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Mt Kuring-gai to Cowan (via Berowra Waters)
Time: 8 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.6 km SSW of Berowra
Length: 17.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 17.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 1147 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 1147 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

Ridge tops, grasslands, creek crossings and spectacular views are all part of this walk as it ventures from the ridge above Berowra Creek down to water level and back up again. Take the short and free ferry ride across the creek to get lunch at Berowra Waters. Conserve your energy for the steep sections between Berowra Waters and Cowan. (open in app)


There are Safety alerts in Berowra Valley National Park
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LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Mt Kuring-gai to Cowan (via Berowra Waters)

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Location

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Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station
Int of Glenview Rd and the Pacific Hwy
Lyrebird Clearing
Lyrebird Waterfall
Lyrebird Caves
Calna Creek campsite (south)
Calna Creek campsite (north)
Calna Creek Bridge intersection
Sams Creek ridge clearing
Sams Creek Crossing
Int of Great North Walk and Berowra Link tracks
Int of Naa Badu Lookout
Int of Great North Walk and Banggarai Creek access track
Int of Great North Walk and Berkeley Close service trail
Int of Great North Walk and Currawong Road track
Washtub Gully Creek
Berowra Waters track head
End of Kirkpatrick Way
Berowra Waters view seat
Berowra Waters view point
Deep Bay Creek crossing
Int of GNW and Coreen Close service trail
Int of ridge top campsite and Great North Walk
Int of Great North Walk and Berowra Heights service trail
Joe Crafts Creek crossing
Valley viewing area
Int of GNW and Glendale Road
Int of GNW and Pacific Highway service trail
Int of Great North Walk and Pacific Highway service trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

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

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 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
 Cowan 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304N 
 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Benowie Walking Track, Mt Ku-ring-gai
 
Benowie Walking Track, Mt Ku-ring-gai +
 
Pink Boronia in flower
 
Pink Boronia in flower +
 
Mt Kuring Gai link track
 
Mt Kuring Gai link track +

 
rock overhangs
 
rock overhangs +
 
wandering  through the bush
 
wandering through the bush +
 
Mt Kuring Gai link track
 
Mt Kuring Gai link track +

 
Great North Walk boardwalk
 
Great North Walk boardwalk +
 
steps up out of valley
 
steps up out of valley +
 
Naa Badu Lookout
 
Naa Badu Lookout +

 
following the Great North Walk
 
following the Great North Walk +
 
Rest spot on the way down to Berowra Waters
 
Rest spot on the way down to Berowra Waters +
 
walking around the ridge
 
walking around the ridge +

 
Berowra Waters
 
Berowra Waters +
 
Berowra Waters Garden House restaurant
 
Berowra Waters Garden House restaurant +
 
path winding around Berowra creek
 
path winding around Berowra creek +

 
steps up onto the ridge
 
steps up onto the ridge +
 
First Hill Looking Down at Berowra Waters
 
First Hill Looking Down at Berowra Waters +
 
winding across the ridge tops
 
winding across the ridge tops +

 
crossing Joe Crafts creek
 
crossing Joe Crafts creek +
 
lookout point
 
lookout point +
 
typical bushland found in the area
 
typical bushland found in the area +

 
Winding around to Cowan
 
Winding around to Cowan +
 
Great North Walk Cowan track head
 
Great North Walk Cowan track head +
 
Cowan train station
 
Cowan train station +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Mt Kuring-gai to Cowan (via Berowra Waters) bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mt Kuring-gai to Cowan (via Berowra Waters) bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mt Kuring-gai to Cowan (via Berowra Waters) bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mt Kuring-gai to Cowan (via Berowra Waters) 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 17km
Time 8 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 Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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
6km of this walk is very steep and another 6km has short steep hills. Whilst another 4.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 1.2km is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 6km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 1.6km follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 1.5km follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 16km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.3km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
13km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 3.8km requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (670m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
13km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 3.4km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. The remaining (660m) is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 10km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Mount Kuring-gai Station
Public transport (train) available to 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 to the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus to Mt Kuring-gai Railway 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)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Mt Kuring-gai Railway 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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station to Int of Glenview Rd and the Pacific Hwy
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 518 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -9 m
From the middle of the tunnel at the bottom of the stairs at Mt Kuring-gai railway station, this walk follows the 'To the Great North Walk' sign[1] through the tunnel[2] to the Pacific Hwy. Here the walk turns left and follows the footpath[3] between the highway and train line for about 200m to pass the traffic lights at Glenview Rd[4]. The walk then continues straight up the ramp[5] for another 100m and turns right[6] onto the pedestrian bridge[7]. Here the walk crosses the Pacific Hwy[8] on the footbridge, then follows the concrete ramp[9] as it zigzags back down to the ground. This ramp ends just near the Aldi shopping complex[10].
From the bottom of the footbridge near the Aldi shopping complex, this walk follows the footpath alongside the Pacific Hwy[11], under the footbridge and away from the shops. Keeping the highway to your right for 100m, this walk then crosses[12] 'Glenview Rd'[13] (at the intersection with the Pacific Hwy) to find the top of 'Lyrebird Gully track'[14], marked with a locked green metal gate[15].

