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Berowra to Mt Kuring-gai
Time: 4 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.2 km NNE of Berowra
Length: 9.4 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 9.4 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 551 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 551 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 train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

From the ridges above Cowan Creek, this walk takes in some great lookouts (especially around Mt Kuring-gai) as well as enjoying an extremely pleasant bush track along the creek. Easily accessible by public transport, this track gives walkers a good taste of what Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has to offer. Be sure to spare some time for a dawdle around the bays on Cowan Creek. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Berowra to Mt Kuring-gai

Map of Walk

Location

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Berowra Railway Station
End of the old Berowra Parade
Waratah Gully Crossing
Waratah Bay
Lords Bay headland
Cowan Creek View
Int of Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Tracks
Int of Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Tracks
Int of viewpoint and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks
Int of Lookout and Mt Kuringai Tracks
Corner of Harwood Avenue and Young Street
Starting point for this hiking track: Berowra 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)

Print a map and track notes here
 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

 
Berowra Station
 
Berowra Station +
 
Path beside Berowra Station
 
Path beside Berowra Station +
 
H2H sign near Berowra Station
 
H2H sign near Berowra Station +

 
View of Berowra Station from bridge
 
View of Berowra Station from bridge +
 
View of freeway from near Berowra Station
 
View of freeway from near Berowra Station +
 
Berowra Track signpost
 
Berowra Track signpost +

 
Near the top of Berowra Track
 
Near the top of Berowra Track +
 
View from near the top of Berowra Track
 
View from near the top of Berowra Track +
 
Wide section of the Berowra Track
 
Wide section of the Berowra Track +

 
Boronia flower
 
Boronia flower +
 
Top most hairpin bend in the Berowra Track
 
Top most hairpin bend in the Berowra Track +
 
Winding along the side of the hill on the Berowra Track
 
Winding along the side of the hill on the Berowra Track +

 
Short cliff on the Berowra Track
 
Short cliff on the Berowra Track +
 
View across the valley
 
View across the valley +
 
Berowra Track in Waratah Gully
 
Berowra Track in Waratah Gully +

 
Waratah Gully crossing
 
Waratah Gully crossing +
 
Walking along the Berowra Track east of the Waratah Gully crossing
 
Walking along the Berowra Track east of the Waratah Gully crossing +
 
Walking through Waratah Gully
 
Walking through Waratah Gully +

 
Near the apex of Waratah Bay
 
Near the apex of Waratah Bay +
 
Rusty hulk of Windybank boat in Waratah Bay
 
Rusty hulk of Windybank boat in Waratah Bay +
 
Footings for Windybank's old boatshed in Waratah Bay
 
Footings for Windybank's old boatshed in Waratah Bay +

 
Looking across Waratah Bay
 
Looking across Waratah Bay +
 
Track beside Waratah Bay
 
Track beside Waratah Bay +
 
Small cave on the Berowra Track
 
Small cave on the Berowra Track +

 
Looking over Cowan Creek
 
Looking over Cowan Creek +
 
Ferny hill side beside Cowan Creek
 
Ferny hill side beside Cowan Creek +
 
Mushroom on Berowra Track beside Cowan Creek
 
Mushroom on Berowra Track beside Cowan Creek +

 
Rocky steps on Berowra Track
 
Rocky steps on Berowra Track +
 
Overhang near Lord's Bay
 
Overhang near Lord's Bay +
 
Walking alongside Lord's Bay
 
Walking alongside Lord's Bay +

 
Orange Fungus growing beside Cowan Creek
 
Orange Fungus growing beside Cowan Creek +
 
Crossing an Lord's Bay
 
Crossing an Lord's Bay +
 
Fungus south of Lord's Bay
 
Fungus south of Lord's Bay +

 
Track beside Cowan Creek north of Winson Bay
 
Track beside Cowan Creek north of Winson Bay +
 
Cowan Creek
 
Cowan Creek +
 
Looking up Cowan Creek from Winson Bay
 
Looking up Cowan Creek from Winson Bay +

 
Berowra Track south of Winson Bay
 
Berowra Track south of Winson Bay +
 
Track maintaince
 
Track maintaince +
 
Ferny section of track south of Winson Bay
 
Ferny section of track south of Winson Bay +

 
Crossing an unnamed Bay
 
Crossing an unnamed Bay +
 
A rocky creek soon to flow into Cowan Creek
 
A rocky creek soon to flow into Cowan Creek +
 
Rock track west of Cowan Creek viewpoint
 
Rock track west of Cowan Creek viewpoint +

 
Cowan Creek viewpoint
 
Cowan Creek viewpoint +
 
Cowan Creek viewpoint view
 
Cowan Creek viewpoint view +
 
Nav marker on Cowan Creek
 
Nav marker on Cowan Creek +

 
Berowra track north of int with Mt Kuring-gai track
 
