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Blackwattle Close loop
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.8 km ENE of Cherrybrook
Length: 0.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 23 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 23 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 There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This is a pleasant loop walk, close to Cherrybrook. The walk crosses Disturbed Creek (not officially named) a couple of times and includes some nice scenery along the creek with ferns, grasstrees and eucalypt forest. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Blackwattle Close loop
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End of Blackwattle Place
Int of Blackwattle trail and Disturbed Creek trail
Int of Callicoma Walk and Disturbed Creek trail
Int of Callicoma Walk and McKinley trail
Top of the Disturbed Creek stairs
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Blackwattle Place

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)

Print a map and track notes here
 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Gate at the end of Blackwattle Place
 
Gate at the end of Blackwattle Place +
 
Gully crossing on Blackwattle trail
 
Gully crossing on Blackwattle trail +
 
Disturbed creek crossing
 
Disturbed creek crossing +

 
Ferns and forest
 
Ferns and forest +
 
A fork in the track
 
A fork in the track +
 
Rockpools at Disturbed creek crossing
 
Rockpools at Disturbed creek crossing +

 
Blackwattle management trail east of Blackwattle Place
 
Blackwattle management trail east of Blackwattle Place +
 
Heading down to Disturbed creek
 
Heading down to Disturbed creek +
 
A colourful pool in Disturbed creek
 
A colourful pool in Disturbed creek +

 
Some landscaping along the track
 
Some landscaping along the track +
 
A nice fern by the steps
 
A nice fern by the steps +
 
Trackwork ahead
 
Trackwork ahead +

 
Short boardwalks along Disturbed creek
 
Short boardwalks along Disturbed creek +
 
Stepping stones across Disturbed creek
 
Stepping stones across Disturbed creek +
 
Nice scenes along Disturbed creek
 
Nice scenes along Disturbed creek +

 
Heading down to Disturbed creek
 
Heading down to Disturbed creek +
 
Some steps leading down from the Blackwattle trail
 
Some steps leading down from the Blackwattle trail +
 
A red GNW marker on the Blackwatttle trail
 
A red GNW marker on the Blackwatttle trail +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Blackwattle Close loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Blackwattle Close loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Blackwattle Close loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Blackwattle Close loop 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 610m
Time 30 mins
.


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 Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
Around 550m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 65m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 610m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 610m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 540m of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 75m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 540m of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 75m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 610m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to End of Blackwattle Place
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to End of Blackwattle Place
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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) End of Blackwattle Place to Int of Blackwattle trail and Disturbed Creek trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 208 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -2 m
From the intersection behind the gate at the end of Blackwattle Place, the walk follows the management trail steeply downhill to cross the concrete causeway. The track then meanders along before coming to the intersection with another management trail (which goes steeply down the hill on the right).

(0.21 km) Int of Blackwattle trail and Disturbed Creek trail to Int of Callicoma Walk and Disturbed Creek trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 66 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -13 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail steeply down the hill, crossing the creek then climbing a short distance to reach the intersection marked with a 'Callicoma Walk' signpost.

(0.27 km) Int of Callicoma Walk and Disturbed Creek trail to Int of Callicoma Walk and McKinley trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 96 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -5 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail, keeping the main creek on the right and immediately crossing a concrete causeway over a minor side creek. The walk soon comes to an intersection (with a management trail going steeply up the hill to the left).

(0.37 km) Int of Callicoma Walk and McKinley trail to Top of the Disturbed Creek stairs
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 170 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the track very gently down the hill, keeping the creek on the right. After walking across some old concrete slabs and short board sections, the track bends to the right, following a red GNW track marker, and immediately crosses the creek on concrete stepping stones. The walk then climbs some steps to reach the intersection at the top.

(0.54 km) Top of the Disturbed Creek stairs to End of Blackwattle Place
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 73 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection at the top of the steps, the walk follows the management trail, keeping the houses to the left, and soon comes to the intersection just before the gate at the end of Blackwattle Place.

Catch the bus from End of Blackwattle Place
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from End of Blackwattle Place
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.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


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 3 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 4.9 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 4.9 km
Castle Tarpaulin Warehouse 14/ 10 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill (02) 9899 3959 6.8 km
Brett Products 1 River St , Silverwater (02) 9648 5622 12.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Blackwattle Close loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Blackwattle Close loop
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
5 km (to the ESE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 14 km (to the NE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 15 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 28 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 39 km (to the NE)

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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
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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