(0.52 km) Int of Glenview Rd and the Pacific Hwy to Lyrebird Clearing
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 529 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -84 m
Continue straight: From the intersection (of Glenview Rd and the Pacific Hwy), this walk follows the GNW arrow post[16] around the locked 'Lyrebird Gully Track' gate[17], to head down the sealed management trail. The trail leads past a large 'To the Great North Walk' sign[18] where the trail then bends left[19] behind the houses and heads steeply downhill[20] for about 500m, coming to the end of the sealed trail[21] and a large flat clearing[22].

(1.05 km) Lyrebird Clearing to Lyrebird Waterfall
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.38 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -92 m
Continue straight: From the bottom of the sealed management trail, this walk follows the GNW arrow post across the clearing[23] following the old dirt trail. After about 120m, this walk comes to another small clearing[24], where this walk turns left following the 'The Great North Walk' sign[25]. The track then bends right and leads down to cross over a short flat timber bridge[26] across a concrete channel[27]. From here, the rocky track leads down along the side of the hill[28] for about 150m before heading down some stone steps[29] (with a handrail, under a set of power lines[30]) to come to the 'Great North Walk register' box on a pole[31][32]. After filling in your intentions (and reading others entries), this walk continues down along the track beside a rock wall[33], past a short section of handrail[34] then down a series of timber[35] and rock[36] steps for about 300m to then cross Lyrebird Gully creek[37] on the sandstone platform. This creek crossing and other crossing further down the valley can become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain. The walk then leads over the short section of green timber boardwalk[38], following the GNW arrow post[39] uphill. The walk then follows the rocky track along the side of hill[40] for about 250m to pass beside a rock wall[41] (on your right) and a section of handrail[42] and steep valley (on your left). Here the walk steps down a rock (with metal peg)[43] to follow the rocky track downhill and come close to a creek[44]. Here the walk follows the edge of creek (keeping the creek to your left) [45] for just shy of 100m to then cross the creek using boulders with carved steps[46]. Once one the other side of the creek, this walk crosses back again, almost immediately, following the handrail and flat timber bridge[47] (note: this boardwalk/bridge was washed away during a flood in 2012, the hand rail is still in place) at the top of Lyrebird Gully falls[48] to then find a 'The Great North walk' sign[49] back on the other side.

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[50] where the water flows over the solid rock platform, with naturally carved holes[51], to fall about 8m to the shallow pool[52] 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.

(2.42 km) Lyrebird Waterfall to Lyrebird Caves
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 141 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From near the top of Lyrebird Waterfall, this walk follows the GNW arrow post, away from the face of the 'The Great North Walk' sign up the timber steps. The track soon bends left to follow the side of the hill for about 50m and head through a sandstone overhang[53], then through a second smaller cave[54]. Continuing along the side of the hill for another 70m, this walk comes to another larger sandstone overhang[55].

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[56][57][58], with the larger (more northern) one providing significant shelter[59]. The larger cave has a fairly flat base[60] in the centre and provides a pleasant place to rest on a hot or rainy day.

(2.57 km) Lyrebird Caves to Calna Creek Campsite (south)
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.61 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = -106 m
Continue straight: From the large sandstone overhang, this walk follows the rocky track along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your left. After about 40m, the track leads steeply down a short rocky slope[61] where the track then continues along the side of the hill for another 200m before bending sharp left[62] and zigzagging steeply down the stone steps[63] to come to the edge of Calna Creek[64]. The track continues along the side of the creek (on your left) through the shaded forest[65] and past some large boulders for about 70m, to then follow a GNW arrow post across the creek using the boulders with carved steps[66]. The track continues downstream (with the creek on your right) among ferns[67], for almost 300m, where another GNW arrow post[68] leads back across Calna Creek using boulders with carved steps[69]. The track continues among more ferns and mossy boulders, now with creek on your left, for 400m to where the track comes to the wide, clearly tidal section of Calna Creek, where there is a small sandy beach and open views down the valley[70]. The mostly flat track[71] continues down beside the wide creek for another 400m to cross over a flat timber bridge[72], then just 25m later, this walk comes to the signposted[73] campsite[74], in casuarina forest[75].