Berowra track north of int with Mt Kuring-gai track +
 
Int of Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Tracks
 
Int of Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Tracks +
 
Near the bottom of Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
Near the bottom of Mt Kuring-gai Track +

 
View from Near the bottom of Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
View from Near the bottom of Mt Kuring-gai Track +
 
View from the Lookout Track
 
View from the Lookout Track +
 
Re-growth on the Mt Ku-ring-gai track
 
Re-growth on the Mt Ku-ring-gai track +

 
Flat section on the Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
Flat section on the Mt Kuring-gai Track +
 
Rocky section of the Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
Rocky section of the Mt Kuring-gai Track +
 
Steps between rocks on the Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
Steps between rocks on the Mt Kuring-gai Track +

 
Rock steps north of the lookout track
 
Rock steps north of the lookout track +
 
Wide flat track north of int of viewpoint and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks
 
Wide flat track north of int of viewpoint and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks +
 
Int of viewpoint and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks
 
Int of viewpoint and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks +

 
View from the Viewpoint off Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
View from the Viewpoint off Mt Kuring-gai Track +
 
View from the Viewpoint off Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
View from the Viewpoint off Mt Kuring-gai Track +
 
Wide trail east of Mt Kuring-gai
 
Wide trail east of Mt Kuring-gai +

 
Gate at the top of the Mt Kuring-gai track
 
Gate at the top of the Mt Kuring-gai track +
 
Welcome to Ku-ring-gai Chase national park
 
Welcome to Ku-ring-gai Chase national park +
 
Harwood Ave
 
Harwood Ave +

 
Eastern end of Mt Kuring-gai rail and freeway footbridge
 
Eastern end of Mt Kuring-gai rail and freeway footbridge +
 
Mt Kuring-gai Station
 
Mt Kuring-gai Station +
 
Mt Ku-ring-gai Walking Tack sign at station
 
Mt Ku-ring-gai Walking Tack sign at station +

Terrain

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

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



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Berowra to Mt Kuring-gai bushwalking track

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

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 9km
Time 4 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
4.8km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3.1km is very steep. Whilst another 990m has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 600m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.9km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 850m follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 400m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.3km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 7km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 5km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 4.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 1.9km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (1.6km) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Berowra Train Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Berowra Train 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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|Most trains stop at Berowra and services run regularly about every 30mins during peak and hourly off peak. The station is on the Newcastle line between Hornsby and Wyong so access from the North or South is easy. Timetable
Drive to Berowra Railway Station
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk The train station is on the Pacific Hwy about 10 km north of Hornsby. There is parking in the area (although this can fill up mid week with commuters). Parking is permitted in many of the back streets. 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) Berowra Railway Station to End of the old Berowra Parade
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 196 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -5 m
From the front of Berowra Station[1], this walk follows the footpath[2][3] between the Pacific Highway and railway line, whilst keeping the highway to your left. After about 50m this walk comes to 'Berowra Parade'[4] marked with a large 'Harbour to Hawkesbury' information sign and map[5]. Here the walk turns right and follows the little used road down over railway bridge[6][7] then around the green metal gate[8] to cross over the F3 on a large concrete bridge[9]. On the other side of the freeway this walk comes to a small clearing marked with a large 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Berowra Track' sign[10].

