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Galston Gorge to Berowra Station
Time: 5 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.3 km NNW of Hornsby
Length: 12.9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 12.9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 974 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 974 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 end of this walk There is a train station near the end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Following mostly along the side of Berowra Creek, along a section of the Great North Walk, this walk is worth spending the day on. Crosslands is a good spot to break at about the half-way mark. Highlights include the views from the top of the ridges between Galston Gorge and Crosslands, and the section of track west of Calana Creek. There are a few nice water falls and classic sandstone formations for the area. Getting to the start may be tricky, but a taxi will drop you off. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Galston Gorge track head
Unnamed Falls
Berowra Creek campsite track
Crosslands southern toilet block
Crosslands Carpark
Northern end of Crosslands Carpark
Crosslands North
Estuaries viewing platform
Somerville Ridge
Calna Creek Bridge intersection
Sams Creek ridge clearing
Sams Creek Crossing
Int of Great North Walk and Berowra Link tracks
Int of Great North Walk and Berowra Link tracks
Int of Great North Walk and Joalah trail
Int of Berowra service trail and Great North Walk
Int of Great North Walk and unnamed bushtrack
Crowley Road track head
Starting point for this hiking track: Galston Gorge track head

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Photo Gallery

 
Parking area at Galston Gorge Trackhead
 
Parking area at Galston Gorge Trackhead +
 
Galston Gorge Trackhead
 
Galston Gorge Trackhead +
 
Galston Gorge Chook
 
Galston Gorge Chook +

 
Looking down to Galston Gorge Trackhead
 
Looking down to Galston Gorge Trackhead +
 
Walking track north of Galston Gorge Trackhead
 
Walking track north of Galston Gorge Trackhead +
 
An old car that missed a turn on Galston Rd
 
An old car that missed a turn on Galston Rd +

 
Grass tree and rocky track north of Galston Gorge Trackhead
 
Grass tree and rocky track north of Galston Gorge Trackhead +
 
Grass tree north of Galston Gorge Trackhead
 
Grass tree north of Galston Gorge Trackhead +
 
Patersonia Lily (Patersonia sericea) north of Galston Gorge
 
Patersonia Lily (Patersonia sericea) north of Galston Gorge +

 
Crossing a mossy gully
 
Crossing a mossy gully +
 
Stone steps leading up the side of the cliff
 
Stone steps leading up the side of the cliff +
 
Walking along the narrow track north of Galston Gorge
 
Walking along the narrow track north of Galston Gorge +

 
Pleasent small waterfall north of Galson Gorge
 
Pleasent small waterfall north of Galson Gorge +
 
GNW arrow marker in dense moist forest
 
GNW arrow marker in dense moist forest +
 
Benowie Track west of Hornsby Heights
 
Benowie Track west of Hornsby Heights +

 
Long rock wall west of Hornsby Heights
 
Long rock wall west of Hornsby Heights +
 
Walking along a rock platform west of Hornsby Heights
 
Walking along a rock platform west of Hornsby Heights +
 
Fenced section of track on the west side of Hornsby Heights
 
Fenced section of track on the west side of Hornsby Heights +

 
Small clearing on ridge north of Galson Gorge
 
Small clearing on ridge north of Galson Gorge +
 
Track scrambing down the rock
 
Track scrambing down the rock +
 
Berowra Creek near Provest Creek
 
Berowra Creek near Provest Creek +

 
Track north of Provest Creek crossing
 
Track north of Provest Creek crossing +
 
Pleasant forest
 
Pleasant forest +
 
Creek crossing north of Provest Creek
 
Creek crossing north of Provest Creek +

 
Berowra Creek north of Provest Creek
 
Berowra Creek north of Provest Creek +
 
Track south of Berowra Creek campsite
 
Track south of Berowra Creek campsite +
 
Board walk south of Berowra Creek campsite
 
Board walk south of Berowra Creek campsite +

 
Water Dragon near Berowra Creek campsite
 
Water Dragon near Berowra Creek campsite +
 
Berowra Creek
 
Berowra Creek +
 
Overhang south of Berowra Creek campsite
 
Overhang south of Berowra Creek campsite +

 
Pleasent forest near Berowra Creek campsite
 
Pleasent forest near Berowra Creek campsite +
 
Berowra Creek campsite
 
Berowra Creek campsite +
 
Bridge just east of Berowra Creek campsite
 
