Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook

Download & Print Map and Notes

2 hrs 30 mins

5.8 km Return

261 m

Hard track
This walk gives the shortest access to Kariong Brook waterfall, one of the nicest falls in the area. Starting from Staples Lookout, on Woy Woy Rd, most of the walking is along the Thommos Loop management trail, except for the last descent into Kariong Brook. The waterfall is a nice and cool place to stop for lunch on a warm day.

Maps for the Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook 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 Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook

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 5.8 km
Time 2 hrs 30 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 Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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


1.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1000m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (690m) is very steep.

Quality of track

Around 2.2km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 690m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


1.6km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 690m has minimal directional signs. The remaining (620m) has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 2.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


Around 2.2km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 690m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


Around 2.7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 210m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Staples Lookout to Kariong Brook walk starts and ends at the Staples Lookout (gps: -33.471741, 151.2883)
Your main transport option to Staples Lookout is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
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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 🙂