(0.2 km) End of the old Berowra Parade to Waratah Gully Crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.15 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -167 m
Veer right: From the clearing, this walk follows the track beside the large 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Berowra Track' sign[11] heading directly away from the freeway[12]. The track is initially slightly overgrown and leads over a series of concrete drains[13]. The track then leads gently down through a tall casuarina and eucalypt stand[14] for about 30m to come to the edge of an unfenced cliff, with filtered valley views[15]. Here the walk turns left and leads gently down along the clear track[16] and beside a long rock wall (on your left)[17] for about 150m to a sharp right hand bend[18]. From here the track becomes a little steeper and continues through a series of 9 more hairpin bends[19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27] for 800m becoming moderately steep and passing through a grass tree forest[28] to come beside Waratah Gully creek[29]. Here the track flattens out and heads down through the canyon like gully for 100m then down some stone steps[30] to the Waratah Gully creek[31] crossing. The walk crosses the slippery sandstone creek bed at the site of an old bridge to find a small constructed sandstone buttress on the far side[32]. This creek may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain.

(1.35 km) Waratah Gully Crossing to Waratah Bay
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 759 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -64 m
Continue straight: From the sandstone buttress on the south side of Waratah Creek[33], this walk follows the clear and mostly flat track down through the steep sided canyon like gully[34], keeping the creek steeply below and to your left[35]. After passing through the dense moist forest for about 500m the rocky track leads over an exposed section of old pipes[36] then 70m later the track comes to the start of Waratah Bay[37]. Here the rocky track continues to lead beside the bay, keeping the water to your left[38] for 80m to pass a 'No Camping' and a 'Gas fires only' sign[39]. The walk now climbs up and over a short rocky rise[40] for about 35m to come back to the waters edge beside the rusted steel skeleton of a boat[41].

Waratah Bay Alt = 10 m
Waratah Bay sits on the eastern extent of Cowan Waters east of Berowra. The bay is home to a rusting metal boat hull[42], this boat marks the spot where the Edward Windybank and his family once worked and lived. Edward Windybank worked on the construction nearby railway line from 1886 to 87[43]. Windybank also named the bay and acquired a life-long lease to use it[44]. It seems that he built a small home, boat shed[45] and a narrow road up the hill. Windybank operate a boat building a hire business on site[46]

(2.11 km) Waratah Bay to Lords Bay headland
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.08 km Time = 53 mins
Climb = 143 m Descent = -150 m
Continue straight: From beside the rusty remnants of Windybank boat[47], this walk follows the track along the foreshore keeping the water to your left[48]. The track leads over a small rise for about 120m to come to a set of old peers[49] that once supported the Windybank's boat shed. There are other remnant of their home in the area[50]. The rocky track continues to undulate along the southern shoreline of Waratah Bay for about 400m passing some large boulders to where the track bends right, following the shoreline, to come alongside Cowan Creek[51]. This walk follows the rocky track as it leads upstream along the western shore of Cowan Creek for about 50m to pass a deep but short sandstone overhang[52] (on your right). Continuing to undulating along the rocky shoreline, this walk heads through the bracken ferns and tall forest for 500m to cross a shallow rocky gully[53]. About 180m later this walk veers right to follow the formal track[54] up the timber steps, over a rise to continue long the shoreline over a few more rises for 300m before crossing a deep moist gully[55] just beyond a large sandstone cave[56], just inside the northern headland of Lords Bay. The walk now leads along the northern shore into Lords bay for 250m to cross the usually small creek and densely forest gully[57] at the apex of Lords Bay. About 60m later the track crosses another usually small creek[58] on the slippery sandstone rocks to then follow the clear track[59] along the southern shoreline of Lords bay for 200m to a small rock platform[60] on the southern headland of Lords Bay.

