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East Killara Track
Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.1 km NE of Killara
Length: 6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Garigal National Park
Climb: 296 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 296 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
Style: One way
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for East Killara Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of East Killara Track
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Eastern Arterial Rd
End of Bushrangers Reserve service trail
Int of Koola Ave service trail and Bushranger Reserve track
Int of Koola Ave and Kimberley St service trails
Int of Albany Cres and Koola servicetracks
Int of Murrumba Place servicetrail and Koola bushtrack
Koola and Gordon Creek tracks Intersection
Gordon Creek Pipe Bridge (bottom of Barrie Street Track)
Int of Gordon Creek Crossing and Barrie Street tracks
Int of Gordon Creek Crossing track and servicetrail
Int of tunnel track and Gordon Creek servicetrail
Int of Gordon Creek service trail and Lindfield Park track
Starting point for this hiking track: Eastern Arterial Rd

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 
 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Start of the Gordon Creek service trail
 
Start of the Gordon Creek service trail +
 
Following the management trail
 
Following the management trail +
 
Climbing up through the bush
 
Climbing up through the bush +

 
Heading along the side of the hill
 
Heading along the side of the hill +
 
Climbing up the rough bushtrack
 
Climbing up the rough bushtrack +
 
Continuing along the trail behind the houses
 
Continuing along the trail behind the houses +

 
Heading through the bush
 
Heading through the bush +
 
Start of the bushtrack
 
Start of the bushtrack +
 
Looking up the hill
 
Looking up the hill +

 
Track dividing the burnt and unburnt bushland
 
Track dividing the burnt and unburnt bushland +
 
Down the rocky hill
 
Down the rocky hill +
 
Middle Harbour Creek
 
Middle Harbour Creek +

 
Following the creek
 
Following the creek +
 
Heading through the trees
 
Heading through the trees +
 
Through the bush
 
Through the bush +

 
Following the bushtrack
 
Following the bushtrack +
 
Crossing a small creek
 
Crossing a small creek +
 
Middle Harbour Creek
 
Middle Harbour Creek +

 
Climbing up a short hill
 
Climbing up a short hill +
 
Heading through the bush
 
Heading through the bush +
 
Middle Harbour Creek
 
Middle Harbour Creek +

 
Climbing up some steps to the pipe bridge
 
Climbing up some steps to the pipe bridge +
 
The Gordon Creek Pipe Bridge
 
The Gordon Creek Pipe Bridge +
 
Following the bushtrack
 
Following the bushtrack +

 
Following the Two Creeks Track arrow down the steps
 
Following the Two Creeks Track arrow down the steps +
 
Crossing Gordon Creek
 
Crossing Gordon Creek +
 
Climbing up the wooden steps
 
Climbing up the wooden steps +

 
Coming up to the intersection with the Two Creeks Track
 
Coming up to the intersection with the Two Creeks Track +
 
The Two Creeks Track
 
The Two Creeks Track +
 
Crossing small creek on Gordon Creek Service trail
 
Crossing small creek on Gordon Creek Service trail +

 
Through the bush
 
Through the bush +
 
Coming to the end of the service trail
 
Coming to the end of the service trail +
 
Small parking area at end of service trail
 
Small parking area at end of service trail +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the East Killara Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the East Killara Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the East Killara Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the East Killara Track 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 6km
Time 2 hrs 45 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 Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
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.

Signs
Around 3.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.5km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
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).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Eastern Arterial Rd
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 Eastern Arterial Rd
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) Eastern Arterial Rd to 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.

(1.45 km) End of Bushrangers Reserve service trail to 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.

(1.54 km) Int of Koola Ave service trail and Bushranger Reserve track to 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.

(2.27 km) Int of Murrumba Place servicetrail and Koola bushtrack to 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.

(2.8 km) Koola and Gordon Creek tracks Intersection to 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.

(4.15 km) Gordon Creek Pipe Bridge (bottom of Barrie Street Track) to 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'.

(4.43 km) Int of Gordon Creek Crossing and Barrie Street tracks to 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'.

(4.68 km) Int of Gordon Creek Crossing track and servicetrail to 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
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 Int of Eastern Arterial Road and Gordon Creek service trail
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

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
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
Map Car Shuffle
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 5.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 5.1 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 5.2 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 5 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 8.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to East Killara Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from East Killara Track
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
7 km (to the WNW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 16 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 25 km (to the W)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 25 km (to the SSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 37 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      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

Garigal National Park Link 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 fees Camping Facilities 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.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Caine Mertens IP:202.148.227.xxx | 2012-01-23 22:13:53
Thanks for the good notes on my local. Lots of little detours back up the hill along this one and could get soggy feet in a few sections but a nice quick after work bit of track.

Cheers

Caine
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