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Brisbane Water National Park

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Set between the Hawkesbury River estuary and the Brisbane Waters inlet, The Brisbane Water National Park covers 14,000 hectares with great coastal views and perfect for hiking and water sports.

Somersby Falls

View across Brisbane Water National Park from Scopas Peak - panoramio
Maurice van Creij [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
Staples Lookout (15411525226)
By FotoSleuth (Staples Lookout) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Less than an hour from Gosford or Woy Woy, the Brisbane Water National Park covers 11,500 hectares and fills the western side of the peninsula between the Hawkesbury River and the Brisbane Water inlet.

The park has varied vegetation from low forest and woodlands through to smaller sections of blue gum forest and some rain forest in protected valleys. It is a protected haven for the many types of birds and animals that live there and is well known for its wildflower displays.

Small waterfall near Piles Creek

The park is well known its pleasant waterways and waterfalls and is available for fishing, kayaking or a short dip in the rock pools. 

There are several hiking trails and biking trails that criss cross the park, with some relatively short but also including the park section of 34 kilometers of the Great North Walk that starts in Sydney.

There are two picnic areas; at Girrakool (also toilets) and Staples Lookout

Warrah Lookout (15195007861)
By FotoSleuth (Warrah Lookout) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

The view from the Warrah Lookout over the Hawkesbury River toward the entrance to Broken Bay.

Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place

Within the park is the Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place, a large flat rock surface on which the shapes of local animals were carved by the aboriginal peoples of the region, estimated to be at least 200 years old and probably much more in some cases.