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Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai
Time: 9 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.4 km SSW of Hornsby
Length: 22.3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 22.3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 1319 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 1319 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 start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This section of the Great North Walk starts from Hornsby train station and winds down along the Blue Gum Walk into Fishponds and along Berowra Creek. The walk passes through the Tunks Ridge Reserve and then into Galston Gorge. From here the walk keeps following the Berowra Creek through the Crosslands campsite to Calna creek, and then up to Mt Kuring-gai. Note this walk was re-routed in early 2016 to go via the streets of Hornsby Heights. This re-route is due to the multi-agency decision to close the Fishponds to Steele Bridge section of the Benowie Track. This decision has upset many people and the protest continues. (open in app)


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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai

Map of Walk

Location

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Hornsby Train Station
Int of Quarry Rd and Old Man Valley Service Trail
Int of Quarry Road and Great North Walk
Int of Great North Walk and Quarry Road service trail
Berowra Valley Bushland Park
Int of Great North Walk and Rosemead Rd service trail
Int of Blue Gum Walk and Joes Mountain Service Trail
Int of Great North Walk and Manor Rd Bushtrack
Fishponds Lookout
Int of GNW and Manor Rd Bushtrack
Corner of Dilkera and Manor Rd
Int of Rosamond St and Stewart Ave
End of Clarinda St
Int of Clarinda St and Simon Pl trails
Int of Clarinda St and waterfall track
Unnamed Waterfall
Int of Stewart Ave service trail and waterfall track
Steele Bridge
Tunks Ridge Rest Area
Int of Great North Walk and Galston Gorge track
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
Int of GNW and Lyrebird Gully tracks
Calna Creek campsite (north)
Calna Creek Campsite (south)
Lyrebird Caves
Lyrebird Waterfall
Lyrebird Clearing
Int of Glenview Rd and the Pacific Hwy
Starting point for this hiking track: Hornsby Train Station

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Photo Gallery

 
Quarry road Great North Walk Track intersection
 
Quarry road Great North Walk Track intersection +
 
Steps winding up out of the valley
 
Steps winding up out of the valley +
 
Rosemead Park
 
Rosemead Park +

 
path continuing towards fishponds
 
path continuing towards fishponds +
 
Blue Gum forest
 
Blue Gum forest +
 
Fishponds Lookout
 
Fishponds Lookout +

 
Berowra creek Stepping stones
 
Berowra creek Stepping stones +
 
Historical Military Steele bridge
 
Historical Military Steele bridge +
 
climbing down into Galston Gorge
 
climbing down into Galston Gorge +

 
Galston Gorge
 
Galston Gorge +
 
Track through Galston Gorge
 
Track through Galston Gorge +
 
small Great North Walk campsite
 
small Great North Walk campsite +

 
Crosslands Reserve
 
Crosslands Reserve +
 
 
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path heading towards Mt Ku-ring Gai
 
path heading towards Mt Ku-ring Gai +

 
Following the Great North Walk Ku-ring Gai entrance track
 
Following the Great North Walk Ku-ring Gai entrance track +
 
rock overhang
 
rock overhang +
 
Benowie Walking Track, Mt Ku-ring-gai
 
Benowie Walking Track, Mt Ku-ring-gai +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai 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 22km
Time 9 hrs
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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 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
11km of this walk has short steep hills and another 6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 3km is flat with no steps and the remaining 2.7km is very steep.

Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 6km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and the remaining 3.9km follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 14km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 8km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 12km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 10km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 19km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 3km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 11km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 11km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Hornsby Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Hornsby Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus to Hornsby Train Station
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)
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Drive to Hornsby Train Station
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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(0 km) Hornsby Train Station to Int of Quarry Road and Great North Walk
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 717 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -34 m
From the western side of Hornsby Railway Station[1], this walk first crosses the bus lane, then follows the large 'To the Great North Walk' sign[2] across the Station St pedestrian crossing[3], and then across the Pacific Highway at the traffic lights[4]. Here the walk turns right and follows the footpath (across 'Dural Lane'[5]) past some shops to cross 'Dural St'[6]. The walk then turns left and follows the footpath down along 'Dural St'[7], past a few more shops. Continuing past the units, this walk then turns right onto 'Quarry Rd'[8][9] and follows the road down the gently hill for about 180m to an intersection with 'Old Mans Valley' management trail[10] and locked gate (on your right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows Quarry Road down the gentle hill, leaving the houses[11][12] behind to come to an intersection with a track, signposted with a 'Great North Walk' sign[13] (on your left).

