The Mooney Nature
Area, Brisbane Waters National Park
A car is necessary for this one. From Kariong, follow the Pacific
Highway towards Sydney.
Just past the turn off to
the Reptile Park, on the left, is the sign to Girrakool.
The Mooney Nature Trail begins near the southern end of the car park. This walk
has the advantage of taking walkers from a woodland, to a rainforest gully, to a heath
within about 300m.
Distance: The full circuit of 6.5km, follows the deep gorge
of Piles Creek.
About 4 hours is recommended unless you walk the shorter section.
Degree of Difficulty:
The walk involves some medium-grade climbing.
However, it can be a very much easier, shorter about 2½-3km) walk which still provides a
wonderful display of local flora, if you turn back when the track across the heath begins
to drop sharply from a rock-shelf, down to Piles Creek. (See Map) This way you follow the
same track back to the car park (though there is an alternative, interesting loop to the
right, just after you re-cross the creek with the stepping posts).
Although this is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year e.g banksias begin
flowering in autumn and the beauty of this area has a lot to do with trees, rock
formations and stunning views.
Expect to see:
Woodland: Graceful Bush Pea
Broad-leaf Wedge Pea
Broadleaf Grass Tree
Heath: Sydney Boronia
Pink Wax Flower
Pouched Coral Fern
Skeleton Forked Fern