Bridge just east of Berowra Creek campsite +

 
Creek crossing north of Berowra Creek campsite
 
Creek crossing north of Berowra Creek campsite +
 
Looking across Berowra Creek to convention centre
 
Looking across Berowra Creek to convention centre +
 
Views over Berowra Creek
 
Views over Berowra Creek +

 
Rocky track south of Crosslands
 
Rocky track south of Crosslands +
 
Welcome to Crosslands Reserve
 
Welcome to Crosslands Reserve +
 
Toilet block on the southern side of Crosslands
 
Toilet block on the southern side of Crosslands +

 
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MM_20101012_020218 +
 
Fire Pit at Crosslands Campsite
 
Fire Pit at Crosslands Campsite +
 
View points at Crosslands
 
View points at Crosslands +

 
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Play ground at Crosslands
 
Play ground at Crosslands +
 
End of road at Crosslands
 
End of road at Crosslands +

 
GNW trackhead sign at Crosslands
 
GNW trackhead sign at Crosslands +
 
Crosslands boardwalk
 
Crosslands boardwalk +
 
int of Berowra creek lookout and Great North Walk
 
int of Berowra creek lookout and Great North Walk +

 
Berowra Creek Lookout
 
Berowra Creek Lookout +
 
Sign on track beside Berowra Creek
 
Sign on track beside Berowra Creek +
 
Section of boardwalk east of Berowra Creek Lookout
 
Section of boardwalk east of Berowra Creek Lookout +

 
Berowra Creek
 
Berowra Creek +
 
 
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Lizard on Calna Creek Bridge
 
Lizard on Calna Creek Bridge +

 
Calna Creek
 
Calna Creek +
 
Boardwalk near Calna Creek
 
Boardwalk near Calna Creek +
 
Saltmarsh Near Calna Creek
 
Saltmarsh Near Calna Creek +

 
Crossing the saltmarsh Near Calna Creek
 
Crossing the saltmarsh Near Calna Creek +
 
Grass trees along track near Berowra Creek
 
Grass trees along track near Berowra Creek +
 
Rocky track alongside Berowra Creek
 
Rocky track alongside Berowra Creek +

 
Flat area on spur south of Sams Creek
 
Flat area on spur south of Sams Creek +
 
Flat marshland on south side of Sams Creek
 
Flat marshland on south side of Sams Creek +
 
Beside Sams Creek
 
Beside Sams Creek +

 
Sams Creek
 
Sams Creek +
 
Water Dragon near Sams Creek
 
Water Dragon near Sams Creek +
 
Steps north of Sams Creek
 
Steps north of Sams Creek +

 
Track on northen side of Sams Creek
 
Track on northen side of Sams Creek +
 
GNW sheltered chair
 
GNW sheltered chair +
 
Naa Badu Lookout
 
Naa Badu Lookout +

 
Enjoying the great views from Naa Badu Lookout
 
Enjoying the great views from Naa Badu Lookout +
 
Walking along trail on south side of Berowra Heights
 
Walking along trail on south side of Berowra Heights +
 
Yellow Pea (Gompholobium)
 
Yellow Pea (Gompholobium) +

 
Walking through forest west of Berowra
 
Walking through forest west of Berowra +
 
Sydney Boronia (Boronia ledifolia)
 
Sydney Boronia (Boronia ledifolia) +
 
Yellow Pea
 
Yellow Pea +

 
Intersection at the bottom of Joalah St trail
 
Intersection at the bottom of Joalah St trail +
 
walking along the management trail south of Berowra Heights
 
walking along the management trail south of Berowra Heights +
 
Grey Spider Flower (Grevillea Buxifolia)
 
Grey Spider Flower (Grevillea Buxifolia) +

 
Track west of Crowley Rd
 
Track west of Crowley Rd +
 
Rocky track South of Berowra Heights
 
Rocky track South of Berowra Heights +
 
Staircase west of Crowley Rd
 
Staircase west of Crowley Rd +

 
Intersection of Benowie Walking Track and Crowley Road
 
Intersection of Benowie Walking Track and Crowley Road +
 
Crowley Rd Trackhead
 
Crowley Rd Trackhead +
 
Crossing Berowra Waters Rd
 
Crossing Berowra Waters Rd +

 
Walking alongside Berowra Waters Road
 
Walking alongside Berowra Waters Road +
 
Some shops at Berowra
 
Some shops at Berowra +
 
GNW arrow at Berowra station
 
GNW arrow at Berowra station +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Galston Gorge to Berowra Station bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Galston Gorge to Berowra Station bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Galston Gorge to Berowra Station bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Galston Gorge to Berowra Station 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 13km
Time 5 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
8km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 1.8km is flat with no steps and the remaining 670m is very steep.