(0.72 km) Int of Quarry Road and Great North Walk to Berowra Valley Bushland Park
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 544 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -89 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[14] up the hill. The track leads up over the rise, then continues down to the intersection with the Quarry Rd Management trail[15].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[16] down the steep rock steps[17]. The walk winds steeply down a number of sets of stone steps, passing some large rock walls for a bit over 100m, to find a welcome flat section of track[18] midway the hill. As the track leads past some houses (through the trees on your left), this walk heads down more steps[19] before coming to the open area of 'Berowra Valley Bushland Park'[20][21], at the end of Rosemead Road[22].

Berowra Valley Bushland Park Alt = 82 m
'Berowra Valley Bushland Park'[23] is also known as Rosemead Rd Park and is found at the bottom end of Rosemead Rd[24], Hornsby. This is an open area park surrounded by shady eucalyptus trees[25], making a pleasant spot to rest on a walk. It has a picnic table with bench seats[26], and a sheltered free electric BBQ[27]. There is a water tap[28] in the park, near the road. There is also a 'Welcome to Old Mans Valley' information sign with information about the traditional country of the Darug and Guringai peoples[29].

(1.26 km) Berowra Valley Bushland Park to Int of Blue Gum Walk and Joes Mountain Service Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 887 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 45 m Descent = -39 m
Veer right: From the lower side of Berowra Valley Bushland Park[30] (at the end of Rosemead Rd, Hornsby[31]), this walk follows the 'Fishponds 1.2km' arrow on the large sign[32], down the track[33] for approximately 30m, to the intersection with the Rosemead management trail[34], marked with a Great North Walk arrow.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill along the wide rocky management trail[35] as it bends left (and passing some houses off to the left). The trail then bends right[36] and leads across Old Mans Creek using some concrete stepping stones[37]. The walk then continues by heading up the moderately steep hill and then through a thick blue gum and bracken fern forest[38]. The wide trail leads to the top of the hill then bends left, (ignoring the track on the right[39]) to pass over a saddle[40]. Here the trail leads down the gentle hill[41], through the turpentine forest for just over 300m to find an intersection with narrower track on the right, marked with arrow posts[42].

(2.15 km) Int of Blue Gum Walk and Joes Mountain Service Trail to Int of Great North Walk and Manor Rd Bushtrack
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 27 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Great North Walk' arrow[43] down the narrower track a short distance to find a three-way intersection marked with a large 'Great North walk' signpost[44].

(2.18 km) Int of Great North Walk and Manor Rd Bushtrack to Fishponds crossing
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 341 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -40 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Fishponds' sign[45] along the flat narrow track past the 'Berowra Valley Regional Park' sign[46]. The track soon bends left (passing along the top of an unfenced cliff) then winds down some steep carved rock steps (with a hand rail)[47]. The rocky track then leads down along the side of the valley for just over 100m to cross a timber foot bridge[48]. The track then continues for another 70m to find a fenced rock platform[49] and signposted intersection[50].
Turn right: From the lookout[51], this walk follows the 'Galston Gorge' sign[52] along the fenced rock shelf (keeping the fence to your left). The track leads down the rocky steps to the edge of Berowra Creek[53]. The walk crosses the creek using the stepping stones, and comes to a small cave[54] on the other side. This creek may be impassable after rain[55].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Fishponds Alt = 49 m
Fishponds is a long waterhole[56] on Berowra Creek in Berowra Valley Regional Park. The waterhole is lined with tall cliffs[57] and a few sandstone caves. At the southern end, there are stepping stones to help cross the creek[58], and a small timber bridge[59] at the northern end. This is a beautiful spot and a worthy place to rest and enjoy the water passing by[60]. The waterhole is fairly popular with local teens in summer, cooling off. Swimming and jumping at the Fishponds waterhole has resulted in fatalities[61] - please heed the signs and Cora's parents' plea and enjoy the water from the edge.

(2.18 km) Int of GNW and Manor Rd Bushtrack to End of Clarinda St
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,road,road
Length = 1.88 km Time = 44 mins
Climb = 131 m Descent = -49 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Alternative Route' arrow on the GNW sign[62]. The track dips before heading steeply uphill, zigzagging in several sections. The walk leads you up a large metal staircase to the top of the cliffs, coming to the intersection of Manor Rd and Dilkera Cl.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows Manor Rd as it initially heads up a gentle hill. After about 600m, Manor Road turns to skirt about Mount Wilga Hospital, and the road changes name to Rosamond St. The walk continues along to the intersection with Stewart Ave on the left (this is a four-way intersection, with Carrington Rd on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads north along Rosamond St following the Great North Walk arrow. The walk then turns left into Clarinda St and follows it to the end of the road, to find the 'Clarinda Wetlands' sign.

