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Stringybark Ridge and Zig Zag Creek loop from Thornleigh Station
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.5 km WNW of Thornleigh
Length: 6.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 6.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 187 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 187 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: Circuit
Track: Hard

A really nice loop walk in a corner of Berowra Valley Regional Park with good access by public transport. The walk starts and finishes at Thornleigh train station. The scenery includes beautiful scenes along Zig Zag creek and nice forest while going up Stringybark ridge, plus as an optional side trip to see the remnants of the historic Thornleigh Quarry and Zig Zag railway. There are good spots to eat or grab a coffee near Thornleigh station before or after the walk. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Stringybark Ridge and Zig Zag Creek loop from Thornleigh Station

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Stringybark Ridge and Zig Zag Creek loop from Thornleigh Station
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Thornleigh Train Station
Morgan Rd
Int of Bellamy trail and Morgan Rd tracks
Zig Zag Creek Bridge int
Zig Zag Creek Bridge intersection
The Jungo
Int of Stringybark Ridge Management Trail and GNW
Int of Stringybark Ridge trail and Redgum Ave access trail
Int of Laurence St and Redgum Ave
End of Redgum Ave west
Int of Redgum Ave and Thorn St
End of Bellamy St
Int of Bike Trail and Morgan Rd tracks
Morgan Rd
Starting point for this hiking track: Thornleigh Train 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)

Print a map and track notes here
 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
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Photo Gallery

 
End of Morgan Rd
 
End of Morgan Rd +
 
Concrete trail near Zig Zag creek
 
Concrete trail near Zig Zag creek +
 
Concrete trail near Zig Zag creek
 
Concrete trail near Zig Zag creek +

 
Plenty of grasstrees in the area
 
Plenty of grasstrees in the area +
 
Footbridge crossing
 
Footbridge crossing +
 
The historic Thornleigh Quarry
 
The historic Thornleigh Quarry +

 
Bush in Berowra Creek valley
 
Bush in Berowra Creek valley +
 
A footbridge
 
A footbridge +
 
Wandering through the bush
 
Wandering through the bush +

 
Rock formations near The Jungo
 
Rock formations near The Jungo +
 
Management trail near the Jungo
 
Management trail near the Jungo +
 
Near the bottom of Stringybark ridge
 
Near the bottom of Stringybark ridge +

 
Rock and forest on Stringybark ridge
 
Rock and forest on Stringybark ridge +
 
Near the bottom of Stringybark ridge
 
Near the bottom of Stringybark ridge +
 
Stringybark Ridge management trail
 
Stringybark Ridge management trail +

 
Some grasstrees along the track
 
Some grasstrees along the track +
 
The old pony club grounds
 
The old pony club grounds +
 
Along the Stringybark ridge management trail
 
Along the Stringybark ridge management trail +

 
Side track near Schofield Pde
 
Side track near Schofield Pde +
 
The gate near the end of Schofield Pde
 
The gate near the end of Schofield Pde +
 
Nice rocky section of the track
 
Nice rocky section of the track +

 
Bush track near Redgum Ave
 
Bush track near Redgum Ave +
 
Crossing the creek at Redgum Ave
 
Crossing the creek at Redgum Ave +
 
Looking down Redgum Ave
 
Looking down Redgum Ave +

 
Along Redgum Ave
 
Along Redgum Ave +
 
Near the end of Bellamy St
 
Near the end of Bellamy St +
 
Picnic spot near the end of Bellamy St
 
Picnic spot near the end of Bellamy St +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Stringybark Ridge and Zig Zag Creek loop from Thornleigh Station bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Stringybark Ridge and Zig Zag Creek loop from Thornleigh Station bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Stringybark Ridge and Zig Zag Creek loop from Thornleigh Station bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Stringybark Ridge and Zig Zag Creek loop from Thornleigh Station bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 7km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
2.8km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 1.6km has short steep hills. Whilst another 1.2km is very steep and the remaining 910m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
4.7km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.1km follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (750m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
2.6km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 2.5km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.4km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 4.5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.1km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 140m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 4.4km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2.2km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Thornleigh Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Thornleigh Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus to Thornleigh 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 Thornleigh 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) Thornleigh Train Station to Morgan Rd
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 989 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -47 m
From the western (north bound) side of Thornleigh Station[1], this walk follows the 'Jungo Rest Area' sign[2] along the footpath towards the car park and The Esplanade[3]. The walk then heads down a short distance further to turn left and cross 'The Esplanade' at the traffic lights[4], then continue straight along the footpath down along Eddy Rd[5]. Following a couple of GNW arrows[6] down Eddy Rd as it then bends left[7], turning into Tilock St, and shortly later this walk then turns right into Morgan St[8]. Continuing down till just before the end of this street[9][10], this walk comes to an intersection marked with a GNW arrow[11] and the 'Elouera Bushland Natural Park' sign[12] (on the right).

