Peats Bight

New South Wales

Enjoy the early European history of Muogamarra Nature Reserve and admire the interesting geological features of Peats Bight, including Hawkesbury sandstone and impressive volcanic pipes filled with solidified magma. This tour takes you down Peats Ferry Road over historic road works into Peats Crater, and continues through lush rainforest and mangrove environments on the northern outskirts of Sydney.

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public on selected weekends during the year to reduce disturbance to, and maintain the plants and animals calling it home.

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Getting there

Note the reserve this walk is in is only open six weekends a year, mid-August to late September. 

From Sydney:

  • Head north towards Newcastle on the F3 Freeway and take the Berowra exit
  • Turn right onto the Pacific Highway and follow it past Cowan
  • The park entrance is on your left, approximately 3km north of Cowan.
  • Follow the fire trail for 1km

From Gosford/Newcastle:

  • Head south on the F3 Freeway and take the Mooney Mooney exit
  • Follow the Old Pacific Highway across the Hawkesbury River towards Cowan
  • The park entrance is on your right, approximately 6km from the freeway exit.
  • Follow the fire trail for 1km


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Route/Trail notes

Tour guided walks should be booked before arrival (they book out fast).  You can also do this walk without a guide.  The information centre at the car park will be able to provide you a map.  The walk is well signed so it's pretty hard to get lost even without a map.


A Discovery activity fee applies to all people who visit the reserve during the six annual open weekends. Guided walks are included in the price. $10 adults, $5 children, $25 family.

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An amazing walk, the walk goes through many different environments. The view of the Hawkesbury River at the end was simply amazing. All the wildflowers were out. Highly recommend doing this one. I took the guided tour, it was very informative but took the option to ditch them on the way back (they were a bit slow).

rob.bushman on 29 Aug, 2015


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