Sydney Train Walks

A hiking trip from Woy Woy to Woy Woy via Staples Lookout 7h / 25km

About this walk

This walk follows the bike path along Woy Woy's waterfront, before ascending a very steep and challenging Koolewong firetrail. It then loops around the legendary Gosford Glyphs hoax to the Aboroginal rock engravings at the Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place.

From there the firetrails follow along the ridgeline to Staples Lookout before continuing as Tommos Loop to connect up with the Patonga walking track across Mount Wondabyne. After completing the trek across Mount Wondabyne, this walk leaves the Patonga walking track at the intersection of firetrails and heads to the park exit at the Woy Woy landfill.

The route to follow

Download the GPS route at Staples Lookout near Woy Woy as a GPX file to your navigation software and GPS devices. It takes about 7 hours to complete the full 25 kilometre walk, but plan extra for plenty of breaks and photography stops.

Getting there and back

Get the train to Woy Woy using Plan your return trip from Woy Woy at

Along the way

From the station follow Brisbane Water Drive along the railway line.

Cross the Spike Milligan bridge along the footpath.

Immediately after, take the steps down under the bridge.

walk under the bridge and the train line to Lara Street.

Immediately to the right a steep firetrail leads up the ridge.

Follow the firetrail along the ridgetop.

Several partially obscured lookouts can be found along the left of the trail.

At a sharp corner in the trail a ledge juts out providing a wide vista.

- 0.5h / 1km Skip the Gosford Glyps by going left down Bambara Road.

Turn left down the Hieroglyphic Trail.

At the campground, follow the trail up the rocks.

Between two large boulders the Gosford Glyphs have been engraved in the walls.

Continue the scramble up the ridge and follow the beaten path to the firetrail a the top.

Follow the firetrail along the ridge.

Pass the gate and turn left down Woy Woy Road.

Follow Woy Woy Road past the carpark at Bambara Road

Watch for the gate on the right, a short distance along Woy Woy Road.

Pass the gate and follow the trail to the Bulgandry Aborigal Site.

Return to the carpark of the Bulgandry Aborigal Site along the paved footpath.

From the carpark follow the firetrail to the right along Woy Woy Road.

The firetrail soon veers away from Woy Woy road and follows the powerlines.

At the top of the quarie follow the trail back to Woy Woy Road.

From the trailhead cross Woy Woy Road into the Staples Lookout carpark.

Cross the carpark and picnic area to the lookout.

From Staples Lookout, continue left down Woy Woy Road.

Enter Tommos Loop Firetrail on the right a short distance down Woy Woy Road.

Continue down Tommos Loop Firetrail to the junction with the Great North Walk.

Follow the Great North Walk sign to the right down the Hawkesbury Track.

A narrow trail and boardwalks lead towards Mount Wondabyne.

At the junction with the Mullet Creek Firetrail follow the sign to the right.

On the left side of the Mullet Creek Firetrail a sign indicated the trail up Mount Wondabyne.

At the top of hill, a side trail to the left takes you to the summit of Mount Wondabyne.

+ 0.5h / 0.5km Optionally climb the summit of Mount Wondabyne.

Follow the trail down the other side of Mount Wondabyne.

At the junction with the Tunnel Firetrail, follow the Great North Walks sign to the right.

Follow Dillons Firetrail where it intersects the Tunnel Firetrail.

Dillons Firetrail ends at the fence around the landfill. There a gap for pedestrians.

Follow the road out of the landfill past a second gate. A gap on the right allows pedestrians out.

Continue down Nagari Road past the self storage facility to the junction with Railway Street.

Follow Railway Street all the way back to Woy Woy Station.

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 50 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.