Quality of track
7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 3.4km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 1.8km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 11km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.8km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 2.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (670m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 13km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Galston Gorge track head
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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Galston Gorge track head Alt = 24 m
Galston Gorge track head is located at a small car park[1] on the eastern side of Berowra Creek, near the bottom of the gorge on Galston Road. This track head is a good access point for those wanting to do sections of the Great North Walk and is well signposted[2]. Keep an eye open for the local chickens[3].

(0 km) Galston Gorge track head to Unnamed Falls
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.27 km Time = 41 mins
Climb = 161 m Descent = -109 m
From the Galston Gorge trackhead, this walk follows the 'Crosslands' sign[4] up the timber steps, away from the road[5]. The track soon bends left then mostly flattens out as it winds along the side of the valley for almost 200m, where it passes above an old rusted car[6] (some distance down the hill, to your left). Here the narrowing, rocky track winds down through a lovely grass tree[7] and boulder[8] forest for about 600m, coming to a small flat rock platform[9]. The walk then bends right (ignoring the steep track down to the left). The track then leads among more grass trees for another 100m and crosses a mossy and rocky gully[10]. Once across this gully, the track begins to climb steeply[11], then up a steep set of steps (through a crack in the rock)[12]. At the top of the steps, the track continues to climb for another 70m before mostly flattening out[13]. Soon the track starts to wind downhill, crossing a wider mossy gully[14] with larger boulders[15] and a small waterfall[16]. The gully is marked with a few GNW markers[17].

Gulley Creek Falls Alt = 84 m
This is a nice little creek crossing[18] on the Great North Walk in Galston Gorge. The small falls[19][20] flow just upstream of the track, even after a small amount of rain. Enjoy the cool shade of the trees at the creek crossing from the track.

(1.27 km) Unnamed Falls to Berowra Creek campsite track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 3.43 km Time = 1 hr 28 mins
Climb = 217 m Descent = -297 m
Continue straight: From the waterfall, this walk follows the GNW markers[21] out of the gully, initially keeping the waterfall[22] up to your right. The rocky track leads up the side of the hill[23], moderately steeply at times, for about 600m and then passes along the base of a long rock wall[24] (on your right). At the end of this wall, the walk climbs the carved steps[25]. The walk continues along the track for about 600m, walking along the series of unfenced rock platforms[26] (passing under the high-tension power-lines[27]) to then head down to a section of fenced track. There are some good valley views from this lookout[28]. From the end of the fence, the track soon starts to lead further downhill for about 150m, coming to a clearing on a flat rock platform[29]which is marked with a GNW arrow post[30]. Here, the walk turns left and winds quite steeply[31] downhill for about 120m, to then follow a flatter section of track with plenty of grass trees[32]. After about 300m (passing close to the creek a couple of times[33]), the walk crosses a rocky gully[34] (where you can see the creek again on your left). Continuing along the side of the valley for about 250m, the track then leads across another rocky gully[35] and finds another nice spot beside Berowra Creek just beyond[36]. The track continues near the creek (passing under the power lines) for another 300m and climbs down a rock with a couple of metal pegs[37].
Over the next 600m, the track crosses a couple of small, flat timber bridges[38][39] and passes alongside the lovely creek[40] to then climb up through a crack in a rock, where there is a handrail in place[41]. On the other side of this little climb, the track passes under a small overhang[42] and continues alongside the creek for another 300m, where it comes to an intersection[43] with a track on your right (which leads to a clearing[44] and campsite[45]).

Berowra Creek campsite Alt = 5 m
This shady campsite is located on the Benowie Track a short distance back from Berowra Creek, south of the Crosslands Reserve. Providing plenty of tree cover[46], flat ground[47] and an established fire scar[48], this campsite is a great spot for those walkers who want a quiet night's sleep away from the more popular Crosslands Reserve. The creek water is brackish at this point, so it is not drinkable (except after heavy rain and lower tide, but then the water is more polluted) - best to bring your own water.

