This walk starts and finishes at different points on Eastern Arterial Road. The walk follows a mixture of service trails and bush tracks through Garigal National Park, along Middle Harbour Creek, then heads back out to Eastern Arterial Road, on the other side of Killara.
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Cross sectional view of the East Killara Track bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the East Killara Track bushwalking track
Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
2 hrs 45 mins
Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
3.4km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.4km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 680m has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 530m is very steep.
Quality of track
Around 3.7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 2.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 3.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.5km is clearly signposted.
Around 4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 3.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2.7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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Eastern Arterial Rd
End of Bushrangers Reserve service trail Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.45 km
Time = 33 mins
Climb = 83 m
Descent = -62 m
From Eastern Arterial Rd at the bottom of the hill near the speed camera (approximately 300m south of Nicholson Ave), this walk passes the 'Bushranger Reserve' sign and heads through the metal gate. The walk follows the grassy trail up the hill and through the dense bush, undulating gently as it steadily climbs the side of the valley. The walk passes an intersection with an overgrown trail (downhill on the left) and continues for a while to the end of the management trail.
End of Bushrangers Reserve service trail
Int of Koola Ave service trail and Bushranger Reserve track Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 88 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 15 m
Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the end of the management trail, this walk follows the bush track along the side of the hill for a short distance, before turning right and climbing steeply up the rocky hill. The walk soon comes to the base of a large rock outcrop, where the track turns left and continues up the hill, climbing up through the outcrop and the trees to an intersection with a management trail.
Int of Koola Ave service trail and Bushranger Reserve track
Int of Murrumba Place servicetrail and Koola bushtrack Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 728 m
Time = 15 mins
Climb = 35 m
Descent = -19 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail, keeping the valley on the left and passing behind houses on the right. It soon comes to an intersection with a grassy management trail on the right. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail, keeping the valley to the left. The trail passes behind the houses (up to the right) as it undulates through the bush for a while, before coming down to the intersection with the management trail (uphill on the right). Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail heading down the hill, with the ground sloping up to the right, for a short distance until coming to the intersection with the defined bush track on the left.
Int of Murrumba Place servicetrail and Koola bushtrack
Koola and Gordon Creek tracks Intersection Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 533 m
Time = 16 mins
Climb = 1 m
Descent = -76 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading south-east, through the bush and away from the management trail. After a little while, the track starts to drop down the long and, at times, quite steep rocky hill, descending into the valley. After a while,this walk comes down to the intersection of the Middle Harbour Creek track, about 20m above the creek at the bottom of the valley.
Koola and Gordon Creek tracks Intersection
Gordon Creek Pipe Bridge (bottom of Barrie Street Track) Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.35 km
Time = 29 mins
Climb = 62 m
Descent = -61 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the rocky bush track, keeping Middle Harbour Creek on the left. The track undulates along the side of the hill for a while, then drops down to the wide creek. The walk passes through a mangrove clearing and crosses a smaller creek, continuing along the other side. The track then climbs steeply up a rock outcrop and continues along the side of the hill for a while, before heading over the hill and along the narrow bush track, with ground sloping up to the right and running parallel with Gordon Creek (on the left). The track heads through the dense forest, then climbs a set of wooden steps, coming to the end of a management trail at a pipe bridge.
Gordon Creek Pipe Bridge (bottom of Barrie Street Track)
Int of Gordon Creek Crossing and Barrie Street tracks Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 278 m
Time = 6 mins
Climb = 16 m
Descent = -8 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, with the pipe bridge and valley on the left. The track heads through the bush for a short while before climbing steadily up the hill, then flattening out again for a while, coming to the signposted intersection with the 'Gordon Creek Track'.
Int of Gordon Creek Crossing and Barrie Street tracks
Int of Gordon Creek Crossing track and servicetrail Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 253 m
Time = 6 mins
Climb = 11 m
Descent = -18 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Two Creeks Track' arrow down the wooden steps. The walk continues along the bush track as it winds down the hill, dropping down behind a rock platform and continuing down the steps. At the bottom, the track crosses Gordon Creek at the large stepping stones and continues up the short set of steps to a bush track, which it follows for a short distance before climbing a long set of wooden steps to the signposted intersection with the 'Two Creeks Track'.
Int of Gordon Creek Crossing track and servicetrail
Int of Eastern Arterial Road and Gordon Creek service trail Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.31 km
Time = 28 mins
Climb = 73 m
Descent = -51 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the Two Creeks Track, with the ground sloping up to the left as it heads through the bush. The walk crosses a short wooden bridge after a little while and continues along the side of the hill until coming to an intersection with some rock steps (down to a bush track) on the right. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail, with the ground sloping up to the left. The trail heads through the bush for a short while, coming to the signposted intersection of the 'Lindfield Oval' bush track on the left. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail for a short distance, through a metal gate to a small clearing on the side of Eastern Arterial Road.
Catch the bus from Int of Eastern Arterial Road and Gordon Creek service trail
Fire Danger This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place. (Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 7 years ago) Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Garigal National ParkLink to official closures and fire bans page Largely following Middle Harbour Creek and stretching from Seaforth in the south to St Ives in the north Garigal National Park is hidden through Sydney's Northern suburbs. Despite how close it is to large urban centres Garigal is quite beautiful with lots of different walking and cycling tracks. For those just wishing to picnic Davidson Reserve is a great spot just next to Middle Harbour Creek, under the Roseville Bridge. Region: Sydney & Surrounds Park feesCampingFacilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.
Old She Oak Reserve Old She Oak Reserve is a bushland reserve owned and managed by Ku-ring-gai council and is bound by Garigal National park, Koola Ave, Saiala Rd, and Redfield Rd. The park protect part of the Middle Harbour catchment is is home a few small tracks. Region: I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.
Hermits Retreat Hermits Retreat is a large natural bushland reserve bound by Eastern Arterial Rd, Lindfield Oval, Garigal National Park, and Monash Ave. The reserve is home on Lindfield Rocks a popular rock climbing area. There are several walking tracks and service trails through this park that is owned and managed by Ku-ring-gai council. Region: I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.