(4.19 km) Lords Bay headland to Cowan Creek View
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.93 km Time = 49 mins
Climb = 132 m Descent = -130 m
Continue straight: From the small rock platform[61] on the southern headland of Lords Bay, this walk follows the track along foreshore keeping the water to your left for 350m to then head alongside a natural rock wall[62] (on your right) and a shorter wall (on your left). From here the walk continues along the foreshore for 400m to cross the rocky apex of Winson Gully bay[63] then along the southern foreshore of this bay for just shy of 200m to an unfenced flat rock with great views[64] down Cowan Creek. This walk now continues to follow the track for 200m past a small cave[65] to the where the track bends right at the southern headland of Winson Gully bay to continue along side Cowan Creek for 250m to pass a section of track where large sandstone boulders have been placed to stabilise the shoreline[66]. The track then bends right to follow the shoreline into another bay then along north shore of this bay for 300m to cross the usually shallow but wide (unnamed) creek flowing over sandstone platform and around boulders[67]. Now this walk follows the track out of the bay along the southern shoreline[68] past a section where more large rocks have been placed to protect the track[69] then up a few steps to a timber boardwalk[70] and viewing platform[71] on Cowan Creek.

Cowan Creek View Alt = 7 m
Cowan Creek View, is a timber platform[72] lookout on Cowan Creek. The lookout is on the northern side of a headland and provide great views[73] down along Cowan Creek. This is a great place to rest and enjoy the water views.

(6.12 km) Cowan Creek View to Int of Berowra and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 333 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 27 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the viewing platform[74], this walk heads along the timber boardwalk[75] keeping Cowan Creek to your left. The boardwalk bends right where the walk then heads up some steps[76] and follows the rocky track as it undulates along the shoreline for 150m to pass close to a green channel marker[77]. From here the walk continues along shoreline for just over 160m to then head up some timber steps[78] and come to a signposted intersection[79] at the bottom of the the signposted 'Mt Ku-ring-gai Track'[80] (up to your right).

(6.46 km) Int of Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Tracks to Apple Tree Bay
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 936 m Time = 26 mins
Climb = 66 m Descent = -82 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[81], this walk follows the clear track along the shoreline, keeping the water to your left. After about 40m this walk comes to a constructed stone wall[82] and series of disused stone steps (on your right)[83]. This is the site of the Woodnutts Boatshed[84] that was built in 1910. The rusting water tank and a few other relics remain[85].
From here this walk continues along the shore line for just over 300m veering right a few times to pass over small rises using some timber steps[86] to then cross two small rock gully and grove of sassafras[87]. From this second gully the walk continues for 200m along side Cowan creek to here the now mostly flat track[88] tends right (still on the shoreline) and into Apple Tree Bay. The track then becomes rocky and leads up and down a series of stone steps for about 100m to find small fenced clearing and picnic area where a sign points back along the 'Berowra Track'[89]. Here the walk turns left and crosses Apple Tree Creek on the timber bridge[90] to find a sheltered 'Information' sign[91] on the other side. Now the walk leads past the top of the boat ramp[92] and wanders across the car park[93] just shy of 100m to find the kiosk at and 'Welcome to Apple Tree Bay' sign[94] at the main entrance to the parking area.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Apple Tree Bay Alt = 8 m
Apple Tree Bay, in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase national park, has a popular boat ramp for accessing Cowan creek and plenty of parking. The area has kiosk, electric BBQ's, picnic benches, toilets, drinking water, garbage facilities, and shade provided by trees. If you are after a quiet spot, head to the western end (away from the boat ramp, past the BBQ's), just beyond the car park, to a lovely clearing by the water. The area is closed between sunset and sunrise.
The kiosk/cafe[95] is open on weekend and services hot and cold drinks, ice creams and some hot food.

