Warrah Trig to Patonga
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

1 h to 2 h

2.1 km
oneway

↑ 24 m
↓ -186 m

Moderate track
This walk starts at the top of the ridge and leads through a field of wildflowers (in spring and early summer), past some panoramic water views and down to Patonga Village for fish and chips. Starting on the Tony Doyle Track, this walk passes the old Warrah Trig and then visits Warrah Lookout, a great site. After a short walk along a wide trail, you then follow the Patonga Track down the hill, passing some large angophoras and more water views before heading down to the beach at Patonga. 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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Warrah Trig Station carpark. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Steps to Warrah Trig Station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign at Warrah car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Plaque at the start of the Tony Doyle Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps north of Warrah trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Warrah Trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Timber stairs south of Warrah trig. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tony Doyle Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Footpath through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wildflower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
scribbly gum. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A ball ready to burst. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Path along the rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps on Tony Doyle Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Tony Doyle track leading through rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Path to Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Warrah Lookout sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Path to Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Lookout view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrah Lookout view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trail north of Warrah Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Moss on the side of the Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trail near top of Patonga Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of Patonga Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Dampiera Stricta. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Near top of Patonga Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil) in Spring. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grevillea Buxifolia (Grey Spider Flower). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patonga Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock platform at Broken Bay View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Broken Bay View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track north of Broken Bay View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Flat section of Patonga Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from beside track east of Patonga. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps through cleft in rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A large angophora. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Flat section of Patonga track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Near the bottom end of Patonga track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking across dark corner to Patonga from track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bottom of Patonga Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Great North Walk sign at bottom of Patonga Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Dark Corner. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Towards Patonga. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking across the water from Dark Corner. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Near boat ramp. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patonga Boat ramp. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patonga Beach from the Boat Ramp. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
carpobrotus glaucescens or 'Pig Face'. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patonga Beach and wharf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patonga Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patonga Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patonga Ferry Wharf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patonga Fish and Chips and general store. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patonga Hotel. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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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 (-33.54995,151.2880408)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Ocean Beach Road
  • Turn on to Sydney Avenue then drive for 1.8 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Mount Ettalong Road and drive for another 4.3 km
  • Turn left onto Warrah Trig Road and drive for another 1.3 km
Finish (-33.5504179,151.2744485)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.) Ferry   Special   (There is no regular ferry service between Patonga and Brooklyn any more. You can easily grab a water taxi (about $80+). If you are part of a large group they can also organise a larger boat carrying 35 passengers (about $16 pp). Phone 0410 554 777 to book. Enjoy the boat ride.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Warrah car park, this walk follows the 'Tony Doyle Track' sign up the steps and sandstone footpath. The path winds a short distance up to a rock platform with the old Warrah Trig station, and offering filtered distant views.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After 45 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
After another 55 m find the "Warrah Trig Station" (on your right).
Warrah Trig Station
Warrah Trig Station

Warrah Trig Station is part of a national geodetic survey established during the 1970's. The 'Triangulation station' (aka trigonometrical or trig station) is a distinct marker once clear of trees, and would have been visible for many kilometers in the area. There are many such trig stations around Australia, which were used to help in surveying. Each station has a know position and altitude, which allows surveyors to use triangulation and determine another point's location. With advances in technology, these trig stations have been abandoned and superseded. The trig station is now surrounded by trees, with some filtered views along the Hawkesbury River. The area is rich with wildflowers in spring.
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Warrah Trig Station is part of a national geodetic survey established during the 1970's. The 'Triangulation station' (aka trigonometrical or trig station) is a distinct marker once clear of trees, and would have been visible for many kilometers in the area. There are many such trig stations around Australia, which were used to help in surveying. Each station has a know position and altitude, which allows surveyors to use triangulation and determine another point's location. With advances in technology, these trig stations have been abandoned and superseded. The trig station is now surrounded by trees, with some filtered views along the Hawkesbury River. The area is rich with wildflowers in spring.

