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Bellamy fire trail
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km NNE of Pennant Hills
Length: 0.6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 0.6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 34 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 34 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

This walk follows a wide concrete trail through Berowra Valley Regional Park, through lovely bushland and the site of the historic Zig Zag railway. The railway is long gone, but the quarry site is interesting to explore and crossing Zig Zag Creek on the bridge gives a lovely view down on the fern trees. Stop and read the information signs along the way, bring your dog for a walk or use this trail for fitness training. The trail on the north side of Zig Zag Creek is very steep for about 50m, otherwise, this walk is easy to follow. To save the car shuttle you can just allow extra time and retrace your steps back to the start. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Bellamy fire trail

Map of Walk

Location

Bellamy fire trail bushwalking track notes
Map of Bellamy fire trail
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End of Bellamy St
Int of Bellamy trail and Morgan Rd tracks
Zig Zag Creek Bridge int
Thornleigh Quarry
Int of Heritage Trail and De Saxe Cl trail
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Bellamy St

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

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Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Bellamy fire trail bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bellamy fire trail bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bellamy fire trail bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bellamy fire trail bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 620m
Time 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
250m of this walk is flat with no steps and another 220m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (160m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 480m of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 140m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 620m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 620m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 620m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 620m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes

Drive to End of Bellamy St
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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(0 km) End of Bellamy St to Int of Bellamy trail and Morgan Rd tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 88 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -10 m
From the end of Bellamy St (Pennant Hills), the walk passes around the locked metal gate[1][fac=8399] and follows the 'To Westleigh' arrow[2] downhill along the concrete management trail. After about 25m this walk leads past a picnic table[fac=8400][3] (on the left) then over the next 50m this walk continues downhill past the 'Halls Camp' information sign[4], the 'Natures Filter'[5] to come to an intersection with a dirt track (the Great North Walk) marked with an arrow pointing back up to 'Bellamy Street'[6].

(0.09 km) Int of Bellamy trail and Morgan Rd tracks to Zig Zag Creek Bridge int.
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 129 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'The Jungo' arrow[7] downhill along the wide concrete trail for 25m to cross over the culverted creek[8] (with a green rail[9] on one side)[fac=8404]. The walk continues down into the valley[10] along the concrete trail for another 110m to come to a signposted intersection marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign[11][12] (on your left), just before 'Zig Zag Creek'[13] and the long bridge[14].

Thornleigh zigzag railway Alt = 120 m
The Thornleigh zigzag railway originally ran from the main rail line near Thornleigh to a historic quarry, near present day De Saxe Cl, Thornleigh. There are only minor fragments still visible today. The 'Heritage Trail' in Thornleigh has interpretive signs for the railway and the old Thornleigh Quarry. A book is available with some detail on railway and associated quarry: 'Sydney's Forgotten Quarry Railways' by John Oakes, ISBN 0 9757870 3 9

(0.22 km) Zig Zag Creek Bridge int to Thornleigh Quarry
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 156 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads gently downhill to then cross 'Zig Zag Creek'[15] on the 40m long bridge[16] (with handrails) to find the 'Zig Zag Siding' information sign[17][18] on the far side. The bridge path now merges back to the main wide trail[19] and heads steeply uphill[20] for about 50m[fac=8401] (with a handrail on the left side[21]). The trail then mostly flattens out for about 50m and leads gently up to the front of the old 'Thornleigh Quarry'[22], marked with a plaque on a large stone[23][24][25][fac=8402].

Old Thornleigh Quarry Alt = 129 m
The old Thornleigh Quarry[26] is located beside the Heritage Trail in Thornleigh, within Berowra Valley Regional Park. The quarry dates back to 1883 and was initially a source of 'ballast' for portions of the Sydney (Homebush) to Newcastle (Waratah) rail link. There is a firm, flat dirt track[27] that leads about 40m from the concrete trail to the centre of the old quarry[28]. You will find a series of log seats in this amphitheatre[fac=8402] making this a pleasant spot to sit and enjoy the intriguing mix of nature and history. A book is available with some detail on this quarry and the associated zigzag railway: 'Sydney's Forgotten Quarry Railways' by John Oakes, ISBN 0 9757870 3 9

(0.37 km) Thornleigh Quarry to Int of Heritage Trail and De Saxe Cl trail
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail
Length = 107 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the front of the old Thornleigh Quarry[29][30], this walk follows the wide concrete trail gently uphill, initially keeping the quarry to the right, passing 'The Quarry' information sign[31]. The trail meanders through the bush for about 100m to come to an intersection at the base of a set of timber stairs[32] (on the right).

(0.48 km) Int of Heritage Trail and De Saxe Cl trail to End of Timbarra Rd
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 139 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the concrete management trail gently uphill keeping the valley to the left. After about 40m the trail leads along the side of a small rock wall[33] to pass a 'Berowra Valley Regional Park' map sign[34] then about 25m later the trail leads past the old girl guide hall[35]. The walk continues along the concrete trail for another 50m to pass a 'Heritage Trail'[36] sign then head around the gate[37][fac=8403] to come to the end of Timbarra Rd (Westleigh)[38][39].

Drive from End of Timbarra Rd
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 0.9 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 3.9 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 3.9 km
Castle Tarpaulin Warehouse 14/ 10 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill (02) 9899 3959 8.6 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 8.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bellamy fire trail.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bellamy fire trail
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
3 km (to the ESE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 14 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 16 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 27 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 39 km (to the NNE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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Wed      33°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|28°Possible shower.
Fri18°|33°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|26°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Berowra Valley National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Following the Berowra Creek the Berowra Valley National Park is located on the Hornsby Plateau and is made up of typical Hawkesbury Sandstone. The great North walk, Benowie walking track, and many other great walks stretch spann this park. The area has varied vegetation including many different sorts of Eucalyptus and plenty of native animals, includingl swamp wallibies, water dragons, bandicoots, Lyre Birds, and bush turkeys. There are several campsites within the Park, and Crosslands Reserve is also a popular spot near the middle of the park.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping
Current Park Closure information for Berowra Valley National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Safety alerts: Quarry trail and Benowie walking track restricted access
Access restrictions are in place along trails that traverse the land managed by the Hornsby Rifle Range. Restricted areas include:
  • an 800m section of trail, 2km in from the Quarry Road entrance at Dural
  • an 800m section of trail, 300m in from the Stewart Avenue entrance at Hornsby
  • a 750m section of the Benowie walking track between Steele Bridge and Fishponds Waterholes.
Shooting times are between 9am and 4.30pm, 7 days a week. All visitors wishing to access the restricted sections of trail during these times must request prior authorisation by contacting the Hornsby Rifle Range on their 24 hour contact number 0417 201 606. Consult the map on Page vii of the Berowra Valley National Park Draft Plan of Management to plan alternative routes during these hours. Visit the website for further information about the Hornsby Rifle Range.


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