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Crosslands to Berowra Creek Lookout
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
8.2 km N of Hornsby
Length: 1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 17 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 17 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: Return
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible

This great walk starts from Crosslands Reserve. The walk follows a section of the Great North Walk along an old road, timber boardwalk and firm dirt tracks to a lovely timber lookout platform on the edge of Berowra Creek. Along the way are signs providing interesting information about the mangroves, estuaries and other surrounding flora and fauna. Make a day of it by enjoying the picnic areas and playground at the start of the walk. You can even book a campsite and enjoy the area for longer. (open in app)

Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Crosslands to Berowra Creek Lookout

Map of Walk


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Map of Crosslands to Berowra Creek Lookout
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Northern end of Crosslands Carpark
Crosslands North
Estuaries viewing platform int.
Starting point for this hiking track: Northern end of Crosslands Carpark

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

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

Print a map and track notes here
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Photo Gallery

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Norther Crosslands picnic area
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start of Crosslands boardwalk
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int of Berowra creek lookout and Great North Walk
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Berowra Creek Lookout
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Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Crosslands to Berowra Creek Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Crosslands to Berowra Creek Lookout bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Crosslands to Berowra Creek Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Crosslands to Berowra Creek Lookout 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 980m
Time 30 mins

Grade 1/6

Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible
AS 2156.1 Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
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.
This whole walk, 490m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 490m follows a smooth and hardened path.

This whole walk, 490m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 490m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 490m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

This whole walk, 490m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes

Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Northern end of Crosslands Carpark
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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Crosslands Alt = 1 m
Crosslands Reserve is lovely and long mixed use picnic area, spanning along the edge of Berowra Creek. There are picnic tables[1], electric barbecues[2], toilets[3], car parking[4], a children's playground[5], garbage bins[6], camping area, toilets[fac=8086] and town water[7]. The southern part of Crosslands is managed by Hornsby Council[8] and the northern half by the NPWS within the Berowra Valley National Park[9].
The first inhabitants of this area were a subgroup of the Dharug people who enjoyed the sandstone caves, fish and abundant plant life in the area. It is now managed by Hornsby Shire Council, but in 1856 Matthew Charlton asked Burton Crossland to be caretaker on this area. Burton built a house and made a living by harvesting timber, growing fruit, fishing and boat-building[10].

(0 km) Northern end of Crosslands Carpark to Crosslands North
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 263 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -2 m
From the northern end of Crosslands car park[11] (at the far northern end of Somerville Rd, Hornsby Heights), this walk follows the 'Newcastle' arrow[12] on the large 'Great North Walk' sign around the locked gate[fac=8043] and along the sealed old road[13]. The walk continues along the old road for just over 150m passing 4 picnic tables[fac=8044][fac=8045][fac=8046][fac=8047] to come to a y-intersection[14]. At the intersection this walk veers right, past the 'Place of Winds' sign[15] and wetland[16] (on your right). This walk continues along this old road for a little longer, coming to an intersection marked with a large 'Crosslands' information board[17] and 'Great North walk' sign[18]. This is just on the edge of the northern picnic area[19], not far from the toilet block[20][fac=8052].

Crosslands North Picnic area Alt = 1 m
The northern section of Crosslands is in Berowra Valley NP and is a less formal picnic area compared with the southern area. There is a toilet block[fac=8052][21][22] and a few sandy beaches with direct access to the water[23]. Here you will find a few picnic tables[fac=8044][fac=8045][fac=8046][fac=8047][fac=8049][fac=8048] and shelters[fac=8050][fac=8051][24], as well as garbage bins[25]. The eastern side is home to a boardwalk exploring the estuarine wetland[26]. A pleasant area to rest and enjoy the water. Fires are only permitted in formally established fire places[27] .

(0.26 km) Crosslands North to Estuaries viewing platform int.
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - duckboard
Length = 215 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -5 m
Turn right: From the intersection at the northern picnic area[28], this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[29] along the timber boardwalk[30][fac=8085]. The timber boardwalks winds through the mangroves for about 60m, coming to a firm dirt track[31] which leads for another 70m to a second timber boardwalk[32]. The second boardwalk leads for another 70m, past 'Mangrove Food Cycle' information signs[33] to come to an 3-way intersection[34] in the boardwalk with the estuaries viewing platform boardwalk[35] (on your left).

(0.48 km) Estuaries viewing platform int. to Estuaries viewing platform
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 12 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection[36], this walk follows the timber boardwalk between the handrails[37] towards the waterview[38] for about 10m to find the fenced timber lookout[39] with two seats[fac=8053].

Berowra Creek (Estuarie) Lookout Alt = 3 m
The Estuarie lookout over Berowara Creek is found at the end of the wheelchair-accessible walk in Crosslands area. The timber lookout platform provides great views over Berowra Creek[40], the timber fence is 95cm high[41]. There are also information signs about the local flora and fauna[42] and the 'Original Inhabitants'[43]. There are two timber bench seats[fac=8053][44] encouraging you to take some time to soak up this view.

Drive from Northern end of Crosslands Carpark
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)
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 8.7 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 8.6 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 12 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 20.1 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 17.8 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Crosslands to Berowra Creek Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Crosslands to Berowra Creek Lookout
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 3 km (to the ENE)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
12 km (to the S)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 26 km (to the SW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 27 km (to the NE)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 38 km (to the S)

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 7 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      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°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.

Walker Feedback

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Anonymous - Calna Creek Footbridge Has Col | 2013-06-19 07:12:57
Unfortunately the Calna Creek Footbridge has collapsed (it's be good to organise volunteers to fix it!) so this walk cannot be completed.


Jonathon Bransdon
Molly - Bridge replaced | 2015-09-01 08:01:07
There's now a new footbridge over Calna Creek. Hip hip hooray to Matt of Wildwalks, who was instrumental in getting the bridge replaced.
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