Cowan to Wondabyne station via Patonga rest area


2 Days

33.4 km One way

1523 m

Hard track
This section of the Great North Walk starts from Cowan train station and wanders past the majestic Jerusalem Bay then through to Brooklyn. After a ferry ride to Patonga, this walk climbs to the top of the ridge, reaching even more great views. Day 2, the track heads over the scenic Mt Wondabyne and around to Wondabyne Station. Please check timetables for ferry and trains as they can be infrequent.

Maps for the Cowan to Wondabyne station via Patonga rest area 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.
Gosford 1:25 000 Map Series 91312S GOSFORD NSW-91312S
Cowan 1:25 000 Map Series 91304N COWAN NSW-91304N
Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series 91301N BROKEN BAY NSW-91301N
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map
Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 GOSFORD 9131
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Cowan to Wondabyne station via Patonga rest area bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cowan to Wondabyne station via Patonga rest area

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 33.4 km
Time 2 Days
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Grade 4/6



Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

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

Gradient

13km of this walk has short steep hills and another 11km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 10km is flat with no steps and the remaining 7km is very steep.

Quality of track

26km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 9km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 7km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and the remaining 390m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs

25km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 14km is clearly signposted. The remaining (2.2km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required

Around 27km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 14km requires some bushwalking experience.

weather

Around 39km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 2.5km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure

25km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 16km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (1.2km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Cowan to Wondabyne station via Patonga rest area walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Cowan to Wondabyne station via Patonga rest area walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Cowan to Wondabyne station via Patonga rest area walk starts at the Cowan Station (gps: -33.593766, 151.17169)
Your transport options to Cowan Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)



The Cowan to Wondabyne station via Patonga rest area ends at the Wondabyne Station (gps: -33.492083, 151.25696)
Your main transport option to Wondabyne Station is by;
Train. (get details)
Important Note: There is no car transport option to the end of this walk.

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 Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts

Comments

 


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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 :)