(4.06 km) End of Clarinda St to Int of Clarinda St trail and waterfall track
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 1.08 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 51 m Descent = -66 m
Turn right: From the end of Clarinda St Hornsby, this walk heads around the green gate with the 'Berowra Valley Regional Park' sign on it, keeping the 'Clarinda wetlands' to the left. The walk follows the management trail, which soon bends left and gently winds through the bushland. There are some interesting rock formations on the right and the occasional valley view on the left. The track is fairly flat most of the way, until a left-hand bend that leads down to cross a small creek, and then up the other side of the valley. Once the track flattens out again, it comes to an intersection with the Simon Pl management trail on the right, at a fairly large clearing.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the flat management trail, heading away from Simon Place past the 'Berowra Valley Regional Park', 'Dogs Prohibited' sign[63]. The walk gently meanders along the trail, enjoying the ferns and sandstone rocks for a while until coming to a 'Great North Walk' sign[64] highlighting the intersection with small track on the left.

(5.14 km) Int of Clarinda St and waterfall track to Int of Stewart Ave service trail and waterfall track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 473 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -98 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill along the narrow track, following the 'Great North Walk' sign[65]. The track is rocky and steep in a few places. Take care as the track turns at the top of some smaller cliffs while winding down the hill. Steps have been made from rocks and logs, making this track a bit more gentle, and there are some carved steps in the steeper sections. At the bottom of a small flight stone stairs, the walk crosses the creek on the rocks just in front of the waterfall.
Veer right: From the waterfall, this walk climbs the stone stairs (keeping the waterfall initially on the left) and then turns right, heading up out of the gully. Once at the top of the stairs, the walk heads through the bush until soon coming to a 'T' intersection with the Stewart St management trail, signposted with a large 'Great North Walk' sign[66].

(5.61 km) Int of Stewart Ave service trail and waterfall track to Steele Bridge
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 396 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -29 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Galston Gorge 4km' arrow[67] down the hill along the wide management trail. For the most part, the trail gently heads downhill then bends around to the left, leading to an intersection just before Steele Bridge.

Historic Military 'Steele' Bridge Alt = 38 m
This large steel and timber bridge spans Berowra Creek north of Fishponds. The creek is fairly wide at this point and the bridge provides a great view of the sandstone overhangs along the creek's edge. The bridge was commissioned in 1965 to allow access for fire trucks. The bridge was designed by Major General Sir Clive Steele in 1942. Bridges of this type were critical during the WWII South West Pacific campaigns. The bridge is designed on the Warren truss style and is one of only 4 'Steele' bridges still in use in NSW. More info

(6 km) Steele Bridge to Tunks Ridge Rest Area
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.78 km Time = 44 mins
Climb = 160 m Descent = -33 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk crosses the 'Historic Military Steele Bridge'[68] and turns right to follow the 'Crosslands' sign [69] uphill along the wide management trail. After about 200m, the trail becomes steeper (and is concreted) for around 150m, then flattens out just before the left bend. The trail continues to climb (enjoying the valley views to the right) for another 400m, after which the trail becomes quite steep again for for about 600m (here the trail is sealed[70] then concreted[71] in two sections). From the top of the second concreted section, the trail leads gently uphill for just shy of 300m to the well-signposted 'Tunks Ridge Rest Area', where a sign points back down the trail to 'Stewart St Hornsby Trackhead'[72].

Tunks Ridge Rest Area Alt = 165 m
Tunks Ridge Rest Area is a large, shady and gently sloping campsite[73] at the junction of three management trails. There is no water or other facilities (you will need to carry your own in). A sign at the top of the campsite reminds campers that there is a one night limit and that it is a fuel stove only area (no campfires)[74]. Please note that the composting toilet[75] has been removed and no longer available.

(7.78 km) Tunks Ridge Rest Area to Int of Great North Walk and Galston Gorge track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.36 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -68 m
Turn right: From the top of the rest area, this walk follows the 'Galston Gorge' AND 'Crosslands Reserve' signs[76] along the wide management trail, keeping the valley to your right. The trail winds along the side of the ridge[77] (passing along the base of a long rock wall[78], up to your left) for about 700m, until the trail comes to the top of the ridge. From here, the trail leads for another 500m, down across a saddle[79] then up to a clear Y-intersection[80]. The walk takes the left branch and passes a few 'Regeneration Area' signs[81][82] over about 250m, coming to a well-signposted[83] intersection with narrower track (on your left), partway around the right-hand bend.

