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At a Glance

Status: Unknown
15 for 30km (89%)
Single Track - Enclosed:
1 for 0.4km (1%)
Single Track - Exposed:
2 for 3.1km (9%)
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A strange mish-mash of single track and fire trail leads to amazing views South over the water and to West Head.

Meeting Point: 

Woy Woy Road, Brisbane Water National Park. Tunnel Track trail head. Driving from the East this is on the right just before traffic camera.

Tunnel Track and Woy Woy Road, NSW
Full Description: 

Beware the tip!

The main North/South thoroughfare here is part of the Great North Walk. Be warned that following the whole of this amply signposted route all the way South is technically illegal (well, if you ride - one can always walk/carry their bike) and will also result in plenty of hike-a-bike sections. A little frustrating to say the least.

Brisbane Water Hike-a-bike

Luckily a glance at a recent topo map (well, recent as of time of writing) shows the 'walking' sections can be avoided by following various fire trail loops around them so no drama, right?

Well, almost - because while this is true of the use of Thomas & Tunnel tracks, beware the tip further South. Woy Woy council have taken what was probably a disused quarry slap bang in the centre of the park and created a landfill. Not only ugly and smelly - but this blocks off one of the fire trails South of Tunnel Track so one has no alternative but to take Great North Walk. At least there's plenty of fun to be had on that part of the trail (which is pretty hard to follow - look for cairns and painted arrows), but the hike-a-bike (pictured) cannot be avoided Sad


Persevere with the bike carrying though and soon you'll be climbing back up fire trail and toward the coast, where a fantastic view awaits. At the end of the trail a small carpark with steps leading away greets you. Forget those and take the management trail West a few 100m earlier - it leads to the same trail.

From there head East or West to Patonga or Pearl Beach. There is a trail between the two, but getting into the heart of either place sadly involves a short section of bitumen (down quiet a steep hill in the case of Patonga). There's a basic cafe/fish shop at Patonga, but when we visited the pub next door looked well on the way to being completely renovated - my, that would be nice come summer Eye-wink We have it on good authority that Pearl Beach has nice cafe/bakery to relax on before slogging back uphill to the clifftop and the return route.

And the rest

There's plenty more trails marked on the map North of these, but didn't get a chance to check them out. Also to the east is the promising looking Highway Ridge Track, with a possible track South where it ends. Given the tip incident though, don't want to mark that on without actually taking a look.

Facilities/Points of Interest
Patonga water

There's a tap by the toilets at Patonga, opposite the beach in the very South of the park.

Warrah Lookout

There are great views over Hawkesbury River from the Warrah Lookout, just off the firetrail between Patonga and Pearl Beach.

Tommos Loop parking

There's parking by the Tommos Loop trail head on Woy Woy road.

Tunnel Track parking

There's parking right by the Tunnel Track trail head on Woy Woy road.

Patonga toilets

There are toilets at Patonga by the oval in the very South of the park, accessed by riding down the road (Patonga Drive).

Past & Future Ride Meetings Here
Title When
Brisbane Waters - Sat 10 Jan 15 years 17 weeks ago
Brisbane Water NP - Staples Lookout 15 years 43 weeks ago

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