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Cherrybrook to Thornleigh
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.3 km ESE of Cherrybrook
Length: 4.4 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.4 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 128 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 128 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 There is a train station near the end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

This walk is mostly within the Berowra Valley Regional Park. It has some beautiful sections with great scenery, including sandstone rock features, lots of ferns and great scenery along Zig Zag creek. There is an optional side trip to visit the remnants of the historic Thornleigh Quarry and Zig Zag railway. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Cherrybrook to Thornleigh
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Top of The Lakes Of Cherrybrook park
Lakes trackhead
Int at stone wall
Clearing behind Cherrybrook Girl Guides hall
Int. of Blackwattle Trail and Callicoma Walk
Top of the Disturbed Creek stairs
Int of Callicoma Walk and McKinley trail
Int of Callicoma Walk and Disturbed Creek trail
Int of Callicoma Walk and Pogson Dr management trail
Int of Stringybark Ridge management trail and the Pogson Dr management trail
Int of GNW and Stringybark Ridge trail
The Jungo
Zig Zag Creek Bridge int
Zig Zag Creek Bridge int.
Int of Bike Trail and Morgan Rd tracks
Morgan Rd
Starting point for this hiking track: Top of The Lakes Of Cherrybrook park

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Photo Gallery

 
Looking over the Lakes of Cherrybrook
 
Looking over the Lakes of Cherrybrook +
 
The Lakes of Cherrybrook park
 
The Lakes of Cherrybrook park +
 
Viewing platform at the Lakes of Cherrybrook
 
Viewing platform at the Lakes of Cherrybrook +

 
Tunnel vision
 
Tunnel vision +
 
Follow the bush track
 
Follow the bush track +
 
Close up
 
Close up +

 
Tall forest in the Berowra Valley Regional Park
 
Tall forest in the Berowra Valley Regional Park +
 
Grass tree on Blackwattle trail
 
Grass tree on Blackwattle trail +
 
Stepping stones across Disturbed creek
 
Stepping stones across Disturbed creek +

 
A fork in the track
 
A fork in the track +
 
Rock formations near Cherrybrook
 
Rock formations near Cherrybrook +
 
Rough steps up the hill
 
Rough steps up the hill +

 
Easy walking and nice rock
 
Easy walking and nice rock +
 
Along Stringybark ridge
 
Along Stringybark ridge +
 
Walkers on the trail
 
Walkers on the trail +

 
Old and new intersection markers
 
Old and new intersection markers +
 
Rock formations near The Jungo
 
Rock formations near The Jungo +
 
Wandering through the bush
 
Wandering through the bush +

 
A footbridge
 
A footbridge +
 
Steps in the Berowra Creek valley
 
Steps in the Berowra Creek valley +
 
Bush in Berowra Creek valley
 
Bush in Berowra Creek valley +

 
Footbridge crossing
 
Footbridge crossing +
 
The Jungo pathway
 
The Jungo pathway +
 
A well signposted intersection
 
A well signposted intersection +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Cherrybrook to Thornleigh bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Cherrybrook to Thornleigh bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cherrybrook to Thornleigh bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Cherrybrook to Thornleigh 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 4.4km
Time 1 hr 45 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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
2.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.2km is flat with no steps. The remaining (1km) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
3.6km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 410m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (400m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 2.8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.6km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 3.4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.1km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 4.2km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 270m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 3.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Top of The Lakes Of Cherrybrook park
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.
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Drive to Top of The Lakes Of Cherrybrook park
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
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(0 km) Top of The Lakes Of Cherrybrook park to Lakes trackhead
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 51 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
From below 50 Shepherds Drive, opposite the shopping centre, the walk follows the concrete footpath into 'The Lakes Of Cherrybrook' park, keeping the playground to the right. The footpath comes to the signpost for 'Callicoma Walk' just before the unfenced lakes.

The Lakes Of Cherrybrook Alt = 140 m
The Lakes Of Cherrybrook is a park at the intersection of Shepherds Dr and Macquarie Dr, Cherrybrook. The lakes featured in the park were formed when the local creek was dammed for the benefit of farmers. The park has a free electric BBQ, sheltered picnic tables, taps and bubblers as well as a playground for the kids. There is a large shopping centre nearby. There are several signposted buswalks in the area, including the 5.1km 'Callicoma Walk' loop track.

(0.05 km) Lakes trackhead to Int at stone wall
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 118 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -4 m
Veer left: From the 'Callicoma Walk' signpost, the walk follows the 'Sydney Cove' arrow along the concrete footpath, keeping the lakes on the right. The walk passes a free BBQ and picnic shelters on the left, and a couple of viewing platforms on the right before coming to an intersection just before the road and beside a low handmade stone wall.

(0.17 km) Int at stone wall to Int. of Blackwattle Trail and Callicoma Walk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 183 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -7 m
Turn right: From behind the low stone wall, the track follows the concrete footpath down the hill through the graffiti-covered tunnel, emerging in a clearing behind the 'Cherrybrook Girl Guides' building.
Veer right: From the clearing, the walk follows the bush track, initially keeping the Girl Guides hall on the left. The track passes a shortcut track on the right before coming to a 'T' intersection with a management trail marked with track arrows.