(9.14 km) Int of Great North Walk and Galston Gorge track to Galston Gorge track head
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 546 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -119 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Galston Gorge' sign[84] down the steep rocky track[85] as it zigzags down towards the valley. About 40m down the hill, the track comes to a 'Great North Walk - Walkers Registration' box[86]. After leaving your comments, this walk continues downhill, passing through a crack in the rock[87] where the walk bends right and follows along the particularly rocky section for about 150m and comes to a fence[88]. The fence guides down a steep section, passing a cave[89], and comes to the top of a metal peg ladder[90]. This walk climbs down the ladder, then follows the rock wall (keeping the road to your left), heading down through a crack[91] and along another fence, then coming to a flat area beside the road[92]. Here the walk follows the GNW arrow[93] to the right and down under the bridge[94]. The walk crosses the creek, usually a bit more than ankle deep[95]. This creek maybe impassable after rain - the road bridge above offers an alternate way across[96], but watch and listen for traffic. On the other bank, the walk turns left to follow the track uphill[97]. The track well-formed track climbs to the well-signposted and paved Galston Gorge trackhead[98], where a 'Fishponds' sign[99] points back down the track.

Galston Gorge track head Alt = 24 m
Galston Gorge track head is located at a small car park[100] 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[101]. Keep an eye open for the local chickens[102].

(9.68 km) Galston Gorge track head to Unnamed Falls
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.27 km Time = 41 mins
Climb = 161 m Descent = -109 m
Turn left: From the Galston Gorge trackhead, this walk follows the 'Crosslands' sign[103] up the timber steps, away from the road[104]. 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[105] (some distance down the hill, to your left). Here the narrowing, rocky track winds down through a lovely grass tree[106] and boulder[107] forest for about 600m, coming to a small flat rock platform[108]. 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[109]. Once across this gully, the track begins to climb steeply[110], then up a steep set of steps (through a crack in the rock)[111]. At the top of the steps, the track continues to climb for another 70m before mostly flattening out[112]. Soon the track starts to wind downhill, crossing a wider mossy gully[113] with larger boulders[114] and a small waterfall[115]. The gully is marked with a few GNW markers[116].

Gulley Creek Falls Alt = 84 m
This is a nice little creek crossing[117] on the Great North Walk in Galston Gorge. The small falls[118][119] 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.

(10.95 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[120] out of the gully, initially keeping the waterfall[121] up to your right. The rocky track leads up the side of the hill[122], moderately steeply at times, for about 600m and then passes along the base of a long rock wall[123] (on your right). At the end of this wall, the walk climbs the carved steps[124]. The walk continues along the track for about 600m, walking along the series of unfenced rock platforms[125] (passing under the high-tension power-lines[126]) to then head down to a section of fenced track. There are some good valley views from this lookout[127]. 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[128]which is marked with a GNW arrow post[129]. Here, the walk turns left and winds quite steeply[130] downhill for about 120m, to then follow a flatter section of track with plenty of grass trees[131]. After about 300m (passing close to the creek a couple of times[132]), the walk crosses a rocky gully[133] (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[134] and finds another nice spot beside Berowra Creek just beyond[135]. 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[136].
Over the next 600m, the track crosses a couple of small, flat timber bridges[137][138] and passes alongside the lovely creek[139] to then climb up through a crack in a rock, where there is a handrail in place[140]. On the other side of this little climb, the track passes under a small overhang[141] and continues alongside the creek for another 300m, where it comes to an intersection[142] with a track on your right (which leads to a clearing[143] and campsite[144]).

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[145], flat ground[146] and an established fire scar[147], 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.

(14.38 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[148], then continues to wind along near the creek[149] for about 300m before crossing a rocky gully[150], with a small creek[151]. After another 250m of walking through the the fern and turpentine forest, the track leads to an overgrown but signposted campsite[152] (on your left). The track then crosses a small creek using a timber bridge with a handrail[153] then almost 200m later, the track passes a more open area that has been used as a campsite[154]. 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[155][156]). Here the walk climbs the stone steps[157], to pass another (unfenced) view across the creek[158].
The track continues to wind downhill[159] for another 250m, then heads along the flat[160], past the 'Crosslands Reserve' sign[161], to come to the large corrugated iron toilet block[162].