(6.46 km) Int of Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Tracks to Int of Lookout and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.93 km Time = 49 mins
Climb = 190 m Descent = -13 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'MT Ku-ring-gai Track' sign[96] up the rock and timber steps and past the small overhang[97]. The track leads fairly steeply up for 80m to then bend sharply right[98] and continue fairly steeply for another 200m to pass a natural rock wall[99] (on your left). Just 20m past this wall the track comes to a small flat area[100] with good views over Cowan Creek[101]. Here the walk continues more gently uphill along the rocky ridge line[102] for 300m where the track completely flattens out to pass along the side of a small hill[103] (on your left). Over the next 600m the track leads down across a saddle then up along the ridge to bend right onto[104] an exposed rock platform[105]. From there the sandy track soon bends left again to follow the ridge uphill for 100m to pass a small sandstone overhang[106] then continue up a long set of stone steps[107] where the sandy track mostly flattens out again[108]. Soon the track starts heading up more stone steps [109] for about 400m to pass between a large boulder (on your left) and along rock wall (on your right)[110]. At the end of this rock wall the track bends right and leads up the stone steps through the cleft in the rock[111] where the then mostly flat wide sandy track leads gently uphill for 250m to find a three-way intersection[112]
marked with a NPWS arrow post[113].

(8.39 km) Int of viewpoint and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks to Apple Tree Bay Viewpoint
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 107 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -14 m
Turn left : From the intersection, the walk heads east away from the main trail[114] to follow the wide sandy track gently downhill. The track begins to narrow[115] and after about 100m the now rocky track comes to an unfenced rock platform[116] with good views down over Apple Tree Bay and down along Cowan Creek valley[117].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

(8.39 km) Int of Lookout and Mt Kuringai Tracks to Corner of Harwood Avenue and Young Street
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 653 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the face of the face of the NPWS arrow post[118] to head south west over a small rise and along the sandy management trail. The trail passes through open wooded forest for just over 600m to pass a 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Mt Kuring gai Track' sign[119] as the trail bends right where this walk heads around the green metal National Park gate[120]. Here the walk heads past a few houses to find the intersection of 'Harwood Ave' and 'Young St'[121] (Mt Kuring-gai).

(9.04 km) Corner of Harwood Avenue and Young Street to Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 402 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the corner of Harwood Avenue and Young Street, this walk follows Harwood Ave downhill along the footpath. The footpath then leads up past a 'Seaview St'[122] and across 'Low St'[123] to continue to the end of Harwood Ave to find a footbridge[124]. Here the walk crosses the the F3 freeway using the caged foot bridge[125] to head down the steps into a concrete tunnel[126]. Part way through the tunnel this walk comes to an intersection at the bottom of the steps at Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station. Here there is a sign that points back to 'Mt Ku-ring-gai Walking Track'[127]

Catch the train from Mt Ku-ring-gai
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Mt Ku-ring-gai
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|To get away from Mt Ku-ring-gai Train Station trains run approximately every hour along the Newcastle Line. This line goes both ways between Hornsby and Wyong. Timetable
Drive from Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk From Mt Ku-ring-gai Station it is possible to get away to either Hornsby to the South or Brooklyn and the Central Coast in the North using the Pacific Hwy. 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

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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


Campsites in the park
The Basin campground


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 10.3 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 10.2 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 14 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 13.9 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 19.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Berowra to Mt Kuring-gai.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Berowra to Mt Kuring-gai
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 2 km (to the NW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
13 km (to the SSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 24 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 29 km (to the SW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 39 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
°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.
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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
A largely untouched wilderness on the northern boundary of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP is one of Australia's oldest national parks. Here at the head of the Hawkesbury River, you'll find Aboriginal engravings and sites, as well as sandstone escarpments,
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


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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froissard - can't get a print Registered | 2008-04-17 16:22:52
can't get the topographical map (pdf) printed.I can only view it.
please help
thanks
Anonymous IP:121.218.73.xxx | 2009-07-31 11:57:20
This walk took 4 hours (light/moderate walking/average fitness level), but I started from Mt Kuring-Gai Station and the first half of it was easy (all downhill). Towards the end (last 2 km) was pretty difficult, because parts of the track were washed away or littered with toppled tree trunks. Suggest that you do this walk with something supporting you (e.g.a small tree branch/nordic ski's) and a good pair of shoes
Shaheen - No longer avlble IP:114.72.180.xxx | 2010-02-27 04:02:32
Hi guys!

