Dharug National Park is one of many vast wilderness parks so close to the metropolitan city of Sydney. Last week, we featured Berowra Valley National Park  and Marramarra National Park. Today we are headed just north of those parks and a little further north of Sydney to explore Dharug National Park adjacent to Marramarra National Park to the north. It is still close to Sydney at only about a two hour drive away. The park covers a large section of protected land, a total of 14.850 hectares in the Gosford area. Dharug National Park is bordered by Yengo National park, Wisemans Ferry Road, Old Great North Road, McPherson State Forest, Popran National Park, the Hawkesbury River, and Marramarra National park. When you combine Dharug National Park with all the adjoining parks, it makes up a very large contiguous area of protecting land in New South Wales.

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Dharug National Park Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com

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Dharug National Park A view from Settlers Road looking across the Hawksbury River Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Tim Keegan from Lake Macquarie, Australia – Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry to Settlers Rd sideUploaded by berichard, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10054109

Walking Tracks of Dharug National Park

There are four different walking trails in Dharug National Park: the 11 km Walking Trail, Old Great North Road Walking Track, the Grass Tree Circuit, and the Dubbo Gully Loop Trail. Whether you are walking in the city, the mountains, or the outback, it is very important to be prepared at all times. Do your research about the requirements and details of the walk you choose. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, use sunscreen and hats to protect your skin from the sun, have the right shoes and attire, bring plenty of drinking water, have emergency supplies with you, and make sure that someone not travelling with you knows when you are expected back. Check the weather before your walk so you know what type of conditions and temperatures you can expect. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to always remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.

11km Walking Trail

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11 km Walking Track in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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11 km Walking Track in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The 11 km Walking Track takes you through the lush forests of Dharug National Park, alongside creeks and high ridge tops. The track is near Wisemans Ferry. As the name indicates, the distance for this track is an 11 km loop. Allow 5 to 7 hours to complete this grade 5 track. The challenging aspects of the track include several steep climbs.

Old Great North Road Walking Track

Old Great North Road World Heritage Walk, Dharug National Park

Old Great North Walking Track in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Finchs Line View, Old Great North Road World Heritage Walk, Dharug

Old Great North Walking Track in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Old Great North Road is a World Heritage walk through the historic convict-built road that has some amazing, scenic views of the Hawkesbury River. The distance of the walk is a 9 km loop. It is a grade 4 level trail. Bush walkers should allow 3 ½ to 4 ½ hours to finish the loop. It is a moderately steep track so bushwalkers taking on this trail should have some bushwalking experience. The road was built by convicts between 1826 and 1836.

Grass Tree Circuit

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Grass Tree Circuit in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Grass Tree Circuit in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Grass Tree Circuit is a shorter and easier track, so it is suitable for a wider range of fitness levels, beginners, and families. The track is a level path that brings you through the forest and is perfect for bird watching with all the birdlife present. The Grass Tree Circuit is a 1.6 km loop and takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete. It is a grade 3 track. You can pack a picnic and stop at the Mill Creek Picnic Area to enjoy it among the nature and picturesque green surroundings.

Dubbo Gully Loop Trail

Dubbo Gully loop, Dharug National Park

Dubbo Gully Loop Trail in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Dubbo Gully loop, Dharug National Park

Dubbo Guly Loop Trail in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Dubbo Gully loop trail is a hard trail that takes 7 hours to complete. It is an 18 km loop and is a challenging steep track. Many of the trails and campgrounds in the park are connected. This trail starts at Mangrove Mountain, winds through the Dubbo Gully, where you will pass open fields and a historic old cemetery, it then leads through the section of the Old Great North Road and over the Clares Bridge, the second oldest bridge on the Australian mainland. You can stop at the Ten Mile Hollow Campground to spend the night.

Campgrounds in Dharug National Park

There are two campgrounds in Dharug National Park: the Ten Mile Hollow Campground and the Mill Creek Campground with the accompanying Mill Creek picnic area. When staying overnight in Dharug National Park, be sure to check the weather in advance so that you can be prepared for the weather changes that can occur quickly here.

Ten Mile Hollow Campground

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Ten Mile Hollow Campground in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Ten Mile Hollow Campground in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Ten Mile Hollow Campground is a more remote campground for tent or backpacking camping only. It is also smaller, with only 6 campsites. The facilities include barbecues, drinking water, and toilets. If you are taking on the multi-day walk of the World Heritage-listed Old Great North Road, then this campground is a great place to stop to rest overnight. Although basic, these campsites are free and available only on a first come, first served basis.

Mill Creek Campground

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Mill Creek Campground in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Mill Creek Campground in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Mill Creek Campground in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Mill Creek Campground is a camping site with the option for tents, campers, or camping next to your vehicle. There are a total of 31 campsites. The campsite is beautiful, set in the trees and surrounded by sandstone cliffs. There are barbecue facilities and picnic tables adjacent to the campground at the Mill Creek Picnic Area. You can make reservations in advance for these campsites.

Mill Creek Picnic Area

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Mill Creek Picnic Area in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Mill Creek Picnic Area in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Mill Creek Picnic Area in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Whether you are camping out at the Mill Creek Campground or just passing through, you can take advantage of the beautiful scenery at the Mill Creek Picnic Area and stop while hiking through Dharug National Park to spend time with nature and prepare and delicious barbecue picnic here. The picnic area is close to walking and biking trails and makes a good base for groups or families exploring the park together. It is a grassy picnic area with tables and wood barbecues available. The Grass Tree Circuit and Old Great North Road Trail are easily accessed from the Mill Creek Picnic Area and so is the Devines Hill loop bike track.

Hiring a Car in Sydney to get to Dharug National Park

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Dharug National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Sydney Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

It’s convenient and easy to hire a car in Sydney  at one of many convenient locations. If you flew into Sydney on holiday, you can hire a car right at the Sydney Airport. Other locations in Sydney where you can rent a car at a great price include Sydney east location in Alexandria, or the Sydney southwest location in Ravensby. Click through any of the links to get a quick and easy rate quote for the best car rental rates in Sydney. Be sure to let your car rental agent know your travel itinerary so that they can ensure you have the best vehicle for your trip. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. While in Sydney, check out these other holiday ideas from our blog:

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