walk.

Maps for the Eastern Girrakool 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.
Gosford 1:25 000 Map Series 91312S GOSFORD NSW-91312S
Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 GOSFORD 9131

Cross sectional view of the Eastern Girrakool Loop bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Eastern Girrakool 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 803 m
Time 20 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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


This whole walk, 800m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

Around 450m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 360m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 450m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 360m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 800m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 800m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 800m 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 Eastern Girrakool Loop walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Eastern Girrakool Loop walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Eastern Girrakool Loop walk starts and ends at the Girrakool Picnic Area (gps: -33.431679, 151.2766)
Your main transport option to Girrakool Picnic Area is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(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



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

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 🙂