Just a quick note. This trail is currently closed for repairs, and is estimated to be closed until the end of 2010. I spoke with the rangers, and they've told me that this track is damaged by tides and bush fires and is very dangerous. Some other trails of the Kuring gai are still open, but the ones leading to/from Berowra are under repair. Don't forget to check if the track is open before embarking on this one!
MSch - open again IP:27.32.63.xxx | 2010-08-16 03:25:44
just asked them and say it has been reopened about 6 months ago
Rob - Definitely open IP:220.239.119.xxx | 2010-08-21 10:32:42
Walked it today. Very pleasant 4 hour walk
MSch - Mt Kuring-gai to Berowra IP:27.32.63.xxx | 2010-09-26 09:30:40
I would suggest to walk from Mt Kuring-gai to Berowra: There are shops at Berowra, so you can get a nice cold beverage or even ice cream while you wait up to 40 min for the train (on a Sunday).... :-)
Really pleasant walk. I am not very fit (40, female) and it took us 3 1/2 hours including 2 breaks. Up to Berowra was good excercise.
Alex H IP:203.49.163.xxx | 2010-10-14 03:07:14
Measured as 10.5km station-to-station using a Garmin GPS on 10th October 2010. A good walk, I agree that Mt Kuring-gai to Berowra was nicer than the other way probably would have been.
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2010-10-14 03:22:15
Alex H wrote:
Measured as 10.5km station-to-station.

Hi Alex,
I have started re-walking this area, and have noticed the tracks have changed a bit, not sure if it will add up to an extra 1.5km yet, will see. Thanks for the feedback, glad you had a good walk.
Matt :)
AlanM - Great Day- 29 July 2011 IP:125.254.77.xxx | 2011-08-03 09:45:19
Had a great walk. The track was wet because of the recent rain, but all the creeks were flowing well. Really enjoyed this walk. I think it would be great in the summer as it's in shade most of the way.

Video of the walk at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r5AEWE7EOc
jayfitzgerald56 - south to north 23 October 2011 Registered | 2011-10-23 11:02:27
Good walk on a warmish day. i agree with Msch 26/9/2009 the walk is best done south to north. I suggest that if done in summer, a late afternoon timing is best to take advantage of the shade from the sun on the western side of Cowan Creek. Finally, the top of the ridge at Berowra is very overgrown with noxious weed such a lantana: a real bushbash for the last 100 metres.
CAC - south to north 4 November 2011 IP:203.206.233.xxx | 2011-11-04 21:30:20
Good walk. Navigation was easy even with no reference to track notes, track's clear except for one 2 meter-long section covered by fallen casuarina. Didn't come across the bushbash from the previous post, guess it got cleared out? Took four hours exactly, though I did stop quite a bit for photos and birdwatching.
Jing - Great walk IP:115.187.237.xxx | 2012-09-11 02:31:22
We just did this walk on 8/9/2012. It's a great walk and we enjoyed it a lot. It's easy to navigate with a little bid help of the track notes.It took us 4 and half hours. We stopped for lunch and photographing.
Joan - 2 hrs 40 mins of bush IP:149.135.146.xxx | 2012-09-23 04:50:53
It was supposed to be 15 degrees today,but it felt warmer. Twas an easy and thankfully mostly shaded walk which I did south to north based on recommendations here. The train trip back to Mt Kuringai looking back was a blur of wilderness.I'll be back with my cozzies.
Joshua - Love it IP:149.135.146.xxx | 2012-09-23 06:17:15
Love this walk, particularly the large section beside water. Today was a perfect spring day. Warm but not hot. Warm enough for a swim which was nice to cool off. A couple of fallen trees but nothing you can't step over. A couple snakes sited. Despite a injuried knee and not taking enough water, I'll be back doing this walk again.

