McKell Park Loop
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

20 min to 30 min

910 m
circuit

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Moderate track
This is a great walk to take the kids on, with a fenced playground, a swimming area and pelicans. For mum and dad, there is parking, a Federation interpretive display, picnic and toilet facilities and views over the Hawkesbury River from Flat Rock Point above. This short walk complements a fresh seafood lunch in Brooklyn, making for a great summer treat. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra 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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Federation Foreshore Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Federation Interpretive Display. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
McKell Park Playground. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Brooklyn Baths. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Flat Rock Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Parsley Bay Jetty. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Upper McKell Park Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Upper McKell Park Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Stairs down to McKell Park Playground. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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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 (-33.5466677,151.2290913)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Ferry Train
DirectionsFrom Pacific Highway, B83
  • Turn on to Brooklyn Road then drive for 3.5 km
  • Turn left onto Dangar Road and drive for another 120 m
  • Turn right onto Dangar Road and drive for another 215 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, this walk follows the gravel path along the foreshore (keeping the car park to your right). After about 100m, the walk heads along the concrete footpath and past the metal and glass 'Federation' interpretive signs, coming to an intersection on the other side of the fenced children's playground.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
Find the King Tide Cafe at the start.
After another 130 m continue straight.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 35 m come to the "McKell Park".
McKell Park
McKell Park

McKell Park is an excellent spot for an afternoon with the kids. It has a large fenced playground, interpretive display about Australia's federation, a swimming area, electric BBQ's, seating, toilets and change room facilities. The park overlooks the boats in the Hawkesbury River and is very close to the car park at the end of Dangar Rd.
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McKell Park is an excellent spot for an afternoon with the kids. It has a large fenced playground, interpretive display about Australia's federation, a swimming area, electric BBQ's, seating, toilets and change room facilities. The park overlooks the boats in the Hawkesbury River and is very close to the car park at the end of Dangar Rd.

After another 15 m pass the picnic table (10 m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (on your right).
After another 8 m pass the BBQ (10 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 65 m pass the picnic table (5 m on your right).
Then pass a seat (6 m on your right)., has a backrest.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Parsley Bay Boat Ramp. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 150 m turn right.
Then head down the steps (about 10 m long)
After another 20 m come to the viewpoint (on your left).
After another 175 m pass the picnic table (10 m on your left).
After another 50 m pass the BBQ (9 m on your left).
After another 35 m find the "Upper McKell Park Picnic Area" (on your right).
Upper McKell Park Picnic Area
Upper McKell Park Picnic Area

McKell Park Picnic Area is perched on the headland above Parsley Bay. The picnic area provides a pleasant grassy area with picnic shelters, electric BBQ's and toilets. The picnic area also has a lookout over the Hawkesbury River.
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McKell Park Picnic Area is perched on the headland above Parsley Bay. The picnic area provides a pleasant grassy area with picnic shelters, electric BBQ's and toilets. The picnic area also has a lookout over the Hawkesbury River.

Turn right.
Then head up the steps (about 65 m long)
Then pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
Then pass the car park (on your left).
After another 70 m veer left.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 150 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Parsley Bay Boat Ramp.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 320 m head through/around the gate.
Turn sharp left.
Continue another 20 m to find Parsley Bay Boat Ramp at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 330 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

McKell Park Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 910 m
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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 are 2 on route, on average they are 305 m apart with the largest gap of 470 m.

Seat: There is one 270 m from the start.


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