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[163], electric barbecues[164], toilets[165], a children's playground[166], garbage bins[167] and town water[168]. There is a large flat grassy areas to camp and a single authorised fire pit[169]. 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)[170]. A pleasant and well established campsite beside the river[171]. More info

(15.74 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[172] 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[173], then past the only 'Authorised fire pit'[174][175] and main camping area. This walk then continues along the path, passing the 'Climate change and the river' information sign[176] and timber viewing platform[177][178]. Here the path leads past the picnic shelters[179] and BBQ's[180] to then continue along the concrete footpath[181]. The path leads past another viewing platform[182] (and information sign), then past the children's play equipment [183] and comes to the end of the path where there is a car park[184](on your right) and sign pointing to 'Crosslands Conventions Centre AND Field Study' across the creek (on your left)[185]

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[186], electric barbecues[187], toilets[188], car parking[189], a children's playground[190], garbage bins[191], camping area, toilets[fac=8086] and town water[192]. The southern part of Crosslands is managed by Hornsby Council[193] and the northern half by the NPWS within the Berowra Valley National Park[194].
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[195].

(16.07 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[196] 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[197]. After another 120m this walk comes to a locked gate[198] at the northern end of the car park[199]. There is also a wetland through the trees to the right worth noticing.

(16.32 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[200] (at the far northern end of Somerville Rd, Hornsby Heights), this walk follows the 'Newcastle' arrow[201] on the large 'Great North Walk' sign around the locked gate[fac=8043] and along the sealed old road[202]. 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[203]. At the intersection this walk veers right, past the 'Place of Winds' sign[204] and wetland[205] (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[206] and 'Great North walk' sign[207]. This is just on the edge of the northern picnic area[208], not far from the toilet block[209][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][210][211] and a few sandy beaches with direct access to the water[212]. 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][213], as well as garbage bins[214]. The eastern side is home to a boardwalk exploring the estuarine wetland[215]. A pleasant area to rest and enjoy the water. Fires are only permitted in formally established fire places[216] .

(16.58 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[217], this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[218] along the timber boardwalk[219][fac=8085]. The timber boardwalks winds through the mangroves for about 60m, coming to a firm dirt track[220] which leads for another 70m to a second timber boardwalk[221]. The second boardwalk leads for another 70m, past 'Mangrove Food Cycle' information signs[222] to come to an 3-way intersection[223] in the boardwalk with the estuaries viewing platform boardwalk[224] (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[225], the timber fence is 95cm high[226]. There are also information signs about the local flora and fauna[227] and the 'Original Inhabitants'[228]. There are two timber bench seats[fac=8053][229] encouraging you to take some time to soak up this view.

(16.8 km) Estuaries viewing platform to Calna Creek Bridge intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 781 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -57 m
Continue straight: From the intersection at the estuaries viewing platform, this walk follows the timber ramp down to the dirt track[230] and heads past the '..unsuitable for wheelchair access' sign[231]. The track leads alongside the wide creek for about 200m to the 'All creatures great and small' information sign[232], then down a little way further to head along a short section of timber boardwalk[233].
About 100m further along the rocky track, this walk comes to a lookout and a 'Catch the Threats' information sign[234], where the track continues past the bench seat[235] and alongside the creek to the 'The Rock Club' information sign[236]. The track then leads among some grass tress[237] for just over 100m to the 'Bush Supermarket' information sign[238]. Just past this sign, the track begins to climb fairly steeply up the stone[239] and timber steps[240] to the ridge line, marked with a GNW arrow and a 'Stop! Look! Listen! and Smell!' information sign[241].
Continue straight: From the ridge line, this walk follows the GNW arrow east downhill, initially keeping the 'Stop! Look! Listen! and Smell!' information sign[242] on your right. The track bends left and follows the timber steps[243] 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[244] then comes to a long, metal footbridge[245]. The walk crosses the bridge over Calna Creek and comes to a signposted intersection, with a 'Fragile Marsh' information sign[246]

(17.58 km) Int of GNW and Lyrebird Gully tracks to Calna Creek campsite (north)
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 110 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection beside the Calna Creek bridge[247], this walk follows the 'Mt Kuring-Gai' sign[248] along the clear track[249], keeping Calna Creek (through the trees) to your right. After about 100m, the track passes the southern tip of the saltmarsh[250] (on your left) and comes to a large clearing[251] and campsite[252] (also on your left), surrounded by casuarina trees.

Calna Creek Campsite (north) Alt = 4 m
This is a quaint little campsite, located on the Mt Kuring-gai access track to the Great North Walk, on the banks of Calna Creek. This campsite provides plenty of room for a few tents[253], and also a fire scar with logs for seating[254]. Carry in your own water as the salty creek water is not suitable for drinking.