Re best direction, I've done it both ways several times and find Berowra to Mt kuringai the slightly easy direction.
CAC - north to south 26 Dec 2013 IP:220.244.225.xxx | 2013-12-26 20:53:21
Quite different from two years ago! Still a lovely hike next to the water, but I wished I had a machete as there's a lot of overhanging vegetation the whole way once you get much past the junction with the trail to Apple Bay, probably due to the fallen trees that have taken out part of the trail (can climb under/over). Make sure to check for ticks afterwards. Took 5 hours this time with lots of breaks for photos.
Zhiwen - very pleasant walk IP:121.218.18.xxx | 2014-02-22 13:00:17
Complete in 2 hrs from station to station. North to South.

Like the water front part. Pleasant view along the track. Around 2.5km to 6.5km.

Caution: Not long after getting to the water front, there is a fallen tree totally blocking the track. Had to bypass it close to the water.
Joe - Campsite? IP:121.218.248.xxx | 2014-04-09 06:41:51
Is there anywhere to camp on this walk?
admin - re: Campsite? Super Administrator | 2014-04-09 23:42:01
Joe wrote:
Is there anywhere to camp on this walk?

Sorry no camping allowed in the section of the park. Check out these two nearby walks with camping options.
http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/berowra-valley-regional-park/mt-kuring-gai-track-to-berowra-station.html
http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/ku-ring-gai-chase-national-park/jerusalem-bay-track-cowan-to-brooklyn.html
Hope the suit. Happy walking.

Matt :)
Anonymous IP:121.217.182.xxx | 2014-04-16 20:46:44
Ok, no worries Matt, thanks
Nicole Bannister IP:121.44.21.xxx | 2014-07-30 13:03:02
I'm thinking of doing this walk this Saturday 2nd August 2014 but unsure given the mixed feedbacks above. Can you confirm that the track is clear of fallen trees and entangling vegetation?
Thanks.
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2014-07-31 21:48:40
Nicole Bannister wrote:
I'm thinking of doing this walk this Saturday 2nd August 2014 but unsure given the mixed feedbacks above. Can you confirm that the track is clear of fallen trees and entangling vegetation?
Thanks.

Hi Nicole
Sorry I can't confirm the track is clear. You can call the NPWS office in Ku-ring-gai Chase and see if they have been through lately. As this is a grade 4 walk small trees & branches fallen on the track are fairly likely. Normally these will be easy to step over or around and would not normally cause and significant trouble. Entangling vegetation over the track is unlikely - the track is clear and visible most of the way. In the gully crossing the track can be a little tricky to spot - but if you take time to look around you will see it. It is a lovely walk. If you feel you can't find the track (unlikely) you can turn around and go back the way you came in. Hope that is helpful.
Matt :)
Nicole Bannister IP:121.44.77.xxx | 2014-08-02 07:38:23
Hello Matt,
Many thanks for your prompt response. I did the walk solo today (Saturday 2nd August) and had absolutely no problem. As you said the track is clear all the way and no obstacles to think of. True, the path is clearly visible after each creek crossing. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk. Especially on a day like today - just glorious - boronias, croweas are starting to bloom. Your track notes are very well detailed and really spot-on. I'm taking a group of friends next Wednesday.
Thanks again for your valuable help.
Nicole
Richard - Mt Kuring-gai to Berowra IP:220.240.28.xxx | 2015-05-15 10:52:26
Hiked this in April 2015. Started in Mt Kuring-gai and finished in Berowra. As pointed out earlier, Berowra is a better option for shops/waiting.

It's a good hike and very easy to follow the trail, can't imagine anyone losing their way.

Was a bit wet and picked up a leech along the way.
Gary IP:110.174.33.xxx | 2015-07-04 01:34:21
Walked the track yesterday. As an obese, unfit 54 yo with knee problems, I'm excited that I'm able to function today! We went from Mt K to Berowra, and agreed that this is the better optionNegotiating the rocks on the uneven path by the creek bed took a bit of a toll, but was still great, on a cool, clear morning. It took us 4 hours 10 min and found it to be a beautiful walk. Your notes were excellent, thank you!
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