Grandfather Rock Walk

Grandfather Rock Walk


30 minutes
300 metres

Grade 2: Suitable for most ages. The track crosses a grassy area of Munibung Hill with little tree cover. It’s a good introduction for first time visitors.

  • Supervise children.

This is a short walk to what was a very popular spot back in the days when motorised transport was unheard of, when people enjoyed walks with the family after school or on weekends. No screens or digital devices, people explored their local neighbourhood – their bushland ‘backyard’ – as a regular means of getting out and about.  It’s still a popular place from which to get a bigger picture view of the world, albeit from a lower vantage point on Munibung Hill.

We are walking in the greater Cockle Creek catchment that was heavily disturbed during the early settler years.  Nearby is an old abandoned water reservoir.

Custom map created for MHCS by David Bretreger


Wonta, in Awabakal language means: where is this place? (1)

Enter from Seventh Street (near cnr Braye Street), Boolaroo.
Alternative access, enter from Sixth Street, Boolaroo.

Note: A random internet search for Munibung Hill –  which can be accessed from locations on the north, south, east and west – without providing more details, will most likely present a rather confusing map compared with the directions supplied here. When using a search engine such as Google maps it helps to specify an address: in this case Seventh Street, near Braye Street, Boolaroo.

(1) Source:  An Australian Language as Spoken by the Awabakal, by L. E. Threlkeld. 1892

There are no toilets, no picnic facilities and no disposal or recycling bins. The nearest are at Cardiff, Warners Bay, Speers Point and Boolaroo.

Dogs on leashes only. No trail bikes.  Please carry out what you carry in – don’t rubbish Munibung Hill. If you come across what other people have disposed of, consider picking it up and disposing of it thoughtfully. Help us care for the habitat of local native plants and animals. Thank you.

<< No signage other than Council and NSW Rural Fire Service notices.  Please observe these messages and bring them to the attention of others.


For your safety and personal care, even for a short walk on a fine day, carry a light pack with a weatherproof jacket, water (1 litre per person for every 3 hours of walking), some high energy food and a first aid kit.  Wear sturdy shoes or boots, a sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Insect repellent can also make your walk more comfortable and be sure to take a bag to carry any rubbish out with you.