The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Warrah Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Tony Doyle Track & Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail) turn right, to head along Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail (a vehicle track).
After another 25 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 325 m continue straight.
After another 340 m continue straight.
After another 520 m find the "Broken Bay View" (30 m on your left).
Broken Bay View
Broken Bay View

Broken Bay View is an informal, unnamed and unfenced vantage point at the top of the cliffs, east of Patonga. The large rock platform has a number of large Sydney Red Gums, providing some shade. There are great views across the Hawkesbury River, along Cowan Creek and to West Head. The views to the left extend past Lion Island to Barrenjoey Head and out to the Pacific Ocean.
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Broken Bay View is an informal, unnamed and unfenced vantage point at the top of the cliffs, east of Patonga. The large rock platform has a number of large Sydney Red Gums, providing some shade. There are great views across the Hawkesbury River, along Cowan Creek and to West Head. The views to the left extend past Lion Island to Barrenjoey Head and out to the Pacific Ocean.

Veer right.
After another 430 m head down the steps (about 15 m long)
After another 135 m continue straight.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 20 m find the "Warrah Reserve boat ramp" (15 m on your right).
Warrah Reserve boat ramp
Warrah Reserve boat ramp

Warrah Reserve boat ramp provides a large car park and access to both the boat ramp and Patonga Beach. There are garbage bins, a picnic table and information board. The boat ramp offers good views along the beach to 'Dark Corner', found at the eastern end of Patonga Beach.
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Warrah Reserve boat ramp provides a large car park and access to both the boat ramp and Patonga Beach. There are garbage bins, a picnic table and information board. The boat ramp offers good views along the beach to 'Dark Corner', found at the eastern end of Patonga Beach.

After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 190 m turn sharp left, to head along Patonga Drive.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Patonga Drive.
After another 55 m pass the park (8 m on your left).
After another 8 m pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Patonga Drive.
Then pass the car park (on your left).
Then pass the picnic table (20 m on your left).
About 20 m past the end is a shelter.
About 10 m past the end is a sign.
The end.
"Patonga Village".
Patonga Village
Patonga Village

Patonga Village is a lovely small township on the Hawkesbury River. Just near the ferry wharf are a few helpful facilities: The Eve Williams Memorial Oval, where you will find a large pavilion, drinking water and public toilets. A fish and chips shop (and general store) is open reasonable hours, where you can buy lunch, a coffee and basic supplies (fishing needs, milk, canned food). Patonga Beach Hotel is available for a cold drink at the bar or a meal on the deck, or even overnight accommodation (from $242 a couple) ph: 02 4379 1111.
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Patonga Village is a lovely small township on the Hawkesbury River. Just near the ferry wharf are a few helpful facilities: The Eve Williams Memorial Oval, where you will find a large pavilion, drinking water and public toilets. A fish and chips shop (and general store) is open reasonable hours, where you can buy lunch, a coffee and basic supplies (fishing needs, milk, canned food). Patonga Beach Hotel is available for a cold drink at the bar or a meal on the deck, or even overnight accommodation (from $242 a couple) ph: 02 4379 1111.

About 70 m past the end is a artwork.
About 30 m past the end is a cafe.
W:www.patongahotel.com
Mo-Su 07:00-15:00

An optional side trip to Warrah Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Tony Doyle Track & Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail Start heading along Tony Doyle Track (a footpath).
Continue another 70 m to find Warrah Lookout at the end.
"Warrah Lookout".
Warrah Lookout
Warrah Lookout

Warrah Lookout is a mostly fenced lookout on a large sandstone platform. The lookout provides fantastic views across the Hawkesbury River. From left to right, you can see along the escarpment which forms the southern boundary of Brisbane Water National Park, out to the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, West Head, along Cowan Creek, Juno Point and along the escarpment to Patonga. This is a great place to spend some time soaking up the views.
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Warrah Lookout is a mostly fenced lookout on a large sandstone platform. The lookout provides fantastic views across the Hawkesbury River. From left to right, you can see along the escarpment which forms the southern boundary of Brisbane Water National Park, out to the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, West Head, along Cowan Creek, Juno Point and along the escarpment to Patonga. This is a great place to spend some time soaking up the views.

"Warrah Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 70 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Warrah Trig to Patonga


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.1 km
Time 1 h to 2 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 2.2 km from the start.

Toilet: There is one 2 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
2 km[toilet]
Shelter
2.2 km[shelter]
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