I’d never been to Patonga before, a sleepy village at the southern border of the Central Coast, just over the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney. It’s a very pretty and chilled out area, with one restaurant/bar on the waterfront. There’s also a bushwalking track that ascends about 160m over 2 to 3 kilometres from the beach to a trig point. The forest is nice, and there’s a couple of spots along the way with good views, including an official lookout, Warrah Lookout.
Afterwards I walked with friends along the foreshore around Dark Corner to a beach I saw from up high. A nice little addition with some interesting rock formations and various bird life.
You start on the Dark Corner Track, then turn right onto the Pearl Beach Patonga Firetrail until you reach Warrah Lookout. You can extend the walk by going on to Pearl Beach, but I walked along Doyles Track to the car park near the trig, where friends had parked their car. Overall short but steep-ish in places. The walk forms a short section of the long-distance Great North Walk. There are track notes on Wildwalks.
Patonga to Warrah Trig: The Scenery