(0.99 km) Morgan Rd to Int of Bike Trail and Morgan Rd tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 226 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -7 m
Turn right: From the end of Morgan Street, the walk follows the GNW arrow[13] and the 'Elouera Bushland Natural Park' sign[14] between houses[15] no. 28 and 26. Once behind the houses at a small clearing[16], the track turns left and follows down the rocky side of Zig Zag Creek[17]. Soon after passing behind the third house, the track comes to an intersection with a wide concrete trail[18], where a sign points back along the track to 'Sydney Cove'[19].

(1.22 km) Int of Bellamy trail and Morgan Rd tracks to Zig Zag Creek Bridge int.
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 129 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'The Jungo' arrow[20] downhill along the wide concrete trail for 25m to cross over the culverted creek[21] (with a green rail[22] on one side)[fac=8404]. The walk continues down into the valley[23] along the concrete trail for another 110m to come to a signposted intersection marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign[24][25] (on your left), just before 'Zig Zag Creek'[26] and the long bridge[27].

(1.34 km) Zig Zag Creek Bridge int to Thornleigh Quarry
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 156 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads gently downhill to then cross 'Zig Zag Creek'[28] on the 40m long bridge[29] (with handrails) to find the 'Zig Zag Siding' information sign[30][31] on the far side. The bridge path now merges back to the main wide trail[32] and heads steeply uphill[33] for about 50m[fac=8401] (with a handrail on the left side[34]). The trail then mostly flattens out for about 50m and leads gently up to the front of the old 'Thornleigh Quarry'[35], marked with a plaque on a large stone[36][37][38][fac=8402].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn sharp right to continue along this walk.)

Old Thornleigh Quarry Alt = 129 m
The old Thornleigh Quarry[39] is located beside the Heritage Trail in Thornleigh, within Berowra Valley Regional Park. The quarry dates back to 1883 and was initially a source of 'ballast' for portions of the Sydney (Homebush) to Newcastle (Waratah) rail link. There is a firm, flat dirt track[40] that leads about 40m from the concrete trail to the centre of the old quarry[41]. You will find a series of log seats in this amphitheatre[fac=8402] making this a pleasant spot to sit and enjoy the intriguing mix of nature and history. A book is available with some detail on this quarry and the associated zigzag railway: 'Sydney's Forgotten Quarry Railways' by John Oakes, ISBN 0 9757870 3 9

Thornleigh zigzag railway Alt = 120 m
The Thornleigh zigzag railway originally ran from the main rail line near Thornleigh to a historic quarry, near present day De Saxe Cl, Thornleigh. There are only minor fragments still visible today. The 'Heritage Trail' in Thornleigh has interpretive signs for the railway and the old Thornleigh Quarry. A book is available with some detail on railway and associated quarry: 'Sydney's Forgotten Quarry Railways' by John Oakes, ISBN 0 9757870 3 9

(1.34 km) Zig Zag Creek Bridge intersection to The Jungo
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.43 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -37 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[42] along the narrower track, keeping the gully to your right. The pleasant track leads into, then through, the ferny forest[43] with tall trees for about 700m, before crossing a side creek on a timber bridge[44]. The track then continues in a similar manner for another 700m, coming to a large clearing and campsite[45], The Jungo. On the far side of this clearing is a well-signposted intersection with a 'Bellamy Street' sign[46] pointing back through the campsite.

The Jungo Alt = 98 m
The Jungo is a relatively small clearing and campsite near the junction of Berowra and ZigZag Creeks at a well signposted intersection[47]. There is often water in the creeks (treat well before drinking) but there are no facilities[48]. Speculation on the source of the name 'Jungo' includes the Aussie tendency to abbreviate words ('Junction' gets corrupted to 'jung-o' etc) as well as a possible derivation from one of a few similar sounding aboriginal words.

(2.78 km) The Jungo to Int of Stringybark Ridge trail and Redgum Ave access trail
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.31 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 81 m Descent = -16 m
Veer left: From 'The Jungo', the walk follows the 'Callicoma Walk' arrow along the management trail which climbs steeply and soon comes to the intersection (with the management trail going up the hill to the left and the red Great North Walk marker pointing straight ahead).
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail up the hill, climbing steeply at times, before turning right at the intersection at the old pony club grounds (marked with a 'Berowra Valley Regional Park' sign). The walk follows the management trail, keeping the cleared grounds to the left, then passes around a gate, and bends to the right in the car park and follows the 'Stringybark Ridge' management trail, arriving an intersection immediately after passing around a gate (with a private property access coming in from the left).