(4.69 km) Berowra Creek campsite track to Crosslands southern toilet block
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.36 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 85 m Descent = -84 m
Continue straight: From the intersection near the campsite, this walk follows the clear track alongside Berowra Creek, whilst keeping the creek to your left. After about 30m, the track crosses a small, flat, timber bridge[49], then continues to wind along near the creek[50] for about 300m before crossing a rocky gully[51], with a small creek[52]. After another 250m of walking through the the fern and turpentine forest, the track leads to an overgrown but signposted campsite[53] (on your left). The track then crosses a small creek using a timber bridge with a handrail[54] then almost 200m later, the track passes a more open area that has been used as a campsite[55]. The track continues mostly flat for another 100m, coming to a view across the creek (to the grassy area of Crosslands Youth and Convention Centre[56][57]). Here the walk climbs the stone steps[58], to pass another (unfenced) view across the creek[59].
The track continues to wind downhill[60] for another 250m, then heads along the flat[61], past the 'Crosslands Reserve' sign[62], to come to the large corrugated iron toilet block[63].

Crosslands Campsite Alt = 2 m
On the far southern end of Crosslands Reserve is a toilet block and campsite. The campsite is well set up and managed by Hornsby Council. There are picnic tables[64], electric barbecues[65], toilets[66], a children's playground[67], garbage bins[68] and town water[69]. There is a large flat grassy areas to camp and a single authorised fire pit[70]. The campsite must be booked and fees apply - $9 per night for adults and $6 for children (infants under 4 are free). The gate at the top of the hill is locked at 5.30pm EST and 7.30pm (daylight savings time)[71]. A pleasant and well established campsite beside the river[72]. More info

(6.06 km) Crosslands southern toilet block to Crosslands Carpark
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 335 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -5 m
Veer left: From the toilet block, this walk follows the dirt footpath[73] nearest the creek, towards the main area of Crosslands reserve, whilst keeping the creek to your left. The track soon leads past a 'Boats destroyed' information sign[74], then past the only 'Authorised fire pit'[75][76] and main camping area. This walk then continues along the path, passing the 'Climate change and the river' information sign[77] and timber viewing platform[78][79]. Here the path leads past the picnic shelters[80] and BBQ's[81] to then continue along the concrete footpath[82]. The path leads past another viewing platform[83] (and information sign), then past the children's play equipment [84] and comes to the end of the path where there is a car park[85](on your right) and sign pointing to 'Crosslands Conventions Centre AND Field Study' across the creek (on your left)[86]

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[87], electric barbecues[88], toilets[89], car parking[90], a children's playground[91], garbage bins[92], camping area, toilets[fac=8086] and town water[93]. The southern part of Crosslands is managed by Hornsby Council[94] and the northern half by the NPWS within the Berowra Valley National Park[95].
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[96].

(6.39 km) Crosslands Carpark to Northern end of Crosslands carpark
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 247 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the car park, this walk follows the flat dirt path[97] between the road (on the right) and creek (on the left). The path leads through the casuarina trees for about 120m to pass the boat ramp[98]. After another 120m this walk comes to a locked gate[99] at the northern end of the car park[100]. There is also a wetland through the trees to the right worth noticing.

(6.64 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
Continue straight: From the northern end of Crosslands car park[101] (at the far northern end of Somerville Rd, Hornsby Heights), this walk follows the 'Newcastle' arrow[102] on the large 'Great North Walk' sign around the locked gate[fac=8043] and along the sealed old road[103]. 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[104]. At the intersection this walk veers right, past the 'Place of Winds' sign[105] and wetland[106] (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[107] and 'Great North walk' sign[108]. This is just on the edge of the northern picnic area[109], not far from the toilet block[110][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][111][112] and a few sandy beaches with direct access to the water[113]. 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][114], as well as garbage bins[115]. The eastern side is home to a boardwalk exploring the estuarine wetland[116]. A pleasant area to rest and enjoy the water. Fires are only permitted in formally established fire places[117] .

(6.9 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[118], this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[119] along the timber boardwalk[120][fac=8085]. The timber boardwalks winds through the mangroves for about 60m, coming to a firm dirt track[121] which leads for another 70m to a second timber boardwalk[122]. The second boardwalk leads for another 70m, past 'Mangrove Food Cycle' information signs[123] to come to an 3-way intersection[124] in the boardwalk with the estuaries viewing platform boardwalk[125] (on your left).