(17.69 km) Calna Creek campsite (north) to Calna Creek campsite (south)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 402 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -23 m
Continue straight: From the campsite, this walk follows the track south along the clear track, keeping Calna Creek to your right[255]. The track leads along the flat for about 100m to the climb over a rocky rise[256] then down a short timber staircase[257]. The rocky track continues for another 180m, stepping over a fallen tree[258], to then cross a timber bridge[259] (with handrails) over a small tidal creek[260]. Here the track leads through flat grassy area and casuarina forest[261] for about 100m to come to a signposted[262] camping area[263].

Calna Creek Campsite (south) Alt = 7 m
This small signposted[264] campsite sits on a flat grassy clearing in a small casuarina forest which provides plenty of shade. There is a small fireplace set up. This creek-side campsite is a good spot for those wanting to get the most out of a relaxing, overnight camp, just a short stroll to Berowra Creek and the main spine of the Great North Walk. Bring your own water, as the creek water is not suitable for drinking.

(18.09 km) Calna Creek Campsite (south) to Lyrebird Caves
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.61 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 106 m Descent = -39 m
Continue straight: From the signposted[265] campsite[266], this walk follows the clear flat track upstream, keeping the wide Calna Creek to your right. After just 25m, the track leads over flat timber bridge[267] then continues along the mostly flat track for another 400m, passing a few sandy beaches[268] to come to the point where the track leads up away from open valley views[269] and into the denser forest[270]. Here the walk leads up the rocky track[271] among the ferns and mossy boulders for 400m to follow a GNW arrow post[272] across Calna Creek using boulders with carved steps[273]. This creek crossing and other crossing further up the valley can become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain. Here the track continues upstream (with the creek on your left) among more ferns[274], for almost 300m to follow another GNW arrow post across creek, again using boulders with carved steps[275]. Back on the other side, this walk heads along the side of the creek (on your right) through the shaded forest[276] and past some large boulders for about 70m, where the track then bends left to follow some stone steps[277] steeply as they zigzag[278] up the hill a fairly short distance. The track then mostly flattens out and leads along the side of the hill for about 200m, to then head up another shorter but steep hill[279]. About 40m past the top of this climb (just past a small overhang), this walk leads under a large sandstone overhang[280], the larger of a few Lyrebird gully caves in the area.

Lyrebird Caves Alt = 72 m
The Lyrebird caves are a series of notable sandstone overhangs on the eastern side of Lyrebird Gully. There are 3 main overhangs[281][282][283], with the larger (more northern) one providing significant shelter[284]. The larger cave has a fairly flat base[285] in the centre and provides a pleasant place to rest on a hot or rainy day.

(19.71 km) Lyrebird Caves to Lyrebird Waterfall
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 141 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From the cave, this walk follows the track out of the cave to head along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your right. After about 70m, the track leads through a smaller cave[286], then just a few metres later through another (bit larger) sandstone overhang[287]. The track then continues along the side of the hill for another 50m before bending right and leading down the timber steps[288] to find a 'The Great North Walk' sign[289] on the handrail. This is at the top of Lyrebird Gully waterfall[290].

Lyrebird waterfall Alt = 58 m
This informally named waterfall is found on Lyrebird Gully creek about 300m upstream of its confluence with Calna Creek. The top of the fall is partially fenced with a timber handrail[291] where the water flows over the solid rock platform, with naturally carved holes[292], to fall about 8m to the shallow pool[293] and boulders below. The track passes the top of the fall and does not provide a good view of the face of the fall, but it is still a very pleasant spot.

(19.85 km) Lyrebird Waterfall to Lyrebird Clearing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.38 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 92 m Descent = -21 m
Continue straight: From the top of the Lyrebird Gully falls[294], this walk follows the 'The Great North walk' sign[295] and the handrail across the creek using the flat timber bridge[296] (note: this boardwalk/bridge was washed away during a flood in 2012, the hand rail is still in place). Once on the other side of the creek, this walk bends left and almost immediately crosses the creek again using boulders with carved steps[297]. Once back on the other side, this walk follows the edge of creek upstream (keeping the creek to your right) [298] for just shy of 100m, where the rocky track then bends left and leads up the hill then up a rock (with metal peg)[299]. The walk then leads along the side of the hill and soon passes beside a rock wall[300] (on your left) and a section of handrail[301] and steep valley (on your right). Here the rocky track continues along side of hill[302] for about 250m before bending right and leading down to and across a short section of green timber boardwalk[303], then follows the GNW arrow post[304] across Lyrebird Gully creek[305] on the sandstone platform. Here the track leads up the other side of the gully, up a series of rock[306] and timber[307] steps for about 300m to pass a short section of handrail[308]. Just past this handrail, the track leads along a rock wall[309] to find a 'Great North Walk register' box on a pole[310][311]. After filling in your intentions (and reading others entries), this walk continues up the stone steps with a handrail[312], where the track bends left and along the side of the hill[313] for about 150m to cross a short flat timber bridge[314] over a concrete channel[315]. Here the track leads up the short hill, bends left and soon comes to a clearing to turn right at the 'The Great North Walk' sign[316]. Here the track continues for another 120m through the larger clearing to come to the the start of a sealed management trail[317], beside the tall green sewage vent[318].

