Western Girrakool Loop

Download & Print Map and Notes

30 mins

1.1 km Circuit

43 m

Moderate track
This walk explores the western half of the Girrakool Loop track. From the picnic area, this walk heads down the footpath to Illoura Lookout, with views down over Piles Creek (there is an optional side trip to the top of the waterfall). The walk then has another optional trip to Bundilla Lookout, providing a distant but square view of Piles Creek falls. The walk continues around the loop, enjoying the wildflowers which are in bloom late winter and spring. Before looping back to the picnic area, there are two more lookouts with filtered views.

Maps for the Western 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 Western Girrakool Loop bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Western 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 1.1 km
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


Around 1.1km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 20m has short steep hills.

Quality of track

Around 780m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 300m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 640m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 440m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 1.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 1.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 1.1km 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 Western Girrakool Loop walk.

Other Nearby walks

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

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Western Girrakool Loop walk starts and ends at the Girrakool picnic area car park (gps: -33.43168, 151.2766)
Your main transport option to Girrakool picnic area car park 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/wgl

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 🙂