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[126], the timber fence is 95cm high[127]. There are also information signs about the local flora and fauna[128] and the 'Original Inhabitants'[129]. There are two timber bench seats[fac=8053][130] encouraging you to take some time to soak up this view.

(7.12 km) Estuaries viewing platform to Sams Creek Ridge Clearing
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.93 km Time = 47 mins
Climb = 121 m Descent = -115 m
Continue straight: From the intersection at the estuaries viewing platform, this walk follows the timber ramp down to the dirt track[131] and heads past the '..unsuitable for wheelchair access' sign[132]. The track leads alongside the wide creek for about 200m to the 'All creatures great and small' information sign[133], then down a little way further to head along a short section of timber boardwalk[134].
About 100m further along the rocky track, this walk comes to a lookout and a 'Catch the Threats' information sign[135], where the track continues past the bench seat[136] and alongside the creek to the 'The Rock Club' information sign[137]. The track then leads among some grass tress[138] for just over 100m to the 'Bush Supermarket' information sign[139]. Just past this sign, the track begins to climb fairly steeply up the stone[140] and timber steps[141] to the ridge line, marked with a GNW arrow and a 'Stop! Look! Listen! and Smell!' information sign[142].
Continue straight: From the ridge line, this walk follows the GNW arrow east downhill, initially keeping the 'Stop! Look! Listen! and Smell!' information sign[143] on your right. The track bends left and follows the timber steps[144] as the track winds steeply down the side of the hill. Near the bottom of the hill, the track passes a 'Rock n Roll' information sign[145] then comes to a long, metal footbridge[146]. The walk crosses the bridge over Calna Creek and comes to a signposted intersection, with a 'Fragile Marsh' information sign[147]
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Berowra Waters' sign[148] along the timber boardwalk[149]. The boardwalk leads for about 80m across the large open flat saltmarsh[150] into the casuarina forest[151] on the other side. Here the track bends left and leads along the side of the saltmarsh[152] for almost 200m, where the rocky track leads a little further before coming alongside Berowra Creek's mangroves[153]. The track continues to gently undulate along the side of Berowra Creek for about 650m among the casuarinas[154] and grass tress[155], before heading up a fairly short, steep climb. At the top of this climb, the walk comes to a small, flat, pleasant clearing surrounded by large boulders[156].

(9.05 km) Sams Creek ridge clearing to Sams Creek Crossing
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 501 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -23 m
Continue straight: From the clearing, this walk leads down the north eastern side of this ridge, keeping the main valley to your left. After about 100m this walk comes to another flat saltmarsh[157] , where the track bends right to soon come to a large flat clearing[158] beside Sams Creek[159] (subject to flooding).
The track then leads alongside Sams Creek (on your left) for about 350m when, just after climbing over a rock, the track comes to a 'Crosslands' sign[160] pointing back along the track, beside the creek.

(9.55 km) Sams Creek Crossing to Int of Great North Walk and Berowra Link tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 670 m Time = 30 mins
Climb = 181 m Descent = -44 m
Turn left: From the south side of the creek, this walk follows the 'Berowra Waters' sign[161] across the rocky Sams Creek. This creek may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain. On the other side, the track veers left, crossing a rocky gully[162] and heads up the timber steps[163]. The track now starts to climb steeply, zigzagging up the timber steps [164] and a couple of staircases[165] for just over 300m to find a bench seat in a small sandstone cave[166]. After a rest, this walk continues up more steps (and staircases) for just over 150m, coming to a T-intersection with a wide service trail, where a 'Crosslands' sign[167] points back down the track.

(10.22 km) Int of Great North Walk and Berowra Link tracks to Int of Naa Badu Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 263 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -22 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Berowra Waters' sign[168] gently down along the management trail, keeping the valley to your left. The trail gently undulates along the side of the hill, enjoying some glimpses up to the cliff faces[169] (on the right). After about 180m, the trail crosses a concrete drain[170], then leads up the hill to find the signposted 'Naa Badu' lookout[171] and its great view[172].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Naa Badu Lookout Alt = 135 m
Naa Badu Lookout offers magnificent views south over Berowra Creek as well as over Sams and Calna Creeks. Naa Badu means 'See water'[173] in the Aboriginal tribal language of the Dharug people. It is believed that Berowra Creek was the boundary between the Dharug and Guringai Aboriginal peoples. The lookout is fenced[174], has a bench seat[175], picnic table[176] and a fair amount of natural shade.