(21.22 km) Lyrebird Clearing to Int of Glenview Rd and the Pacific Hwy
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 529 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 84 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the clearing, this walk follows GNW arrow post[319] uphill along the sealed management trail, from beside the tall green sewage vent[320]. The trail winds steeply uphill[321] for about 500m, then behind the houses it bends right[322], mostly flattening out at the large 'To the Great North Walk' sign[323]. Here the walk continues a short distance further to head around the locked 'Lyrebird Gully Track' gate[324] coming to Glenview Rd[325] (just beside the intersection with the Pacific Hwy).

(21.75 km) Int of Glenview Rd and the Pacific Hwy to Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 518 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the locked gate (near the intersection of 'Glenview Rd' and the Pacific Hwy), this walk crosses 'Glenview Rd'[326] and follows the footpath beside the Pacific Hwy[327] to come to the base of the pedestrian bridge[328] (just before the Aldi shopping complex).
From the bottom of the footbridge near the Aldi shopping complex, this walk follows the ramp[329] as it zigzags up to the bridge[330] that then leads over the Pacfic Hwy[331]. On the other side of the bridge, this walk turns left then crosses the road[332], following the footpath down beside the road[333]. The walk soon crosses Glenview Rd at the traffic lights[334] (intersection with the Pacific Hwy). Here the walk continues along the footpath between the Pacific Hwy and the railway line for about 200m to come to the entrance of 'Mt Kuring-gai Station'[335]. Here the walk heads down through the tunnel[336] to come to a signposted intersection[337], midway through the tunnel, at the base of the steps (that lead up to the train station).

Catch the train from Mount Kuring-gai Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Mount Kuring-gai 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 Mt Kuring-gai Railway 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 Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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Manly
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Chatswood
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Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 0.1 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 0.2 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 3.6 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 11.6 km
Castle Tarpaulin Warehouse 14/ 10 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill (02) 9899 3959 11.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
4 km (to the S)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 11 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 20 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 30 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 35 km (to the NNE)

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      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.



Manor Road Bushland Manor Road Bushland is a small parcel of natural bushland between Manor road and the Hornsby quarry. The blue Gum walk and the Great North walk Hornsby track head pass through the section of land where there are some wonderful tall Blue gums and Black Buts. There is also a lovely array of ferns and Turpentine trees.
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I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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jobson - arghhh IP:124.179.40.xxx | 2010-03-29 04:18:12
this was like a marathon: you dont want to do it and spend the entire 7 hours regretting it but once you've done it you feel good and are amazed that you did it. The stupid thing was that I rbought only two bottles of 600ml water and 2 muesli bars. More water next time!

but a must do if you want to get back in shape, or are depressed or just bored.
Joyce - oh dear.... IP:124.179.91.xxx | 2011-02-09 12:16:25
Do this if you're crazy enough!
I did this 2 years ago and almost went nuts from exhaustion. and HAD to return! Randomly met up with other people doing this and they gave up towards Galston-ish and walked from there on the road back to Hornsby and the funny thing was it took the same amount of time (we gave each other high fives near the Quarry at Hornsby where we spotted each other) except I had made the stupid choice. Another stupid thing I did was not bring enough water with me. Took about 15-16 hours (relatively fast speed) with few rest stops. Best done in lukewarm weather and you're mad if you dont bring at LEAST TWO LITRES of water and equal amount of food.
Grant IP:121.212.147.xxx | 2012-01-30 09:58:30
Did this walk today. Its in great condition, but they were doing some work at the start. The tracks were VERY easily managed and well kept, there was only one tree obscuring the track in one point.

All the water from the river is undrinkable (obviously) but there are fresh water taps at crossroads reserve. I took a 2 LT bladder, but ran out just before crossroads and once again near the end but it was also 30c.

