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Walk No 10

Warrah Reserve,
Patonga Drive to Pearl Beach
Brisbane Water National Park

Getting There: There is a bus service to Patonga but driving there would be much easier. From Woy Woy or Umina, follow the signs to Patonga. About 2km past the turn-off to Pearl Beach, you will see a sign on the left, to the Warrah Lookout. Follow the unsealed road to the car park. Alternatively, you can continue along Patonga Drive for about 700m. past the unsealed side road and start the walk from a gate on the left.  There is room to park a few cars.

Description: From the Warrah Trig there are extensive views across Broken Bay and the entrance to Brisbane Water. Well-built sandstone steps lead down to the walking track, which follows the escarpment along the Hawkesbury River. From a magnificent sandstone heath, the track descends through woodland to the Crommelin Native Arboretum in Pearl Beach.

Distance:
From Warrah Trig it is about 2km to the Pearl Beach Arboretum and 2.5km to Pearl Beach.

Duration: A leisurely 3 to 4 hours return.

Degree of Difficulty:
Easy. If you can leave a vehicle at the Pearl Beach end, this is an almost flat, wide, downhill stroll. If you walk the return trip, naturally you will have some up hill work but the gradient is not demanding.

Best Time: June-November for an incredible variety of flowers, or any time for the wonderful views across Broken Bay to Palm Beach and up the Hawkesbury River to Patonga and beyond.

Expect to see:

  • Heaths:
    Boronias Boronia pinnata Boronia ledifolia

 

The beautiful Native Rose

  Boronia serrulata

 

 

Wax FlowersEriostemon australasius and Eriostemon buxifolius
Drumsticks
~ Isopogon anethifolius
Golden Glory Pea  ~  Gompholobium grandiflorum
Red Grevillea  ~  Grevillea speciosa 
Coral Heath    ~ 
Epacris microphylla
Dwarf Apple
   ~ 
Angophora hispida
Tea Tree (Pink) ~ Leptospermum squarrosum

 

Leptospermum squarrosum

                            

                                                                                            

 

 

         Eriostemon australacius

 

 

  • Along Damp Tracksides:
    Sundews  ~  Drosera spathulata
                           - a tiny insect-trapping herb with sticky, basal leaves.
            
    WarrahTrig.jpg (13410 bytes)Also       Goodenia stelligera, Restio fastigiatus

 

  • Rocky outcrops:
    With colourful ‘native gardens’ and others offering magnificent views (or both!)

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Information by Isabel