(10.22 km) Int of Great North Walk and Berowra Link tracks to Crowley Road track head
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 2.01 km Time = 48 mins
Climb = 163 m Descent = -87 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Berowra Station' sign[177] uphill along the wide management trail. The trail then undulates around the side of valley, now generally heading downhill for about 600m before crossing a small creek (where the trail is gravel[178]). The trail continues for another 300m to a wide three-way intersection[179], where a sign (on your right) points back to 'Crosslands'[180].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Berowra Station' sign[181] downhill along the management trail, which soon bends to the right. The trail then leads moderately steeply downhill[182], before continuing uphill[183] for about 40m more to a Y-intersection with a narrow track[184] (on your left), marked with a GNW arrow[185].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[186] along the narrow track. The track leads over a small rise then down to cross a small creek[187]. The track then heads uphill for about 40m to find a three-way intersection marked with a couple of arrow posts[188].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow post[189] gently uphill along the track, whilst keeping the gully on your left. Over the next 500m, the track crosses the gully twice then become steeper as it climbs up towards the rocks and drier forest[190]. This walk then climbs the metal staircase[191], turns left and follows the unfenced rock platform[192]. The track soon bends right and climbs up the fairly steep steps[193] for about 120m, which come up behind some houses[194]. From here, the track leads left up through an open grassy parkland[195] (past the sign pointing back down to 'Crosslands'[196]) to find Crowley Rd[197].

(12.22 km) Crowley Road track head to Berowra Station
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 709 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -25 m
Turn left: From the small park[198], this walk follows the 'Berowra Station' sign[199] alongside Crowley Rd 40m to the roundabout[200]. The walk crosses Berowra Waters Rd[201] in front of the 'Old Berowra District Hall'[202]. Here the walk heads right and follows the footpath past the park[203][204], across 'The Gully Rd'[205], past the Caltex[206] and post office[207] and up to the Pacific Hwy. The walk turns left, following the footpath for just over 150m past a series of local shops and cafes[208][209], then turns right and crosses the highway at the traffic lights[210] past the GNW signpost[211] to Berowra Station[212].

Catch the train from Berowra Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Berowra 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 Berowra 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.
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Drive from Berowra 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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Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 4.7 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 4.8 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 7.4 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 15.8 km
Castle Tarpaulin Warehouse 14/ 10 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill (02) 9899 3959 11.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Galston Gorge to Berowra Station.
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Site Distance and dir from Galston Gorge to Berowra Station
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 8 km (to the NE)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
8 km (to the SSE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 21 km (to the SW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 32 km (to the NE)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 34 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 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
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Wed      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°Possible late shower.
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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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Mike IP:58.173.42.xxx | 2008-07-02 17:00:08
The problem with this delightful walk, is getting to the start at Galston Gorge, as there is no bus service. I took a 596 bus from Hornsby Station to Hornsby Hts Public School with the intention of walking down. But (a) it is over 5km and (b) downright dangerous with no footpath. Fortunately, a passing motorist saw my plight and stopped to offer me a ride down, which I gratefully accepted. So, it is either a taxi or or some form of car pool.
trialex - Wet weather IP:203.52.113.xxx | 2011-11-24 21:55:10
Would you recommend this walk after rain? The notes list a few creek crossings - are they OK after a week of rain?

Thanks!
admin - re: Wet weather IP:211.30.207.xxx | 2011-11-24 23:53:08
trialex wrote:
Would you recommend this walk after rain? The notes list a few creek crossings - are they OK after a week of rain?

Hi Tialex
I think after this last week of rain it will be OK. Assuming you are walking this Sat I would be mindful of how much it rains on Sat - the forecast is for rain. There walk will be generally be slippery, especially the gully crossings. Good chance you will get wet crossing Sam's Creek but the water is generally fairly slow making crossing easier. Sunday looks like it will be better. These creeks drop pretty quickly.
Walk safely, if the water levels looks too high or the water is moving to fast you can always backtrack or wait for the water to settle down.
Hope that helps
Enjoy
Matt :)
trialex IP:60.240.55.xxx | 2011-11-25 07:37:23
Matt thanks heaps for the quick reply.
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