Kariong Brook Falls is a lovely waterfall in Brisbane Water National Park.
The waterfall is impressive after rain. Surrounded by rock ledges and lush vegetation, it feels like a sanctuary away from everything. The beautiful swimming hole at the bottom of the fall makes it even more inviting.
You can walk to the waterfall along a walking trail through the quiet wilderness. Enjoy the serenity – all you can hear is the sound of the wind and the birds chirping.
Kariong Brook Falls is a great spot to have a picnic and chill out – there’s ample space on the rock platforms.
This guide will show you the highlights of the walk and how to get there.
The walk starts on the western side of Woy Woy Road, about 5 kilometres south of Kariong and 7 kilometres north of Woy Woy. There’s a small parking area, which can fill up quickly during the weekends. If the car park is full, park at Staples Lookout 350 metres north.
There are no facilities nearby so bring food and water. The nearest public toilets are at Correa Bay Reserve on Woy Woy Road.
You can also walk to Kariong Brook Falls from Wondabyne Station (3.8 km) or Girrakool Picnic Area (9 km). Another option is to continue walking to Wondabyne Station from Kariong Brook Falls instead of retracing your steps. You’ll need two cars for that.
The first section of the walk occurs on the Tommos Loop trail, a wide trail with a few gentle slopes.
The large trail lets the sun rays infiltrate the path. It warms you up in winter, but it gets hot in summer – you can look forward to swimming in the cold pool at the end of your walk.
Tommos Loop trail is connected to a large network of trails and
tracks that lead to many places, including Mount Wondabyne, Patonga and the
Great North Walk.
It’s also a popular mountain biking trail.
To get to Kariong Brook Falls, walk along Tommos Loop trail for about 2 kilometres, then turn right into the track at the junction indicated ‘Girrakool’.
The walk along this narrow track is prettier than on the Tommos Loop trail, and it’s also a little harder but so worth it.
You’ll wind down - then climb back up - for 300 metres over the sandy track and rocks. The path becomes steep in parts, and you’ll walk past a small campsite, rock walls and grass trees.
Near the end of the walk, as you scramble down the path, you’ll
see the waterfall from higher up on the escarpment. Kariong Brook Falls looks
like an enchanted world, surrounded by rock ledges and plunging into a deep
Find a spot on a rock, have a picnic, then refresh yourself in the chilly pool. And enjoy the tranquillity.