Calna Creek Campsite (south) Alt = 7 m
This small signposted[76] 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.

(4.18 km) Calna Creek campsite (south) to Calna Creek campsite (north)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 402 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -23 m
Continue straight: From the campsite, this walk follows the clear track downstream, keeping Calna Creek to your left. After about 100m of walking through flat grassy area and casuarina forest[77], this walk leads over a timber bridge[78] (with handrails) that crosses a small tidal creek[79]. The now rocky track continues for another 180m, stepping over a fallen tree[80], to then climb up a short timber staircase[81]. At the top of these stairs[82], the track leads over a rocky rise then back down where the track mostly flattens out for another 100m to come to a large, unsignposted clearing[83] and campsite[84] (on your right), just before the southern tip of the saltmarsh[85].

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[86], and also a fire scar with logs for seating[87]. Carry in your own water as the salty creek water is not suitable for drinking.

(4.58 km) Calna Creek campsite (north) to Int of GNW and Lyrebird Gully tracks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 110 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the campsite, this walk follows the clear track south, keeping Calna Creek (though the trees) to your left. After about 100m, the track comes to a well signposted intersection just beside Calna Creek bridge[88].

(4.69 km) Calna Creek Bridge intersection to Sams Creek Ridge Clearing
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.15 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 67 m Descent = -58 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Berowra Waters' sign[89] along the timber boardwalk[90]. The boardwalk leads for about 80m across the large open flat saltmarsh[91] into the casuarina forest[92] on the other side. Here the track bends left and leads along the side of the saltmarsh[93] for almost 200m, where the rocky track leads a little further before coming alongside Berowra Creek's mangroves[94]. The track continues to gently undulate along the side of Berowra Creek for about 650m among the casuarinas[95] and grass tress[96], 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[97].

(5.84 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[98] , where the track bends right to soon come to a large flat clearing[99] beside Sams Creek[100] (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[101] pointing back along the track, beside the creek.

(6.34 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[102] 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[103] and heads up the timber steps[104]. The track now starts to climb steeply, zigzagging up the timber steps [105] and a couple of staircases[106] for just over 300m to find a bench seat in a small sandstone cave[107]. 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[108] points back down the track.

(7.01 km) Int of Great North Walk and Berowra Link tracks to Int of Naa Badu Lookout
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[109] 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[110] (on the right). After about 180m, the trail crosses a concrete drain[111], then leads up the hill to find the signposted 'Naa Badu' lookout[112] and its great view[113].

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'[114] 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[115], has a bench seat[116], picnic table[117] and a fair amount of natural shade.

(7.27 km) Int of Naa Badu Lookout to Int of Great North Walk and Banggarai Creek access track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 322 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From the 'Naa Badu' lookout[118], this walk follows the management trail over the small rise[119] and across the concrete ditch[120], keeping the valley to your left. The trail leads around the side of the hill for about 300m, gently undulating to come to an intersection with a narrow track and small clearing (on your left, as the trail bends right), just past the large scribbly gum. (This informal track leads down to an unfenced rock platform, with filtered views over Berowra Creek).

(7.6 km) Int of Great North Walk and Banggarai Creek access track to Int of Great North Walk and Berkeley Close service trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 221 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the wide trail gently downhill as it bends right[121], keeping the valley to your left. After about 140m, the trail narrows a bit, leading down a few short but steeper sections[122] to an intersection (with some steps[123] on your left), where a 'The Great North Walk' sign[124] points back up along the trail.

(7.82 km) Int of Great North Walk and Berkeley Close service trail to Int of Great North Walk and Currawong Road track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 565 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 78 m Descent = -31 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Berowra Waters' sign[125] down the timber steps. The walk then crosses Banggarai Creek using a timber bridge[126], and leads up some timber steps[127]. The rocky track then leads up some more timbers steps, between two rocks[128] then over a few rocks, where the track then flattens out. The now flat, sandy track[129] winds through the forest for about 150m and passes a timber seat[130], then leads down across a small gully[131] before the track begins to climb again. The track leads up some more timber steps[132], then the walk climbs two metal pegs[133] in the rock and continues to climb steeply up the rock and timber steps[134]. After 60m, the track[135] flattens out again, leading gently up through the scribbly gum[136] and angophora forest[137] for just over 100m to a three-way intersection marked with a couple of GNW arrow posts[138].

