Somersby & Mooney Mooney Creek Loop

7 hrs 30 mins

20 km Circuit

744 m

Moderate track
**Closed** The link track west of Somerby Falls is closed, an alternate route is been sought. This loop walk takes you through the Brisbane Waters National Park, starting from the Girrakool picnic area and exploring Piles Creek down to the Mooney Mooney Creek Junction. The walk meanders back up to the spectacular Somersby Falls, following sections of the Great North Walk.

Maps for the Somersby & Mooney Mooney Creek 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.
Gunderman 1:25 000 Map Series 91313S GUNDERMAN NSW-91313S
Gosford 1:25 000 Map Series 91312S GOSFORD NSW-91312S
Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 GOSFORD 9131

Cross sectional view of the Somersby & Mooney Mooney Creek Loop bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Somersby & Mooney Mooney Creek 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 20 km
Time 7 hrs 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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


12km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 4.7km has short steep hills. The remaining (2.8km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

8km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 7km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (6km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 11km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 9km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 15km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 5km requires some bushwalking experience.


Around 18km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.8km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


Around 18km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Somersby & Mooney Mooney Creek Loop walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Somersby & Mooney Mooney Creek Loop walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Somersby & Mooney Mooney Creek 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. Parking fees apply in the area.
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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



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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 :)