Eastern Girrakool Loop
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

20 min to 40 min

810 m
circuit

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Moderate track
This walk explores the eastern branch of the Girrakool Loop track. Starting from the car park, this walk first visits the Aboriginal Engraving site. Before reaching Broula Lookout, there is an optional side trip to a lovely section of Piles Creek. There is a second optional side trip, to Illoura Lookout, offering limited views down to Piles Creek waterfall. The walk concludes along the footpath, which returns to the Girrakool picnic area. The lookouts do not provide the most expansive views, but it is still a lovely walk. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Girrakool Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Girrakool Picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Plaque at picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
BBQ at Girrakool Picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Smaller upper picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Girrakool Loop trackhead. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track leading to Aboriginal Engravings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track across the rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Clear track above engraving site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps above engraving site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Engraving site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Engraving of a Man. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign at site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Log protecting engravings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps below Girrakool engraving site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track south of Girrakool engraving site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Clearing next to Piles Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track leading to Piles Creek cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Piles Creek Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
pool on Piles Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track near Broula Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Broula Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection near Broula Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Path between picnic area and Illoura Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Illoura Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Illoura Lookout view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track between Girrakool Picnic Area and Illoura lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps below the lower Girrakool picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lower Picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lower Girrakool picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track below car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
toilets. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost at Girrakool picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.4317118,151.2766347)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Wisemans Ferry Road Offramp
  • Turn on to Wisemans Ferry Road Offramp then drive for 55 m
  • Turn right onto Wisemans Ferry Road, B83 and drive for another 390 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Old Pacific Highway, B83 and drive for another 1.6 km
  • Turn left onto Quarry Road and drive for another 75 m
  • Keep left onto Girrakool Road and drive for another 630 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Girrakool picnic area car park and information sign, this walk heads across the car park to the 'Girrakool Loop 2km' signpost on the other side. The walk then follows this sign and track into the bush, leaving the freeway noise behind. The track crosses a rock platform then heads down a series of steps, to come to a large rock platform with a pine log and 'Aboriginal Site' sign. The cliff edge around the rock is un-fenced.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After 15 m find the "Girrakool Picnic Area" (10 m on your left).
Girrakool Picnic Area
Girrakool Picnic Area

Girrakool picnic area is a wonderful family destination, just 5 minutes' drive from Kariong. The picnic area provides all the necessary facilities for a full day's activities, including barbecues, tables, shelters, water and toilets. National Park fees apply. The main picnic area is on the eastern side of the car park, and smaller, older picnic area is at the north-eastern corner of the car park. The southern Girrakool picnic area is located near the toilets. The picnic area is dedicated to John 'Jack' Higgs, the first superintendent of Brisbane Water National Park, and Mrs Vera Murdoch, who provided the funds. 'Girrakool' is an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of still waters'.
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Girrakool picnic area is a wonderful family destination, just 5 minutes' drive from Kariong. The picnic area provides all the necessary facilities for a full day's activities, including barbecues, tables, shelters, water and toilets. National Park fees apply. The main picnic area is on the eastern side of the car park, and smaller, older picnic area is at the north-eastern corner of the car park. The southern Girrakool picnic area is located near the toilets. The picnic area is dedicated to John 'Jack' Higgs, the first superintendent of Brisbane Water National Park, and Mrs Vera Murdoch, who provided the funds. 'Girrakool' is an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of still waters'.

After another 30 m veer left, to head along Girrakool Loop Track.
After another 175 m find the "Girrakool Aboriginal Engravings site" (8 m on your left).
Girrakool Aboriginal Engravings site
Girrakool Aboriginal Engravings site

This rock platform has a log and 'Aboriginal Site' sign. Make an effort to not walk on the the engravings as this will only fade the engraving further. The engraving on this rock have faded but with a bit of effort you can make out a man and kangaroo.
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This rock platform has a log and 'Aboriginal Site' sign. Make an effort to not walk on the the engravings as this will only fade the engraving further. The engraving on this rock have faded but with a bit of effort you can make out a man and kangaroo.

After another 70 m turn right, to head along Girrakool Loop Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Piles Creek Cascades. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 175 m turn right, to head along Girrakool Loop Track.
After another 95 m find the "Broula Lookout" (on your left).
Broula Lookout
Broula Lookout

Broula Lookout is fenced and a fairly short walk down from the Girrakool picnic area. Over time, the trees in the area have grown, filtering what would otherwise be a great vantage point for the Piles Creek waterfall. Broula is an Aboriginal word referring to a place of trickling water.
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Broula Lookout is fenced and a fairly short walk down from the Girrakool picnic area. Over time, the trees in the area have grown, filtering what would otherwise be a great vantage point for the Piles Creek waterfall. Broula is an Aboriginal word referring to a place of trickling water.

The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Illoura Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Turn right.
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 45 m pass the BBQ (25 m on your right).
After another 2 m continue straight, to head along Girrakool Road.
After another 25 m come to a toilet.
After another 10 m come to a sign.
The end.

An optional side trip to Piles Creek Cascades.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 30 m come to the end.
About 15 m past the end is "Piles Creek Cascades".
Piles Creek Cascades
Piles Creek Cascades

Piles Creek Cascades are an informally named set of cascades on a wide rock platform and Piles Creek, in Brisbane Water National Park. The creek, at this point, flows across a rock platform with many interesting sink holes, small water holes and cascades. this is a nice spot to explore. Care is needed as the rocks are slippery, with unfenced drops, and the area may not be passable after rain.
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Piles Creek Cascades are an informally named set of cascades on a wide rock platform and Piles Creek, in Brisbane Water National Park. The creek, at this point, flows across a rock platform with many interesting sink holes, small water holes and cascades. this is a nice spot to explore. Care is needed as the rocks are slippery, with unfenced drops, and the area may not be passable after rain.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 30 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Illoura Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Girrakool Loop Track.
After another 40 m come to the end.
"Illoura Lookout".
Illoura Lookout
Illoura Lookout

Illoura Lookout, Brisbane Water National Park, can be found a short walk south-west of the Girrakool picnic area, following the Great North Walk sign. This lookout provides a filtered view up and down the Leask and Piles Creek junction. There is a view of a waterfall from Piles Creek. Illoura is an Aboriginal word referring to a pleasant or peaceful place.
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Illoura Lookout, Brisbane Water National Park, can be found a short walk south-west of the Girrakool picnic area, following the Great North Walk sign. This lookout provides a filtered view up and down the Leask and Piles Creek junction. There is a view of a waterfall from Piles Creek. Illoura is an Aboriginal word referring to a pleasant or peaceful place.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 40 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Eastern Girrakool Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 810 m
Time 20 min to 40 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 830 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
830 m[toilet]
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