(4.09 km) Int of Stringybark Ridge trail and Redgum Ave access trail to Int of Laurence St and Redgum Ave
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 156 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -14 m
Veer left: From the intesection, whilst looking away from the locked gate, the walk follows an initially faint bush track, off to the left (east) (avoiding the entry to the 'Private Property' also behind to the left) and comes to the intersection of Laurence St and Redgum Ave.

(4.24 km) Int of Laurence St and Redgum Ave to End of Redgum Ave west
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 98 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows Redgum Ave, keeping the houses to the right, for a short distance, until reaching the end of this section of Redgum Ave.

(4.34 km) End of Redgum Ave west to Int of Redgum Ave and Thorn St
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 138 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the end of the asphalt, the walk follows a narrow bush track down toward the creek. After crossing the small creek, the walk emerges into a grassy clearing and continues up the hill between the houses, arriving at the intesection of Redgum Ave and Thorn St.

(4.48 km) Int of Redgum Ave and Thorn St to End of Bellamy St
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 769 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -34 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows Thorn St, soon passing the intersection with Jackson Cr. At the 'T' intersection of Thorn St and Bellamy St, the walk turns left and continues to the end of Bellamy St .

(5.25 km) End of Bellamy St to Int of Bellamy trail and Morgan Rd tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 88 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the end of Bellamy St (Pennant Hills), the walk passes around the locked metal gate[49][fac=8399] and follows the 'To Westleigh' arrow[50] downhill along the concrete management trail. After about 25m this walk leads past a picnic table[fac=8400][51] (on the left) then over the next 50m this walk continues downhill past the 'Halls Camp' information sign[52], the 'Natures Filter'[53] to come to an intersection with a dirt track (the Great North Walk) marked with an arrow pointing back up to 'Bellamy Street'[54].

(5.34 km) Int of Bike Trail and Morgan Rd tracks to Morgan Rd
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 226 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Sydney Cove' sign[55] along the narrow track away from the wide concrete trail. The track leads behind the house (on your right) following along the rocky side of Zig Zag Creek[56]. After the third house, in a small clearing, the track turns right[57], heading up between the houses[58] a short distance to come to the top of the turning circle[59] at the end of Morgan Road, Thornleigh.

(5.56 km) Morgan Rd to Thornleigh Train Station
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 989 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From the end of Morgan Street, this walk heads up along the road[60] to left into 'Tillock Street'[61]. This street soon bends right[62] to become 'Eddy Street'[63] following the footpath[64] and GNW arrows[65] to the top of the hill where there is a set of traffic lights[66]. The walk cross 'The Esplanade' at the lights[67] to then turn right walking past the car park[68], and through a small park[69] to find a large 'Great North Walk' sign[70] at the (north bound) entrance to Thornleigh train station[71].

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



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 0.1 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 3.7 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 3.7 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 8.4 km
Castle Tarpaulin Warehouse 14/ 10 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill (02) 9899 3959 9.3 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Stringybark Ridge and Zig Zag Creek loop from Thornleigh Station.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from Stringybark Ridge and Zig Zag Creek loop from Thornleigh Station
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
2 km (to the ESE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 14 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 17 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 27 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 38 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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      33°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|28°Possible shower.
Fri18°|33°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|26°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Berowra Valley National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Following the Berowra Creek the Berowra Valley National Park is located on the Hornsby Plateau and is made up of typical Hawkesbury Sandstone. The great North walk, Benowie walking track, and many other great walks stretch spann this park. The area has varied vegetation including many different sorts of Eucalyptus and plenty of native animals, includingl swamp wallibies, water dragons, bandicoots, Lyre Birds, and bush turkeys. There are several campsites within the Park, and Crosslands Reserve is also a popular spot near the middle of the park.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping
Current Park Closure information for Berowra Valley National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Safety alerts: Quarry trail and Benowie walking track restricted access
Access restrictions are in place along trails that traverse the land managed by the Hornsby Rifle Range. Restricted areas include:
  • an 800m section of trail, 2km in from the Quarry Road entrance at Dural
  • an 800m section of trail, 300m in from the Stewart Avenue entrance at Hornsby
  • a 750m section of the Benowie walking track between Steele Bridge and Fishponds Waterholes.
Shooting times are between 9am and 4.30pm, 7 days a week. All visitors wishing to access the restricted sections of trail during these times must request prior authorisation by contacting the Hornsby Rifle Range on their 24 hour contact number 0417 201 606. Consult the map on Page vii of the Berowra Valley National Park Draft Plan of Management to plan alternative routes during these hours. Visit the website for further information about the Hornsby Rifle Range.


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