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Centre Track

Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2 km N of Terrey Hills
Length: 6.7 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 6.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 195 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 195 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
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

This interesting walk explores a rocky ridge top of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The walk is through heathland that flowers in a mass of colour in spring. The track also visits a tessellated pavement and some Aboriginal engravings. (open in app)

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

Map of Walk


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Map of Centre Track
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Mccarrs Creek Rd
Rocky Outcrop
Tessellated Pavement
Starting point for this hiking track: Mccarrs Creek Rd

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

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 
 Mona Vale 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91301S 
 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

The start of the walk
The start of the walk +
If you like sand stone outcrops, you will like this walk
If you like sand stone outcrops, you will like this walk +
A blooming black boy
A blooming black boy +

Little overhang at the half way point
Little overhang at the half way point +
view from Centre trail
view from Centre trail +
The easy to follow trail
The easy to follow trail +

Spring is a great time for this walk
Spring is a great time for this walk +
View south from the rocky outcrop
View south from the rocky outcrop +
Tessellated Pavement
Tessellated Pavement +


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Centre Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Centre Track bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Centre Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Centre 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 7km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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.
Around 2.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 520m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 3.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

This whole walk, 3.3km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 2.8km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 520m requires some bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 3.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Around 1.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes

Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Mccarrs Creek Rd
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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) Mccarrs Creek Rd to Rocky Outcrop
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.48 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -47 m
The track starts on Coal and Candle Drive, about 20 metres in from the toll gate.

From the intersection, the walk passes around the gate (signposted 'Centre Track') and follows the management trail along the ridge line. About halfway along the Centre track walk you will find the Rocky Outcrop (there are several rocky outcrops along the walk) on the Southern side of the track, opposite a rocky knoll with a small overhang cave. From here, there are nice views south across the valley.

(1.48 km) Rocky Outcrop to Tessellated Pavement
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.35 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -28 m
Continue straight: From the Rocky Outcrop, the walk follows the management trail east. After a short distance, the walk comes to an area of Tessellated Pavement, at another rocky outcrop.

(2.83 km) Tessellated Pavement to General San Martin Drive
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 519 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -46 m
Turn right: From the Tessellated Pavement, this walk heads south, following the main track down the hill. The track winds its way down the hill in a easterly direction. There is a locked gate just before General San Martin Drive.

Drive from Mccarrs Creek Rd
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:

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)
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 6.3 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 9.8 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 11.2 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 10.4 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 14.5 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Centre Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Centre Track
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 10 km (to the NW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
14 km (to the WSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 26 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 33 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 36 km (to the SSW)

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 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.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu20°|26°Possible shower.
Fri20°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat18°|25°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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.

Walker Feedback

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Christian Mathis - Tessalatory Rock | 2012-12-16 07:19:29
To me this walk boasts the best example of tessalatory rock in the park
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