(0.35 km) Int. of Blackwattle Trail and Callicoma Walk to Top of the Disturbed Creek stairs
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 233 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
Veer right: 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).

(0.59 km) Top of the Disturbed Creek stairs to Int of Callicoma Walk and McKinley trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 170 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk goes down the steps towards the creek. Immediately after crossing the creek, on concrete stepping stones, the walk bends to the left, following the 'Callicoma Walk' arrow. The walk soon crosses some old concrete slabs and then drops down some more steps. After following the creek, on the left, for a short distance the walk comes to an intersection (with a management trail coming down the hill on the right).

(0.76 km) Int of Callicoma Walk and McKinley trail to Int of Callicoma Walk and Disturbed Creek trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 96 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -3 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail down the hill, keeping the creek on the left and soon arrives at a fork intersection.

(0.85 km) Int of Callicoma Walk and Disturbed Creek trail to Int of Callicoma Walk and Pogson Dr management trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 184 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -6 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track, keeping the creek on the left and immediately passes a 'Callicoma Walk' signpost. The walk continues along the well formed bush track and climbs steeply to an intersection marked with a 'Callicoma Walk' and red GNW signpost.

(1.04 km) Int of Callicoma Walk and Pogson Dr management trail to Jungo campsite
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 613 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -38 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the asphalted management trail up, over the hill, keeping the houses up to the right and soon arrives at an intersection marked with a 'Callicoma Walk' and red GNW track marker.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Callicoma Walk' arrow down the management trail (no asphalt), keeping the power lines to the left. The walk descends steeply for a while then flattens out and soon comes to an intersection with the Great North Walk.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[1][2] along the wide trail as it bends left and leads downhill along the concrete section[3]. The trail leads down across a usually small creek[4], then heads up to the well-signposted intersection[5] beside the Jungo campsite[6][7], where a 'Fishponds' sign[8] points back down along the trail.

The Jungo Alt = 98 m
The Jungo is a relatively small clearing and campsite near the junction of Berowra and ZigZag Creeks at a well signposted intersection[9]. There is often water in the creeks (treat well before drinking) but there are no facilities[10]. Speculation on the source of the name 'Jungo' includes the Aussie tendency to abbreviate words ('Junction' gets corrupted to 'jung-o' etc) as well as a possible derivation from one of a few similar sounding aboriginal words.

(1.65 km) The Jungo to Zig Zag Creek Bridge intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.43 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 37 m Descent = -16 m
Veer left: From the intersection at the Jungo, this walk follows the 'Bellamy Street' Great North Walk sign[11] through the campsite and along the pleasant track, leading into, then through, the ferny forest[12] for about 700m before crossing a side creek on a timber bridge[13]. The track then continues in a similar manner for another 700m, coming to a T-intersection with a concrete bike track, beside a large bridge (over Zigzag Creek, on your left) where a sign points back along the 'Great North Walk'[14].

(3.08 km) Zig Zag Creek Bridge int to Thornleigh Quarry
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 156 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -8 m
Turn sharp left: 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].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

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

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

(3.08 km) Zig Zag Creek Bridge int. to Int of Bellamy trail and Morgan Rd tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 129 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the concrete trail uphill[29], directly away from 'Zig Zag Creek'[30]. The walk continues up out of the valley[31] along the concrete trail for 110m to cross over the culverted creek[32] (with a green rail[33] on one side)[fac=8404]. Just 25m past this culvert the walk comes to an intersection (with a dirt track on the left) marked with a few signs including a 'The Jungo' arrow[34] point back down along the trail.

(3.21 km) Int of Bike Trail and Morgan Rd tracks to Morgan Rd
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 226 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -3 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Sydney Cove' sign[35] along the narrow track away from the wide concrete trail. The track leads behind the house (on your right) following along the rocky side of Zig Zag Creek[36]. After the third house, in a small clearing, the track turns right[37], heading up between the houses[38] a short distance to come to the top of the turning circle[39] at the end of Morgan Road, Thornleigh.

(3.44 km) Morgan Rd to Thornleigh Train Station
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 989 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From the end of Morgan Street, this walk heads up along the road[40] to left into 'Tillock Street'[41]. This street soon bends right[42] to become 'Eddy Street'[43] following the footpath[44] and GNW arrows[45] to the top of the hill where there is a set of traffic lights[46]. The walk cross 'The Esplanade' at the lights[47] to then turn right walking past the car park[48], and through a small park[49] to find a large 'Great North Walk' sign[50] at the (north bound) entrance to Thornleigh train station[51].

Catch the train from Thornleigh Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Thornleigh Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus from Thornleigh Train Station
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)
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Drive from Thornleigh Train Station
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
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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 3.4 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 5.5 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 5.5 km
Castle Tarpaulin Warehouse 14/ 10 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill (02) 9899 3959 6.2 km
Brett Products 1 River St , Silverwater (02) 9648 5622 11.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Cherrybrook to Thornleigh.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Cherrybrook to Thornleigh
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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 14 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 38 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
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% 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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