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Blackwattle Trail
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.4 km ENE of Cherrybrook
Length: 2.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 2.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 98 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 98 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: One way
Track: Moderate

This walk follows the Blackwattle Trail around the fringe of Cherrybrook, starting at the Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade building, in Shepherds Drive, and finishing in Patricia Place. It is a nice walk and follows a management trail for its whole length. The walk passes through a mix of dry eucalypt forest and wetter areas with ferns. There are also some patches of casuarinas and plenty of grasstrees to see along the way. (open in app)


There are Safety alerts in Berowra Valley National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Blackwattle Trail

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Blackwattle Trail
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Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade building
Int. of Blackwattle Trail and Callicoma Walk
Top of the Disturbed Creek stairs
End of Blackwattle Place
Int of Blackwattle trail and Disturbed Creek trail
Int of Blackwattle Trail and Appletree Dr track
Int of Blackwattle Trail and Appletree Dr track
Opposite 21 Daphne Place
End of Daphne Place
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. of Blackwattle Trail and Callicoma Walk

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

 
Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade building
 
Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade building +
 
Blackwattle Trail gate behind Cherrybrook RFS
 
Blackwattle Trail gate behind Cherrybrook RFS +
 
Blackwattle trail
 
Blackwattle trail +

 
Grass tree on Blackwattle trail
 
Grass tree on Blackwattle trail +
 
Gully crossing on Blackwattle trail
 
Gully crossing on Blackwattle trail +
 
Causeway on Blackwattle trail
 
Causeway on Blackwattle trail +

 
Ferns and forest
 
Ferns and forest +
 
Blackwattle management trail east of Blackwattle Place
 
Blackwattle management trail east of Blackwattle Place +
 
Ferns and forest on the Blackwattle trail
 
Ferns and forest on the Blackwattle trail +

 
Casuarinas and Eucalypts on the Blackwattle trail
 
Casuarinas and Eucalypts on the Blackwattle trail +
 
Rocks by the Blackwattle trail
 
Rocks by the Blackwattle trail +
 
A small causeway on the Blackwattle trail
 
A small causeway on the Blackwattle trail +

 
Blackwattle trail near Appletree Drive
 
Blackwattle trail near Appletree Drive +
 
Ferns by the trail
 
Ferns by the trail +
 
Some dry forest
 
Some dry forest +

 
Nice rock outcrops along the Blackwattle trail
 
Nice rock outcrops along the Blackwattle trail +
 
Some Casuarinas
 
Some Casuarinas +
 
Patricia Pl track head
 
Patricia Pl track head +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Blackwattle Trail bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Blackwattle Trail bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Blackwattle Trail bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Blackwattle 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 2.2km
Time 1 Hr
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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 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
1.6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 520m has short steep hills. The remaining (70m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 2.2km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 70m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 2.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 170m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 480m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 1.6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 670m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 2.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 170m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade building
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 Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade building
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|

Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade Alt = 141 m
The Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade building is in Shepherds Dr (near the intersection with Macquarie Dr), Cherrybrook. This is the home of the Cherrybrook Rural Fire Service, a wholly volunteer brigade. There is an entry onto the 'Blackwattle Trail' and some of the local bushwalks behind the building, and a water tap at the front of the building. More info

(0 km) Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade building to Top of the Disturbed Creek stairs
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 335 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -17 m
From in front of the 'Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade' building (in Shepherds Dr, just up the hill from the roundabout intersection with Macquarie Dr), the walk goes behind the fire brigade building, then passes around a locked gate onto the 'Blackwattle Trail'. The walk soon arrives at an intersection with a bush track on the right, marked with a short timber signpost.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail down the hill, keeping the houses to the left, arriving at the signposted intersection at the top of the stairs (with a track on the right).

(0.34 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
Continue straight: 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.

(0.41 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
Continue straight: 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).

(0.62 km) Int of Blackwattle trail and Disturbed Creek trail to Int of Blackwattle Trail and Appletree Dr track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 570 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -17 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail, keeping the creek on the right, and soon bends to the right. The walk gently meanders along the management trail above the forested creek on the right, with only occasional glimpses of the houses up to the left. On a curve to the left, the walk comes to an intersection with another management trail (initially overgrown) going up the hill on the left, and a faint bush track going gently down the hill to the right.

(1.19 km) Int of Blackwattle Trail and Appletree Dr track to Opposite 38 Appletree Drive
Alternate Exit: Track: Moderate - servicetrail ( Show detail)
Length = 112 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail steeply up the hill, passing the gate and arriving opposite 38 Appletree Drive, near Hoya Place. (End of the alternative exit track)

(1.19 km) Int of Blackwattle Trail and Appletree Dr track to Opposite 21 Daphne Place
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 457 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -16 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail along the flat section, initially keeping the steep uphill management trail to the left, and soon crosses a concrete causeway. The walk meanders for a while before passing a gate and coming out opposite 21 Daphne Place.

(1.64 km) Opposite 21 Daphne Place to End of Daphne Place
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 72 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From opposite 21 Daphne Place, the walk follows the road, keeping the houses to the left, for a short distance to the very end of Daphne Place.

(1.72 km) End of Daphne Place to Opposite 5 Patricia Place
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 515 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -15 m
Veer right: From the very end of Daphne Place, the walk follows the bush track from the grassy nature strip, keeping all the houses (and the 'Tuscan Way' signpost) to the left, and immediately bends to the right and passes a signposted gate above a drainage culvert. The walk follows an arc to the left for some distance before going gently uphill, then bending to the right behind the houses, keeping the houses on the left. The track then becomes asphalted and goes more steeply up the hill, bending to the right before passing a gate and coming out opposite 5 Patricia Place.

Catch the bus from Opposite 5 Patricia 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 Opposite 5 Patricia 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

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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
Map Car Shuffle
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 3.3 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 5.3 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 5.3 km
Castle Tarpaulin Warehouse 14/ 10 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill (02) 9899 3959 6.4 km
Brett Products 1 River St , Silverwater (02) 9648 5622 12.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Blackwattle Trail.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Blackwattle Trail
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
5 km (to the ESE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 15 km (to the WSW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 15 km (to the NE)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 28 km (to the S)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 39 km (to the W)

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 3 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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