McKell Park to Flat Rock Point

20 min to 40 min
20 min to 45 min

1.5 km
return

↑ 26 m
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Smooth & flat
This short track is excellent walk for those with young children. The track passes the fantastic McKell Park playground facilities, which stand next to the Federation Interpretive Display. For the warmer months, enclosed beach pool is right next to the track. The views of the Hawkesbury River are quite stunning and the protected Parsley Bay is popular with pelicans. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Start of McKell Park Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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.
Track to Flat Rock Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Flat Rock Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Flat Rock Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Parsley Bay Jetty. | 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.) 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 210 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.
After another 150 m continue straight.
After another 320 m head through/around the gate.
Turn sharp left.
About 120 m past the end is a toilet.
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 750 m to get back to the start.

An alternative route linking Flat Rock Point to Upper McKell park.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head down the steps (about 10 m long)
After 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).
"Upper McKell Park Picnic Area".
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 around.
After another 40 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.

Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head up the steps (about 65 m long)
Find the car park at the start.
After 50 m pass the playground (10 m on your left).
After another 20 m turn around.
After another 15 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

McKell Park to Flat Rock Point


Grading
Class 1/6
Smooth & flat
Length 1.5 km
Time 20 min to 40 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
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 500 m apart with the largest gap of 720 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
780 m[toilet]
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