(8.38 km) Int of Great North Walk and Currawong Road track to Washtub Gully Creek
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.32 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -201 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post north-west down the sandy track[139], directly towards the valley. The track soon becomes rocky[140] and leads fairly steeply down the hill for about 150m before mostly flattening out and coming close to the top of an unfenced cliff with good views over Berowra Creek[141]. Here the rocky track continues more gently down along the top of the ridge[142] for about 200m and comes to a large rock platform[143]. This walk veers right to lead down the gap in the rock[144][145], climbing down some steel pegs[146] to where the track flattens out again[147]. The track leads across the saddle[148] for about 60m then veers left and follows along the base of a long rock wall[149] (on your right). Here the track leads down around the side of the ridge for just over 400m, passing some unfenced views for rock platforms[150][151][152] then down some sandstone steps[153] to find a tall sandstone overhang[154] with a timber seat[155]. From this cave, this walk continues along the base of the rock wall[156], and soon bends left and winds fairly steeply down a series of rock[157] and timber steps[158] to come to the edge of Berowra Creek (where there is a 'no wash' sign[159][160] facing the water from the rock platform). The track leads along the shore line for a short time to head onto the rock platform[161][162] in Washtub Gully.

(9.7 km) Washtub Gully Creek to Berowra Waters trackhead
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 321 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -30 m
Continue straight: From Washtub Gully[163], this walk crosses the creek[164] and follows the track, keeping Berowra Creek not far to your left[165]. After about 50m, the track passes an old partially sunken boat[166], then about 100m further on, the track passes a view point that is an obviously popular (but not recommended) jumping spot[167]. The track then soon leads up some steps and over a rise[168] behind the 'Berowra Waters Garden House' restaurant[169], then heads down the steps[170] to come to the signposted 'Berowra Waters Trackhead'[171][172] on 'Berowra Waters Rd'[173].

Berowra Waters Garden House Alt = 8 m
#######CLOSED###### This picturesque little restaurant sits on the eastern side of Berowra Creek and is just a hop, skip and a jump from the ferry. With breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, the Garden House Restaurant is a great spot for those looking to tap into the Berowra Valley's full potential. For information on bookings and opening hours phone (02)9456 2955.

The Fish Café Alt = 5 m
This seafood restaurant is located on the western side of the Berowra Waters Ferry, and offers casual dining with a great menu, overlooking the marina and river. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch, with dinner available on Friday through Sunday. The cafe is open 8:30 – 9pm Wed-Sun and closes at 3pm Mon & Tuesdays. Takeaway is also available, and the nearby reserve provides picnic tables, toilets, children's playground and parking. Kayak hire is available from the marina building.
The Fish Café is located at 199 Bay Road, Berowra Waters, and the phone number is (02)9456 4665.

(10.02 km) Berowra Waters track head to End of Kirkpatrick Way
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 389 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -15 m
Continue straight: From 'Berowra Waters Trackhead'[174], this walk follows the 'Newcastle' sign along 'Kirkpatrick Way' and across the culverted Franks Gully creek. As the walk crosses the gully, there is a picnic area[175] and public toilet[176][177] (and tap water[178]) on your right. The walk continues along the road, keeping the water to your left[179] for about 180m, then passing under the yellow boom gate[180]. About 30m later, the walk stays left[181] to head alongside the fenced car park. At the far end of this car park, the walk comes to a turning area[182] at the end of Kirkpatrick Way.

(10.41 km) End of Kirkpatrick Way to Berowra Waters view seat
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 473 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the end of Kirkpatrick Way[183], this walk follows the GNW arrow post[184] along the track, keeping the water just to your left. This walk follows the rocky shoreline, enjoying the views of the water[185], the boats and houses on the other shore[186] and the large rocks[187] (up to your right). After about 450m, the track passes a large boulder[188] and then turns right and climbs up a staircase[189], finding a small seat and viewing platform[190].