I started at 9am, had two breaks of roughly thirty minutes, and two more of 15 and finished at 6pm at a very brisk walk.

There are a LOT of hills on this walk and I was very exhausted by the end but there were some beautiful views.

One note though, and im not sure if this is just because I didnt pay enough attention (i didnt use this site, just a topo map), I crossed the river at galston gorge when there is an easier way of just going over the bridge (duh).

If i was to do this walk again, I would split it over two days, since I rushed past some spots.
Luke IP:49.176.67.xxx | 2012-07-09 01:09:19
Beautiful track but best not to underestimate how long it will take. We spent the last 1.5 hours using torches!! only one place where we lost the track (around the 12km mark), more from not paying attention.
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-07-09 02:46:17
Luke wrote:
best not to underestimate how long it will take. We spent the last 1.5 hours using torches!!

Hi Luke
Hope you enjoyed the walk still, It is a big day out. Did it take longer then the 8.5hrs walking time I suggested??
Matt :)
Luke IP:124.180.110.xxx | 2012-07-09 07:11:37
Hi Matt,
We made it in ~7.5 hours, but didn't take any breaks in the last half of the walk when we figured out our average speed was a lot lower than what we managed on other tracks. All in all enjoyed it though, definitely one to have another look at (starting earlier in the morning next time)
Cheers
Luke
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-07-09 07:21:41
Thanks Luke
Glad you enjoyed it - A big day :)
Trouble with walking this time of year with the short days.
Happy walking.
Matt :)
Luke IP:49.176.67.xxx | 2012-07-10 04:38:20
Sure is. As much as it pains to admit, it was more us underestimating and not paying too much attention to the duration guide that caused us grief.

Lesson learnt now :-)
Cheers
Luke
Michelle IP:211.30.203.xxx | 2012-07-15 13:36:44
Great walk. It took us 7 hours including rest times. Only problem was that we missed the carved step climb up the rock wall on the galston gorge assent. Would be good if it was better marked with a GNW marker or even paint. Overall not a hard walk. But the assent out of Mt Kuringai is very wet and muddy considering it's been dry the last few days. Really a beautiful picturesque walk.
Rosalind - Michelles' feedback IP:60.242.121.xxx | 2012-07-15 23:52:00
Mish - you beat me to it! Agree with all you said, clearer markings would have saved us 45mins walking time.
Overall, a good walk with a few ascents to test most people. The Galston Gorge ascent is not as bad as the notes sound, fellow walkers. If you are fit enough to consider taking on a 20km bushwalk then you can do all sections of this walk. Beautiful day for it.
Frances IP:124.168.188.xxx | 2013-04-01 21:32:29
Just to let everyone know the long bridge over the creek after Crosslands is broken and under water. Impossible to cross.
Lindsay - re: Calna Creek Bridge IP:58.111.144.xxx | 2013-04-02 05:42:40
Frances wrote:
Just to let everyone know the long bridge over the creek after Crosslands is broken and under water. Impossible to cross.


I was down there today walking from Hornsby to Mt K and discovered the Calna Creek bridge was broken.Other walkers told me that apparently some youth group decided to ignore the two person limit and all crowded on to make it bounce up and down. Inevitable result.

Can still be crossed if you are careful though. The water came up to hip level on me (183 cm)and there is little growth (so far) on the submerged section of planking, just be careful of the broken planks underwater and the now high jump off at the end.
admin - Calna Creek Bridge Super Administrator | 2013-04-02 06:28:34
Thanks for reporting the issue with the bridge. I have noted the issue in the notes and have contacted it to NPWS and Dept of lands. Will see what happens.
Thanks -- Hope you still enjoyed the walk.
Matt :)
Daniel IP:211.30.193.xxx | 2013-08-28 14:33:56
Has the bridge been repaired?
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2013-08-30 04:43:21
Daniel wrote:
Has the bridge been repaired?

Sorry Daniel - Bridge is still out - no time yet for the replacement.

Matt :)
Bush_walker - Mr IP:49.0.8.xxx | 2014-04-16 22:11:32
Hi,

I saw some where people posted that thye cross this river not where is bridge was but further away form this point but forget where I read this post and did not note the detail and I am thinking to do this walk during this easter break.
any advice from admin or any walker will be very helpfull pls.
Molly - Bridge is back IP:129.78.233.xxx | 2015-09-01 08:09:46
Very fortunately, there's a nice new bridge. Thanks, Matt, for working so hard on getting it replaced.
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