(10.88 km) Berowra Waters view seat to Deep Bay Creek crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 731 m Time = 26 mins
Climb = 119 m Descent = -79 m
Veer right: From the seat and view[191], this walk follows the 'Cowan' sign[192] steeply uphill, following the series of timber[193] and rock steps[194]. After about 50m, the track leads up beside a rock wall[195], and at the top, turns right and mostly flattens out[196] for about 80m before starting to climb again[197]. At the top of this hill, this walk comes to a small clearing[198] (on the left, that has been used as a campsite[199]) and a large unfenced rock platform with great views[200] back over the valley (on your right).
Continue straight: From the view at the top of the ridge, this walk follows GNW arrow post[201] east, directly away from the Berowra Water views and over the small rise. The track soon leads down off a rock[202], where the track bends right and starts to lead fairly gently downhill[203]. The track then leads down a few short, steep, rocky sections[204] before crossing a lovely creek[205], flowing over the sandstone rock platform[206][207]. This creek may be slippery and can be particularly risky to cross after rain.

(11.61 km) Deep Bay Creek crossing to Int of GNW and Coreen Close western trail
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 835 m Time = 32 mins
Climb = 187 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From beside the creek, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[208] east, away from the creek, up the steep rocky hill[209]. The track soon passes between two rock slabs[210], then passes a handrail to climb up two metal pegs beside some more hand railing[211]. The track then continues to climb up for another 50m before mostly flattening[212] out for about 150m. the track then starts to climb again and soon steps up a rock with two more metal pegs[213]. Then after another 70m, the track climbs up past a sandstone cave[214]
and heads up a crack in the rock with four metal pegs[215], then just past the next cave[216], goes up another rock with a single peg[217]. A short time later, this walk leads up another rock with two pegs[218], where the track then leads up the steps through a cleft of a rock[219]. Here the track mostly flattens out and leads gently uphill for almost 200m until crossing a small saddle, marked with a two GNW arrow post beside each other[220]. The track then leads steeply up[221] to a fair sized rock platform, with rewarding views[222] back over Berowra Creek (on your left). From this view point, the track leads fairly gently uphill for almost 150m, coming to a T-intersection[223] with a wide sandy management trail.

(12.45 km) Int of GNW and Coreen Close service trail to Int of ridge top campsite and GNW
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 224 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -4 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow along the sandy management trail[224], heading south. The trail immediately bends left[225] and passes a track[226] (on your right, that runs generally parallel to this trail). This trail leads down through the scribbly gum and heath forest[227], where the trail widens (after about 70m) and then comes to an intersection[228] beside the large ridge top campsite[229][230]. There is a 'Berowra Waters' sign[231] here, pointing back along the trail.

Ridge Top Campground Alt = 207 m
About 800m from Turners Rd, Berowra Heights lies this pleasant ridge top campsite. This is a fairly popular campsite on the Great North Walk, providing a flat area[232] with plenty of shade. There are no facilities (or water) at this large campsite. A faint track leads west from the campsite to an unfenced cliff with great views over the Berowra Waters Valley[233].

(12.67 km) Int of ridge top campsite and Great North Walk to Joe Crafts Creek crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.65 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -196 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Cowan Station' sign[234], directly away from the campsite along the clear track. The track leads over a small rise[235] and then heads down to a four-way intersection[236] with a management trail (and the GNW track continuing ahead).
Continue straight: From the intersection[237], this walk follows the GNW arrow post[238] east along the track as it leads very gently downhill along the top of the ridge. Over the next 300m, the track passes a rock platform[239] and comes to a second rock platform with more views[240] and a 'Great North Walk' log book box[241] on a post. After leaving your note (and reading through a few entries), this walk continues down along the top of the ridge for another 200m to step down off another rock platform[242] (ignoring the track to your left). Here the walk starts to head downhill for the next 1km - initially the track leads down a series of short rocky steep sections[243][244], and passes some interesting large rock boulders[245][246] along the way. As the track moves further into the valley, it becomes consistently steeper[247] until leading down leading into the ferns and beside Joe Crafts Creek[248][249].

(14.32 km) Joe Crafts Creek crossing to Valley viewing area
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 659 m Time = 26 mins
Climb = 158 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the western bank, this walk crosses Joe Crafts Creek[250][251] and heads east up the clear track. This creek may be particularly dangerous to cross after heavy or prolonged rain. The track climbs up a series of stone steps[252], passing through a couple of cracks in the rock[253] before a 'Great North Walk' sign[254] about 60m from the creek. The rocky track continues to climb steeply up for about 300m, then climbs up a timber (and metal) staircase[255], followed by a few section of handrail[256]. Here the walk leads up around the base of rock wall[257] and then climbs up the side to the top of the large, unfenced rock platform with great valley views[258]. The walk continues up the ridge line for another 200m, very gently at first[259], then more steeply up the rocky sections[260]. The track heads along the base of another rock wall[261], then up the stone steps[262] and past the handrail to come to an intersection marked with a 'Great North Walk - Viewing Area' sign[263]. The short track (on your right) leads to a seat at the edge of an unfenced cliff with views[264] and a seat[265].

(14.98 km) Valley viewing area to Int of GNW and Glendale Road
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 876 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -14 m
Turn left: From the intersection near the 'viewing point'[266], this walk heads gently uphill directly away from the viewing area, keeping the valley on your right[267]. The track leads up a few short, moderately steep sections[268] for about 100m, then the track heads much more gently up through the open scribbly gum forest[269] for about 400m before passing under the power lines[270]. Here, the walk turns left and follows the wide trail[271] for about 40m and turns right[272] (before the locked gate), following a GNW arrow post[273] under another set of power lines[274]. The walk follows the track through the pleasant forest[275] for just shy of 300m then crosses the dirt Glendale Rd[276] to find 'Berowra Waters' sign[277] pointing back across the intersection.

(15.86 km) Int of GNW and Glendale Road to Int of GNW and Pacific Highway service trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 834 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 33 m Descent = -59 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Cowan' sign[278] away from the dirt road and down along the rocky and sandy track. The track winds through the forest (with some interesting twisted, thin scribbly gums[279][280]) for about 600m before bending left and following under a set of power lines[281]. Near the Pacific Hwy (up to your right), this walk continues for about 150m and crosses over a very short section of timber boardwalk[282] before climbing up a few steps to a T-intersection with a wide management trail[283].

(16.69 km) Int of GNW and Pacific Highway service trail to Cowan trackhead
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 499 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 27 m Descent = -13 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[284] gently downhill, keeping the valley views to your left[285]. The trail gently winds behind some houses (up to your right) for about 400m before bending right and heading up through a weedy section[286]. The walk then passes around a locked gate[287] to come to an intersection with a footpath, just before the Pacific Hwy[288] and across from Cowan station. There is a large 'Great North Walk' sign[289] here, pointing back to 'Sydney Cove'.

(17.19 km) Int of Great North Walk and Pacific Highway service trail to Cowan Station
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 38 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the Great North Walk arrow across the Pacific Highway (be careful of traffic) to the ramp at the front of Cowan Railway Station.

Catch the train from Cowan Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Cowan 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 Cowan Station
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Cowan 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
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 6.6 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 6.5 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 10.1 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 15 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 16.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mt Kuring-gai to Cowan (via Berowra Waters).
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mt Kuring-gai to Cowan (via Berowra Waters)
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 4 km (to the N)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
10 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 26 km (to the SW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 28 km (to the NNE)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 35 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
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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km/h from the
% 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.



Muogamarra Nature Reserve Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region:
Park fees I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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bob - mr IP:203.33.152.xxx | 2008-03-15 18:12:46
:shock: [color=aqua]it is so good [/color] :D
J. Goodman - distance IP:121.44.31.xxx | 2010-09-19 08:56:34
Article sites distance as 15.6 Km, by the signs posted on the trail:
Mt. Kuring-Gai -> Berowra Waters 10Km
Berowra Waters -> Cowan 8Km

Should be 18Km, maybe a bit more. Am I missing something?
admin - re: distance Super Administrator | 2010-09-19 22:59:29
J. Goodman wrote:
Should be 18Km, maybe a bit more. Am I missing something?

Hi J.Goodman
Thanks for pointing this out. The sign at Mt. Kuring-Gai is here
http://www.wildwalks.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=71931
and at Berwora Waters is here
http://www.wildwalks.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=72249

I am not sure how they came up with the distances for theses signs. Often sign makers will round up to the nearest KM. There are a number of errors on the Lands Department maps that suggest the second half of this walk is longer than it is. We have systems that measure the distance we have walked, it it has proved to be highly accurate. It is actually just shy of 9 km from Mt. Kuring-Gai to Berwora Waters and just shy of 7km from Berwora Waters to Cowan. So I believe the signs over estimate the distance, this might be done deliberately because it is such steep country. I have double checked our distances this morning and believe them to be accurate.

Hope that helps answer the concern.

Thanks for the questions, please feel free to discuss this further.

Matt :)
Charitha - Enjoyable walk IP:164.53.222.xxx | 2012-05-07 06:26:23
This was a very enjoyable walk with some beautiful views. Couple of steep sections as well. Managed to complete in around 6 hours with regular breaks. Thanks for the detailed track notes.
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